Our Team

Josh Anderson

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019
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Josh comes to us from the Country Club of Winter Haven, located in Winter Haven, Florida, where he compiled an impressive record of improvements in member satisfaction, quality of the overall experience and bottom-line results. Josh is a Class A PGA Professional who has built on his solid foundation in golf operations to gain strong experience in every facet of private club operations.

Kim Brauner

Role: Membership Manager
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1000

Kim received a BSBA in Marketing with a concentration in Analytics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She started her career in the hospitality industry in 2015 and has worked for country clubs for over 5 years. Kim has been with us at Firethorne since November of 2017. As a Member Relations Director, she created a unique, exquisite, and fun-filled calendar of events for our Members and directed the onboarding process focusing on Member engagement and retention for the Club. In May 2020, Kim transitioned to our department of Membership Sales. During her spare time, Kim and her fiancé operate a ranch in Waxhaw, North Carolina specializing in colt-starting. They currently own 14 horses, 5 rescue dogs, and a small herd of cattle.


Katelin Glass

Role: Member Experience Director
Serving Since: 2020
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Katelin is originally from West Palm Beach, FL but made Charlotte home after graduating from Belmont Abbey College in 2017. She spent the last 3 years working for the Charlotte Checkers Hockey Team and enjoys playing golf, tennis and hanging out with her dog Zola in her free time.

April Cochran

Role: Senior Marketing & Communications Director
Serving Since: 2015
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April joins us as Senior Marketing & Communications Director, overseeing 4 Clubs in North Carolina. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing and a true passion for exceptional graphic design. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April is forever a Tar Heel. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, son and dog and enjoys watching movies and reading great books.

Kate Grady

Role: Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Serving Since: 2020
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Kate is originally from the Midwest. She graduated from High Point University with a degree in marketing. She enjoys painting in her free time and spending time with friends and family!

David Gordon

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 0000
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James Thompson

Role: Head Golf Professional
Serving Since: 2011
Phone Number: 704.843.3111

We would like to introduce James our PGA Head Golf Professional. Coming up on 15 years in the business, his past experience includes TPC Piper Glen, Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, and 6 years instructing golf with ESPN golf schools. Originally from Minnesota, James is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he was surrounded by peers and industry experts in the Professional Golf Management program. This provided him with an extensive education for his chosen career. He enjoys spending time with his family, wife Amanda, and 6-year-old daughter Allie.

Teaching Philosophy: “I give my students the best possible chance to improve. I simplify a complex game by concentrating on two factors, swing plane and club face. Perfecting these factors will allow for more consistency, better control, and more distance.”


Wade Liles

Role: Head Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 1999
Phone Number: 704.843.5344

Wade has been a part of the Firethorne Management team since 1999. He was once ranked 8th in the nation in doubles at Methodist University. Currently, he is a USTA high performance coach and certified P-1 with the USPTA. When Wade is not on the court, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and 2 kids, enjoying Panthers football, and grilling when the weather is nice.


Sheila White

Role: Assistant Food Service Director
Serving Since: 2012

Sheila was born and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina until she moved in 2011. She has worked at numerous Country Clubs on the coast and started with us at Firethorne in 2012. Sheila began her career as a Dining Room Server, and has since been promoted to Dining Room Manager. She also has expertise in bartending, banquets, and in the kitchen. Sheila has been noted as one of our biggest team players and is truly loved by all of our Members and staff. When she has free time, you can find her with her 3 daughters and spoiling her 3 grandchildren who call her “MiMa”, or decorating her new home that she closed on in November. Sheila is a very important part of our team, and is looking forward to continue building long lasting relationships and enriching lives here at the Club.


Bridget Roberts

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1005

Before becoming the Office Administrator at Firethorne, Bridget worked as the Staff Accountant for Timbers Resorts in Jupiter, FL. She has worked in various administrative and accounting capacities for over twenty years. During this time she has worked in the legal, transportation, television, hospitality and non-profit industries. Her most exciting role thus far was at the television show “America’s Most Wanted” where she worked behind the scenes as a Production Accountant for seven years. She was very proud to be a part of a team that assisted law enforcement officials with capturing criminals and was tickled every time she saw her name in the closing credits.
A native of northern Virginia, she has also lived in Texas, Michigan and most recently Florida. She attended Thomas Edison High School in Fairfax County, VA and studied Criminal Justice and Accounting at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) located in Adelphi, MD.

Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her extended family, her daughter Bria, and her beloved Yorkie, Sasha. She has always been a lover of books and is an avid reader. She enjoys music, art, cinema, shopping, and checking out different restaurants, particularly those with foreign cuisine.


Tyler Lacik

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2019
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