Jennifer is an inspiring business and thought leader, who finds great satisfaction in developing and leading teams to thrive rather than survive. With 17 years of experience, her entrepreneurial spirit has led a diverse path with luxury brands and services at the crux of her success. Her unique blend of expertise in hospitality and her ability to visualize the big picture and execute at the ground level has enabled her to deliver superior results throughout her career. Jennifer has an affinity for elevated dining and unique experiences. She is always looking for new ways to create unforgettable magic moments. Researching new ways to innovate the dining experience for members is more than a job, it's her passion. Jennifer is currently acquiring her MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. When she isn't working or studying, she is spending time outdoors running, cycling, and playing with her Great Dane, Bella.
Melissa has been with ClubCorp since 2015, when she started as a server in Carpenter's restaurant at Las Colinas Country Club while attending the University of North Texas. In her first two and a half years at Las Colinas, she also worked as Pool Manager and Restaurant Manager, and then joined the private events team in early 2018 as Private Event Coordinator. In May 2018, Melissa graduated cum laude from UNT with a bachelor of science degree in hospitality management.
Melissa grew up in Irving, and before working for ClubCorp she attended Tyler Junior College in East Texas, where she continued to pursue a longtime passion for dance and entertaining as a member of the highly regarded Apache Belle drill team. With the Apache Belles, Melissa had the opportunity to travel to various destinations around the world for special performances including entertaining U.S. troops and their families at Camp Humphreys in South Korea; performing for passengers aboard the Carnival Breeze while cruising through the Caribbean; and taking part in events around Texas such as the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, Greg Abbott's Governor of Texas Inaugural parade, and many high-kick routines on the football field. Melissa still loves dancing, traveling and entertaining, and all those interests had an impact on her decision to pursue a career in hospitality and tourism. She spends her free time at sporting events, exploring new cities, and relaxing with her family and friends.
Melissa is excited about her new role at La Cima and is looking forward to getting to know each of our Members and Employee Partners!
Born and raised in San Antonio, TX (Go Spurs!), Makesha is known for her calming demeanor and southern charm. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with over 10 years of experience in weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, catering and corporate events. Makesha provides an attention to detail that would be expected of a former Ritz-Carlton Sales Coordinator.
Makesha proudly served as the 2017 2nd Vice President for the Association of Wedding Professionals and currently serves as the Director of Programs for the Society of Wedding Professionals.
When she is away from the Club, Makesha enjoys spending time with her son and daughter and dancing with her M.O.M. Crew dance team.
She looks forward to making once in a lifetime memories with you!
I have been the Food Service Director at La Cima since March 2003. I enjoy the Members and staff at La Cima, as well as the challenge that comes along with food service.
I was born near Mexico City, and grew up close to Teotihuacan where the historic pyramids reside. I moved to the United States in 1986 and after graduating high school I began working in the food service industry, from cooking in the kitchen to working as a server while attending Junior College. I joined ClubCorp in 1994 as a sever at the University Club on top of Galleria where I met my wife, I worked my way up until I transferred to La Cima where I received my Certification as a Service Director.
I have two wonderful children, Zachary 16 years old and Ava 12 years old and I enjoy every minute with them!
The Members, the staff and the sense of accomplishment make this a GREAT place to work!
Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
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With more than 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, Chef Brian Wilford is an innovative and creative executive chef. A 2000 Graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Miami, with a degree in Culinary Arts Science and Bachelor of Science hotel Restaurant Management, Chef Wilford infuses his culinary flair and diverse background into developing unique recipes. Chef Wilford has consistently grown throughout his career working as a Sous Chef at the Raleigh Hotel, an Executive Sous Chef at the Delano Hotel and the P.M. Executive Sous Chef at the House of Blues Downtown Disney. He has also worked with several notable Dallas-area chefs including Tim Love at the Lonesome Dove and with Steven Pyles opening the Sky Canyon at Love Field, DFW and the Marriot Las Colinas where he was an Executive Chef I also developed unique recipes as the Culinary lead and R&D Chef for Avocados From Mexico
I’m super excited about the opportunity and the capabilities of club.