Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2010
Phone Number: 408.938.2361
Bruce brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the Capital Club, having worked in convention/resort hotels, convention centers, restaurants, race tracks, museums, nightclubs, theaters, and even his own catering company. He comes to us most recently from Starwood Hotels, where he was the Director of Food and Beverage at the 1,000-room Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
Bruce is truly excited to be at the Capital Club and in an environment where he can interact with the Members. It’s also a chance for him to establish himself within the Silicon Valley community where he is a part of the San Jose Downtown Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce.
Following his graduation from the University of Denver with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and an MBA, Bruce’s career has taken him throughout the United States, Mexico, and Fiji. Bruce is active in the Rotary Club of San Jose, serving on its Board of Directors and having been chair/co-chair of several committees. He also serves on The Silicon Valley Organization (The Chamber)’s Board of Directors and on the SVO Foundation Board.
In his free time, Bruce enjoys riding his bicycle along the picturesque trails of San Jose and playing golf. Bruce is married and has two grown children
Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 408.938.2362
Esther Jones started her career with ClubCorp in 2014 as the Membership Directors. Esther spent most of her career in the healthcare industry, working at J&J LifeScan, Inc. for the past 10 years. Her past role as a vendor manager in customer service brings customer resolution and management experience. Customer service is in her DNA, as you will find when you have the opportunity to connect. You’ll always receive the best recommendations and experience when you join Membership at the Capital Club.
Her desire to help grow membership that represents the dynamic diversity of Silicon Valley’s city leaders can be seen in the members at large.
A local resident of the Bay Area, she is married and with three children. Traveling, Hiking and learning new life skills are always on her list of things to do. Her latest accomplishments are climbing Machu Picchu and riding a motorcycle.
Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2006
Phone Number: 408.938.2378
Gina Rodriguez joined the Capital Club family in 2006 as a Front Desk Concierge. Through her passion for hospitality, enduring professionalism and customer service mentality she was promoted to Member Relations Director in 2010. After dedicating 6 years to Member retention, Gina is excited to start her new journey as a Membership Director and looks forward to the opportunity to bring in new members to share the benefits of Club membership.
Member interaction is Gina’s favorite part of her job and she is proud to say that she’s built a rapport with many members of the Capital Club during her tenure. Gina enjoys knowing that she plays a major role in creating memorable experiences for members of the Club that are both personal and meaningful.
A Northern Bay Area native, Gina moved to San Jose for college where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from San Jose State University and a Minor in Theater Arts.
Gina has a passion for musical theater and, in her down time, she enjoys volunteering, going to shows and spending time at home in Willow Glen with her boyfriend and her Boxer, Dodger.
Milagros found her life’s calling with the hospitality industry 11 years ago. She enjoys the interaction she has daily with people from all over the world. She is also excited to have the opportunity to work with talented individuals who have a passion for what they do. What Milagros enjoys most about her job is building relationships and enriching the lives of our Members, their guests and Employee Partners.
In her free time, you can find her nose in a book, listening to music or enjoying the special moments of being a mom.
Milagros lives in San Jose with her husband and 2 children.
Lisa Smith was born and raised in the Silicon Valley. She has been working in events for over 13 years. Starting her career at CordeValle, a Rosewood Resort, in banquets and excelling to private aviation catering with Net Jets as a Customer Relations Manager. She has worked as a Catering Sales Manager at the Sheraton and Four Points Hotel. She has also worked at Dell EMC managing the briefing centers and corporate cafes with Sodexo.
Lisa is happily married with two teenage daughters, a 1 year old baby girl and a bichon named Dobby.
Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 408.938.2374
After graduating from college, Justin ventured into the Technology Industry for a while. It wasn’t till then that he realized his true calling was in the Hospitality Industry. So he went back to school and graduated in Hotel & Restaurant Hospitality Management / Culinary Arts Degree (Le Cordon Bleu – San Francisco).
Justin has managed several restaurants & hotels (includes Left Bank, Village on Santana Row, Joie de Vivre Hotels, and Fairmont San Jose Hotel). Justin is well-respected by his upper management, colleague, peers, employees and guests for his passion and hospitality, culinary expertise.
Justin is very excited to be with The Silicon Valley Capital Club as the Food and Beverage Director. This allows him to take his time exploring a career path within the hospitality industry at a different angle. When he is not at work, you'll always find him in his kitchen. He enjoys cooking and he loves entertaining his family & friends with food and wines. Of course he does enjoy having his German Shepherds and Beagles always follow him everywhere around the house.
Role: Member Relations Coordinator
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 408.938.2366
Eric joined the Capital Club family in 2014 as a Front Desk Concierge. Eric’s creative sensibility and love for interpersonal connections advanced his role as an assistant to the Member Relations Coordinator by the end of his first year, in the role of Member Services Liaison. Recently, Eric was appointed as the new Member Relations Coordinator, a position he once assisted. Eric is committed to empowering the members at large, helping connect Members through the joys of clubLIFE and most importantly, enriching lives.
Prior to working for ClubCorp, Eric worked as a photojournalist for San Jose’s Metro Newspaper, and had a successful tenure as booking agent for bands and events for various local music venues.
ClubCorp recently awarded Eric with the “Superstar Award,” a title he hopes will live on as long as he works for this company.
Chef Roger comes with 18 years of dynamic experience working in the Hospitality industry.
Roger's budding career started with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Chef Roger began his years of success as Executive Chef Partner at the prestigious Roy’s Restaurant in Rancho Mirage, CA. Roy’s Restaurant is a high-end chain serving notable Chef Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian fusion fare in a contemporary setting.
In recent years, Chef Roger went on to lead successful culinary teams at Sheraton Kauai Resort, in Poipu Beach, Hawaii and most recently at the Bay Club Company in San Francisco, CA as Regional Executive Chef.
Chef Roger favors the finer things in sustainable, local ingredients, boasting bold flavors from both land and sea.