Our Team

Steven Furman

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2019
Phone Number: 813.972.1991
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Steve Furman joins the team at Tampa Palms bringing with him an extensive background in large hospitality operations including country clubs, casinos, and restaurants coupled with sales and marketing expertise.

Steve began his career at Bally’s Park Place Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he served as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage Operations for nine years. He was responsible for the oversight of 12 restaurants and 4 lounges.

In 1989 Steve left the casino industry and traveled to Kentucky where he served as General Manager for Waterfront Association, an independent upscale seafood and steak restaurant destination.  His career then progressed as he served as Corporate Director of Operations for HSC Hospitality Corporation in Dallas, Texas, from 1991 to 1997.  He returned to New Jersey to serve as Vice President of Operations for the Hardshell Café Restaurants. After six years as VPO, he was called back to the casino world joining Bally’s Atlantic City Casino Hotel in 2003 as Director of Food and Beverage overseeing 19 restaurants and four lounges.

Steve’s passion for Club management brought him to Forewinds Hospitality in 2006 where he served as General Manager and Director of Hospitality Operations for nine years.  After working with the various golf destination properties throughout the Forewinds network, Steve became the Owner/Operator of Pop Consulting which provided a full range of consulting services for golf and country clubs as well as food and beverage operations.

Steve is extremely excited to join the team at Tampa Palms and the opportunity to get back to the Florida sunshine.  Sharing in his excitement are his wife Shelly, and two boys Harrison and Aaron.

Michelle Williams

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2017
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It is my greatest pleasure to be your Membership Director. I am a Tampa native and joined Tampa Palms in August of 2018. 

I have been a part of the ClubCorp family since September of 2017 where I was the Assistant Director of Memberships as well as a Pro Shop attendant at Hunter’s Green Country Club. I am excited to share the Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club lifestyle with the community and to help your club thrive!

In my spare time you can find me playing golf on our beautiful course, at Disney with my family or playing with my fur baby Sergio!

Maria Tirado

Role: Member Relations Coordinator
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 813.972.1991
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Originally from Spain, Maria graduated from Barton College in North Carolina, where she led the Women’s Golf Team and achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Sports Management. Maria worked for Centre Club in 2015 where she worked as Member Services Representative. Maria recently graduated with her MBA with a Marketing Concentration from Saint Leo University. Currently, she is taking classes at the University of Central Florida for her Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Maria will graduate in August 2019! 

Maria is excited to work again for ClubCorp. Engaging with members and making sure that Tampa Palms offers a unique and personalized experience will always be her top priorities!  

Christa Watson

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 813.972.1991
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Justice Davis

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2018
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Lorraine Fernandez

Role: Hotel Manager
Serving Since: 2009

Lorraine joined the extraordinary team as the Hotel Manager at Tampa Palms in May 2009. Each day gives her great pleasure to see the smiling faces of our members whom she considers both friends, even family. Coming to work each day is a beautiful view, always lifting spirits, and what you would call "absolutely living the life!" Prior to joining TP, Lorraine worked with Marriott hotels as a Sales Manager and Director of Sales in Tampa. Her business passion is planning and executing events such as private events and elaborate corporate functions. She has several years of experience planning and executing grand events. Her goal is to continue to create and develop the business success for the club and a magical experience for our members and hotel guests.

Email: Lorraine.Fernandez@clubcorp.com

Andy Bianchi

Role: Sports Center Director
Serving Since: 2010

Andy Bianchi has been with the Tampa Palms team since 2010 as an MRD and as Sport Center Director since 2014. Originally from Rome, Italy, he came to study English as a second language in 1996 in Miami, Florida. After 3 months of super intensive courses he attended Florida International University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Andy worked for Intercontinental Hotels, Sofitel, Bentley Luxury Suites hotel in Miami Beach, Crown Golf and ClubCorp for the last 10 years. Andy is fluent in Italian, Spanish and French and he is a certified pool operator. Andy is passionate about sports in general, and considers his job a privilege. "You know it is not your typical 9-5 job when your office is surrounded by tennis courts, a pool, a gym and 80 children screaming and playing. Having worked in the past for big hotel chains where customers go and come daily, I really enjoy building long lasting relationships and enriching member's lives as well as my own!"

Kevin Kenny

Role: Director of Golf
Serving Since: 2004
Phone Number: 813.972.1444

Kevin Kenny is a native born Floridian, in Pensacola and was raised in Tallahassee. He attended the University of South Florida and graduated with honors in 1989 with a double major in Finance and Marketing. KK has been a PGA Member for 22 years now. In 2014, he was voted North Florida PGA / West Conference Chapter Teacher of the year and currently teaches PGA Tour Member, George McNeill. He has also previously been the North Florida PGA Player of the Year.
Kevin’s goal is to make the golf experience the best it can possibly be at Tampa Palms for every level of golfer through the professional implementation of teaching programs and varied tournament
activities.

Mickey Subotic

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2005

Mickey began his career in the golf industry in 1997 at Innisbrook Golf Resort in Palm Harbor. There he had the opportunity to work through all stages and host the PGA tour. He joined the ClubCorp family in 2005 as the Superintendent at East Lake Woodlands. In 2014, Mickey became Regional Superintendent for the Tampa area. In 2015, Mickey was recognized for his hard work as an "All Star" employee, one of the highest honors in ClubCorp. Mickey has been a member of GCSA since 2002 and works actively in the local chapter. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, soccer, and spending time with his wife, two daughters and two dogs. 

Email: Mickey.Subotic@clubcorp.com

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Richard Lozada

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019

Originally from Chicago, Illinois with over 20 years experience in the food service industry. Work in numerous country clubs, hotels, and fine dining restaurants.

Published numerous times in newspapers, magazine including Food & Wine magazine, was 2016 Top Chef in Bloomington Illinois and Gold Medal Winner from America Culinary Federation. 

Married for 27 years. Daughter Amanda graduates in 2019 from Iowa State University as a Civil Engineer. Son, Ethan will be attending college in the fall to become a school teacher.

My mother was an inspiration to me becoming a Professional Chef, and it was a wonderful way to spend quality time with her.

Graduate from Washburn Culinary School, enjoy cooking French & Caribbean food. Enjoy collecting cookbooks, playing golf, and staying healthy, most of all spending time with the family.

Andrea Lord

Role: Head Tennis Pro
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 813.972.1991

Andrea has been heavily involved in tennis for the last 15 years and has received many accolades during that time. At Loyola Marymount University, she held a Division one National ranking of 12th in the country and a top 5 singles ranking in the West coast region.

She holds the record for most wins in a season and led her team to a first place conference finish against Pepperdine University for a bid into the NCAA tournament. As a division one head college coach, her team also appeared in two NCAA tournaments. Andrea previously served as the director of tournaments for the USTA Mid-Atlantic before beginning her coaching here at Tampa Palms.

She actively participates in USTA tournaments and league tennis and was a National Finalist at Indian Wells in 2015 for her 5.5/5.0 team.

Jeffrey Verberg

Role: Food & Beverage Director
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 832.978.5470 x662
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Jeff Verberg was born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is married to Tamara and has an eighteen-year-old son that attends college in Clearwater. He has been in the Food and Beverage business his whole life and got his start, like his brothers and sisters, in his Mum Mum's restaurant outside of Philadelphia. Jeff has been managing people since he was seventeen and loves to build relationships and make people feel cared for both with his guests and fellow co-workers. He went to high school and college and did the early part of his professional hospitality career in the Orlando Florida area where he met his wife. After that, he was in Houston Texas for a number of years where he ran The Tasting Room and several other high-end restaurants and groups. The last seven-plus years he has reopened the historic Blue Bell Inn and has run the Food and Beverage at Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope Pennsylvania. Now relocated back to the Greater Tampa Bay area recently to be closer to family and very excited to be at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club overseeing the Food and Beverage Department.

Tina Quinn

Role: Accountant
Serving Since: 1996
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Tina has been the club accountant at Tampa Palms Golf and Country Club since 2002.  Originally from Cameron County, Pennsylvania, she went on to pursue a degree from the University of South Carolina, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 1996. Tina’s career with Clubcorp began in December of 1996.  She worked for several ClubCorp properties throughout the southeast before ending up in Tampa.

Tina has a wonderful family and has been married to her husband, Keirnan, for 22 years. Tina has three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys vacationing with my family, Disney, and the beach.