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 Lazaro

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!

Jessica Scheibe

Role: Member Relations Director
Serving Since: 2019
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Born and raised in Florida, Graduated from Saint Leo University with a B.A Business Marketing. She loves vacationing with her friends and family. She worked at a Country Club for 5 years prior to joining the Tampa Palms family as your Service Director in February 2019.  Jessica helps oversee the restaurant and create a fun and extraordinary dining experience for our members. She feels fortunate for becoming a part of such a welcoming establishment and is excited to see what the future brings.

Gemma Craig

Role: Private Event Director
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 813.632.1674
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I grew up in Excelsior, Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Bachelor's in Communication and New Media Studies. Moved to Florida in 2015 and can't get enough of the sunshine and palm trees! I live on Harbour Island in Tampa with my boyfriend (fun fact, we share the same birthday). Prior to Tampa Palms, I was the Catering Sales Manager for Saltblock Hospitality at the Tampa Museum of Art and the Glazer Children's Museum. Before that, I was a Food + Beverage Manager for Red Frog Events traveling around the country for Music Festivals, Airshows, and NASCAR races. I love running, yoga, and live music. My spare time is spent at the beach, a new local restaurant, or on a plane.

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.

Troy Wetherington

Role: Golf Course Superintendent
Serving Since: 2016
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Troy Wetherington brings us 25 years of golf course experience and his education is from Florida A&M BS and North Florida College AA. Troy originally began his career as the assistant to his oldest brother who was a Superintendent at Jefferson Country Club. He worked at that course for 16 years and 8 years as Superintendent under Former PGA professional David Jackson. In 2003, he completed his first renovation and grow-in to USGA specifications. Troy has worked with multiple PGA tour players to better his understanding of course playability. 

Troy joined the Club Corp family in 2016 as Assistant at Tampa Palms under Mickey Subotic. Ten months later, he accepted the Superintendent position at DeBary Golf & Country Club. After two-plus years at DeBary, it was time for him to return to the Tampa Palms Family as our Golf Course Superintendent.

Ken Ventimiglia

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2020
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Kenneth comes to us with a wealth of experience creating successful Tennis Programs for all level players.

A Rockport, MA native, Ken has been a tennis professional since 1982. He was ranked junior player and a top ten Men's A player. Ken represented New England at the 1st Olympic qualifier in 1983 at Flushing Meadows, New York, site of the U.S. Open. He received a full scholarship after high school at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Later on he received a full tennis scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University NCCA Division 1, where he played #1 singles.

He comes to us from The Wanderers Club of Wellington (2014-2019) where in a short 5 years he revamped the entire tennis program. His biggest accomplishment at the club was his Palm Beach County Women's Tennis Association (PBWTA) team which captured 4 championship titles in 5 years.

Ken is USPTA certified - Elite Pro since 2000, and certified USTA High-Performance Coach since 2006. He has one son attending college, and another son senior in high school.

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.

Nicolas Mut

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2019
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Executive Chef Nicolas Mut has been in the industry his entire life growing up with his family owning a restaurant. He professionally started his culinary career in Mexico at Andersons Group. His culinary career brought him to the states in 1999 and has lived all over the country.

FUN FACT: Chef Nicolas has catered for three of our United States Presidents!

  • Alumni - Universidad de los Americanos (UCLA sister)
  • Chef Influences - Tom Pritchard & Jason Bergeron
  • Favorite Sport - Golf & Shooting
  • Favorite Restaurant - Salt Rock Grill
  • Favorite Thing To Cook - Seafood
  • Favorite TV Show - Fortune Fire

My favorite part of my position in the club is making the Members feel special!

Paul Ferrier

Role: PGA Assistant Professional
Serving Since: 2019
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A native of Edinburgh Scotland, Paul moved to the US in 2008 and played college golf at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he graduated with a degree in Psychology with a minor in History. During his time at Charlotte, Paul was named A-10 All-Conference team as a freshman and Senior. Paul returned home during the summers where he won the 2011 East of Scotland Championship, reached the 2012 Amateur Championship semi-finals at Royal Troon and represented Scotland on the Home International Winning Team of 2012.

Paul turned professional in 2013 and returned to the US where he competed on tours such as the eGolf Tour, PGA Tour Canada and local mini-tours throughout Florida.

Paul joined the Tampa Palms team in May 2018 and aims to encourage the enthusiasm for the game through his experience and passion for golf.