Caroline Neish is a highly accomplished and success-driven executive with over 25 years in the hospitality industry. She possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and is widely recognized for her vision, humanistic approach to the hospitality industry, and the ability to transform facilities into a vibrant and memorable experience for guests.
She began her career in 1991 as Assistant Restaurant Manager at Accor’s Novotel Toronto Airport Hotel in Toronto Canada, then worked her way up to Director of Operations at Novotel North York Hotel Toronto. Since then she has worked with some of the top hotels and resorts throughout North America. This included new openings and growth through her successful rebranding efforts.
In 2000 she led a project to reimage the historical Seoul Club in Seoul Korea with a focus on elevated service and creating a home away from home experience for 52 different nationalities. Caroline spearheaded the successful $16M renovation and rebranding of the Westin Price Toronto in 2008. From there she accepted the Corporate Food and Beverage Director position for Metropolitan Hotels, host for celebrities in Toronto, Vancouver, and opened a new resort in Canmore, Alberta. She left to become the VP Food & Beverage and Development for Lark Hospitality located at the historic Old Mill Inn & Spa, a 4-Diamond property in Toronto.
In 2012 Caroline successfully purchased, renovated, and rebranded The Edgewater Inn and On The Edge restaurant in historical Kennebunkport, Maine. Transformed it into a premier waterfront boutique hotel and resort destination.
Joining us as General Manager, Caroline shares her experience and infectious energy with staff and members alike. It is her goal is to elevate the Commerce Club into Greenville’s premier Social and Business experience.
When not at work, Caroline enjoys spending time with her husband Peter and children Nicolas 20, and Tristan 17.
Samantha Chapman joined the Commerce Club in January 2018, bringing more than 9 years of sales and event planning experience to her new role as Membership Director. Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, Samantha received a business degree from College of Charleston where she fell in love with the hospitality industry. After spending the last 11 years as a military family and living in 7 different cities across the country, she and her husband decided to settle in Greenville in 2017. When not at the Club, Samantha enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as gardening, running and exploring all that the Upstate has to offer.
Stephanie Ibbotson started out at the Commerce Club as the Receptionist and has since moved on to the Member Relations Coordinator position. She graduated from USC Upstate in May 2016 with a degree in Communications and a Minor in Theatre. When she's not at work, you can probably find her at a local theatre, or with her boyfriend of 8 years. She is very excited to be in the Management Team and looks forward to using her college degree!
Shannon Hutchings was born and raised in the Greenville area and attended school at the College of Charleston, where she lived and worked for 18 years. It was in Charleston that she met the love of her life, Jered Young, and married him in 2010 at Folly Beach. They are now the loving parents of two sweet kitties, Truffles and Piggy. After building a career at the Harbour Club in Charleston over a span of 14 years and achieving the role of Private Events Director there in 2013, she has now returned home to her roots in Greenville and is delighted to be a member of the ClubCorp family as the Private Events Director of the Commerce Club. Shannon has earned numerous awards and recognition during her 14 years of service with ClubCorp. With all of this experience, you can rest assured that Shannon will treat your special event with friendliness, courtesy and professionalism from start to finish.
Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2017
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Born in France, Steve Doliget started his career at the early age of six. The days cooking beside his grandmother led to a lifelong relationship with the culinary arts. His instructor and mentor at the CFAIE (Centre de Formation d’Apprentis Interconsulaire de l’Eure) in Normandy, France was award-winning Chef Claude Le-Tohic. During this time, Steve perfected his culinary skills at a Michelin star restaurant “Les Saisons”.
After graduating in 2001, Steve moved to Paris. He then worked at typical Parisien bistros. Experiences at “Bistro le Velly” and “Bistro la Tortue” were important to better understand the dynamics of how a kitchen operates. Four years later, Steve desired to leave the hustle and bustle of the city of lights and moved back to nature. He worked in the French Alps and by the ocean specializing in various regional cuisines.
Steve then decided to embark on one of his most ambitious ventures to date, he left France to come to America. In 2010, Steve was hired at the acclaimed Ritz-Carlton, A Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Eager to accelerate his culinary path, he transitioned from the hotel industry to the private country club sector. He joined the team at Onwentsia Country Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in the U.S.
His 17 years of experience in the culinary arts prepared him well for his new role as Executive Chef of The Commerce Club in Greenville, South Carolina. From Paris to the French Alps, to Chicago to Greenville, Steve proved he is fearless in life as well as the kitchen. His improvisation of traditional French dishes encourages us to trust the element of surprise and the unexpected.
Role: Service Director
Serving Since: 2019
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Curtis Corneal is a native of Fort Walton Beach located on the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida. The Panhandle of Florida is known for its amazing verity of sea life and pristine beaches.
Curtis earned a degree in finance from the University of Central Florida and then hisMaster in Business Administration from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he graduated with honors.
Curtis has held leadership positions at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Walt Disney World Resorts ®, Norman’s at the Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes and executive positions at Fountains Resort, Southernmost Beach Resort and Southernmost Beach Café in Key West, Fl and the Spartanburg Marriott. Curtis has had the amazing opportunity to work with Chefs like Neil Connolly, Norman VanAken, Emeril Lagasse, Jeremiah Tower, Dean Fearing, Scott Hunnel and Brandon McGlamery. These experiences coupled with Curtis’s passion for providing exceptional customer service lead to memorable dining experiences for all guests that he encounters.
In his free time, Curtis enjoys fishing, boating, beach volleyball, exercising, exploring the Carolinas, cooking, great wines and spending time with his family and friends.
Role: Accounting Assistant
Serving Since: 1989
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Although she was born in Missouri, her family moved to SC when she was 10, and she considers Greenville her home. Her career with ClubCorp started in September 1988 when she took a position with the Commerce Club as a banquet server for the holidays. In January 1989, she moved into the Accounting Assistant position, where she remained until 1996 when her husband relocated to Savannah, GA.
Fortunately, she and her husband came back to Greenville four years later and she resumed the Accounting Assistant position. She came back because she believes the employees and Members of the Commerce Club are some of the finest people she’s ever met, and she thoroughly enjoys interacting with both the staff and Members.
In 2006, she and Tammy Dove won the ClubCorp Accounting Team STAR Excellence Award. In 2010, she branched out into the Receptionist position as well as continuing to assist in accounting, which grants her the opportunity to spend more time with the Members and assist them directly with questions.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys reading, games of all sorts, bridge and spending time with her family and friends.
Role: Office Manager
Serving Since: 1987
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Tammy has been at the Commerce Club almost as long as the Commerce Club has been open, and it certainly shows as she knows and enjoys all the Members. A native Greenvillian, Tammy loves to be outdoors, gardening, running marathons and biking on The Doodle Train and Swamp Rabbit Trail. She is the proud mother of two wonderful sons, Jonathan and Caden. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking trips to the beach and the mountains.