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Staff

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Mike Hoelzer Jr.

Title

General Manager / COO

Mike is a native Texan and long-time Houston resident. He comes to River Strand with an exceptional background in the golf club industry and was formerly the General Manager at TPC Prestancia. Mike is a member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). He is looking forward to using his expertise to enhance River Strand’s Member experience and developing, maintaining, and administering a sound business and organizational plan for the property.

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Bryan Hawn

Title

Controller / CFO

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Elaine Frederick

Title

Senior Community Association Manager

Elaine is a Florida Licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) with an impressive 12 years of experience managing high-rise condominiums, large scale HOA communities, and co-ops. She has helped management companies maneuver through association turnovers from the developer to the homeowners with great success. Elaine’s love for her career is evident in her professional approach and will only serve to supplement the positive vision we all have for River Strand. Elaine works with and assists the Board in accomplishing goals for the association.

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Ed Eaton

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Community Association Manager

Ed is a licensed CAM who lives in Bradenton with his wife Laura. He relocated from New York three years ago where he worked as a Maintenance Manager for the largest health care system on Long Island. Ed cut his teeth in property management as part of the management staff that built out a 550-unit retirement community in Manorville Long Island. From there he worked in the retail industry as a district manager in charge of multiple big box warehouses. Ed is skilled in Community Management, Operations and Budgeting, Compliance, Maintenance and Construction, Safety and Security to name a few. One of Eds biggest attributes is customer service. Ed believes he is here to facilitate the needs of the River Strand community with integrity while facilitating the needs of its residents and staff.

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Marcelo Mercado

Title

Food & Beverage Manager

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Matthew Lewis

Title

Executive Chef

Chef Matthew Lewis discovered his passion for food and cooking at a very early age. He attended the Art Institute of Colorado for Hospitality and Culinary Supervision and worked his way through college at various Bistros, Cafes, Restaurants and hotels in Denver before landing his first Executive Chef position at the Carambola Golf Course in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Prior to joining River Strand, Matthew was the Executive Chef at TPC Prestancia Golf and Social Club. Matthew is married to Nicole and they have two boys; ten-year-old Ethan and 9-year-old Evan. Matthew is excited to be a part of the River Strand team and looks forward to meeting you all.

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Brian Richter

Title

Head Golf Professional

Brian is a Class A Certified Professional in Golf Operations with the PGA of America. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning 20+ years. He was born and raised in Cincinnati where he received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati while playing on the golf team. Brian moved to Florida in 1998 to live the dream of playing golf year-round and became the Head Golf Professional at Crescent Oaks Country Club. From there he went on to serve 9 years as the General Manager/Director of Golf at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Tampa, 4 years at Legacy Golf Club and most recently 6 ½ years at The Eagles Golf Club.

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Renze Berg

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Golf Course Superintendent

Renze is a Class A member of The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), born and raised in Bradenton. After graduating with an AS Degree in Golf Course Management in 1996, he began his career at University Park Country Club, later moving on to be the Assistant Golf Professional at The Links at Greenfield Plantation. Later, as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Renze helped complete a successful renovation at Bradenton Country Club in 1998, after which he was promoted to Superintendent, a position he held from 2003 - 2015. While maintaining the historic private Club, he hosted the Florida State Amateur Championship in 2013 and the Women's U.S. Open Qualifier in May 2015. Renze is focused on maintaining a first class golf course for River Strand.

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Abdul Idi

Title

Director of Racquet Sports

Abdul began teaching tennis at River Strand in June 2011. Prior to River Strand, Abdul was a successful Tennis Professional and Head Tennis Professional for about 15 years at prominent tennis centers throughout Minnesota. As a former Junior Champion at the '85 National Sports Festival in Nigeria, Abdul has competed in and won countless tennis awards in the 1980’s; and he competed at the 2010 USTA 5.0 Nationals. With his rich tennis experience, he also holds a master’s degree in Community Health from Minnesota State University. Abdul certainly has an abundance to offer River Strand tennis players!