Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club is staffed by a talented leadership team assembled by the Roberts family to cover every facet of this unique, private community. The owners’ uncompromised commitment to Golden Ocala is evident through their attention to detail and the staff entrusted as stewards of the property. Each member of the Golden Ocala team brings a wealth of experience from notable ventures around the globe. Let our professional and friendly leadership team be your guide to discover the privilege of membership at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club.
When the Roberts family purchased Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Joe Donnelly was named General Manager to help their vision become reality. He has been involved in every aspect of Golden Ocala’s growth, including the design and development of several of the residential neighborhoods, the construction of the Golden Ocala’s Clubhouse, along with the Spa, Fitness Center and the complete renovation of the Golf Course. Joe became a PGA Golf Professional in 1990. He played professionally in events on the PGA, Canadian and Nationwide tours. Joe has over 30 years of experience in the golf club management industry. Prior to joining Golden Ocala, Joe was the General Manager at the Cape Coral Golf & Tennis Resort in Cape Coral, Florida. Joe and his wife Marny have two daughters, Brynn and Lauren.
Kindel Carpenter is a native of Ohio and is a 2013 graduate of the University of Florida. Shortly after graduating from UF with a degree in Family, Youth and Community Sciences, she began her career at Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. She is also a licensed Realtor® with Royal Shell Real Estate. Kindel said becoming a Realtor® helped her better understand all aspects of Golden Ocala from the standpoint of the owners and developers as she is tasked to facilitate projects. Additionally she works closely with marketing companies to design and approve all marketing efforts for Golden Ocala. Kindel enjoys engaging with members and working closely with staff to organize member events throughout the year. She is an animal lover and owns four dogs and also routinely fosters one additional dog awaiting adoption.
Tim Martin, who arrived at Golden Ocala in early 2017, brings more than two decades of experience in real estate development to Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club. His background includes working with large master planned communities in Southwest Florida; being a former public works director, and working with speculative home construction. Tim is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. As Vice President of Real Estate at Golden Ocala, Tim directs the master planning, engineering & permitting, land development and the preferred builder program. He also works closely with the sales and marketing team. He is frequently asked if purchasing a home in Golden Ocala is a good investment. Tim responds, “of course, yes! Where we expect property values and homesite demand to increase with the construction of the new equestrian center.”
Rick Alabaugh has been the Executive Chef of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club since it opened in 2002. It was while working at a restaurant during college, as he pursued a degree in Criminal Justice, that Rick discovered his passion for food. His career plans shifted to culinary arts and he completed formal training at The Greenbrier, the historic, 5-star resort in West Virginia. In addition to working at a number of to facilities around the country, Rick previously owned a restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama before moving to Ocala. He has earned top culinary awards including The Taste of Mississippi, The Taste of Vail and the Taste of the Nation in Birmingham. In Ocala he earned the title “Iron Chef of Ocala” and was the winner of Culinary Combat, and was listed on the “Best of Best” list of local chefs. Rick said he loves to experiment with food combinations and flavors; and believes that you should provide guests with food that is innovative, fresh, and full of flavor and visually appealing as well.
Alisa Carlino is an accomplished hospitality professional who has worked in all aspects of the industry. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Lynn University in Boca Raton. She has proven expertise in outperforming guest’s expectations. Prior to joining Golden Ocala in January 2017, Alisa was an event manager at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center in Gainesville. She has also served as a general manager and corporate trainer with other hospitality entities. In addition, Alisa was previously a partner in a seafood concept restaurant in South Florida.
Thiroshan Chetty joined Golden Ocala in 2005 as Director of Tennis. He was born and raised in South Africa and at the age of 16 Thiroshan was crowned South Africa’s National Tennis Champion. Since helping to open the Golden Ocala Tennis Center, he has worked to grow the program to attract national attention by offering a combination of exciting tournaments and energetic events for members and guests. Thiroshan has coached on the Women’s Tennis Association’s tour and several world class juniors, giving him experience coupled with a culture of success. Thiroshan obtained an Executive MBA from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College. When he’s not on the tennis court Thiroshan enjoys playing with his children, traveling, or a game of golf.
Ryan Gray has spent his past 12 years as a Golf Professional earning his Class A PGA Membership in 2010. Ryan is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to Golden Ocala, Ryan was the Director of Golf at Honeybrook Golf Club in Pennsylvania, Head Golf Professional & Tournament Supervisor at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando and Lead Assistant at The Country Club of Orlando. Ryan has worked closely with the development of the PNC Father-Son Challenge hosted in December at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando. Ryan has had extensive training with Marriott Golf & The Ritz-Carlton developing a first-class experience. Ryan most recently was named 2017 Assistant Golf Professional of the Year. Ryan has compiled four victories in his time playing professionally throughout the Philadelphia & North Florida PGA sections. He looks forward to spending time on the golf course with the membership. Ryan and wife Kaitlin, also an avid golfer have a little girl Palmer who is 11 months.
Jack Creveling began his golf industry career more than 15 years ago. He is a native of Gainesville and graduate of the University of Florida’s Tuffgrass program. Jack spent nearly a decade at TPC Sawgrass prior to being named Golf Course Superintendent at Golden Ocala in 2013. As for the course, Jack said Hole 13 is the most challenging because it plays long and normally into a prevailing wind, with the most difficult green on the course. He said a little known fact about the upkeep on the course is that approximately a fourth of the amount of fertilizer is used on the course compared to what most homeowners use on their lawns annually. Jack said in applying small doses of fertilizer continually throughout the year helps control growth and be better guardians of our environment. Jack and wife Christine have two young children.
Bob Hollis has a 38 year career as a horticulturist. Prior to starting his position at Golden Ocala in February 2017, Bob was the Director of Horticulture for Baltimore Country Club. From a horticultural standpoint, Bob said Golden Ocala is known for the lovely gardens where weddings are performed, the large Oak trees and colorful footprint of the annual blooms throughout the property. His favorite spot so far is the beautiful garden areas spanning the rear of the Golden Ocala Clubhouse to include the veranda, patio and walkways. Bob and his wife Tina reside in Summerfield. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, fishing cooking and spending time with his family.
Robert Huff has spent 25 years in the hospitality industry. He moved to Ocala 11 years ago from Fort Lauderdale and joined Golden Ocala in June of 2016. Before coming to Golden Ocala as director of Food and Beverage, Huff was a part of Sky Asian Fusion, Ipanema, Brazilian Steakhouse, and The Mojo Grill. He formerly operated several Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Council Oak Steakhouse locations. Robert oversees three restaurants, special events, catering, and weddings. He is also responsible for creating the wine lists and beverage menus. When he has free time, Huff likes to fish in Crystal River with his White Labrador. He’s also a golfer and has played the course for years; his favorite is No. 11 which is patterned after Augusta because it is a tough, a short Par 3 over water with a very shallow green.
Alberto Perotti was named director of housekeeping for Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in May 2017. He brings an extensive background in hotel hospitality to Golden Ocala. Alberto manages the daily operations of both the housekeeping and facility maintenance departments. He enjoys working closely with his staff to ensure superior service and guest satisfaction. "Having the opportunity to work alongside my staff gives me great pleasure and I strongly believe the backbone of our industry deeply relies in their hands and without them, we can't function," he said. A native of Hialeah, FL, Alberto currently resides with his longtime partner of 12 years, Sharon, and their three sons. He loves spending his time with his family on days off, visiting Clearwater beach in the summer, and enjoys the sport of horse racing.
Alaina Oleson was named the Equestrian Manager for Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in July 2015. You will find her riding a horse a lot at work, which is always fun for her. A native of Portland, Maine, she spent her teen years showing horses with her father. Alaina holds degree in Equine Business Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to Golden Ocala, she spent several years in Germany helping to run a horse business. Alaina is somewhat fluent in German when it comes to anything dealing with horses; along with eating and getting around. She owns three horses and a Jack Russell Terrier. She said horses have always brought her joy and she believes the relationship between horses and humans is therapeutic, “Horses have personalities. They interact with you.”
Suzie Silvestri joined Golden Ocala in 2016 as controller. She has 15 years of professional accounting and finance experience; with an extensive background in auditing, mergers and acquisitions along with financial planning and analysis. Suzie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Florida. Her first job after college was with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of global accounting firms. When Suzie has free time she enjoys participating in sports, swimming, reading and traveling.
Donna Snow joined Golden Ocala in 2015 as Director of Membership. She has more than 13 years of experience in the industry and is a member of the Professional Club Marketing Association. Prior to Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Donna was Director of Membership with Aberdeen Golf and Country Club in Wellington, Florida and the Forest Club located in Houston, Texas. She said with Golden Ocala’s idyllic setting and the luxury amenities, it’s easy to find a warm and friendly membership to welcome you to the community. In her free time Donna enjoys traveling as well as spending time with family and friends.
Barbara Whatley joined Golden Ocala in 2007 as director of the Spa and Fitness Center. She is a licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician. Barbara has more than 20 years of experience in the field having worked intimately with all phases of spas, salons and product companies. Her previous roles include Spa Director, Consultant, Trainer, and Educator in the resort, country club, day spa and medical industries. Her vision for the Golden Ocala Spa is to create an environment that promotes comfort, relaxation and personalized attention. Barbara prides herself on ensuring every experience at the Spa is special and memorable with consistency of outstanding service.
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Golden Ocala is a part of the R+L Carriers Family of Companies. All companies within the R+L Family serve the same mission to provide superior service at competitive pricing through efficient operations and innovative thinking to the ultimate benefit of our customers and shareholders. Customer satisfaction is mandatory to ensure future success.
The magic first began with the vision and desire of one remarkable family – the Roberts family – to create a utopian wonderland encircling an exquisite, grand home like no other. Those who visit the Roberts’ 1,300-acre equestrian estate are awestruck at its poetic, beguiling beauty that is indeed a fantasy brought to life. One discovers the stunning artistry of fountains, statuary and gardens at every turn.
Wishing to share the tranquil lifestyle with others, the Roberts have established a residential golf and equestrian community echoing the ambiance of their own estate – a private sanctuary where families can enjoy horseback riding, championship golf, luxury homes and superb amenities.
The Roberts family warmly invites you to join the Golden Ocala Experience – for the best that life has to offer.