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Robin Blankhorst

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Chief Operating Officer | General Manager

Robin Blankhorst joined Delaire in October 2021, bringing over three decades of hospitality industry experience. Throughout his career, Robin strengthened club operations and directed notable enhancement projects while building service-centric teams. His expertise has enabled him to drive measurable success and prompted the opportunity to manage several high-end, exclusive country clubs in South Florida. A leader in the club food and beverage scene and a Certified Club Manager (CCM), Robin elevates all facets of club operations and has achieved significant industry credentials, such as Distinguished Club Award, Platinum Club of America, and Platinum Club of the World status. Robin holds a degree in Hospitality and several major certifications, including that of Florida Community Association Manager. Robin’s leadership philosophy is based on inspiring and leading through action while helping staff reach full potential with training and mentoring to achieve the highest standards.

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Roger Edwards

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Clubhouse Manager

Roger Edwards joined the Delaire team in December 2017, bringing more than 25 years of hospitality management. His range of experience spans from managing food & beverage teams and overseeing South Florida renowned fine-dining restaurants to building structure maintenance abilities. Roger is a native Brazilian who moved to the U.S. in 2001. He worked with the Bova Group for almost ten years as General Manager, also the Versace Mansion in South Beach and in general maintenance at The Breakers, Palm Beach.

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Enzo Fargione

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Executive Chef

Award winning Chef Enzo Fargione will assume the role of Executive Chef on October 1, 2021. Enzo comes to Delaire directly from The Woodlands, Texas where he was the executive chef and director of culinary and food and beverage operations for the Howard Hughes Company. Prior to that, he held a similar role for Fiddler’s Creek Management in Naples. Chef Enzo's accolades include the following: White House Diplomatic Culinary Ambassador for The America’s Chef Corps; Finalist Best New Restaurant of the Year RAMW Fine Dining; Winner Top Star Chef National Restaurant Association; Winner Favorite Restaurant Award Washington, DC; and James Beard Semifinalist Entry Best Chef Mid Atlantic. He has been featured in and received awards from Esquire Magazine, The Palm Beach Post, Wine Spectator and The Washington City Paper.

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Linda Rodgers

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Controller

Linda Rodgers joined Delaire in 1994 as Controller. Born and raised in Ocean City, Maryland, Linda began her career right out of high school, working in the hospitality industry. Prior to moving to South Florida, she worked for the Harrison Group Hotel and Restaurants for 13 years as Office Manager/Controller. Linda continued to work in the Hotel industry until 1991 when she decided to shift her career, and she joined Boca West Country Club as a Staff accountant and eventually was promoted to Assistant Controller.

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Ana Todor

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Director of Membership & Marketing

Ana Todor joined the Delaire team as Director of Membership and Marketing in May 2020 and brought over 23 years of hospitality management experience from some of South Florida's exclusive resorts, country clubs, and prominent consulting firms. Recognized for record-setting membership club sales and remarkable marketing/creative skills, Ana has a proven ability to lead sales and marketing teams to meet brand goals and revenue gain. She is a native Romanian, and she holds a European degree in Hospitality Services, and Marketing and Accounting diplomas. Ana speaks several languages.

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Jessica Petullo

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Director of Catering & Social Activities

Jessica Petullo joined the Delaire team in June 2021, bringing over 18 years of hospitality experience. As a Florida native, Jessica was born in Orlando and attended the University of Central Florida, graduating with a BA in Marketing and a Master of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality. Most recently Jessica was a Senior Convention Manager at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. As a Certified Meeting Professional, she has managed events of all sizes throughout her career, overseeing the planning, menu development and banquet service of each event. Jessica was recognized as the winner of the prestigious Golden Pineapple Award in 2015 from the Central Florida Hospitality and Lodging Association.

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Liz Shaw

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Executive Coordinator

Liz Shaw has been a member of the Delaire team since 2005, and she draws from a variety of professional experiences. Liz served in the Washington, DC area as a medical association web designer and public relations/marketing firm account manager. Liz holds a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and a BA in English and Sociology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. Delaire members recognize that Liz's finger is on the pulse of most Delaire operations.

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Joe Herbstreith

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Head Golf Professional

Joe Herbstreith joined Delaire in October 2020 after spending the last 25 years at Birmingham Country Club, in Birmingham Michigan. Joe served as the Tournament Director, Director of Instruction, and ultimately the Head Golf Professional since 2014. Joe has spent winter seasons in South Florida competing in several mini-tours and as an instructor for the Nicklaus-Flick golf schools in Boca Raton and the Rick Smith Golf Academy in Naples. He attended Central Michigan University and has been a Class "A" Member of the PGA since 2000.

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Brian Bowles

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Superintendent

Brian Bowles has over 40 years of experience in the golf industry. Since attending Michigan State University to study agronomy, Brian has been a superintendent at Country Club of Birmingham and Palm Beach Polo. It was at Palm Beach Polo in the late 1980's that Brian met Pete Dye and decided to make the professional jump to golf course construction. During his years with Dye Designs, Brian developed his own style and honed many invaluable construction skills. Today he maintains his own golf course construction firm, Bowles Golf & Construction. Brian is also familiar with sales, as he owned a John Deere Dealership before returning to Delaire in 2017.

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Lawrence Sagel

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Director of Racquets

Lawrence Sagel has served as Tennis Director since 1989 and works diligently with his staff to keep members active and challenged with dynamic instruction and a variety of special tennis events. His goal at Delaire is to involve people of all ages, whether five or eighty-five, in the sport of tennis. According to Lawrence, "Tennis is a game for a lifetime." His skill as an instructor is demonstrated by his ability to differentiate each client's individual tennis goals, whether competitive or social. With both USPTA and USPTR professional credentials, Lawrence is a member of the Wilson Tennis advisory staff.

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Phil Bayne

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Director of Wellness

Phil Bayne has been a member of the Delaire for over 25 years. Phil has been involved in the planning and development of our new state of the art fitness center. He is a certified fitness specialist, a master exercise physiologist, and licensed massage therapist. Phil is certified with ISSA, NASM, Group Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Therapy, Neurological Muscular Kinesiotherapy, Connective Tissue Disorders, Flexibility for Conditioning and Rehabilitation & Exercise for the Elderly, as well as certification from University of Florida Strength & Conditioning Coaches Clinic.