An esteemed and successful club in a competitive marketplace, with a staff that comprises of a highly effective team that engenders a service heart, integrity, leadership, support for one another, highly adept interpersonal skills, entrepreneurial spirit, innovative thinking, extraordinary levels of empathy and caring, organizational skills, attention to detail, integral understanding of our principles & values, performance based (not process based), and excellent execution of the team comprised plan.
General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
Paul J. Malonson brings twenty-six years of experience as a results-driven, country club management professional and thirteen years as a Regional Manager/General Manager with some of the very best private country club companies in the industry. He engenders a demonstrated ability in building highly effective teams and programs that contribute substantially to the achievement of overall organizational targets. Paul is a graduate of University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He is happily married to his wife, Lara Malonson, and has four children.
Julie Iravani joined Vineyards Country Club in June 2015. She brings over fifteen years of sales and marketing experience. A native to Chicago’s North Shore, Julie was raised in Ohio. She attended Indiana University, Bloomington and received a BS in Economics. After graduating, Julie worked in Washington DC for a lobbying firm on Capitol Hill. Julie then moved to Chicago and worked in marketing for a healthcare consulting firm. After recognizing her dream to live in California, Julie ventured west to Los Angeles where she lived for 10 years. She worked as a Recruiting Analyst for Ernst and Young, LLP until deciding on a career in sales where she was a Sales Manager for a major event producer in Southern California. While in California, she was married and welcomed two children. Her Midwestern roots pulled her back to Columbus, Ohio in 2008 to raise her children. She was most recently the Director of Special Events and Membership for Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club in Powell, Ohio. Julie and her family moved to Naples in 2015 to be close to her parents who have been Naples residents since 1998. Julie has been fortunate to live and experience many places including living overseas in London and Florence, Italy. Julie and her family are very excited to become a part of the Naples community and Vineyards family.
Julie has lived in the Naples area since 1974 and considers herself a native. She is very familiar with the Florida Lifestyle and truly enjoys living on Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast. Julie's professional background is founded in activities and event planning. She worked for the prestigious Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples for over 25 years and has an extensive background in food & beverage and event/activities planning. The properties she has been associated with include: The Ritz Carlton; HDG which includes The Strand, Olde Cypress & Grandezza; Del Webb at Ave Maria and most recently, Verona Walk of Naples. Julie lives in Naples with her family. Her husband, Walter, is a Chef at the Vineyards, and daughter, Ashley, attends the University of Florida. She enjoys many activities including fishing, golf, jet skiing and travel. Julie looks forward to meeting you and welcomes you to stop in & say hello!
Ashley Fritz was born & raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She attended Tiffin University on a Soccer Scholarship and graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management. Ashley moved to Southwest Florida in 2002 where she began her career at The Registry Resort which became the Naples Grande. During her time at Naples Grande, she was the Club Services Manager. She then moved on to the Bonita Bay Club as Banquet & Catering Manager. Before joining the Vineyards, Ashley was the Activities Director at The Cascades at Estero.
Director of Golf
Born in Buffalo, New York. He spent his first 24 years in Western New York concentrating mainly on his hockey career. He started playing golf in high school and after completing his schooling at Geneseo State University where he received his degree in Marketing and Computer Science he decided to move to the warm weather climate to play some golf. Tom began his golf career at Quail Creek CC in Naples where he obtained his PGA card in 3 years. He has worked at some well known clubs in the Naples area including the Island Club on Marco and Quail West. He has been the Director of Golf here at the Vineyards for the past 15 years and looks forward to future years. He loves to talk to people and enjoys teaching golf to the members. The Vineyards has a very special place in his heart. *2001 Southwest Florida Chapter PGA Golf Professional of the Year. Currently, Immediate Past President Southwest Florida Chapter PGA.
Golf Course Superintendent
Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Graduated from Westerville South High School where he was on the golf & swim teams as well as actively involved with the National Future Farmers of America (FFA). Following High School Jim served in the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet aboard the U.S.S. Ranger. After his service in the Navy he attended Ohio State University where he graduated in Agronomy. Jim began his career as an assistant superintendent at the Innisbrook Resort in Tarpon Springs, Florida. While there the Resort hosted the J.C. Penny Classic two consecutive seasons and their Cooperhead course was shown on ABC Sports. Then Jim moved on to Dayton Beach where he worked at the Spruce Creek Country Club for 4½ years followed by one year at the La Cita Country Club in Titusville, Florida. Before coming to the Vineyards Country Club in September 2004; Jim spent 5 years at the Vero Beach Country Club, earning the titles of Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Golf Course Superintendent. In his spare time Jim enjoys; model railroading, sailing, helping with the Boy Scouts of America and is working towards his Masters Degree in Environmental Science. Family includes wife Dee-Anne, son Brandon and daughter Allison.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She grew up playing tennis in the National Junior Tennis League for inner city children. While in this program she received scholarships to attend different tennis academics throughout Florida. In high school she was a four-year starter in both the tennis and volleyball, but it was on the tennis court where she truly excelled. In high school she was Public League Singles Champion three out of four years. Joy also received a tennis scholarship to Kutztown University where she majored in business. In 1994 she decided to follow her dreams and moved to Florida to teach and play tennis. She has been with the Vineyards Country Club since 1995.
Director of Wellness
Eric Eccles is a seasoned professional in the Wellness Industry with over 26 years of experience. Eric studied Exercise Physiology at Ball State in Indiana and then went on to study neuromuscular therapy. He holds over 30 specialized certifications including Master Trainer, Holistic Fitness Practitioner, Yoga Alliance Educator, National Guild Hypnotherapist, Neurolinguistic Programming Practitioner as well as Wellness & Meditation Coach. Eric offers a unique approach to personal training, combining Cardio Fitness - Strength Training - Yoga - Nutrition Counseling - as well as Sports Specific & Mental Skills training for people of all walks of life. He’s also the author of many publications and has written a book compiling much of his education and how to implement healthy lifestyle practices titled "A Lifestyle Worth Living". His career path has blessed him with the opportunity to work with top professional athletes in world class clubs such as Doral Country Club & Williams Island. He has two wonderful daughters, the oldest starting her senior year at Florida International University and the youngest starting her sixth grade year in middle school here in Naples.
Food & Beverage Manager
Demi Munar was Born and raised in Arad, Romania and came to the US is 2003 in a Student Exchange Program. She attended Edison State College and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Management and Supervision. Her first Hospitality job was in the banquets Department at Naples Grande Resort and Club. From 2005-2008 she worked as the Show Room Manager for a local tile company. In 2006 Demi joined the Vineyards Country Club as part time sever and in 2010 took 2 years off to take care of her son. She returned to the Vineyards in 2012 as a Bartender and was quickly promoted to Bar Manager. Demi is happily married and has one sweet little boy.
Event Services Manager
Born and Raised in Jamaica, Claudia came to Michigan USA in 1995 and moved to Naples, Florida in 2000 where she held jobs as a Front Desk Manager and Night Auditor at a local hotel. Claudia has acquired certifications from the London Chamber of Commerce for Book Keeping, English, and Business Administration. She has worked in the service industry for over 20 years. Claudia has been working at the Vineyards Country Club since 2005 and holds an honorable 11 year tenure. In her spare time she loves to fish and cook.
Walter Inman, Executive Chef of Vineyards Country Club, has been with the company for over 19 years. Walter began his culinary career with the Vineyards as Executive Sous Chef and was promoted to Executive Chef in April of 2014. Chef Inman is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston, SC and has worked for several prestigious hotels, clubs and restuarants including the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. He has also worked as a Private Chef for a local residential couple. Chef Inman is pleased to include recipes for some of the Club's favorite dishes, including: Tomato Basil Bisque, Strawberry Soup, Key West Salad, Potato Encrusted Salmon and Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce. Chef Walter loves our members and you will often see him in the Dining Room chatting with our members after service. His culinary philosophy is simple "to use the best products available while creating food our members enjoy for a good value".
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