VP of Sales & Business Development, Eric Kuester
Eric started his career with Pinehurst in 2002 in the Rooms Division as a Front Office associate. He rejoined Pinehurst in 2004 as a member of the Group Sales Team and in the fall of 2014 was named Director of Group Sales where he also handled responsibility over the corporate Northeast market. He was given new business development and partnerships in 2015. As Vice President of Sales & Business Development he oversees all sales for Pinehurst Resort which includes Group, Social/Leisure, and Event Services. Eric, a native of Charlotte, lives in the Village of Pinehurst with wife Katie and their three sons, Wells, Ford and Bo. He is an avid golfer and a graduate of North Carolina State University.
Email Eric or call him at (910) 235-8748
Director of Group Sales, Spencer Hux
Spencer comes to us from The Hermitage Hotel, an Historic Five Star, Five Diamond property in Nashville, Tennessee, as Director of Sales where he oversaw Group and Leisure Sales as well as Revenue Management. Prior to his time in Nashville, Spencer’s career in hospitality started with golf, as he launched an extensive career at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, where he was a multiple time top producer on the Group Sales Team. In addition to serving as Director of Group Sales, he will be responsible for the Northeast, Canada and international markets.
Email Spencer or call him at (910) 235-8490
Senior Director of National Accounts, Kimberly Bryan
Kimberly started her career at Pinehurst just 3 months prior to the 1999 United States Open Championship. She is the first Pinehurst Sales Manager to achieve the elite Pinehurst President’s Club status. Kimberly’s market is corporate North Carolina. She is an active member of Meeting Planners International, Carolinas Chapter, and the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Email Kimberly or call her at (910) 235-8732
Director of National Accounts, Tiffani Sheppard
Tiffani, a native of Pinehurst, has been with the resort since 2005. After much success as an Executive Meeting Manager and most recently Sales Manager for groups under 25 in the Corporate North Carolina market, she was promoted in early 2015 to Sales Manager of State Associations. She currently handles State Associations out of the North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia markets. Husband Ashley is the owner/operator of a popular local BBQ restaurant, the Pik-N-Pig. She enjoys running, watching the Tar Heels play and family time with their twins Harper & Ashley.
Email Tiffani or call her at (910) 235-8769
Sales Manager, Brey Garske
Brey began his career as part of the opening team at Reunion Resort as Assistant Golf Professional in 2004. He became the Tournament Sales Manager at Reunion Resort in 2011 and in 2012 was promoted to Golf Sales Manager for Salamander Hotels & Resorts comprising of Hammock Beach, Innisbrook, and Reunion Resorts. Brey brings more than 13 years of golf and hospitality experience to Pinehurst, where he handles groups with 26 rooms or more in the South, Southeast and Midwest markets. Brey and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Brennan and Makynli.
Email Brey or call him at (910) 235-8487
Sales Manager, Jon Campbell
Jon comes to Pinehurst from The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham, NC where he was a Group Sales Manager. In addition, Jon has also worked as the Director of Food & Beverage at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, Director of Conference Services at The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, Director of Operations at The Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY and General Manager at JP Morgan Chase Conference Centers in New York, NY to name a few. Jon attended Onondaga Community College in Dewitt, New York, studying Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice. He handles Midwest groups of 26 or more on peak night, and All SMERF business, any size.
Email Jon or call him at (910) 235-8499
Sales Manager, Nimisha Birath
Nimisha began her career at Pinehurst in 2012 as a Social Sales Coordinator, gaining an in-depth knowledge of all that Pinehurst Resort has to offer guests. She is working with groups in the North Carolina market with focus on the Greater Charlotte Metro area, and also handling the NC Higher Education vertical market. Nimisha and her husband, John, have two daughters, Meirra and Shayla. She enjoys spending time with her family, teaching aqua aerobics and gardening.
Email Nimisha or call her at (910) 235-8498
Sales Manager, Derek Noll
Derek has worked with Pinehurst since 2014 and worked most recently in the role of Golf & Retail Group Sales Manager. Prior to Pinehurst, Derek worked at Talamore and Mid-South as a golf professional and property manager for the golf packaging business for over 8 years. Derek has a Bachelor of Science degree from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Professional Golf Management. As a Group Sales Manager, Derek will be responsible for generating group room night sales for groups under 25 for NC, SC and Virginia.
Email Derek or call him at (910) 235-8508
Director of Event Services and Catering, Karen DiCarlo
Karen joined the Pinehurst team in 2002 as a Conference Services Manager. She previously worked for both Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Interstate Hotels where she developed an extensive operational background having managed the front desk, beverage and night audit departments before moving into sales. As Director of Event Services & Catering, Karen oversees all aspects of conference planning, catering sales and event production & décor. Her husband Dan, is a golf professional at Longleaf Golf & Family club. They have two sons, Nick & Joey.
Email Karen or call her at (910) 235-8786
Project Coordinator, Alexis Trogdon
Alexis started her career with Pinehurst in 2018, as the Project Coordinator of the Group Sales Team. Prior to joining the Pinehurst Team, Alexis interned in the Sales and Marketing Department at Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. A native of nearby Asheboro, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte in Charlotte, NC where she majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In her role at Pinehurst, she will be focused on supporting the Group Sales Team with bespoke client events, social media, and other creative platforms while serving as a liaison to all other departments at the resort.
Email Alexis or call her at (910) 235-8497