Meet Your Sales Team

Your Group Event Experts

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, he oversees Marketing, Sales, Business Development and Brand Partnerships. A native of Charlotte, Eric and his wife Katie have lived in Pinehurst since 2005 and have 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, 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. Before becoming Director of Group Sales, Karen served as the Director of Event Services & Catering, overseeing 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

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 includes groups based in the South, Southeast, West, Canada & International. 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, Sales Manager for groups under 25 and Sales Manager of State Associations, she has been promoted to Director of National Accounts and now handles groups in North Carolina, M-Z. 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

Director of National Accounts, 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 National Golf Accounts, Non-profits and groups in the Midwest market. Brey and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Brennan and Makynli.
Email Brey or call him at (910) 235-8487

Director of National Accounts, 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 currently working with groups in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic markets. 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

Director of National Accounts, 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. Derek currently works with groups in North Carolina, A-L.
Email Derek or call him at (910) 235-8508