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 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

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, 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