Message from the GM
By Dick Naumann
I am very honored to be your new General Manager here at Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club. As I write this, I am completing my second day on the job, and it has been a whirlwind! On my first day, we had a Membership meeting to announce the vote for the course reconstruction projects at Old Trail. The Board, committees and staff worked very hard to communicate the need for this project and the specifics of what it would take to achieve. An 85% approval rating is evidence of the tremendous job that they did. I spent a lot of time with Ray Caraballo trying to download all the knowledge that I could from him before his departure back to Naples to resume his retirement. Many thanks to Ray for coming back to JL for the past five months to led the team during this transition.
I have had the pleasure of meeting numerous Members the past two days, both at The Landing and during Prime Rib Night. For those whom I have not introduced myself to, I thought it would be nice to do so here. I come to you from Philadelphia where I served as General Manager of Aronimink Golf Club for the past ten years. Prior to Aronimink, I spent twenty-two years in Rochester, NY. I started my club career at Oak Hill Country Club as the Assistant Manager, then moved across town to assume the General Manager position at Locust Hill CC. Most golfers will recognize the Oak Hill name. It was a thrill to manage all of the clubhouse operations and F&B, including the player and media dining for the 1995 Ryder Cup. For those of you who follow the LPGA, you may recognize Locust Hill for hosting the LPGA for 38 consecutive years. The tournaments are fun and exciting but are secondary to the primary goal of running the day to day operations and providing excellence in facilities and service. At all three clubs I enjoyed success in building and improving the dining and overall member experience. I look forward to continuing this trend here at JL. On the personal side, I was born and raised in Suffern, NY and received my degree in business management from SUNY Plattsburgh. I am married to my beautiful wife Jennifer, and we celebrate our 34th anniversary at the end of April. We have three children. Our son Rick is 29, single and loves living and working in New York City as a structural engineer; Our daughter Emily, 27, is a third grade teacher in the Philadelphia area, and she and her husband are planning to move down to SE Florida this fall; our youngest daughter Claire, is a freshman at the University of Florida, majoring in engineering, and enjoying her first year as a Gator!
I have a big favor to ask. With over 1,000 Members, it is a monumental task to learn everyone’s names. With meeting so many people in such a short period of time, it is difficult to retain all of the names. Please help me by reminding me of your name as we get to know each other. Thank you!
My door is always open, and I can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. If you have comments, ideas, suggestions or just want to say hello, I would love to hear from you. Thank you for having me as your General Manager, I look forward to serving you for many years to come.