General Manager
Carol Edell, CCM, CCE
Raised in Long Island, NY, Carol graduated from SUNY-Oneonta before beginning her career in hospitality. She served in a variety of positions, at several Ritz Carlton properties both international and domestic, as well as leading the Country Club of Columbus (GA) in her capacity as General Manager. Carol believes passionately in service excellence through building personal relationships with Club membership, developing the best staff in the hospitality industry, and guiding the Club to a position of future viability while maintaining it's rich history and traditions. In her time away from the Club she enjoys travel, time at the beach, swimming, diving and live music.
Clubhouse Manager
Billy Mayo
Billy began his tenure as the Food and Beverage Director in 2002 before being promoted to Clubhouse Manager in 2012. He oversees the day to day operations for all Food and Beverage outlets, Maintenance, and Housekeeping. He sees his service to the membership over the years as a privilege and looks forward to many more years of service, in any capacity.
Sharon Miller
Sharon grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut, then headed further North to attend New Hampshire College. Sharon moved to Jacksonville in 1995 and worked as the Controller for the River Club and Epping Forest Yacht Club for 18 years before joining the FYC team. She is an avid boater, Jaguar fan and loves spending time with her husband and son.
Originally from Quitman, GA, Grace moved to Jacksonville in 2012 to attend high school at Trinity Christian Academy. Grace recently graduated from Florida State College at Jacksonville, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Grace was exposed to the corporate accounting world. Upon graduation and after 2 years in corporate accounting, Grace decided that the corporate atmosphere was not what she desired in a career. Grace was ecstatic to trade in her cubicle life and join the FYC family. In her spare time, Grace loves to travel, explore the outdoors, and spend time with friends and family.
Membership & Marketing Director
Casey Nichols
Born in Jacksonville, FL., Casey grew up in the Philadelphia area. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Management at St. Joseph’s University, and working briefly in finance and retail marketing he returned to Jacksonville as the Director of Sales and Promotions for the Jacksonville Suns Baseball Club (AA-Affiliate, Miami Marlins). In 2011, Nichols was promoted to Assistant General Manager and subsequently enjoyed 3 Southern League Championship seasons and the pleasure of developing lasting relationships with countless First Coast citizens. He uses that same approach to relationship building with a focus on Member experience at FYC. Away from the office he enjoys the game of golf, Kentucky Wildcat basketball and the company of friends and family.
Catering Manager
Jessica Gustine
At a very young age, Jessica was introduced to the fascinating world of Weddings and Events while accompanying her mother on photo shoots to captivating venues including The Breakers Hotel, Mar-a-Lago, and the Naples Grande Beach Resort. It was then she found her calling– helping people make their dreams come true. After graduating High School in Palm Beach, Jessica began her education in Gainesville in Business Administration and Hospitality. She then started her career with the Gainesville Country Club planning, coordinating, and decorating a wide range of events. With her relative experience, passion for foods and beverages, and her newfound devotion to the club membership – Jessica knew she had chosen the right path. When the opportunity to join the family at The Florida Yacht Club presented itself, she couldn’t think of any better place to grow and expand in the club industry. Jessica aspires to manage her own club in the future.
Director of Food & Beverage
Kyle Bell
Kyle, a Florida native, has been in food and beverage his whole career. After leaving the Air Force as an intelligence analyst stationed in Maryland at the National Security Agency, he joined Marriott International as a restaurant supervisor. After 10 years and many positions later, he left and went to work for Hilton as Food and Beverage Director. Admiring the restaurant life he left Hilton and was in charge of his own restaurant for Chili’s. Spending 7 years there as a Managing Partner, he learned a lot about truly being responsible for himself, his managers, the building and the people. He is married with 4 children and loves to be out on the boat and tries to golf when not at work.
Food & Beverage Manager
Keith Smith
Keith attended college at SUNY Canton for Civil Engineering, and began his career in hospitality at the Pearl River Hilton. In 2014 Keith moved to Jacksonville from Staten Island, here he hopes to one day own his own business as an event designer & coordinator. He is the proud father of a dog named Xena.
Food & Beverage Manager
Jesse Snyder
Jesse, a Florida State graduate with a degree in Hospitality and Event Planning, grew up in Jacksonville, FL. He learned his passion for hospitality by working at the Florida Yacht Club where he spent most of his younger years embracing the club culture. Upon graduation he was brought on by Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL where he started his career in banquets. Later, he pursued a career in Food & Beverage with a higher volume luxury brand where he was recruited by The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL for their Marriott International Voyage Leadeship Program as a Food & Beverage operations supervisor. Jesse values his time with family and enjoys boating, fishing, and wakeboarding.
Executive Chef
Stephen Bechan
Chef Stephen graduated with honors from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts and performed his internship with the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island. After a two year term at a Mobil 4 Star Cincinnatian Hotel, he returned to Florida and spent the next four at the Amelia Island Club. Chef Stephen then spent two years at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach where he was responsible for the seafood bar and restaurant, a high volume seafood themed restaurant that served between 250 and 450 members and guests per day. He then joined us at The Florida Yacht Club and we have been eating well ever since! He is married to Jennifer Bechan and they have two young boys, Carson and Peyton.
Executive Sous Chef
Brennan Pickren
Pool, Croquet & Fitness Director
Brad Martens, CSCS
Brad grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was involved in many different sports and even earned All-State honors in cross country and track. He followed his lifelong passion for fitness and wellness to University of Florida where he studied Exercise and Sport Sciences. Brad still enjoys running, and also spends his free time having fun with his wife and stepdaughter, lifting weights, and playing softball.
Director of Tennis
Louis Ballantyne, USPTA
Louis is a USPTA P1-certified professional, and has remained very active with the USPTA, pursuing extensive continuing education and serving on several committees. In addition, he received his USTA High Performance Coaching Certificate in 2002, a program with which Louis has remained very active. Louis has also received several professional awards including the First Coast Tennis Foundation Director of Tennis award and the USPTA Player of the Year Award three times. He has continued to be a successful tennis player since joining the Florida Yacht Club in 1993, having been ranked in the top 5 in Florida and the top 10 nationally in USPTA, including 2013 #1 ranking in the Men’s 45 Doubles.
Waterfront Director
Jodi Weinbecker
Jodi grew up in Wisconsin and spent much of her youth on the water on different crafts. Lots of waterskiing, fishing, power boating and a little bit of sailing. She graduated in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a degree in Heath and Exercise Science and moved to the East Coast for work. She officially caught the “Sailing Bug” in 1995 and has since sailed, raced, and cruised over 20,000 miles both offshore and inshore with her Husband Bill and children Allison and Will.
Junior Sailing Director
Dustin Domer
Dustin is the Jr. Sailing Director and comes to us from Chicago, IL where he grew up. He began sailing at the age of 10 and teaching adult sailing classes in the evenings at 16. Dustin has been working in the sailing industry for 11+ years. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dustin ran the Optimist race program at the Chicago Yacht Club and Columbia Yacht Club for a combined 6 years, and ran the jr. program at the Columbia Yacht Club for over a year before coming to FYC in April of 2017. Dustin is looking forward to continue the growth of jr. sailing at FYC as well as enhance the level of the competitive sailors competing around the country for the club.
Marina Manager
Carter Meyers
Carter grew up in Michigan where his love of boating was born. Alongside his father, Carter fished hard all over the Great Lakes catching salmon and walleye. After high school, he moved to Miami where he lived for 13 years. During that time, Carter's passion for all things boating has only grown. When not personally on the water, he truly loves helping others enjoy their boating experience which is the main purpose for his career in the marine industry. Away from the water, Carter is an avid hiker and enjoys hunting and mountain biking. Carter is looking forward to the unique lifestyle that Northeast Florida can provide.