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.
Accounting Associate
Martin Miltner
Martin grew up in Clearwater, FL and spent most of his youth as a Jewelry Artist. After attending Savannah College of Art and Design briefly, Martin moved to Jacksonville in 2010 to attend FSCJ, where he graduated in Hospitality Management. Martin spent 8 years with Hilton Properties and attained a General Manger Position before his move to Membership Accounting with The Ponte Vedra Inn and Club for 2 years before joining the FYC team in December. He enjoys spending time with his partner and their 4 dogs, traveling whenever possible, cooking, and boating.
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.
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.
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
Sous Chef
Luis Arzuaga
Meet Sous Chef Luis Arzuaga He graduated from Pennsylvania Instiute of Culinary Arts. Performed his intern at Holiyday Inn in Pennsylvania where after a four year term he became there Banquet Chef. He did a two term with a Crowne Plaza as their Executive Sous Chef, before moving to Jacksonville, Fl. He worked for Darden Restaurants for four years where he opened multiple restaurants with them. He then joined the Florida Yacht Club on August 11, 2015 where he enjoys creating the nightly features for the Pirate's Den. He enjoys going Go-Kart racing, and going to the movies.
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
Dustin Domer
Dustin is the Waterfront 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 Junior 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.
Sailing Program Manager
Jimbo Cannon
Jimbo Cannon has joined the Florida Yacht Club Sailing Program in an effort to build adult sailing in Northeast Florida and get the FYC membership enjoying all the St. Johns River has to offer. He is looking forward to working with everyone - beginner sailors to advanced racers and is passionate about sharing the sport of sailing which has been a major part of his life. Jimbo will also be assisting with the junior and high school teams. We are excited to have Jimbo at FYC to share his passion with our membership.