Meet Our Management

  • Rob Schlingmann, General Manager
    • (904) 543-7528

      Rob joined The Plantation as General Manager in May of 2013. Rob spent the last 10 years as the General Manager/COO of The Apawamis Club, one of the oldest country clubs in the nation in Rye, NY. He also held leadership positions at Rehoboth Beach Country Club and Kiawah Island Club. His wealth of experience allows him to effectively oversee all dining, golf, tennis, fitness and administrative operations.

  • Brian McGowan, Assistant General Manager
    • (904) 543-7528

      Brian joined The Plantation in August of 2014. His specialties include food and beverage operations and club management. He grew up in Havertown, Pennsylvania and received his B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Widener University. Brian has been in the private club industry for over twenty years and has a vast knowledge of the hospitality field. He relocated from the Philadelphia area, where he spent most of his career at Vicmead Hunt Club, Bidermann Golf Club, Llanerch Country Club and most recently Whitford Country Club.

      Brian received his CCM (Certified Club Manager) designation from the Club Manager's Association of America and has been actively involved in the local chapters throughout his career.

  • Craig Porter, Executive Chef
    • (904) 543-2981

      Craig has been with The Plantation since January 1997, initially appointed as Executive Chef and later promoted to Club Manager and subsequently to Director of Club Operations. Prior to joining The Plantation, Craig was the Executive Chef for five years at the University Club and Orange Park Country Club with Club Corporation of America. Craig has been involved in hotels, restaurants and private clubs for well over twenty years. Honors include Apprentice of the Year 1986, Texas Chef's Association, Best in Show Honor 1988, Texas Restaurant Association, and Presidential Award CCA 1995.

      Craig has recently taken the helm again of The Plantation House and Beach House kitchens and catering operations as Certified Executive Chef with an exciting program of culinary offerings.

  • Nancy Maunder, Director of Golf
    • (904) 543-2960

      Nancy has been with The Plantation since 2001. Prior to The Plantation, she was Director of Golf for ten years at Montgomery Village Country Club, located near Washington, D.C. A Class A member of the PGA since 1987, Nancy was nominated for Golf's Top 100 Pro Shops, nominated for Teacher of the Year twice, and elected to serve on the PGA Board of Directors, Middle Atlantic Section. Prior to becoming a Club Professional, Nancy competed professionally while honing her skills and, after winning medalist honors in the LPGA Qualifying School, she became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1978.

  • Fred Theus, Director of Golf Course & Grounds Operations
    • (904) 543-2994

      Prior to joining The Plantation in 2006, Fred was Director of Golf Course Operations for Hunters Run in Boynton Beach, overseeing maintenance of a 54 hole golf facility and all common property in a 900-acre development. Fred was Assistant Superintendent of the Sea Island Golf Course and Ocean Forest Golf Course, assisting in construction of the Rees Jones course in 1993, and promoted to Golf Course Superintendent in 1996. He worked with Southern Golf Association and USGA to prepare Ocean Forest for the 1999 Southern Amateur and the 2001 Walker Cup Match. Fred also worked as Assistant Superintendent at Cherokee Rose Country Club. Fred received an Associate's Degree in Environmental Horticulture/Golf Turf Management from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education/Municipal Recreation from West Georgia University.
  • Jeff Millaire, Director of Tennis
    • (904) 543-2977

      Jeff Millaire competed on the satellite tour following a successful college career. In Florida, he was ranked a top 20 junior player and earned a full scholarship to The University of North Florida where he was a nationally ranked top 40 of Division II player.  With a world class game, Jeff has directed tennis programs from Fairfield County, CT to Marbella, Spain and back to Westchester County, NY. Now, back in his native state, Jeff is very excited to bring new energy, junior programs, and a competitive spirit to The Plantation's tennis club.
  • Jim Turner, Director of Fitness
    • (904) 718-9957

      Jim is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist,C.S.C.S with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (N.S.C.A). and United States Olympic Weightlifting level-1 (USAW-1). Jim is also a Certified Sports Nutritionist and has been working in the Health and Fitness industry for almost 30 years. While growing up in the St. Louis area, Jim realized he had a passion for teaching and implementing workout programs for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. His passion has grown into a lifetime of helping clients with proper nutrition, exercise habits, exercise programs, time management, post rehab, and the mental aspect of training and post workout therapy.

      He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fitness and Sports Medicine/Exercise Physiology. He has trained athletes of all levels in all sports including Golf, MMA, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, Basketball and Volleyball. Jim has had clients of all ages ranging from 5-85, including soccer moms, couch potatoes and businessmen alike for a number of years and has a passion for helping people meet and exceed their health and fitness goals.

      If there are any programs that you would like to see started or if you have any questions or concerns with a program or the Fitness Center in general, please don’t hesitate to call.

  • Allen Van Winkle, General Services Manager
    • (904) 543-2996

      Allen joined The Plantation in 1987. Presently, as General Services Manager, Allen manages six departments including Property Management, Security, Maintenance, Garden Home Maintenance, the Architectural Design Board, and the Mail Room. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education/Recreation with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Allen worked in college athletics for 15 years as Graduate Assistant in the basketball program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and later as Assistant Basketball Coach at Cal-Poly University and West Texas State University. He was Athletic Director at Jackson Community College in Jackson, Michigan before becoming Head Basketball Coach at Southern Illinois University. Allen's final athletic related position was in 1986 as Development Officer at Florida Community College.
  • Ashley Small, Director of Marketing & Membership
    • (904) 543-7534

      Ashley joined The Plantation in June of 2015. Ashley is a graduate of The University of South Carolina where she studied Sport & Entertainment Management before joining The JAM Brands in Louisville, KY as an Event Coordinator and Project Manager producing cheerleading and dance competitions.   She began her career in golf with the PGA TOUR in 2014 as an Inside Sales Representative, working with nine tournaments across the country before joining The Plantation team.  Ashley is a member of the Professional Club Marketing Association.

  • Brendan Clark, Food & Beverage Director
    • (904) 543-2978

      Brendan Clark joined The Plantation in March of 2017 as the Food & Beverage Director.  He comes to us from Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  Having worked at several Platinum Clubs of America, he has a strong background in clubs.  Brendan's resume includes Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Virginia, North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina and an internship at the Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia.  As a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Brendan is a fan of all Hokie sports. 

  • Julie Billings, Beach House Manager
    • (904) 543-7524

      Julie has been with The Plantation since 2006. Prior to The Plantation, she was a Banquet Manager at Serenata Beach Club and was the Dining Room Manager for Shawn O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Everett, Washington. When Julie started working at The Plantation, she came on board as a server. After quickly showing her desire to learn different aspects of the club's operations, coupled with her strong work ethic, she took over The Beach House operations. Julie was a certified Lifeguard and is a certified Pool Operator. She is currently enrolled in the Florida Club Managers Association of America future leaders program.

Join the Team

Want to work in the hospitality industry at one of the most premier private neighborhoods in Florida? Join the team and receive health benefits, a 401K plan, education assistance and free lunch! The Plantation is currently hiring:
Cook (Full Time)
Pastry Chef (Full Time)
Servers (Full Time & Part Time)
Bartenders (Full Time & Part Time)
Food Runners (Full Time & Part Time)
Golf Course Maintenance (Full Time)
Grounds Maintenance (Full Time)
Garden Homes Crew (Full Time)
If interested, contact Tom Rice, Human Resources at (904) 543-7531 to complete an application and for more information on the positions.  You can also download an application by clicking here.

Plantation Foundation

Founded by residents of The Plantation to provide post secondary academic tuition assistance to staff and their immediate families. Click here for more information.