Our People

Metropolitan Golf Group is a full-service golf course and country club management organization.The principals and executives of Metropolitan Golf Group have more than 50 years of combined experience in golf course acquisitions, construction management and operations, including both public and private country clubs.

Metropolitan Golf Group’s acquisition staff has purchased or developed golf courses and country clubs in more that twenty states. Metropolitan Golf Group’s construction management and operations staff has overseen new-course development from feasibility analysis through construction, grow-in, pre-opening planning and grand opening.

Metropolitan Golf Group’s operations personnel have proven expertise in the area of general management, agronomy, food and beverage, pro shop retail sales, golf course construction and development, human resources, risk management and financial management. Our experienced professionals are adept at discovering hidden value and producing results. 

Christopher R. Schiavone,
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer & Principal

Mr. Schiavone’s experience in operating golf courses began with his family’s decades of experience owning and operating Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, a 54-hole private country club in Bedminster, New Jersey.  Mr. Schiavone is also co-founder of Dartcor Food Service, which owns and operates corporate food service facilities.  The New Jersey Business Magazine rated Dartcor as one of Northern New Jersey’s Top 20 Privately Held Companies.  In addition, Chris Schiavone was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the hospitality industry by the Morris County (New Jersey) Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Schiavone received an AB in Government from Dartmouth College.

Mr. Schiavone is involved in philanthropic activities and is a former Chairman of New Jersey Special Olympics.  Mr. Schiavone co-founded the Higgins Classic charity outing at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club more than a decade ago, which has raised more than $2 million for New Jersey Special Olympics since its inception.  In addition, Mr. Schiavone founded the Forsgate Foundation Charity Golf Classic which hosts an annual Pro-Am Skins Golf Tournament to benefit a variety of charities, which have included, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, Make A Wish, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and several central-New Jersey based charities.  

Lemia Marinelli,
Corporate Controller

Mrs. Marinelli’s career in accounting began at Disney Direct Marketing Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.  As Staff Accountant, Mrs. Marinelli reconciled bank statements and balance sheets and was responsible for the administration of the organization’s royalty program/payments.
In December 1994, Mrs. Marinelli left Disney to become Staff Accountant at the renowned Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey.  Within one year, she was promoted to Accounting Supervisor for the club.
Mrs. Marinelli joined Metropolitan Golf Group as Assistant Controller/Accounting Manager when the company acquired Forsgate Country Club in 1997.  In 2003, Mrs. Marinelli was promoted to Controller and in April of 2006, she was named Corporate Controller.  In this capacity, Mrs. Marinelli supervises all accounting operations for our corporate office as well as the company’s owned and managed properties.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mrs. Marinelli graduated magna cum laude from Rider University with a degree in Accounting.

Kaitlin Hogan,
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Mrs. Hogan, previously Miss Phillips, has been an integral part of this company since 2014.  She serves as executive assistant to the CEO and over the years has acquired many additional roles. She is responsible for front desk operations, social media management, as well the liaison to our marketing and public relations company. She helps negotiate contracts for various projects, including our website redesign, which she serves as project manager.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Kaitlin graduated summa cum laude from Rowan University with a degree in public relations and advertising, as well as graduating summa cum laude with an education degree from Kean University. 

Kaitlin is a natural communicator and enjoys helping out in anyway she can to tackle problems and find real-time solutions.

Det Williams
Clubhouse Manager

Mr. Williams' is a life-long hospitality professional, having begun his career in the culinary arts in free standing restaurants, then developing a career path with the industry-leading Marriott Hotels. His experience in hotels and resort management at premier destinations prepared him for the nuances of private club management. In addition to his visionary development of restaurant concepts, wine programs and entertainment strategies throughout his career, Det has managed highly visible charitable fundraising events and been involved with a nationally televised PGA TOUR golf tournament.

After years of experience as General Manager of private country clubs, Det held the position of General Manager at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey, for six years before joining the Trump Organization as General Manager at Trump National Washington, DC.  Returning home to be with his family in New Hope, Pennsylvania, he rejoined the Metropolitan Golf Group as Club Manager of Shackamaxon Country Club.

As the new Shackamaxon Club Manager, Det is in charge of menu development, enhanced member services and food and beverage staff training. He is committed to working closely with the membership director and the director of golf to help provide an exciting calendar of events and activities.

Rakesh Sarkar
VP, Food and Beverage Operations

Mr. Sarkar’s has worked in virtually every aspect of the restaurant industry. Born in India, Rakesh earned a Bachelor’s degree at the Queen Margaret University College in the United Kingdom in international hospitality management. Following his formal education, he started working at Marriott Renaissance Mumbia before moving to the United States.

After moving to New York, Rakesh worked at Inwood Country Club and Middle Bay Country Club and worked his way up from restaurant manager to food and beverage director.

His employment with Metropolitan Golf Group started in 2013, as the Director of Food & Beverage. He has over 15 years of experience with food and beverage operations and extensive background in club operations and event planning. He develops service standards and operational policies to effectively control and reduce costs while improving member satisfaction.

Jennifer Edelman
Director of Human Resources

Mrs. Edelman's career in Human Resources began as the Human Resources Manager at the Sheraton Pentagon South, a Starwood Hotel, located in Northern Virginia.  As Human Resources Manager Jennifer was responsible for administration of benefits as well as hiring, training, and counseling of all the hotel's employees.

In October 2001, Jennifer was promoted to be the Director of Human Resources in Baltimore Maryland at the Sheraton Baltimore. At this property, which employed over 500 employees, she was responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources and training department and the direct supervision of 5 Human Resources employees. During her time in Baltimore, she participated in many Human Resources organizations and volunteered at the Good Will of Baltimore training individuals on interviewing and resume building skills they needed to return to the workforce.

In September 2005, Jennifer joined Metropolitan Golf Group as the Corporate Director of Human Resources. In this capacity, she oversees all aspects of our Human Resources department for all the company's owned and managed properties. In June 2016, in addition to her Human Resources responsibilities, she assumed responsibility for the supervision of the aquatic facility at Forsgate Country Club.

Born and raised in Northern Virginia, Jennifer graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a degree in History.   

Michael Ingenito
Assistant Controller

Mr. Ingenito’s accounting career began at Shaughnessy, Giella & Co. in 1997.  As Staff Accountant, Michael reconciled bank statements, balance sheets and was responsible for preparation of client Financial Statements.

In  1998, Michael moved to Brick, NJ.  He left Shaughnessy, Giella & Co. to become a Bookkeeper at Ocean Chevrolet in Toms River, New Jersey.  Michael’s responsibilities included bank reconciliations, balance sheet preparation and working with the Finance Department in reviewing and reconciling bank funding.  In 2004, he was promoted to Controller for both Ocean Chevrolet & Toms River Mazda.
Michael joined Metropolitan Golf Group as a Staff Accountant in February, 2008.  Within a year Michael was promoted to Assistant Controller.  In this capacity, he prepares monthly Financial Statements as well as Balance Sheet reconciliations for Shackamaxon Country Club.  He assists in accounting operations for Metropolitan Golf Group and other corporate entities.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Michael graduated from Bergen Community College with a degree in Accounting.
Stephen Kay
Golf Course Architect
Mr. Kay
 is an award-winning golf course architect who has been in practice since 1983 and has been affiliated with work on over 300 new and renovated projects in the United States and overseas. He prides himself by blending the classic principles of design in this highly technical modern era. His extensive experience restoring Tillinghast, Ross, Travis, Emmet, Banks, Trent Jones and others is second to none.

A list of awards Stephen has won is available online at http://kaygolfcoursedesign.com/awards/. To view a list of the courses he has worked on go to http://www.worldgolf.com/golf-architects/stephen-kay.html. Stephen Kay also teaches courses at Rutgers University’s Turf School.
He started working for Metropolitan Golf Group over fifteen years ago.

Frank Esposito
Teaching Pro

Mr. Esposito’s career as a PGA professional in NJ has had many career highlights. He won over 20 NJ major championships and played in 10 major championships between the PGA and Champions tours. He recently won the 2017 Senior Club pro for the 2nd time, having accomplished the same feat in 2014. His greatest highlight though would have to be winning the 2014 Champions Tour Qualifying tournament and playing the 2015 Champions Tour as an exempt player.
Frank started out in the golf business in the late 1980’s, and became a PGA member in 1995. He worked for 12 years as an assistant pro before becoming the head golf professional at Brooklake Country Club from 2000 to 2015. For the past 2 years, he has been a teaching professional at both Forsgate and Shackamaxon golf clubs. Having played with the best players in the world, his goal as an instructor is to bring the knowledge of golf he has acquired, throughout the years, and relay it to my students.

Dr. August Leming is an internationally recognized expert in human motivation, behavior change, and performance psychology. He has been invited to speak at Yale University, Princeton University, and Williams College among many other respected academic institutions in the United States. August has also worked around the globe, consulting with Qatar Gas in Doha, Qatar, City Fitness Group Ltd., in Wellington, New Zealand and Philippines Magazine International in Manilla, Philippines.

As an expert in human motivation, August begins by facilitating the individual's definition of success. He invites people to consider the lessons that are held within their own lives, bodies, and hearts. Teacher and student work together to apply a unique and synergistic combination of psychology, spirituality, and physical education toward a higher level of performance.

He attended Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. He completed his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor in Adolescent Psychology, Child Psychology and Statistics. August's pioneering academic work earned him the American Psychological Association's Outstanding Professional Development Award in 2003. He has been invited to speak at both the American Psychological Association and Eastern Psychological Association annual meetings.

August started managing Metropolitan Golf Group’s sports and fitness complex five years ago.