Meet The Staff
Cliff Mann, General Manager
Cliff Mann, general manager, came to High Point Country Club with over 25 years experience. He has worked with some of the top clubs in the Southeast including: Diamond Creek Golf Club, Grandfather Golf & Country Club, The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, The Country Club of Florida, Wilson Country Club and Deep Springs Country Club. Mann also has previous experience as a clubhouse manager, food & beverage director and Head Golf Professional. He served as the SENIOR Tour Championships’ Tournament Coordinator for six years.
Mann is a member of the Club Managers Association of America and The PGA of America. He currently serves on the rating panel for Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Courses.” Originally from Boone, N.C., and prior to turning professional, Mann played on the Wake Forest University Golf Team. Mann currently lives in Greensboro with his wife, Alyssa, and daughter, Victoria. His son, Robert, is in the U.S. Navy and stationed at Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.
Jay Carmichael, CPA, Business Manager / Membership Director
Jay Carmichael is responsible for all member accounts and the day-to-day accounting functions for the Club. She began her career in the banking and asset-based lending fields, but her love for accounting inspired her to become a CPA. Carmichael joined HPCC in 2001, after working in public accounting as an auditor. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake with her husband, Greg, and their two daughters, Macy and Grace.
Kirsten Rempfer, Event Coordinator
Before joining HPCC, Kirsten Rempfer worked as the general manager at Adams Farm Swim & Tennis Club in Greensboro, N.C., and at Ridgewood Swim and Tennis in Summerfield, N.C. Both positions taught her the ins and outs of member relations and events, dining, marketing, and tennis and pool management.
A graduate of Elon University, with degrees in communications and political science, Rempfer and her husband, Josh, currently live in High Point with their three dogs.
Heidi Poth, Marketing Director
Originally from Pittsburgh, Heidi Poth earned her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Communications from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she served as editor of the university newspaper and was an on-air personality for the university radio station. She used those talents to build a career with an extensive background in various types of marketing, including direct to consumer, medical and community-based organizations. H eidi is a member of the Junior League of High Point and serves as Co-Chair for the Teacher Mini Grant Committee. She and her husband, Dr. Robert Poth, live in Emerywood with their two children, Alexander and Isabella.
Monica Miller, Food and Beverage Director
Monica began her career at Colonial Country Club at a tender age of 15. After working in Private Clubs through high school, Monica moved into Hotel Management. She began her career with Radisson Hotels International; opening the Radisson Hotel Greensboro in 1995. In 1999, Koury Corporation recruited her to open Grandover Resort and Spa, where she held the position of Restaurant Manager for six years. Quaintance Weaver Restaurants and Hotels then offered her the position of Facilities Coordinator, allowing her the opportunity to manage some of Greensboro’s top Hotels and Restaurants, including the O’ Henry Hotel, The Proximity Hotel and Lucky 32. She also apprenticed under Swiss Chef Reto Biaggi for two years, where she was able to strengthen her culinary background. Life came full circle when she accepted the position of General Manager at Colonial Country Club in 2011.
Monica loves deep sea fishing, singing karaoke, volunteering with Carolina Boxer Rescue, playing league softball and refinishing vintage furniture.
Eric Kirkeeng, Executive Chef
Eric comes to us from Bermuda Run Country Club, East and West Clubhouses. Before Bermuda Run, he was here at High Point Country Club, where he served as the Executive Chef as well as overseeing the kitchen operations at Willow Creek Country Club and the Country Club of Salisbury. Before his country club experience, he was the Chef at Ombu Wood Fired Fusion & Nobles Grille here in Winston-Salem.
He received his culinary training at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona. From there, he moved on to Chicago and Washington D.C., where he gained knowledgeable food and beverage experience in some of the finest hotels in the country. Having lived in many different areas of the United States, he and his wife, Darla have fallen in love with the Winston-Salem area and can’t imagine a better place to raise their daughter, Katie.
Travis Burgess, Willow Creek Head Chef
Chef Travis Burgess was born and raised in North Carolina. He graduated East Forsyth High School in 1991. While in High School, he worked as a server at Rock-Ola Cafe and Houlihan’s. From server, he was promoted to assistant General Manager. This is where his love of cooking and baking, inspired by his mother and grandmother, began to grow. This love led him to Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts in 2001. After graduation, he returned to North Carolina to work for Fresh Direct, the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Faye’s Wonderland, his family’s owned and operated business. In 2004, he moved to New York City where he worked with many notable Chefs and industry greats, including Martha Stewart.
Chef Burgess moved home in 2008 and began working in health care management and food service at assisted living and memory care facilities. He was also the Chef at Haw River State Park in Brown Summit, servicing their Conference and Environmental Education Center.
“I am happy to be joining the team here at Willow Creek and look forward to working with the members, staff, and community here at the High Point Country Club.”
Dania Beane, Willow Creek Service Manager
Dania Beane has been an employee of HPCC for over 18 years. She started in the banquet department at Emerywood, managing the banquet bars, before becoming the service manager at Willow Creek. Her excellent work in all areas earned her the employee of the year award for 2012.
Many past and present members have shared how much of an asset Beane has been to the club, playing a key role in many families’ celebrations.
Jim Brotherton, Director of Golf
Jim Brotherton has been the director of golf at High Point Country Club for over two decades. His golf career began at Willow Creek Golf Club, in the 1980s, where he served as assistant golf professional. He soon became the head golf professional at Highland Country Club in Fayetteville, N.C. He returned to High Point Country Club in 1992 and assumed the position of director of golf, overseeing the golf operations for both the Willow Creek and Emerywood facilities. Brotherton manages and organizes tournaments at HPCC, as well as overseeing merchandising at the two Golf Shops and teaching the game of golf to the membership.
Brotherton and his wife, Jana, have been married for more than 30 years. They have two children, Curtis and Rachel. Although he is a native of Virginia, Brotherton calls North Carolina home.
Ben Burkhalter, HeadGolf Professional
Ben is a Winston-Salem native who played golf for Mount Tabor High School before attending the Professional Golf Management program at Campbell University. While at Campbell University, Ben was an intern at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ben also served as a Junior Golf Camp Director with Harris YMCA and The First Tee of Charlotte.
After graduating in 2008, he began his golf career working at Sedgefield Country Club - Dye course, formally known as The Cardinal Golf and Country Club. In July of 2008, Ben moved to Vero Beach, FL as the Lead Assistant Golf Professional at Quail Valley Golf Club. Ben spent 5 years at Quail Valley Golf Club assisting in all aspects of the golf operations including Membership Services, Merchandising, Website Operation, Tournament Operations, Staff Development and Teaching. In April of 2013, Ben moved back to the Winston-Salem area and accepted the First Assistant Golf Professional position at Forsyth Country Club. Ben is a Class A Member of the PGA of America and is eager to accept the responsibilites of being Head Golf Professional at High Point Country Club. He is a life long golfer who enjoys all aspects of the game including teaching, giving back to junior golf, practicing, playing with members and playing competitively. Ben's wife, Dudley, works in Winston-Salem for IMG and her family lives in Blowing Rock, NC. Ben's parents reside in Greensboro.
David Johnson, Golf Course Superintendent
David Johnson has over 25 years of golf course experience, having worked at Cabarrus Country Club and North Ridge Country Club before coming to High Point Country Club.He has a Turfgrass degree and an Ornamentals of Landscape degree from North Carolina State University.David has served as the golf course superintendent at High Point Country Club for over 18 years.
Since coming to HPCC, David and staff have performed a tremendous amount of productivity to the golf courses and grounds. Some of the list includes; a complete bunker renovation, constructed a state of the art 2 hole practice facility, and most recently performed a greens conversion from bent grass to champion ultra-dwarf bermuda grass.
While at HPCC Johnson and staff have prepared Willow Creek for a multitude of golf tournaments and take extreme pride in having Willow Creek ranked among the top 30 golf courses in the state of North Carolina.
David is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has earned the status of Certified Golf Course Superintendent; one of only 2,000 superintendents to achieve such an honor. David and his wife Kelly live in High Point with their sons Riley and Nash.
Oscar Blacutt, Director of Tennis
Oscar Blacutt began his professional teaching career at High Point Country Club in 1993 as an assistant tennis pro. In 1995, he founded Carolina Tennis Academy in Greensboro. Blacutt has worked with several nationally ranked players, including two top 10 junior players in the U.S. He also has served as a tennis instructor at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.
Blacutt was ranked No. 1 as a junior player in Bolivia, as well as in the open division. He was an All-American at Barton College, a four-time Davis Cup player for Bolivia and a Gold Medalist at the 2002 Latin American Olympic Games. Blacutt also is a former No. 1 ranked player in North Carolina in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. One of his most recognized tennis students is John Isner, who started working with Blacutt at the age of 9 at Willow Creek. Isner is now a top 10 player in the world.
Blacutt grew up in La Paz, Bolivia. He and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of Gianna and Max.
Shannon Snipes, CPT, Fitness Director
Shannon Snipes has a BS from UNC-Chapel Hill in exercise and sports science and is a certified personal trainer with the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is also certified to teach group classes such as spin, boot camp, water aerobics and more.
Snipes and her husband, David, have two children, Mary Keever and Dozier.
Steven Pergerson, Director of Maintenance
A native of Alamance County, Steven Pergerson has been a staff sergeant in the National Guard for 20 years and served two deployments to Iraq. Prior to joining HPCC, Pergerson worked with a HVAC company for 10 years.
When he’s not repairing things at HPCC or helping to keep it in tip-top shape, Pergerson enjoys spending his free time remodeling old houses. He also is an avid collector of antiques, coins and gems. Pergerson met his wife, Angela, while in the military, and they reside in Burlington, N.C.