Meet the Staff


  • Wayne Piazza, General Manager
    • Department: Administration 

      Position: General Manager

      Phone: (941) 907-4700 Ext. 1834 

      Email: wayne.piazza@lakewoodranchgolf.com
        

      Bio: 
      Wayne Piazza has more than 30 years of comprehensive business management experience, many of those years specializing in the private club environment. Prior to joining Lakewood Ranch, Piazza worked for WCI Communities, Inc. Mr. Piazza brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in customer service to the Club. He also has a proven record in the industry of attention to detail in every aspect of club management. Piazza’s professional background in community amenity management is vast. During his 14 years with WCI, Inc. he managed the day-to-day operations of three clubhouses, 45 holes of golf, a marina, two full-service spa and fitness centers, tennis and swim facilities, three restaurants and a hotel. For all these amenities he was responsible for creation and implementation of annual budgets, staffing and training, marketing and special event promotion. “My management style is one of enthusiasm and member loyalty,” Piazza says. “I am passionate and driven to deliver an exceptional club experience and lifestyle amenities while providing exceptional customer service. I’m so pleased to be part of the Lakewood Ranch family.”


  • Bryan McManis, Director of Golf
    • Department: Golf 

      Position: Director of Golf 

      Phone: (941) 907-1282 

      Email: bryan.mcmanis@lakewoodranchgolf.com 

      Bio: 
      Bryan is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and has lived in Florida since 1981. Bryan is a third generation Golf Pro following in his grandfathers and father's footsteps. His favorite golfer is Arnold Palmer, stating that he is "a true gentlemen of the game". He graduated from The University of South Florida in 1995 and earned his Class A PGA designation in 2000. After spending the first five years as a golf professional at The Fountains Golf and Country Club (54 holes) and Royal Palm Yacht Club (18 hole exclusive private) on the east coast, he relocated to the west coast of Florida and became the Head Golf Professional at the Tiburon Golf Club in Naples (36 hole) which is associated with The Ritz Carlton Golf Resort and host to the Greg Norman "Shark Shootout". In 2004 Bryan furthered his career by becoming the Director of Golf at Pelican Preserve Golf Club, a 27-hole facility in Ft. Myers. Bryan and his wife Jenny have three children. Bryan has many hobbies besides playing golf, including racing cars and coaching his children's sporting teams.
  • Mike Durett, Executive Chef
  • Mark Sweeny, Food & Beverage Manager
    • Department: Food & Beverage 

      Position: Director of Food and Beverage 

      Phone: (941) 907-9232 

      Email: mark.sweeny@lakewoodranchgolf.com 

      Bio: 
      Raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Mark began working in the hospitality industry at the age of 13. After years learning the ins and outs of hotels, restaurants and golf clubs, Mark attended Florida State University where he earned a business degree in Hospitality Administration. After graduating and spending years in restaurant management in Tallahassee, he moved to the Sarasota area in the fall of 2004. Mark found the perfect fit at Lakewood Ranch and was hired as banquet manager, where he feels that he began to learn the intricacies of managing an upscale country club. Mark was promoted to Assistant Food & Beverage Director in 2006, and in 2008 advanced to the position of Food & Beverage Director. Mark thoroughly enjoys the Club’s membership and working with the great team at the Club on a daily basis to help make Lakewood Ranch the premier country club in the area.
  • Rachel Neal, Catering Sales Manager
    • Department: Food & Beverage 

      Position: Catering Sales Manager 

      Phone: 941-907-4700 x1836

      Email: rachel.neal@lakewoodranchgolf.com

      Bio: 
      Rachel was born and raised in Bradenton. In May of 2013 she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers with her Bachelor’s Degree in Resort and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management. Throughout her collegiate career she learned the ins and outs of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and golf clubs and found a passion for the hospitality industry. After graduation, she returned to the Bradenton-Sarasota area began her career with the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club as Catering Sales and Service Manager. Rachel was promoted to Catering Sales Manager in December, 2015 and looks forward to serving our members as well as outside wedding prospects.
  • Maureen LaTessa, Membership Director
    • Department: Administration 

      Position: Membership Director 

      Phone: (941) 757-1846 

      Email: maureen.latessa@lakewoodranchgolf.com

      Bio: 
      Maureen  has been in the country club business since 2002.  She began her career at the Royal Melbourne Country Club in Long Grove, IL. Finding the experience enjoyable and rewarding, she pursued each opportunity as presented, gaining knowledge and experience throughout the various areas of the Club which included: reception desk, food and beverage, dining room, member relations, and banquets. In 2004 Maureen moved from IL to Florida, at which time she became the Membership Director at the Bradenton Country Club. Maureen joined the team at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club in August 2005 as Membership Director and continues to serve our members and prospects with her friendly charm.
  • Paul Lederman, Director of Athletic Center Operations
    • Department: Tennis 

      Position: Director of A/C Operations 

      Phone: (941) 907-2255 

      Email: paul.lederman@lakewoodranch.com 

      Bio: 
      Paul came to the Athletic Center in 1998 from the Renaissance Vinoy Resort where he was Director of Tennis for 6 years. His accomplishments as a tennis player and tennis professional are extensive. He was formerly ranked #1 in the state of Florida and a 1997 K-Swiss tennis pro of the year. Paul is also on Pro Advisory staffs for Wilson, Adidas and K-Swiss. He has been a certified USPTA Pro since 1989 and was a USTA Clinician from 1989-1992. Paul also is a two- time recipient of the Tennis Court of the Year award with the Renaissance Vinoy in 1996 and with the Lakewood Ranch Athletic Center in 1999.
  • Debbie Moffitt, Web Administrator
    • Department: Administration 

      Position: Web Administrator/Assistant to General Manager 

      Phone: (941) 757-1814 

      Email: webmaster@lakewoodranchgolf.com 

      Bio: 
      Debbie and her family are originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She previously worked as a Legal Assistant for attorneys from one of the largest law firms in the country.  Debbie and her husband have a son and daughter.  Her family moved to Lakewood Ranch in 1996 as one of the first 100 families.

      Debbie began her career with SMR Communities as Information Center Ambassador/Welcome Basket Coordinator. She joined the Clubhouse staff during it's opening in 2002 as Membership Assistant. When the club launched it's website in 2003, she took over as Web Administrator. Debbie updates our website daily with member information, golf results, dining and event details, blast e-mails and web sign-ups. She works closely with our WGA helping to keep their page fresh and current. Debbie is also the Administrative Assistant to our General Manager, Wayne Piazza.