Jim Smith Jr. joined PCC as Director of Golf in 2006 following ten years as the General Manager and Director of Golf at Talamore at Oak Terrace Golf & County Club. Recognized as one of the leading PGA Professionals in the country, Jim has been honored with several prestigious awards, including the Philadelphia PGA Golf Professional of the Year; the Philadelphia PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award (twice); Philadelphia PGA Merchandiser of the Year; Golf World Top-100 Golf Shop; Philadelphia Magazine Top-25 Instructor; and more. Jim is one of just 50 professionals in the country to be a member of Callaway Golf’s Master Staff Professional program. Jim's leadership skills led to his spending ten years on the Executive Committee and Board of the Philadelphia PGA, including a two-year term as President. In his 20+ years as a PGA Professional, Jim has taken a special interest in mentoring and guiding his fellow golf professionals and co-workers to bigger and better opportunities. To date, Twenty-three of his former staff have moved on to various head professional, Director of Golf, Director of Outside Operations, and Director of Merchandising positions at places like Canoe Brook Country Club, Andover Country Club, Riverton County Club, St. David's Golf Club, Merion Golf Club, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, Philadelphia Country Club, Union League Golf Club, Indian Valley Country Club, Talamore Golf Club, and more. Jim is a lifetime resident of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and a member of the Jenkintown High School Hall of Fame. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Finance & Economics after two years at Villanova University. Jim is involved with several charitable causes including The Breathing Room Foundation and the ALS Foundation. He has been married to his high-school sweetheart, Kathy, since 1991 and has three children - Justin & Courtney (twins), and Haley. Jim & Kathy spend their spare time tending to their three dogs (Chloe, Cabo, Dublin), arranging trips with members to great golf destinations all over the world, and spending time with family.
Linda Cozzi has been the Chief Finance Officer at The Philadelphia Cricket Club since March 2012. Linda started in her position by implementing more effective procedures and policies to improve the organization’s finances, and her department now produces financial results in a third of the time and with far more accuracy. Other processes, such as billing and annual audit activities, have had similar improvements in timeliness and quality. Linda was recognized as the CFO of the Year by the Philadelphia Business Journal in July 2015. In October 2018, Linda added the role of St. Martins General Manager and looks forward to using her leadership in operations. Linda is also an advocate for women’s concerns in leadership and the workplace. Linda serves as Treasurer for two local non-profit organizations: Philadelphia Club Foundation, which provides scholarships for education of students and Club Managers, and Ella’s Retreat, which provides housing for families traveling to Philadelphia seeking pediatric cancer treatment. Linda received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Masters of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Dan Meersman joined PCC as Director of Grounds in 2009. In 2013 Dan helped PCC’s newly restored Wissahickon Course achieve GolfWeek’s Best U.S. Private Restoration. Following a year of play, the Wissahickon Course made the all-time largest jump back into the Top 100 Classic Courses in America moving from #130 to #32. Currently Wissahickon resides at #30 in the U.S. Top 100 Classic Courses. In 2010, during the bunker renovation of Militia Hill, Dan developed Matrix Bunker Liner. In 2012 Dan oversaw the complete restoration of PCC’s historic St. Martins Golf Course with Golf Course Architect Keith Foster. This scope included converting the fairways to zoysiagrass, performing in-house green expansions, bunker reconstruction, and installation of a new irrigation system. In 2012, Dan received TurfNet’s prestigious Superintendent of the Year Award (U.S.). In 2015 PCC hosted the PGA of America’s Professional National Championship. In 2016, during the PGA Tour Champions, Constellation Sr. Players Championship Wissahickon’s conditioning level held the winning score to +1 for the first time in the event’s thirty-year history. Dan comes from a long line of golf course superintendents. His grandfather, father, uncle, and brother all are / were golf course superintendents. Prior to PCC, Dan served as the Golf Course Superintendent at Victoria National Golf Club (Newburgh, IN; rated #21 in Golf Digest’s Top 100 in 2006). During his tenure, they hosted the 2007 USGA’s US Senior Amateur Championship, and the 2008 AJGA’s Rolex Tournament of Champions. His first Superintendent position was at Copper Hill Country Club (Flemington, NJ) at the age of 26. Dan served as Assistant Superintendent at Caves Valley Golf Club (Owings Mills, MD) from 1999-2004. During his time, Dan helped them prepare for the USGA’s 2002 U.S. Senior Open, AJGA’s 2004 Cannon Cup, and advance preparations for the 2005 Men’s NCAA Championships. Dan has a B.A. in Agronomy from Michigan State University. Prior to attending MSU, Dan earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration while playing two years of collegiate golf attending Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In high school, Dan captained his golf team to a state championship, and was All-State three consecutive years. Dan is committed to helping students and former assistants advance in the golf industry. Dan and PCC members have helped nine superintendents achieve their own superintendent’s positions in the last six years; fourteen in total. He has been married to his wife Carrie since 2002, and they have two children- Eliza and Ethan. Raised in the golf industry, Dan enjoys sharing great golf experiences with PCC members, and enjoys spending time with family and friends in Northern Michigan.
Amy Wayland has been a member of the PCC Food and Beverage team since 2012, when she was a college intern. Amy spent her first few full-time years at PCC as a manager at the Flourtown campus before being promoted to St. Martins Director of Food and Beverage in 2017. Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Business from Michigan State University, which included three months abroad in Australia. Amy was born and raised in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan but has made a home in Philadelphia with her rescue dog, Theia, who loves walking the trails around PCC.
Mark Miller, Director of Fitness, trainer and golf professional, specializes in training athletes in rotary sports to help anyone achieve their personal fitness goals. Mark has been part of the staff at PCC since 2013 when he was a member of the Golf staff and then transitioned into personal fitness training in 2015. Mark is an accomplished golfer who has won local events such as the 2007 Philadelphia Open and professional tours in addition to working towards his Class A membership to the PGA. He is a certified Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 2 Fitness Instructor, a member of the Philadelphia PGA, and AAAI/ISMA certified.
When Mark is not training members or playing golf he enjoys spending time traveling, listening to podcasts, playing and attending sports activities, and watching movies.
Chef Ben Burger has been at the helm of the PCC culinary team as Executive Chef since 2011. Prior to working at The Philadelphia Cricket Club, Chef Ben was the Executive Sous Chef at Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, New York and Executive Chef at Tokeneke Club in Darien, Connecticut. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jaclyn, daughter, Alyssa, son, Bryce, and the family dog Hamilton, aka “Hamburger.”
Amber Corp's smiling face was a fixture at the PCC front desk for five years. After spending time in the Food and Beverage departments at the Four Seasons and then Green Valley Country Club, Amber joined PCC as an office and communications manager before quickly being promoted to also oversee the club's member events. In the three years since, Amber has transformed the club's member events into a highlight of the PCC experience. From new events like Grapes on the Greens and the Kids Carnival to annual staples like Easter Brunch and the Pumpkin Patch, Amber is always keeping PCC members and their children entertained! Amber and her husband Steve have four children.
Eric Hogan was promoted to Director of Food & Beverage in Spring 2018. For the previous two years Eric held the position of Flourtown Clubhouse Manager; prior to that, he spent more than 15 years operating middle and high-end restaurants for several different ownership groups. He has been terrific since coming to PCC and, in his role, he is responsible for front-of-house operations at both Flourtown and St. Martins, along with some other F&B-related items. He has been a General Manager, owner and operating partner in restaurants from Boston, MA to Stonington, CT to the Turks & Caicos Islands. He has run a variety of concepts including French, Italian, Steak House, Beach casual and upscale American. Eric hails from Massachusetts’ North Shore, graduated from Deerfield Academy and Wesleyan University, and is engaged to Pittsburgh native, Heather D’Biagio. Outside of hospitality and developing and empowering staff, Eric’s passions include wine (he is a Level 1 Sommelier), guitar playing, fishing, running and falconry.
Holly Huntoon joined the PCC team in June 2016 as the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager. Holly studied Tourism and Event & Meeting Management with a focus in Club Management and a minor in Spanish at Niagara University in New York. Her college internships included time at The Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, New York and Colombia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Part of her collegiate studies also included a semester abroad in Barcelona. Holly has been working in the hospitality industry since she was 15 years old and has a strong passion for bringing an excellent experience to the members she serves.
Jim Wheeler, Head Chef at Wissahickon, received his Degree in Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and is currently taking courses in pursuit of becoming a Certified Executive Chef (CEC). Prior to working at The Philadelphia Cricket Club, Chef Jim worked at Brandywine Country Club, Wilmington Country Club and Llanerch Country Club. Jim is recently married and purchased a new home with his wife in North Wales. He enjoys spending time with his two rescued dogs and refurbishing old furniture.
As the Director of Human Resources, Laura is passionate about maintaining the best possible work environment for our exceptional PCC staff. Laura joined the PCC team in 2016 with more than nine years of experience in HR. She earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from Villanova University and holds both Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certifications. Laura is a local sports fan and enjoys traveling, reading, and staying active.
Mark Rosenbaum, our dedicated Director of Facilities, makes certain that our buildings and structures across the Club are in excellent condition. Mark has certifications in HVAC, Energy Management and Boilers and has worked in maintenance and property management for twenty years. When he is away from PCC, Mark enjoys traveling, and has taken backpacking trips across Iceland and other parts of Europe. He also enjoys cycling and has participated in several century rides to raise funds for MS, cancer and diabetes.
Macy Golder is the Digital Marketing Manager for the Philadelphia Cricket Club. She is a Bucks County native and graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. Macy is an active member of the Maxwell Football Club, providing in depth interviews of award winners to their social media platforms. Macy enjoys spending her time with family and challenges herself to learn something new every day.
Jacob Smith is the Director of Membership and Business Development at The Philadelphia Cricket Club and has been part of the PCC team since 2011. Jacob oversees the Club's membership and marketing efforts and is the primary membership contact for all prospective and current members. Jacob develops and implements initiatives pertaining to membership recruitment and retention, marketing, communications, member events, private events, and long-range planning. Jacob led the modernization of the club’s marketing strategy, launching a new website, a mobile app, social media accounts, and a member survey platform, and creating original content to engage with members and prospective members and raise brand awareness. The club's membership has grown every year in which Jacob has been at the club. Jacob also serves as Executive Director of The 1854 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting local, regional, national, and international amateur sports competition; preservation and maintenance of public facilities and artifacts related to amateur athletics; and enhancing the local community’s environmental health, beautification, and stabilization. Jacob was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Stuyvesant High School before earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He began his career at the CORE Club in New York City prior to moving to Philadelphia for the opportunity to work at PCC. Jacob is an avid reader and plays basketball several times a week. His golf game is a work in progress.
Moira Giordano, the Director of Communications at The Philadelphia Cricket Club, most recently worked as the Director of Communications at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School of which she is an alumna. Moira is passionate about using social media and website communications to enhance the member experience. When she is away from PCC, Moira enjoys hiking, skiing and many other outdoor activities.
Julie Harris is starting her 26th year coordinating the PCC squash program. She learned how to play squash in Sydney, Australia, and competed on the world professional tour. She moved to the U.S. in 1983 and competed for the U.S. National Women’s Team in 1985 and again in 1991. She won four national titles in the United States and Canada in the years 1984-1986 and many doubles titles over the next ten years: U.S. Women’s Doubles Champion ‘91, ‘92 & ‘95; Canadian Women’s Doubles Champion ‘9 1, ‘92; Canadian Mixed Doubles Champion 1991, ‘92, ‘94, ‘95 ; U.S. National 40+ Mixed Doubles Champion 2004; U.S. National 40+ Women’s Doubles Champion 2005, ‘07; U.S. National 50+ Mixed Doubles Champion 2006; Women’s World Doubles 40+ Champion 2004; Mixed World Doubles 40+ Champion 2004. Julie has twice served as the coach of the U. S. Junior Women’s Team at the World Junior Championships. She coached the University of Pennsylvania women’s team before starting at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in 1992. At PCC she has coached many national junior champions and countless players who went on to play intercollegiate squash. Julie has remained in touch with many of the players who have participated in the PCC program over the past two decades. Those relationships have been a deeply satisfying persona l reward for her many years of service to the PCC squash community.
Before moving to Philadelphia to become PCC's Director of Tennis and Paddle in June 2010, Greg spent twelve years as the Head Tennis Professional at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. He and his wife, Carey, have two children, Grant and Gwenyth.