Management Team


The Players Club & Spa Mission - Consistent Excellence + Extraordinary Experiences = Satisfied Members

The Players Club & Spa Values – Caring, Teamwork, Consistency, Integrity, Excellence and Fun

The Players Club & Spa Vision – A premier private resort facility whose members consistently enjoy a top quality leisure experience focused on service, value and fun. Our caring team is committed to reaching the highest standards of club culture through continued improvement and dedication to excellence.

The Players Club & Spa
8060 Grand Lely Drive
Naples, FL 34113

  • Kevin Elwell - General Manager
    • Email kelwell@playersclubandspa.com

      Kevin Elwell is the General Manager of The Players Club & Spa. Kevin is originally from Plymouth Massachusetts and moved to Naples in 1990. He is a graduate of Liberty University and also earned certifications from the American Hotel & Lodging Association and National Restaurant Association. He has worked for various clubs during his hospitality career including Grey Oaks, Bonita Bay, Fisher Island and the Registry Resort. Kevin has been married for thirty years to his wife Diana and has two wonderful adult sons, Benjamin and Joseph, who also enjoy careers as Club Managers.

  • Melissa Speach - Director of Lifestyle and Member Services
    • Email mspeach@playersclubandspa.com

      Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa Speach graduated from Radford University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising/Business. Melissa previously worked as a sportswear buyer for a New York City boutique and as a merchandise coordinator for a hair accessory company before moving to Naples in 2002. Melissa has worked for Stock Development since 2004 as Director of Lifestyle and Member Services and has been with The Players Club & Spa since its opening.
  • Bryan Gezella - Director of Fitness & Spa Services
    • Email bgezella@playersclubandspa.com

      Born and raised in Green Bay, WI, Bryan previously worked full time as a Commercial Sales Manager for a fitness equipment company and part time as a personal trainer. Joining the Players Club & Spa during its inception in March of 2005, Bryan now is responsible for overseeing over 12,000+ square feet of health & wellness operations, as well as Corporate Director of Fitness & Spa Operations for Stock Development. He has been in the health & fitness industry for the past 21 years and is an International Sports & Sciences certified personal trainer. Bryan looks forward to exceeding your expectations with a high quality spa and fitness experience by skilled and caring professionals.
  • Steve Vaughan- Director of Tennis


    • Email svaughan@playersclubandspa.com

      Steve has been the Director of Tennis at several prestigious country clubs including the Country Club at Muirfield Village, Quail Creek Country Club, Linville Ridge Country Club and Grey Oaks Country Club. Steve was captain of the tennis team at Clemson University and was number 2 singles runner up in the ACC. In 2009, he was ranked nationally number 1 in the Father/Daughter division teaming up with family protégé Jordan. As an Elite Professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association, Steve said "The Players Club & Spa is a beautiful facility with active and friendly members who I'm eager to work with." 

  • Dan Kniola - Executive Chef
    • email: dkniola@playersclubandspa.com
      Prior to joining the team at The Players Club & Spa, Chef Dan Kniola has been the Executive Chef of Olde Cypress since 2001. He was voted Culinarian of the Year in 2004 and 2012 by the American Culinary Federation, Caxambas Chapter of Naples and Marco Island. Previously, Chef Kniola served as a Specialty Chef at Disney's Grand Floridian Hotel Resort and Spa in Orlando, where he was recognized for the Highest Leadership Scores. Chef Kniola worked eight years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company at properties in Naples, Florida, a 5 Star 5 Diamond property; Aspen, Colorado; and Buckhead, Georgia. He completed a Pastry Apprenticeship under a Master Pastry Chef at the Colonial Williamsburg Central Commissary in Williamsburg, Virginia.  

  • Lisa Korf - Director of Food & Beverage
    • Email lkorf@playersclubandspa.com
      As part of the Stock Development family for eleven years, Lisa joined the team at The Players Club & Spa in 2010. Her club knowledge and great skills in providing excellent service to members comes from her 20 years in the club business. Married for ten years, she enjoys family time, four-wheeling, shooting and a day spent by the pool with a good book.
  • Denise Murphy - Club Controller
    • Email dmurphy@playersclubandspa.com

      Denise Murphy started with Stock Development in 2002 and worked as their Corporate Controller. She is a Florida native who attended Norfolk State University & Southern New Hampshire University and has various accounting certifications.  She has since been in the club industry and has over 18 years of accounting experience. In her spare time, Denise is an avid volunteer in the community and a strong supporter for education. Denise is a mentor with the Champions for Learning program which helps make a difference in the lives of children and teens in Collier County. She is also currently serving as Treasurer on the Naples High School JROTC Board, on the board of Greater Naples Better Government Committee, the Treasurer for Southwest Florida Wounded Vet Run and serving on the AH Committee for Collier County Government.  Denise was a PTA President and served on a board for 8 years, served on a SAC Board and has volunteered over 10 years for Collier County Schools.  She also spends her time supporting programs such as Naples Equestrian Challenge, United Arts Council, St. Matthews House and Youth Haven. She is a graduate of the 2015 GAIN program with the Chamber of Commerce and is a Leadership Collier Alumni. She enjoys raising her two children and watching them play and compete in soccer and basketball.

      Experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated, she is happy to be a member of the team at The Players Club & Spa and proud to be an employee of Stock Development.

       

       

  • Erica Figueroa - Membership Manager & Assistant Controller
    • Email: efigueroa@playersclubandspa.com
      Erica is originally from Hidalgo, Mexico and moved to Naples in 1998.  She became part of the Stock Development family back in 2005 working at the corporate office as Accounting Assistant after graduating from Edison College (now Florida SouthWestern State College).   Erica joined the team at The Players Club & Spa in 2009 working in different areas of the Club allowing her to grow in all the aspects of hospitality.  She is knowledgeable and dedicated to providing excellent service to our membership.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two dogs.