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

  • Denise Murphy - General Manager
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      Denise Murphy started with Stock Development in 2002 and worked as their Corporate Controller. She is a Florida native who attended Florida Southwestern & Southern New Hampshire University and has various accounting certifications.  She has since been in the club industry and has over 20 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, the Treasurer for Southwest Florida Wounded Vet Run, serves on two Advisory Boards for Collier County Public Schools, serves on the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, Vice President and Treasurer of Party with A Purpose Foundation, on the Advisory Board for the Above Board Chamber, serves on the Ambassador Council for Champions For Learning Foundation and on the Leadership Collier Foundation Board of Directors. She also spends her time supporting programs such as; Guadalupe Social Services, St. Matthews House, Youth Haven, Collier County Public Schools and Champions for Learning Foundation. She is a graduate of the 2015 GAIN program with the Chamber of Commerce and is a Leadership Collier Alumni. She was honored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Leadership Collier Foundation as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year! In 2018 was honored to receive The Distinguished Volunteer Award from Youth Haven. She enjoys raising her two children and watching them play and compete in soccer. 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.

  • Lisa Korf - Director of Food & Beverage

      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.

  • Bryan Gezella - Sports & Wellness Director
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      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.
  • Melissa Speach - Director of Lifestyle
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      Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa graduated from Radford University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising/Business. She has an extensive background as a Buyer and Merchandise Coordinator in the New York City fashion industry and has carried that experience with her throughout her career. After relocating to Naples, Melissa was employed by Stock Development in 2004 as Director of Lifestyle and Member Services for The Players Club & Spa. Throughout her tenure, she has worked with The Players Club team to create an extremely active and social lifestyle, and a very reputable Concierge Program for Stock Development.
      In her personal time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her three children and two grandsons. She volunteers for PACE Center for Girls, chairing their annual Love That Dress fundraiser in Collier County for several years, and is also an honorary Board Member of Ambers Antibodies, a non-profit foundation helping local families fighting cancer.
      Melissa prides herself on creating memorable experiences for our membership, and believes that "activities foster friendships and friendships foster healthy lifestyles!"

  • Dan Kniola - Executive Chef
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      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.  

  • Chantel Torres - Club Controller
    • Chantel Torres is originally from Brooklyn, NY and moved to Naples in 2006. She has her M.S. in Accounting and Taxation from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has over 10 years of accounting experience in the club industry. She is happy to rejoin the Stock Development and bring her experience to The Players Club & Spa.
  • Steve Vaughan- Director of Tennis
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      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."  

  • Erica Figueroa - Membership Manager
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      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.