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Meet the Team

  • esp staffNichole was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. She attended the University of South Florida in Tampa where she majored in Health Sciences with a Biological Science concentration before later pursuing her Wellness Coaching Certification. 


    Nichole’s previous professional experiences include internships with the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team and the USF Football program studying under the program’s Athletic Trainers, and coordinating service opportunities for the USF Catholic Student Union’s Service Committee. After college, she gained experience in hospitality creating and implementing activities at Marriott and Marriott Vacation Clubs in St. Petersburg and West Palm Beach before moving back to Tampa to pursue a career in Lifestyle Management.

    Most recently, she was the Lifestyle Manager at Grand Hampton in New Tampa for over two years and joined the Pasco County planning board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

    In her spare time, Nichole enjoys paddle boarding, boating, playing and watching sports (specifically football, rugby, and volleyball), animals, traveling, Latin dancing and spending time with family and friends.

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  • Rob CRob Commissar
    Fitness Manager
    Esplanade Golf and Country Club

    Rob is the new Fitness and Wellness Manager at The Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch.

    Rob has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry and has worked in training fitness studios in over 40 countries around the world in motivation, instruction, management amongst other areas. He very passionate on team morale and helping people to achieve their goals in anything that they would like to achieve.

    He has been a mentor, Area Director, Regional Director as well as the International Training Director for multiple fitness organizations internationally. As well as this he worked as a publicist for over 9 years in the UK.

    Rob hails from London, England but has permanently moved and resides in Bradenton Florida with his 5 year old daughter Sky.

    Rob's hobbies include tennis, golf, teaching, music and is a very big believer that if you put your mind to anything you can achieve it and if you fall try to fall on your back because if you can look up you can get up.

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    Paul Varner, USPTA
    Head of Sports Courts
    Esplanade Golf and Country Club

    Paul is currently the Head Tennis Professional at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Paul moved to Bradenton in 1989 and trained at IMG as a player and a coach for over 10 years. After leaving the Pro Tour, Paul was the Director of Tennis at El Conquistador Racket Club, Cedars Racket Club, and the Cayman Island Tennis Center. In 2008, Paul moved to Tuscaloosa Alabama to manage North River Yacht Club. He has coached numerous men's and women's state and sectional teams ranging from 2.5-10.0 mixed doubles teams.

    Paul has held top 10 rankings including national rankings in his junior career and was part of a national championship junior college team in Tifton, Georgia. After a few years on the pro tour, he was able to successfully transfer his knowledge of tennis into managing tennis facilities and coaching. Paul has over 25 years of experience in every aspect of the game.

    Paul now lives in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida. He has two boys, Cade and Gage. His hobbies include fishing, working out, coaching all junior sports, and loves family time.
  • Scott Tingley

    Head of Pickleball 

    Scott can be reached by email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 941-468-7867. 

  • Meet the Team Pete Huber pubPete Huber
    Director of Instruction

    If you're new to the game of golf, want to improve or simply enjoy it better, we invite you to get to know Pete!

    Pete Huber's coaching mission is to enrich peoples' lives through golf. Whether it is learning to hit a shot that has previously given you trouble, or whether you are training to uncover your unique authentic greatness, Pete can help you along your path toward a more fulfilling and enjoyable golf game!

    Pete is one of fewer than 1% of PGA Members to attain Master Professional status in Teaching and Coaching and has been coaching golfers professionally for over 30 years. He has been named a Top Teacher in the United States by Golf Digest Magazine, as voted by his peers and has won numerous PGA regional Teacher of the Year Awards. He has served at some of the finest facilities in the United States, including Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Waikoloa in Hawaii, La Paloma and Ventana Canyon in Tucson, and The Club at Las Campanas in Santa Fe. He is the developer of Pure Impact Golf and Mindful Golf and has conducted corporate outings for Starwood Hotels across the United States and the Caribbean. Pete has an extensive golf school background having served as the Lead Instructor for the Golf Digest Instructional Schools, the John Jacobs' Schools, the Troon Golf Signature Schools and was the Director of Instruction for the Golf Academy of America where he was responsible for teaching and training golf professionals how to coach and use modern technology. In addition to being a PGA Master Professional, Pete is a certified Tathata Golf Movement Specialist, a Titleist Performance Institute Level 3 Golf Professional, a Robbins-Madanes Performance Coach, TrackMan and FlightScope certified, and is a Titleist and Ping Master Club Fitter. As a player, Pete has competed on the PGA Tour and has a low competitive round of 12 under par 61 (par 73) at Tucson National, the former home of the PGA Tour Tucson Open. He has won over 50 professional events and the Southwest Section PGA Player of the Year Award.

    Without a doubt, Pete is super excited to get to know the membership!


    Don't miss this opportunity to build your confidence and lower your score from one of the best in the business!

  • Picture1Ken Warren
    Community Association Manager

    Ken comes to us with over 17 years of experience in Association Management for homeowners and condominium associations.  He is a licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) with experience in revenue and expense management, budgeting, reserve analysis, contract negotiations, maintenance oversight, strategic planning resident relations, and board of director relations. Prior to joining Pope Properties, Inc., Ken ran a small association management company. He is a member of the Community Associations Institute.


    Prior to becoming a CAM, Ken was National Practice Manager of Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P.’s Senior Living and Post-Acute Care Services Group responsible for assisting senior living providers obtain bond financing and provided operations consulting services. He has co-authored two annual publications; the State of Seniors Housing Report (American Seniors Housing Association) and The Assisted Living Industry Study (Assisted Living Federation of America). He was also a contributing author to Aging, Autonomy and Architecture: Advances in Assisted Living by Benyamin Schwarz and Ruth Brent published by Johns Hopkins University (1999).


    Ken moved to Sarasota with his wife and son in 2000 from St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Nancy 2019Nancy Thielman
    Spa Manager

    Nancy is currently the Spa Manager at Esplanade Golf and Country Club in Lakewood Ranch. Nancy has previously been the Director of Spa and Fitness at Longboat Key Club where she oversaw a 9000 square foot, 11 treatment room spa and a state of the art fitness center with a 2500 square foot mind and motion studio. Nancy took the Spa at Longboat Key through a total remodel and new menu design and implementation. Prior to that, she had an illustrious 17 year wellness career at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. There she was responsible for a 35 room 50,000 square foot spa and wellness center which included a full service salon, locker rooms with wet areas, three pools and hot tubs. Nancy is an active member of the Florida Spa Association.



    Nancy's greatest accomplishments are her four grown children and their families. Her favorite pastime is to spend time with family. Nancy also enjoys the arts, music and sporting events. Her dream is to be able to travel, with the ultimate vacation being a bike tour in Italy's wine country. Nancy, who is originally from Buffalo, New York and has lived in the Tampa Bay/Sarasota area for the past 20 years now resides in Bradenton on the Riverwalk.