Meet the Staff
Frank Perilli, PGA Golf Professional
Prior to joining Myakka Pines as the Head Golf Professional in November, 1988, Frank graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) where he was the captain of their collegiate golf team.Frank’s passion for golf began at the age of 12 when he caddied in his hometown of Elmsford, New York at Knollwood Country Club. After college he started his professional career at Round Hill Club in Greenwich, Connecticut. In 1978 Frank relocated to the east coast of Florida, where he served as an Assistant Professional at the Country Club of Coral Springs. Moving his chosen profession forward, five years later Frank received the designation of becoming a PGA Class-A Professional and a mere twenty-five years later was inducted, with Honors, into the PGA’s Quarter Century Club.
In addition to teaching, promoting and growing the game of golf, Frank contributes to PGA Magazine’s “Making the Game Fun” feature. During the summer you can catch him cheering for the 27-time World Series Champions that play in the AL East. Please pardon any playing of New York, New York to the tune of Frank Sinatra in Frank’s office.
2013 marked Frank’s twenty-fifth year as Head Golf Professional at Myakka Pines Golf Club.
Max Laubach, Assistant Golf Professional
Max started off at Myakka Pines as an intern from The Ohio State University’s Professional Golf Management program. Graduating in May of 2014, he now has his degree in Professional Golf Management with a minor in business. Max has worked in the golf industry the last 4 years on various internships across Ohio. He has had experience in both the outside and inside operations of the golf business and is currently working on becoming a full PGA A1 class member.
Max comes from a small town in Ohio called Dalton where his family currently resides. His grandfather Fritz and grandmother Carolyn used to be members at Myakka Pines for years. Carolyn has a winter home here in Florida and comes down every year with the “snowbirds”. Max’s father and two brothers also enjoy golf, making a perfect 4-some everytime! Sam, his younger brother, recently got his first hole-in-one….on a par 4!
Although Max is new to Florida and the area, the members and staff seem to enjoy him at Myakka and is an asset to the club. He will help to uphold a high standard of service, which our members and guests expect and deserve.
Brigitte (Brie) Milus, Food and Beverage Manager
Formerly from Chicago, Brie has worked in the restaurant industry for over 35 years. She opened and managed restaurants in Chicago for seventeen years before deciding, with her husband, Peter, to move to Florida.
Brie wasn’t in Sarasota long before being hired to open Jeff’s Desserts on St. Armand’s Circle. Next she served as the beverage manager at Charlie’s Crab and at Caf’e Baci, before buying a home and settling in North Port.
Although her college major was commercial art, Brie seems to always gravitate back to the restaurant industry; she says it’s “what she enjoys the most because there is always more to learn and no two days are ever the same!”
Brie began working at Myakka Pines Golf Club in 2011 and has helped upgrade the menu as well as the service.
In her spare time, Brie and Peter volunteer to help our Florida wildlife. At any time it’s needed, they become “parents” to baby squirrels, turtles, cats, owls, lizards and any other needy animals. Their personal pets include a bearded dragon named Tarzan, rare and colorful finches and a couple of spoiled cats. Brie also enjoys several outdoor sports…she and Peter kayak and fish every chance they get.
April Szatkowski, Office Manager
April was born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan. In her early 20’s, she found a home away from home with a small family owned medical supply company. This company tripled in size during her duration and over this 12 year span is where she started her journey in the accounting field. She also helped in all areas such as customer service, accounts payable/receivable, purchasing and anything that needed to be done.
In her mid 30’s she and her family came to Florida annually to visit family and that is when the dream began. They found it harder and harder to leave and go back to the cold. Finally in 2010, she, her husband, and son, made to blind leap and moved to Florida to pursue the life long dream of many.
She has quoted “Since I have moved here 6 years ago, it has been a difficult time to find a place to call home away from home.” Then she came to Myakka Pines Golf Club, a place where everyone has made her feel comfortable, showing kindness, compassion, and a new world….golf! She looks forward to building relationships, helping with growth, and dedicating herself to this beautiful, serene golf course until she retires.
In her spare time she enjoys nature, boating all year round, and spending time with her kids, grandkids, and family. She is thankful to be here!
TK Matthews – PGA General Manager
TK Matthews was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. After high school, he attended the Air Force Academy where he played on the Division 1 basketball team and had hopes of becoming a pilot.
His introduction to the golf business was at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. He then moved to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts where he started his PGA apprenticeship. Over the course of two years he traveled between Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard MA and The Vineyards in Naples FL to complete his PGA apprenticeship.
His first Head Professional position was at Country Creek in Estero where he spent one year as a head professional prior to receiving his PGA status. He was then named the Head Golf Professional at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Florida where he spent three years before he transitioned to Bear’s Paw in Naples and spent the following eight years as their Head Golf Professional. Following Bear’s Paw, TK spent three years as Head Professional at Grey Oaks, seven years as the Director of Golf at Countryside Golf & Country Club and recently 3 ½ years as the Director of Golf at Heritage Bay.
TK has been a PGA member since 1991. He was twice awarded the Southwest Chapter PGA Horton Smith award for his work in education. He is married to Jane who is a chef. His son Michael is a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University.