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Michael Comerate

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General Manager, CCM

Michael Comerate joined SJCC in 2019. He brings a wealth of knowledge in hospitality and club operations. Michael's career began in high-end French and American themed restaurants. He then moved into private clubs and high-end destination resorts, which included City Club San Francisco, Silicon Valley Capital Club, Trilogy at Monarch Dunes, NorthStar-at-Tahoe, and The Pebble Beach Company. These invaluable 5-Star experiences are at the foundation of Michael’s motivation.

“I understand that members are looking for connection, not simply products or services. I believe sponsoring lifestyle activities and events that build camaraderie, congeniality, and a sense of community among club’s members will bring the club closer to that goal.”

Michael lives in Willow Glen and appreciates Silicon Valley’s culture and diversity. In his free time Michael enjoys entertaining, investing, producing aged balsamic vinegar, and physical activity.

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Peter Maguire

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Executive Chef

Chef Peter Maguire joined SJCC in 2019. He brings more than 40 years of experience in the field of culinary arts and continues to be inspired by the Culinary Arts. Always sharing his knowledge as a Chef Consultant and Instructor in Team Building functions, Culinary Classes, Culinary Olympics, Private Chef and Professional Caterer and Event Coordinator. Chef Peter graduated with honors in 1996 from the Culinary Institute of America and says that the education gained from culinary school is what drives his passion to excel and deliver at the highest standards. Chef Peter Maguire’s culinary background is a collaboration of various styles and cuisines.

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Kathleen Knudsen

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Membership Director

Kathleen has been an integral part of SJCC member experience since 2005. She started as the Club Administrative Assistant and has worked in various positions during her tenure. Kathleen was promoted to the role of Membership Director in 2014 . Kathleen is knowledgeable on the Club Bylaws, Rules and Regulations and Membership Application process. Kathleen is extremely passionate about the member experience and is known by nearly every Club Member. Born and raised in Santa Clara, Kathleen enjoys family, friends, gardening and travelling to new places.

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Andy Santos

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PGA Head Golf Professional

Andy joined the team at SJCC in 2018. Prior to this he worked as Head Golf Professional at Boulder Ridge. He spent the majority of his career working internationally in Israel. He is a highly motivated, results-driven PGA professional offering more than 23 years of Head Professional and Management experience. A graduate of Bellarmine High School and graduated with a B.S. in General Studies from San Diego State University and San Jose State University. He has extensive experience in private golf course management and enjoys making sure the members receive the best experience on the course.

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Ricky Washington

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Food & Beverage Director

Ricky is a Bay Area native and he is rooted deep in San Jose Country Club history. Ricky has worked at SJCC for 19 years, starting off as a waiter and working his way up to Food & Beverage Director. He has been a part of members’ family traditions and has helped create many magic moments for many members. If you are here late enough, you may see Ricky dancing on the dance floor at the end of the party. He has a sweet tooth and enjoys doing charity work in the Bay Area. He has 8 children and looks forward to going home and cooking his favorite pork chop dinner for his family. In his spare time, he loves to ride his bike around Lake Cunningham. Ricky believes in the power of happiness and he learned from his mother to always have a smile on his face!

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Kevin Buckles

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Sales and Marketing Director

Kevin joined SJCC in 2021 and brings a unique background consisting of extensive experience in both private club and high-end resort golf. His core skills include, business development, marketing, building relationships and sales process optimization. Prior to joining SJCC, Kevin spent 9 years at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa as the Sr. Sales Manager where his focus over the tenure was corporate, partnership hospitality and membership sales. His passion, energy and dedication to provide a premier private club experience in a friendly and welcoming environment is his daily purpose. When not hard at work, Kevin enjoys spending time with family, friends, golfing, traveling, roasting/drinking Kona coffee, and thinking of new and creative ways to enhance and elevate member experiences.

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Oswaldo “Ozzie” Arauzo

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Facility Manager

Ozzie joined SJCC in 1986 where he is responsible for managing the entire facility maintenance program at the Club. He works hard to ensure that the facilities are in excellent condition for our member and guests. He has intimate knowledge of the building and a strong relationship with our Club members. He is always willing to lend an extra hand at any time and is a team player. He attended Jose Pardo Polytechnic University in Peru. Ozzie migrated to the United States in 1985. He has 3 children that all live in the Bay Area, California. His hobbies include camping, fishing, and being out in nature.

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Daniel Lo

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Club Controller

Daniel Lo is the Club Controller and joined SJCC in December 2019. He previously held management positions in various industries such as public accounting, payment transactions, food and beverage vending, and childcare nonprofits. Daniel was born in Hong Kong and raised in the United States from a young age, and speaks three languages English, Cantonese and Mandarin. He attended California State University of East Bay & majored in Accounting, before attending Golden Gate University to obtain his Master's degree in Taxation. He holds his CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) certifications.In his spare time, Daniel enjoys playing golf and has the goal to become a single digit handicap player. He was the past President of the San Francisco Chinese Golf Club (SFCGC) and has held positions such as Vice President and Tournament Director.As a former auditor, Daniel has keen eyes, detail oriented,strong financial acumen, and is available to help members with billing questions.

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Krystal Bui

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Accounting Assistant

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Anie Markarian

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Private Event Sales and Marketing Director

Anie is a Bay Area native with a degree from The Collins College of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly Pomona. She has spent over 12 years gaining an abundance of management experience within the world of events, restaurants, hotels & country clubs. Wanting to further her career in the country club industry, she found an opportunity at La Rinconada Country Club as Food & Beverage Manager. She accepted her most recent role at Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club as the interim Director of Catering & Event Sales Management, which allowed her to pursue her passion in events. She led the department to surpass sales goals and implemented innovative event ideas, elevating the overall club experience with members raving. She looks forward to connecting with the San Jose Country Club membership and is excited to provide everyone with memorable event experiences. When not at work, Anie enjoys cooking, working on DIY house projects, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.