Meet The Club Team
Dedication and hospitality drive our team at The Club. Whether you simply want to relax or are ready for an adventure, our seasoned staff is committed to helping you get the most out of your time at Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston.
Director of Membership
Diane is an innovative sales professional with 35+ years of resort, private club & real estate experience. With over 8 years now in the Lake Conroe area, Diane has been a strong presence in the community and is known and appreciated by many.
Diane also has a diverse background, and spent several years working at developments like Palmas del Mar in Humacao, Puerto Rico, Querencia in Los Cabos, Mexico, Cordillera Ranch in Boerne, TX and most recently right here in Montgomery at Walden Golf Club. Diane has a deep love for her family, friends and lakeside living and she is a friendly, fun-loving addition to our team as the new Director of Membership.
Director of Golf, PGA
Ralph Smith, PGA, began his career in 2004 with ClubCorp, where he quickly discovered that golf was his passion. A short four years later, he earned his PGA Membership. While employed at Deerwood Country Club as the First Assistant Golf Professional Ralph served as a rule’s official for the second stage of PGA Q School. Ralph also holds many certifications in club fitting and repair as well as teaching.
Following his tenure at Deerwood Country Club, Ralph joined the Golf Galaxy team as Director of Instruction for four years before moving to La Torretta Resort & Spa as Director of Golf in April of 2015. Ralph was excited to stay on with the resort as it underwent a multi-million-dollar transformation beginning in 2019 to become a new Margaritaville Lake Resort.
Ralph’s passion to help others play better golf comes from his own experiences with golf instruction as a junior and high school player. He is an ambitious PGA Member that enjoys growing others’ love for the game of golf.
Assistant Golf Professional, PGA
Chad Dempsay started his golf career in Dallas, TX, working as a golf assistant and outside supervisor at the Bent Tree Country Club. In 2006, Chad moved to McKinney, TX to become the Assistant Golf Professional at Eldorado Country Club, where he discovered his passion for teaching the game to young and old alike. It was here that Chad’s teaching and golf career blossomed, and he was made the Head Teaching Professional in 2008.
In 2012, Chad moved to Houston to be closer to family and accepted the Assistant Golf Professional position at the former La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa. In addition to being the assistant golf pro, Chad was also the Head Teaching Professional and was in charge of private and group lessons, as well as running group and junior golf clinics. One of Chad’s favorite parts of his job is teaching his club members and students, and he has immensely enjoyed watching them grow in the game of golf over the years. In 2019, Chad decided to stay on with the resort as it began its transition to Margaritaville – he is excited about all the upgrades and amenities that the members and public will get to enjoy, on and off the golf course!
Director of Recreation & Entertainment
Jaime Kalenik is a highly accomplished hospitality Industry Operations Management Professional with a proven record of achievement in leading corporations to unprecedented growth in the international travel industry. Jaime holds leadership expertise in developing and managing operations, building excellent guest relationships and providing world class entertainment!
Jaime worked as a cruise director for Carnival Cruise Lines for 11 years traveling the world, hosting shows and creating a positive, energetic atmosphere on board. While exploring all corners of the Earth, Jaime traveled to 72 different countries, met the love of her life and achieved her Masters Degree in Hospitality from UNLV. Jaime then parted from the cruise industry to live on land and focus on her family.
She started her land career as Director as Recreation working for the Howard Hughes Corporation at The Woodlands Resort. Now, Jaime is thrilled to be a member of the new Margaritaville team and ensuring the property comes to life in a fun, relaxing and captivating manner! Jaime oversees guest activities, holiday programming, team building events, Parakeets Kid's Club, live music and entertainment at the resort. She looks forward to welcoming you to Margaritaville soon!
Director of the Spa & Salon
With over a decade of experience in spa management around the country, Keith brings a unique approach to St. Somewhere Spa centered around educating our guests about wellness best practices. Keith prides himself on going the extra mile for each person he serves, from the experts on his team down to the products they use to treat visitors.
Originally from Southern California, Keith has run spas in all corners of the United States, including Chicago, Las Vegas, and Colorado Springs. When he’s not working at the spa, Keith enjoys spending time at the golf course or surfing with his high school sweetheart and their multiple fur-babies.
Director of Food & Beverage
Amit Kumar Sen joins Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston from the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao, where he served as director of food & beverage. Prior to this, he held food & beverage positions at various hotels throughout the country, including the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Gaylord Palms Resort Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida; the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Ritz Carlton, South Beach in Miami, Florida.
Amit oversees all food and beverage operations for the resort and club.
Prior to joining Margaritaville Lake Resort, Lake Conroe | Houston, Chef Zouari served as the director of culinary operations and product development at the LandShark Bar & Grill Africa in Seychelles, Maldives. Chef Zouari has also held a variety of positions at the Margaritaville restaurants in Orlando, the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Glendale, Arizona.
Chef Zouari oversees all culinary operations at the resort and club.