Assistant General Manager
I am excited and honored to be joining the staff as Assistant General Manager for Callawassie Island Club. I met with the senior management team in December and was very impressed with the team dynamic and the professional atmosphere. I am a native of Atlanta GA and a graduate of the University of GA. I am a big SEC football fan. I got my start in the private Club industry at Indian Hills Country Club where I was employed for 12 years. The last 4 years I served as General Manager. During my tenure I oversaw a $4 Million Dollar Clubhouse renovation project. I left that Club to take the position of Director of Operations at Colleton River Plantation Club. My areas of responsibility at Colleton included F&B, Security, Facilities Maintenance, Fitness & Spa, and Pool & Tennis. I served on the executive team responsible for the $12 million Nicklaus Clubhouse renovation and was responsible for the halfway cafe renovation. After I left Colleton I spent 4 years in Huntsville Alabama as GM at The Ledges, a private Golf Club. I hope to contribute to the exciting renovations at Callawassie Island Club and help an already outstanding team continue to provide you with exceptional experiences. I look forward to serving you.
Food & Beverage Manager
I was born in Bo’Ness, Scotland and moved to the United States when I was five-years-old. After living in New York for eleven years, my family moved to Hilton Head Island. With the exception of a couple of years at Clemson University, I have lived in the area since 1989. I currently live in Bluffton with my wife, Tricia, my two boys, Dyllan and Brandon and a third child due in June. We have two dogs, Blue and Chloe and a turtle, Humphrey. I have worked in some aspect of Food and Beverage since I was twenty. My first private club experience started about nine years ago at Colleton River Plantation. I loved the experience and have been part of the Callawassie Island Club team for about a year now. Please know I am here to assist you in any way possible. If you are ever interested in planning and event here at our club or have any questions in regards to your dining needs please know that I am here for you.
Jim lives in Beaufort with his wife Lindsay and their three children, Jackson, Miles and Madisen. Jim’s experience includes being Chef de Cuisine at Dataw from 1999 – 2002; Executive Chef at Saltus in Beaufort from 2002 – 2010 and most recently, the Executive Chef for the Serge Group at Wiseguys on Hilton Head Island. Jim is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of Charleston and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Ashville. He also has three certifications from the American Culinary Federation. Jim has been and continues to be the featured Chef for Lowcountry Food Bank Chef’s Feast in Charleston. Chef’s Feast is an annual fundraiser that raises money to fight childhood hunger in the Lowcountry and features the most talented chefs in the area. Jim also is the Chef Organizer for the Farmer’s Table Event for the Lowcountry Food Bank. This annual event helps to raise awareness of childhood hunger, sustainability and local food sourcing.
Catering & Events Director
I am an Iowa native but have spent time living in Italy, Belgium and Hawaii before deciding to call the Lowcountry home. After graduating from Iowa State University, experiences in both hotels and the private club world are what led me to Callawassie. Most recently, I was the Clubhouse Activities Coordinator at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island. In my spare time, I like to try new restaurants, read the latest thriller, and explore the outdoors.
Membership Services Director
My mission as the Membership Director is to develop, recommend and implement programs, projects and activities designed to increase and retain membership in the club. It is my goal to make certain that the member is taken care of and well informed. I work closely with the membership and marketing committees, real estate professionals and all department heads to maintain member goodwill anticipate members’ needs and help maintain constant communication with membership on club events, policies and news. I am originally from Ridgeland, SC and after having graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2003, I moved to Florida to work with minor league baseball. However, I made it back to the Lowcountry as I love this area! I am married to my high school sweetheart, Yates and we have one son, Russell, and one daughter, Emory.
Director of Tennis
Bill Hoppe grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he learned to play and teach tennis while working for his father at the Bluegrass Racquet Club. He was ranked in the top 30 in the South as a junior before playing college tennis at Georgetown College and the University of Kentucky. Bill has been with Callawassie Island since 1995 and has enjoyed watching the tennis facilities and membership grow.
Director of Agronomy
I am a native South Carolinian as I grew up in Summerville South Carolina. In High School while playing Baseball I was put in charge of maintaining the fields at Fort Dorchester High School. This is how I got into the business of managing grass. I attended Clemson University where I received a Bachelors of Science of Turfgrass. While in school I worked for The Walker Course, the University Golf course, as well as the Clemson University Athletic Department where I helped in preparing the fields for sporting events. I completed two internships while at Clemson. First I worked at Long Cove Club, a top 100 club located on Hilton Head Island. After spending the summer at Long Cove I returned to school and the following summer I worked for Frontier Construction as an Assistant Project Manager. While in that position I helped manage the complete renovation of The River Course on Kiawah Island, SC. After graduating from Clemson I was fortunate enough to receive my current job at Callawassie Island where I have been for a little over a year. I am married to my High School sweetheart Amanda, who I have been with since my sophomore year of High School. Amanda works as a staff accountant for Robinson Grant Inc. in Bluffton. We currently live in Bluffton, SC where we just moved in to our first home. I love to play Golf and spend time with friends and family, as well as going to Clemson for football games and other sporting events. Go Tigers!
Waverly R. Patterson
Association Manager/Security Director
I was born in Richmond, Virginia and am the father of two children, a boy and a girl. I enlisted in the United States Navy, where I served for six years. Duty stations included Norfolk, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; and Key West, Florida. After being stationed in Key West, I moved to Beaufort where I fell in love with the town, the southern hospitality, and the friendliest people I have ever met. While in the Navy, I became interested in law enforcement. I began my tenure at Callawassie as a patrolman in 1995. In 1997, I was promoted to my current position as Security Director. I am a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Instructor in various subjects and am certified in several important areas of community safety and protection. I enjoy bicycling, photography, and traveling.
Cyndi May has lived in Beaufort since 1976, where she and her husband, Jim, raised three sons. Before coming to Callawassie, Cyndi served as the Fitness Director and Manager at Parris Island for 18 years. Her professional certifications include: The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research, Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, Aquatic Exercise Association, YMCA, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, and Nautilus Trainer Certification. She is also certified in Yoga and Pilates through the International Sports Medicine Association and in sports nutrition and weight management.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York. I’m married to the love of my life Vonnie and we have three daughters. I earned the title of U.S. Marine and served six years as a military policeman. I am a veteran of the Gulf war. I joined the Callawassie team in 1995. I’ve been the assistant to the Chief since 1997. I am a certified training and firearms instructor through the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. I am also a Notary Public. I enjoy reading, surfing the internet, do it yourself projects, cooking and spending time with family and friends.