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Gary Kamenicky

General Manager


Gary Kamenicky has a long history in the culinary and private club professions. Gary grew up in the Air Force with his roots in the farmlands of Texas and the Midwest. He attended the University of Nebraska in Engineering before finding his calling in the culinary field. With a Culinary degree from Minneapolis Technical Institute, Gary worked in the kitchens of Hyatt Regency advancing to a Corporate Chef position with a food service management company which brought him to Birmingham in the early 80's.

 

Gary then became the Executive Chef at Birmingham Country Club and earned his Certified Executive Chef status from the American Culinary Association during that time. Gary continued his passion for hospitality to the "front of the house" as Assistant General Manager at BCC before moving to Greystone Golf and Country Club as General Manager and gaining his Certified Club Manager in the Club Managers Association of America and recently his Honor Society status within that organization. Gary's strengths in renovations and organization advanced his career at clubs in Sarasota and West Palm Beach before coming back to his "home" and The Club.

 

Gary served as President of the Alabama Chapter of CMAA in 2012 and is still involved with the ACF where he served as President and various other board functions. Gary brings his expertise to help The Club's continued growth and prosperity to exciting new levels supported by an excellent team of managers.

 

 

 

 

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Vann Carter

Clubhouse Manager

 

As the Clubhouse Manager, Vann Carter provides The Club an extensive background in the Hospitality Industry. Once he discovered the rewards of club management Vann has made that his focus for over ten years. Vann's early experience was primarily in restaurants while attending Auburn University for Hotel & Restaurant Management. This is where Vann learned the fundamentals of hospitality management.

 

After many years in the restaurant industries of both Birmingham and Denver, Colorado, Vann ventured into Private Clubs. He started at Glenmoor Country Club as Food & Beverage Director and then on to be the Service Director at Cherry Hills Country Club both in Denver.

 

Like most people with southern roots Vann and his wife Leslie eventually decided to move back closer to home. They landed in Florence, Alabama, where Vann served as Food & Beverage Director at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club. Vann seized the opportunity to move back to Birmingham after a fifteen year absence and served as Assistant Manager at the Summit Club downtown until joining our staff at The Club.

 

 

 

 

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Chris Kennedy

Executive Chef

 

A native of Alabama, Chris Kennedy found a love for cooking early on from great cooks in his family. Encouraged to enter culinary school to pursue his passion, he enrolled in Johnson and Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. After studying at Johnson and Wales, Chris mentored under another of Alabama's sons, Chef Frank Stitt.

 

Chris has been at The Club for eleven years, the last four as Executive Chef. Chris, wife Angela and two children live on a family farm where they raise vegetables, goats and chickens maintaining a close connection to the ingredients they love to cook with.

 

 

 

 

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Allison Cambre

Director of Event Services

 

Allison Cambre is one of the city's premier event coordinators. Allison grew up in Birmingham and was a theater major at the University of Montevallo. Early in her career Allison devoted most of her time to the local Birmingham theaters. In 1985 she was honored to be crowned Miss Alabama USA.

 

Allison realized her enthusiasm for event planning while traveling abroad, assisting in the coordination of several events for Pemco Aeroplex. Allison officially began her career at the Sheraton Civic Center where she focused mainly on corporate events. The most memorable event was working with FIFA during the 1996 Olympics. Her experience expanded to include social events during her time at The Country Club of Birmingham. In 2009 Allison joined the team at The Club as Director of Event Services. Allison's influence has helped sustain The Club as Birmingham's most desirable private event venue. She is a member of PCMA, Professional Convention Management Association.

 

 

 

 

 

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Steve Day

Controller

 

Steve Day brings more than twenty years of accounting experience to his role as The Club's controller. Steve is a native of North East Alabama growing up in the Fort Payne area. After receiving his Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Alabama he spent most of his career in the newspaper industry.

 

Steve's early accounting experience came by traveling around the country integrating accounting systems for the Smith family of newspapers. A few years later he relocated to Birmingham and accepted a senior staff accountant position at The Birmingham News. He was quickly promoted to Billing Manager and eventually joined the executive management team as the Accounting Manager. After almost eleven years at The News, Steve made the decision to leave the newspaper and join another Birmingham institution The Club. Although relatively new to hospitality and restaurant environments he quickly developed an inspiring passion for the private club industry. Steve is a member of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals and is working diligently to integrate high accounting standards at The Club.

 

 

 

 

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Haley Knight

Membership Director

 

Haley Knight began her career in the hospitality industry back in 2009 when she was hired as the Event Services Intern with The Club. While attending college in Tuscaloosa, Haley worked summers, holidays and special events at the Club over the next couple of years. She received her Bachelor of Communication and Information Sciences in Advertising from the University of Alabama in May 2012 and permanently joined The Club’s team in the Fall of 2012 as Membership Director.

 

Haley has a passion for people and continues to incorporate fresh ideas and strategies to our growingly diverse Membership base.