TEAM

 
 

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Carlos Montoya

 

      Executive Chef

Chef Carlos’ culinary career began with several respected Manhattan restaurants including Aureole and Fresco. He came to Martha’s Vineyard to join Oak Bluff’s Sweet Life Café as Sous Chef. Over the years, he has become a culinary influence on the Island working at the Edgartown Yacht Club and Détente, before returning as Executive Chef to Sweet Life Café through 2016.

This season at Garde East marks the second year having Chef Carlos at the helm of the kitchen creating dishes showcasing the bounty of the land and sea of the Vineyard.

 
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Matt Schulenburg

 

    Director of Operations

Matt Schulenburg served a dual role at the G Hospitality, combining his love of the dining room with his passion for mentorship by taking on the role of Talent and Development Manager in 2016.  For the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons he was the General Manager of Garde East, and now serves as the Director of Operations for the restaurant group. The New York native began his career in the South by achieving five coveted stars from Mobile Travel Guide in 2007 as well as critical praise including Esquire Magazine’s best new restaurant accolade during his tenure at The Georgian Room at the Cloister Hotel in Sea Island, Georgia.  When hired in 2015 by the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, the hotel received critical acclaim including 5 stars from Forbes Travel Guide as well as the AAA five Diamond Award, and Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, among others.

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Michael Lawrence

 

    General Manager

Michael Lawrence brings a unique combination of skills and experience to Garde East with more than 30 years of private club, restaurant, hotel and resort experience, including ClubCorp, Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Boca Resorts, Colonial Country Club
(Fort Worth, Texas), and Woods Hole Golf Club. For his first three hospitality companies, he served as vice president in several aspects of human resources and club operations, specializing in preparing for organizational growth and Team development.

Lawrence served a critical role in preparing the management talent of the 125 private clubs in ClubCorp, the 32 full-service hotels of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and the 12 independent resorts and clubs of Boca Resorts for development growth and property acquisitions. His diverse and well-rounded experience includes literally all facets of human resources management in hospitality and private club management. He has played a major HR and Operations role for destination resorts in Lanaii, Hawaii, Hertfordshire, England, U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and in Naples and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In addition to Colonial Country Club and Woods Hole Country Club, Lawrence has had responsibility for The Naples Grand Golf Club (Naples, FL), Grand Oaks Golf Club (Fort Lauderdale), and Berkeley Hall Club near Hilton Head, SC. While GM/COO for Woods Hole Golf Club, he spearheaded the design and construction of an all-new Clubhouse and Golf Course Master Plan, all designed to set a new service standard for private clubs on Cape Cod.

He earned a B.S. Degree in Sciences from the University of South Alabama, and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Dallas. He also earned a Masters of Professional Studies in Hospitality Management from Lynn University in Boca Raton.

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Rebecca Miller

 

          Director of Sales

Rebecca Miller is an established event specialist, with more than 10 years of extensive experience managing, planning and catering weddings, corporate events, large banquet services and intimate social gatherings. Miller was previously general manager and director of catering for The Regatta Place and corporate events manager at OceanCliff Hotel – both located in Newport. While working at The Regatta Place, Miller was instrumental in earning the venue the Wedding Wire’s Couples Choice Award for four consecutive years. In 2013, she was a 2013 recipient of the Stars of the Industry “Emerging Leader” award from the Rhode Island Hospitality Association.