Special Event Staff

Please contact the event office at (941) 387-1609.

Jonathan Lester

Director of Event Management

For over 12 years, Jonathan has brought a rich, diverse and successful career of managing and executing up-scale meetings and events at Top 4-Diamond oceanfront resorts in Florida. He has held leadership positions and been a part of distinguished resorts and restaurants across the country for over 20 years.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, Jonathan began his career in culinary arts at the Four Seasons Hotel and
continued to move his career forward to encompass all aspects of banquets, convention services and wedding planning. With a keen eye for detail and experience with beach-centric events and high-end clientele. His passion and personality excites guests, meeting planners and fellow employees alike to enjoy life's pleasures - all the while being precise and refined to facilitate and educate about perfect meetings and events.

Ayla Goggin

Event Sales Manager

Ayla relocated to the gulf coast about 3 years ago after living throughout the Eastern and Midwest regions of the U.S. She is rejoining the team here at Longboat from Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse in downtown Sarasota. There, she worked as the Private Event Manager focusing on both event sales and restaurant management. Ayla has her Associate's in Culinary Arts, Bachelor's in Food Service Management and Masters in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. She has been in the hospitality industry for the past 10 years and is excited to be back at the Longboat Key Club.

Amy Anthofer

Event Sales Manager

Born and raised here in Sarasota, Amy graduated from Keiser University and received her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing. She has extensive background in Events, from working in Hospitality over 11 years with companies like Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom as their Event Coordinator and Hilton Worldwide. Amy recently came to us from working as a Corporate Meeting Planner for the last three years with Direct Energy, and hosted events here at the Longboat Key Club. She is excited to be joining our team, as Amy was able to experience our services from the clients perspective and knows how to ensure a smooth planning process.

Brittney Nesmith

Event and Group Rooms Coordinator

Originally from Dolores, Colorado Brittney attended Colorado State University- Pueblo where she studied sociology and psychology. Throughout college Brittney enjoyed on-campus involvement within the Student Activities office where she interned as an Events Manager. It was here that she recognized that she excelled in the dynamic event planning arena. Brittney is very grateful to be back in this field in her current position as the Event and Group Rooms Coordinator for the Club. She is enjoying all the new adventures Florida has to offer along with it's warm weather.