MEET ELITE

MEET ELITE

We are a team of dedicated, customer service-driven professionals fueled by “What’s Next” in luxury amenity management, construction, and design.

THE “ELITE” DIFFERENCE

ELITE’s Founders and Principals Michael Zuchelli and Andrew Meditz are the driving forces behind the company’s impressive growth in luxury amenity management. With this talented duo at the helm, ELITE has soared to become the lifestyle company of choice among prominent developers, property managers, pool and fitness facilities, and private clubs.

Jon Matzelle

Director of Operations

Jon is an “ELITE Lifer,” having been with the company since it opened its doors in 2006. He works directly with all of the company’s 70+ clients, ensuring that ELITE’s Standard Operating Procedures are implemented at each client location, state guidelines are followed, and the ELITE staff is properly certified and trained.

One of Jon’s many accomplishments is the development of an in-house ELITE Management Training program that encourages continuing education for the company’s top-notch staff. It is why our luxury amenity brand consistently attracts ELITE-level talent and one of the many reasons our seasonal employees return year after year.

Nick Santo

Director of Communications and Compliance

Over the past ten years, Nick has climbed the ranks of ELITE Amenity Management, becoming an integral part of company’s success. Nick supervises all of the company’s corporate information technology projects, including the development of ELITE training modules, the ELITE website, and internet security. He has spearheaded client and staff onboarding programs that have significantly increased the company’s efficiencies, and he supervises the compliance regulations for over 70 ELITE-run sites.

But Nick isn’t limited to technological and organization wizardry; he is super creative with an eye for marketing and branding. Nick is extensively involved with the launch of the ELITE Wellness brand and APP. He also coordinates company communications including monthly newsletters, flyers, and collateral pieces.

Nick Santo

Director of Communications and Compliance

Over the past ten years, Nick has climbed the ranks of ELITE Amenity Management, becoming an integral part of company’s success. Nick supervises all of the company’s corporate information technology projects, including the development of ELITE training modules, the ELITE website, and internet security. He has spearheaded client and staff onboarding programs that have significantly increased the company’s efficiencies, and he supervises the compliance regulations for over 70 ELITE-run sites.

But Nick isn’t limited to technological and organization wizardry; he is super creative with an eye for marketing and branding. Nick is extensively involved with the launch of the ELITE Wellness brand and APP. He also coordinates company communications including monthly newsletters, flyers, collateral pieces.

Duncan MacIntosh

Elite Hydrodynamics
Chief Engineer &

Senior Partner

 

Having designed and built pools on five Continents over the past 40 years, Duncan is ELITE’s “secret weapon;” a sought-after engineer who has expertly serviced the company’s clients throughout the New York metropolitan area since 2009.

Duncan is the Director of Elite’s Engineering, Construction, Improvement and Maintenance Division. He holds a degree in Hydrodynamic Engineering from the British Naval Academy, is a certified commercial diver, and a two-time National Pool & Spa Institute Gold Award winner. Duncan is an expert in structural and esthetic design and construction, alteration, renovation, repair, and maintenance of all rebar and gunite, steel wall, and membrane fabricated structures.

Nicolas Chavez

Manager of New Business Development

Having studied under such recognized organizations as the New York Yankees, the International Olympic Committee, Hillstone Restaurant Group and the New York Cosmos, Nick understands how premium sports and hospitality brands achieve success. His desire to cultivate further knowledge of the premium luxury amenity industry led Nick to ELITE in 2012. He is responsible for the onboarding of all new contracts, including hiring all staff and implementing new membership software and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure excellence and consistency is maintained at every ELITE contract.

Nick’s extensive travels around the globe have also sparked his fascination with customized hospitality experiences as well as creative urban living and planning. His exposure to new ideas and innovations helps ELITE stay at the forefront of the luxury amenity market.

 

Nicolas Chavez

 

Manager of New Business Development

Having studied under such recognized organizations as the New York Yankees, the International Olympic Committee, Hillstone Restaurant Group and the New York Cosmos, Nick understands how premium sports and hospitality brands achieve success. His desire to cultivate further knowledge of the premium luxury amenity industry-led Nick to ELITE in 2012. He is responsible for the onboarding of all new contracts, including hiring all staff and implementing new membership software and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure excellence and consistency is maintained at every ELITE contract.

Nick’s extensive travels around the globe have also sparked his fascination with customized hospitality experiences as well as creative urban living and planning. His exposure to new ideas and innovations helps ELITE stay at the forefront of the luxury amenity market.

Josh Krantz

Head Instructor, ELITE Live!

With his signature “Let’s Go!” attitude, Josh Krantz is the inspirational Head Instructor for ELITE’s new online streaming fitness platform, ELITE Live!  Josh is responsible for creating engaging workout schedules and attracting top-notch instructors that propel ELITE Live! followers of all athletic abilities to achieve their health and wellness goals.

Josh enjoys over a decade of experience as a popular Personal Trainer and high-energy Group Fitness Instructor, roles he relishes along with his position as a Physical Education teacher for the New York City Department of Education. Josh is a native of Bayside Queens, New York, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration.  

Lisa Pecunia

Office Manager

With 25 years of experience in the customer service industry, Lisa is the backbone of ELITE Amenity Management, keeping all phases of the company running efficiently. She is a consummate team player who also works directly with ELITE’s Principals to assist and execute their directives while handling payroll for over 750 employees and accounting duties.

As a former successful retail business owner, Lisa appreciates the challenges of entrepreneurship and implements office systems and protocols that allow ELITE to maintain efficiency while continuing its exponential growth. She also actively assists with the company’s career placement, presently working with The Lexington School of the Deaf to create job opportunities for its students.

Lisa Pecunia

Office Manager

With 25 years of experience in the customer service industry, Lisa is the backbone of ELITE Amenity Management, keeping all phases of the company running efficiently. She is a consummate team player who also works directly with ELITE’s Principals to assist and execute their directives while handling payroll for over 750 employees and accounting duties.

As a former successful retail business owner, Lisa appreciates the challenges of entrepreneurship and implements office systems and protocols that allow ELITE to maintain efficiency while continuing its exponential growth. She also actively assists with the company’s career placement, presently working with The Lexington School of the Deaf to create job opportunities for its students.

  • Veronica Chavez

    Assistant Manager

  • Carlos Davis

    Assistant Manager

  • Frendi Garcia

    Manager

  • Danjuma Gibson

    Manager

  • Nick Leone

    Manager

  • Annie Reeves

    Area Supervisor

  • Kathy Russello

    Manager

  • Cedric Semiean

    Manager

  • Allen Sneed

    Manager

  • Olaf Turczynski

    Assistant Manager

Veronica Chavez

Assistant Manager

Born and raised in New York City, Veronica Chavez climbed the hospitality industry ranks for over a decade before joining ELITE in the summer of 2019. With a double bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing Journalism and Psychology from CUNY Baruch, Veronica’s communication, writing, as well as her superior attention to detail resulted in a promotion from a concierge at the amenity-rich Denizen Bushwick to Assistant General Manager at one of JDS Development’s crown jewels – the American Copper Buildings.

Veronica’s passion for health and wellness motivates her to create an incomparable experience for ELITE members, whether that means coordinating meditation sound baths and virtual cooking classes or simply connecting with like-minded members and chatting about the growing wellness industry.

Carlos Davis

Assistant Manager

Brooklyn-born Carlos Davis grew up loving sports, specifically football and martial arts – two sports that require dedication and constant practice. Carlos holds a degree in exercise science and a personal training certification from NASM. This strong background in fitness led Carlos to join ELITE in 2020 as a trainer and fitness staff member at the American Copper Buildings.

It did not take long for ELITE to promote Carlos to a managerial position at The Sheffield – a prestigious location situated on 57th Street, Billionaires Row. He enjoys educating people about a healthy lifestyle and bring unparalleled energy to work each day.

Frendi Garcia

Manager

Frendi Garcia has enjoyed a rapid upward trajectory since joining ELITE in the summer of 2019. With experience as an in-demand trainer in Brooklyn, Frendi also managed Retro Fitness – an athletic institution where he held the position of trainer manager. His fitness knowledge coupled with a tremendous work ethic and positive persona resulted in Frendi excelling as an Assistant General Manager at the award-winning residential complex, The Denizen Bushwick in Brooklyn, New York. 

In early 2020, Frendi’s dedication, commitment, and willingness to learn led to his promotion to General Manager of the CopperTone Club at The American Copper Buildings – two copper-clad towers situated in the heart of Midtown Manhattan that define the latest in New York City amenity development. Frendi is known to bring a smile every day to work and lead his colleagues to new professional levels. 

Danjuma Gibson

Manager

Jamaican born but raised in New Jersey, ELITE gained the versatility and professionalism of Danjuma in 2020, when he was hired as the General Manager of the Sky Club at The Sheffield Condominium in Mid-Town Manhattan. A graduate of Jacksonville University (which he attended on an academic scholarship), Danjuma possesses CPT, FMS, and CPR certificates from the American College of Sports Medicine. His greatest strengths lie in his organization and his outgoing personality.

Danjuma is passionate about cooking and maintaining a regular exercise regimen. With experience in overseeing a vast group of trainers, Danjuma is known for maintaining high standards for his team and motivating them to reach new highs.

Nick Leone

Manager

Fresh out of college with an Exercise Science degree from the University of Central Florida, Nick Leone joined ELITE as an assistant manager in 2014. Within two years, he was tapped to become the General Manager of Skyview on the Hudson, one of the largest residential amenity spaces in The Bronx managed by ELITE.

A fitness enthusiast and trainer, Nick has been a fixture in gyms since he was 14. When he joined ELITE, he quickly saw how its individualized approach differed from mainstream big-box gyms. The personal relationships inspire Nick to improve the experience at Skyview every year.

Annie Reeves

Area Supervisor

Annie Reeves has been an asset to the ELITE team since joining in 2016 as a lifeguard. After lending her expertise to various locations throughout New York City, she started climbing the ELITE ranks. Annie first flexed her impeccable attention to detail while serving summers as the Manager of Windsor Park, which led to her next post as Assistant Manager. Annie then transitioned to proudly serves as Assistant Manager of The Bay Club, a close-knit community she proudly calls her second home. 

Annie lives and breathes healthy living. She touts a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from SUNY Potsdam, and she participated in several trips to Jamaica to further nutritional education for youth. Annie loves hiking and getting in a good run on the Joe Michaels Mile in her free time.

Kathy Russello

Manager

Born in the vibrant neighborhood of Astoria, Queens, Kathy Russello brings dynamic energy to her role as the Manager of the Greens at Half Hollow on Long Island. Kathy is a member favorite with a professional background in fitness management and certifications in personal training, spin, and group fitness instruction.

In addition to the multiple fitness classes she enthusiastically teaches, Kathy oversees hiring the highest quality staff for the club and ensuring a safe and pleasurable experience for members. When not enjoying strenuous exercise classes, Kathy enjoys spending her free time with family and good friends.

Cedric Semiean

Manager

A native Texan, Cedric Semiean fell in love with the lively and diverse culture of New York City, specifically the borough of Brooklyn, while participating in the West Indian Labor Day parade in 2007. Soon this native Texan decided to hang up his spurs and buy a one-way ticket to the Big Apple.

Cedric began his New York fitness industry career as an Equinox trainer and soon joined ELITE as a Group Trainer at Ariel West. Within two years, Cedric transitioned to management, becoming a Seasonal Manager at the famous West Side Tennis Club in 2019 and eventually becoming a General Manager for The Terrace Club in Manhattan. In September 2020, Cedric’s ELITE journey came full circle when he returned to Ariel West as its General Manager.

Allen Sneed

Manager

Allen Sneed has been a valued member of the ELITE team since August of 2019, and he works as the General Manager of The Bay Club in Bayside, Queens. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Allen graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. He also proudly served eight years in the U.S. Army.

Allen is enthusiastic about fitness and the camaraderie that it can create. One of Allen’s most unique qualities is his ability to develop and nurture relationships with members. Coupled with his passion for professionalism and high quality of service, Allen is poised to become one of the stars within the management team.

Olaf Turczynski

Assistant Manager

Olaf Turczynski exemplifies the internal promotion model at ELITE. Olaf began with ELITE as a lifeguard in 2015, and his professionalism led to him being named a seasonal manager at luxurious Windsor Park in idyllic Bayside Queens. In 2020, Olaf became a full-time Assistant Manager at several impressive ELITE properties within Manhattan – including The Centrale in Midtown. Currently, Olaf serves as the Assistant Manager of the Bay Club.

Having lived in Germany, Poland, and New York coupled with his bachelor’s degree in History (and soon-to-be master’s degree) from Queens College, Olaf builds excellent relationships with the clients he manages.

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