Our People

RDC Golf Group is a full-service golf course and country club management organization.The principals and executives of RDC have more than 50 years of combined experience in golf course acquisitions, construction management and operations, including both public and private country clubs.

RDC’s acquisition staff has purchased or developed golf courses and country clubs in more that twenty states. RDC’s construction management and operations staff has overseen new-course development from feasibility analysis through construction, grow-in, pre-opening planning and grand opening.

RDC’s operations personnel have proven expertise in the area of general management, agronomy, food and beverage, pro shop retail sales, golf course construction and development, human resources, risk management and financial management. Our experienced professionals are adept at discovering hidden value and producing results. 

Christopher R. Schiavone,
Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer & Principal

Mr. Schiavone’s experience in operating golf courses began with his family’s decades of experience owning and operating Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, a 54-hole private country club in Bedminster, New Jersey.  Mr. Schiavone is also co-founder of Dartcor Food Service, which owns and operates corporate food service facilities.  The New Jersey Business Magazine rated Dartcor as one of Northern New Jersey’s Top 20 Privately Held Companies.  In addition, Chris Schiavone was named Entrepreneur of the Year for the hospitality industry by the Morris County (New Jersey) Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Schiavone received an AB in Government from Dartmouth College.

Mr. Schiavone is involved in philanthropic activities and is a former Chairman of New Jersey Special Olympics.  Mr. Schiavone co-founded the Higgins Classic charity outing at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club more than a decade ago, which has raised more than $2 million for New Jersey Special Olympics since its inception.  In addition, Mr. Schiavone founded the Forsgate Foundation Charity Golf Classic which hosts an annual Pro-Am Skins Golf Tournament to benefit a variety of charities, which have included, Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes, Make A Wish, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and several central-New Jersey based charities.  

Lemia Marinelli,
Corporate Controller

Mrs. Marinelli’s career in accounting began at Disney Direct Marketing Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company.  As Staff Accountant, Mrs. Marinelli reconciled bank statements and balance sheets and was responsible for the administration of the organization’s royalty program/payments.
In December 1994, Mrs. Marinelli left Disney to become Staff Accountant at the renowned Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey.  Within one year, she was promoted to Accounting Supervisor for the club.
Mrs. Marinelli joined RDC as Assistant Controller/Accounting Manager when the company acquired Forsgate Country Club in 1997.  In 2003, Mrs. Marinelli was promoted to Controller and in April of 2006, she was named Corporate Controller.  In this capacity, Mrs. Marinelli supervises all accounting operations for our corporate office as well as the company’s owned and managed properties.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mrs. Marinelli graduated magna cum laude from Rider University with a degree in Accounting.