Who We Are

The sport of curling is more popular than ever. We’re a handful of curlers who think it’s just wild that New York City doesn’t have a dedicated curling facility. We’re going to fix that by building the Brooklyn Curling Center.

  • Than Tibbetts

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Than, a director of engineering at TED, has spent more than a decade building web platforms for large media companies including Univision, Hearst Television and American Public Media, driving development on projects that reach tens of millions of users. He began curling at the St. Paul Curling Club, one of the nation's oldest and largest clubs, and founded Broomfitters, a curling brooms and equipment store, in 2020. He will be a World Curling Federation-certified Ice Technician. He holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota.

    Contact Than at than@brooklyncurlingcenter.com

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  • Jon Staff

    Director & Co-founder

    Jon is the Founder and CEO of Getaway, which allows people to escape to nature and be off in its tiny cabins in nature outside of major cities. He is the author of two books, most recently Getting Away: 75 Everyday Practices for Finding Balance in Our Always On World. Jon is a Crain's Notable LGBT Leader, and has been curling since he took it up in high school in northern Minnesota. He attended Harvard University for college and graduate school.

  • Michael Goering

    Director & Co-founder

    Michael built his career in financial services at IHS Markit, Kearney, Citi, Morgan Stanley and Broadridge. He has been responsible for managing $150m business lines and work groups as large as 1,200 with an expertise in operational process flow and the role of technology in the client experience. He became hooked on curling in 2019 and has not looked back. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

  • Charles Donefer

    Co-founder

    Charles is a licensed attorney and was the first president of Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club, the only active curling club in New York City. Despite conditions inhospitable to the sport, Charles and the volunteers of BLCC built a following for curling in the heart of America's biggest city. A native New Yorker, he discovered the sport as an adult.

  • Husani Blaze

    Co-founder

    Husani is an actor and producer in the independent film scene, with films shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and The American Black Film Festival. Like many, his curling journey began while watching coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He aspires to field one of the first Olympic qualifying curling teams for the nation of Jamaica.

Our Advisors

Brooklyn Curling Center has assembled the premier team to help us build a dedicated curling center, bar and restaurant, and events facility in Brooklyn. The team brings extensive experience across the entire range of curling operations, from restaurant finance to ice and facilities maintenance at the highest level.

  • Chad McMullan

    Advisor

    Chad lives and breathes curling at Rock Solid Productions. He has managed the World Curling Tour, introduced curling to multiple countries, including Nigeria and Mexico, and reached two million students with his company’s in-school curling program. Beyond building the sport, he has competed in two Canadian national championships.

  • Nelson Chiwara

    Advisor

    Nelson's company, Acacia Investment Partners, invests in emerging and expanding consumer/hospitality brands. He previous lead international real estate strategy at WeWork, and has closed more than $10 billion in real estate deals while at Blackstone private equity funds across all major property classes.

  • Sam Goldfinger

    Advisor

    Sam brings more than 30 years of experience in hospitality, most recently as CFO of The Butcher's Daughter. Before that, he was CFO of Soho House North America, a worldwide membership club with 25 locations. He is a founding board member of the NYC Hospitality Alliance and co-founder of the New York City Hospitality Group.

  • Scott Belvitch

    Advisor

    Scott is the Head Ice Technician at Chaska Curling Center in Minnesota, the National Training Center for USA Curling. With nearly 20 years of experience managing curling facilities, he has made ice for many national and international competitions in North America, and holds a Level II Certification from the Canadian Curling Association.

  • Dana Zukofsky

    Advisor

    Dana is the Restaurant, Franchise & Hospitality Practice Leader at Aprio. She has spent the past 18 years working with some of the biggest, well-known names in the food, beverage and hospitality industries across the country as an accountant, outsourced CFO and director of finance. She was named a Notable Woman in Accounting & Consulting by Crain’s for 2020.

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