By Dave White
Although there’s still some focus on “Going Green”, this issue also features a number of other interesting contributions about private club ‘sustainability.’
“What Makes a Successful Private Club Chief Executive? The 12 Secrets to Success…” comes to us from Mike Leemhuis, formerly head honcho at Congressional and now Ocean Reef Club’s CEO in Key Largo, FL.
Leemhuis is of the opinion that ‘successful private club executives are not born’, and there are some very specific concepts that you’ll need to internalize and follow if you want success in the private club industry. Part of it all, he suggests, is because of the ‘nature of the beast’, in what Leemhuis sees as the most difficult of all the hospitality industries.
“Success,” he says, “is not the same for everyone…it’s measured differently, depending on whom you ask and who is evaluating.
And how do you define success? Have a read and engage yourself in some comparative thinking about the Leemhuis philosophy…it’s an interesting read.
Private club success – both for board members and the club’s paid management – also derives from how well these two groups mesh when considering the club’s planning, daily operations and the breadth and depth of the club’s member experience. Is there collaborative governance and how successful is it?
John Fornaro’s Publisher Perspective comes back to the bottom line that educating and training board members has to remain a priority and the fact that Educating Board Members Makes A Difference, and the fact that’s a process available today through BoardRoom Institute. As an adjunct to this requirement, a Gregg Patterson sidebar explains just how continuing board education happens at the Beach Club of Santa Monica.
These stories certainly offer food for thought…along with case studies, what clubs are doing to increase their wellness factor for employees as well as members; business ethics, and the hot button topic – water!
Top Presidents: Our features on BoardRoom’s top presidents for 2014 also continue. Included are four presidents – Darrell Elfeldt and Judge Darcy Goodman, Presidents, Desert Highlands Association, North Scottsdale, AZ and President Doug Mair, The Glencoe Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada and President Joanne Hruska, The Glencoe Golf and Country Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This is the first time in the history of BoardRoom’s selection of top board presidents that two from the same (or sister) clubs have received this recognition.
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