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Educating Board Members Makes A Difference

By John G. Fornaro Often private club boards are viewed as a necessary evil – can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em. But the fact is boards can be healthy and functional. Board members however, must know what’s expected of them, as should committee members, and perhaps the best way is to let them…

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Another Potpourri

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…

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Dave White

A ‘Potpourri’ This Issue

By Dave White As happens at this time of year, there’s a changing of the guard as Tony D’Errico takes the president’s reins of the Club Managers Association of America for 2015. D’Errico got his start in the business early, at age 26. Storytelling often presages what might be expected. However, it often isn’t enough…

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CMAA President Tony D'Errico

CMAA President Tony D’Errico Relishes the Challenges Ahead

By Dave White Tony D’Errico landed his first general manager’s job at the age of 26, albeit it at a small start-up, developer-owned golf club in southwest Florida. “I’ll never forget my first day on the job, meeting my very first club member – a snarky fellow right out of central casting, who looked like…

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Marco Abdi

‘Merry Christmas’ – Marco Abdi

By John G. Fornaro There are lessons we learn from people we know and love…ideas and thoughts that motivate us, that inspire us and that become totally relevant in our everyday lives. This is my story of one life lesson and my friend Marco Abdi. In my lifetime many people have influenced me. . .…

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Dave White

A Tip of the Hat to BoardRoom’s Top Presidents

The BoardRoom magazine is now in its 20th year of publication for the private club industry and we want to sincerely thank our readers, our advertisers and contributors for their continued support and belief in our vision of educating board members, general managers and private club staffs. It’s recognition time again and a tip of…

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2014 Top 22 Private Club Presidents of the Year

2014 Top 22 Private Club Presidents of the Year

BoardRoom magazine, for the seventh year, is recognizing 22 club presidents and chairs as Private Club Presidents of the Year – 2014 for practicing what they preach – outstanding leadership to maintain best practices and an extraordinary member experience for their members clubs. This marks the first time two presidents, with overlapping terms have been…

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Jerry Glassman, Boca West Country Club President

Jerry Glassman, Boca West Country Club, Named BoardRoom’s Distinguished Club President for 2014

By Dave White “Jerry Glassman plays the unique role of a driven visionary leader who injects a large dose of commonsense and he’s certainly excited about receiving this distinguished honor.” And with that Jay DiPietro summed up the reasons why Jerry Glassman, chair and CEO of Boca West Country Club, has been selected as BoardRoom…

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John Fornaro

Is the Next Generation of General Managers Making a Difference?

By John G. Fornaro Private clubs have been through much in the past several years, but many private club general managers have been high-level achievers in leading their clubs. They have focused on getting their finances in order amid changing cultures, and ardently seeking out new members all while improving the member experience. As well,…

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Cynthia White BoardRoom magazine’s Distinguished Club President for 2013

Cynthia White, Bonita Bay Club, is BoardRoom magazine’s Distinguished Club President for 2013

By Dave White “We’re humbled by the selection but couldn’t be more proud. If we think about all that’s been accomplished since purchase of this club by the membership in 2010, and road we’ve taken, it’s been wonderful. I can’t think of another private club president more deserving. Cynthia White certainly ranks among the top.”…

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