Twenty years ago Dick Kopplin, with an eye on helping with search and consulting work in the private club industry, started his company, KOPPLIN SEARCH, Inc.
“Reflecting on our 20 years in the private club industry, I’m very excited as we begin our 21st year as KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE,” enthused principal Dick Kopplin.
“We are excited to announce our new partner, Tom Wallace, and our new company name, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE.”
Wallace, before joining the firm two years ago and now becoming a partner, served in club management at some of the country’s most recognized private clubs, like Oakmont Country Club and The Club at Mediterra.
It’s a significant step for the firm, which has been expanding steadily during the past 10 years by very carefully and very selectively adding associates, after Kurt Kuebler joined Dick Kopplin as a partner to form KOPPLIN & KUEBLER.
“I met Dick in 1996, just when taking over the vice-president/general manager’s role at Scottsdale’s Desert Highlands golf club (home of the first skins game),” explained partner Kurt Kuebler. “I was very appreciative of Dick’s assistance in getting me familiar with the club (he was its first vice-president/general manager), and was impressed even more as I learned of the depth and breath of his experience and insights to success in this industry.
“Nine years later we both agreed, it was time,” Kurt added, as the firm expanded to become KOPPLIN & KUEBLER.
“Being a part of the inspiring team at KOPPLIN & KUEBLER over the last two years has been incredible,” commented Tom Wallace, the firm’s newest partner.
“The commitment Dick and Kurt have for the advancement of our industry is second to none. As a partner I will bring my passion and leadership to the team to help build and expand upon the incredible legacy and reputation that KOPPLIN & KUEBLER has built,” he added.
“We have never deviated from our original three-fold mission statement: to improve the well being of our client clubs, advance the careers of our candidates and have fun every day,” Kopplin related. “Our decisions now mean developing a company succession plan that allows for new thinking and generational leadership looking toward the future.
“The next 20 years will be just as exciting, and it really begins with building our ‘world class’ team. Our continued growth and success, has been the result of providing a high level of ethical service to both our client clubs and our candidates. While Kurt and I have focused everyone’s attention on the importance of our core values, we also recognize the need for continual improvement,” Kopplin said.
So what has KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE accomplished for clients in the private club industry?
“Our clients are better judges of that than we can ever be, but what we hope the significant vast majority will tell you is we’ve helped them recognize that a new standard of collaborative leadership is necessary in today’s club industry,” Kuebler explained.
“I believe that we’ve had a significant impact on improving the lives and well being of both our client clubs and the candidates we’ve placed – figuring out that the style, alignment and overall ‘fit’ is critical. And the fact our success is predicated on the fact that we never take it for granted, or go through the motions with any of the tasks we take on.”
Tom Wallace, consistently recognized as one of the young ‘stars’ in the business, has further elevated his game and results because of his several years of leading top performing clubs.
“Tom’s connectivity to the next generation of both members and management talent is critical for us to stay relevant and beneficial to our club clients, and to further help develop the next generation of club leaders,” Kuebler added.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the private club world doing what we love to do,” Kopplin expressed. “We are really excited about the future as we continue to grow our firm along with the private club industry.”