BoardRoom this issue introduces the second of two Distinguished Private Club Presidents for 2016…Matt Kellogg.
President Kellogg is being recognized for his distinguished service with the Colorado Golf Club. Earlier in the year, Boardroom recognized Fred Arbuckle, president of The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego, and president of 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, Wyoming ass a Distinguished Private Club President.
This is the ninth year the industry’s top private club presidents have been honored by BoardRoom magazine for their outstanding work.
“We are honoring 22 club presidents from Canada and the U.S. this year,” explained BoardRoom magazine’s publisher and CEO John Fornaro.
The impetus, of course for the top president program comes from its sponsors, the Association of Private Club Directors, the parent organization of BoardRoom magazine, and Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace, one of the country leading private club industry consulting and search firms.
This marks the second time in the nine years that BoardRoom has recognized two Distinguished Club Presidents for the same year.
Now nominations for the 2017 top presidential selections are open. You can nominate your club president by sending the information to BoardRoom magazine before the end of November.
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And our congratulations to Phil Newman, a long-time stalwart of the private club industry, for recognition as the recipient of BoardRoom’s Award of Dedication.
BoardRoom contributor Henry DeLozier in his writing about Newman, pays tribute to Phil for his outstanding contribution to the industry.
“When I got to work with private clubs, I quickly realized how many different businesses, and business disciplines, were under one roof, and yet here was one lady or guy, charged with handling it all.
“Their willingness to help each other out, share information and best practices was a beacon for me and so different to the closed shops I’d encountered with other industries. Anything I could do to help these managers out, I tried to do, and still try.”
Then, again, added DeLozier, “there is that Irish determination at work as well.”
For anyone who knows Phil, it might well be that Irish determination.
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BoardRoom this issue features a ‘design section,’ focused on what clubs are looking for these days to gain new members, retain members they already have, all while seeking sustainability. Our contributors from many of the industry’s leading architectural and design firms, explain how they view the future by creating functional, cutting edge, yet aesthetically pleasing amenities for a private club.
The varied thoughts and ideas give clubs food for thought when considering major changes to keep abreast with their members and of course, long term sustainability.
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Robert Sereci, general manager of Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill, concludes this three-part series on The Perils of Membership Categories.
“Part I of this series forthrightly laid out the quick benefits of membership category expansion. In Part II, we flipped the coin and focused on the value dilution of membership expansion.
“Now in our final submission to this conundrum, we look at culture fracturing and the creation of the non-equity mindset.”
“As with any society, the more classes you have, the more likely issues are to rise with who has what status and what privilege. A private club has often been defined as a group of people with common interests. The more membership categories that exist, the less common the interests become,” Sereci explained.
“While most clubs do have some cliques, or what I also like to refer to as sub-cultures, I suspect that they mostly were developed naturally over time. When more membership categories are developed, chances are more sub-cultures will develop but instead of this happening naturally, it becomes forced and causes eventual division at a very rapid pace. This may be the most critical detraction for membership category expansion.”
As Robert suggests, “once the genie is out, it’s difficult to put it back into the bottle.” All of which tells us that adding membership categories is a far more complex issue than we might see at first blush. BR