Heather Nagle & Paul Basquin, Ballantyne Country Club, Recognized As Boardroom’s 2015 Distinguished Club Presidents

By Dave White Sometimes the ordinary makes the news (dog bites man)…sometimes it’s the extraordinary (man bites dog) …the anomaly. And that’s the story with BoardRoom magazine’s Private Club Presidents of the Year for 2015. For the first time since BoardRoom magazine established this program of recognizing the private club industry’s top private club presidents…

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Search Firms – What Can They Do For Your Club

By Dave White “The best managers need to be recruited. They will not apply.” And the fact is, private club search committees “cannot manage (a search) confidently. Only a top search firm can. Good candidates know this, desperate candidates don’t care.” So says Dan Denehy of Denehy – Club Thinking Partners, who stresses that the…

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Dues Increases – What’s Too Much or Too Little?

By John G. Fornaro “We’re in the dues business!” That’s often the sentiment expressed about the private club industry. “We’re in the dues business!” That’s often the sentiment expressed about the private club industry. What’s too much and what’s too little? What does it all mean for the future of private clubs? So what are…

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Another Look at the State of the Industry

By Dave White It’s all about creating value…membership value! And how do private clubs build that value…create a legacy? As we take our annual look at the ‘State of the Industry’ in the final issue for 2015, these are the questions we must ask. One of our feature contributors, Henry DeLozier, profoundly raises the questions:…

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Beacons Are Here!

By Dave White “What gets measured, gets improved!” That’s a long-standing message of Peter Drucker, the Austrian-born, but long time American management guru. And that’s the foundation for BoardRoom’s Distinguished Clubs latest innovation. The need to better establish member usage patterns by location or amenity, the need for a more efficient member name recognition system…

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How Do Private Clubs Build A Luxury Lifestyle Brand?

By John G. Fornaro We don’t have to look very far to see and find luxury brands…brands that stand the test of time, that retain their value and while not totally immune to the vagaries of the world economies, continue to be ‘wanted’ and remain successful. They are brands that command loyalty…a very desirable attribute.…

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Technology: Change Remains Constant

by Dave White What a difference a year makes…or for that matter, five years…10 years! Technology, as it is in BoardRoom’s September/October issue, speaks to how things have changed over the last 10 years. The introduction of the iPhone, Blackberry and other smartphones really began to have an effect on private clubs, which then faced…

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PGA’s Long Term Strategy Is Key CEO Pete Bevacqua Leads the Charge

By Dave White The PGA’s vision and mission hasn’t really changed in recent years since Pete Bevacqua took over as the chief executive officer several years ago. But the 28,000 member Professional Golfers’ Association certainly has refined how it wants to do business. In past, critics have suggested the PGA’s direction has changed every couple…

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2015 Distinguished Ideas Summit Enhances Member Experience Exchange

By John G. Fornaro “By the end of the 2015 BoardRoom Distinguished Ideas Summit I had more than 50 items and ideas I wanted to implement at the St. Francis Yacht Club.” And that, in a nutshell, describes Ron Banaszak’s experience at the second annual BoardRoom Distinguished Ideas Summit we hosted recently in Napa Valley…

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Pete Bevacqua, Distinguished Ideas And Other Relevant Thoughts!

By Dave White Pete Bevacqua now has several years under his belt as the Professional Golfers’ Association chief executive officer…and although some things have changed, one significant point hasn’t. “Overall our mandate is to serve the members and grow the game,” Bevacqua reminds. With that in mind, the PGA is certainly going down a path…

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