Dave White

THE BOOK – The Distinguished Club Experience

John Fornaro and Molly Cox – co-authors of the Distinguished Club Experience By Dave White, editor So, why a book on private clubs? Good question. John Fornaro, publisher of BoardRoom magazine and CEO of BoardRoom’s Distinguished Clubs, researched and found there had never been a mainstream book published, based on the private club industry. What?…

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A Springtime Potpourri

By Dave White Private club success – both for board members and the club’s paid management – mainly 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. It’s known as collaborative governance. Still there are many challenges facing boards…

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The Private Club Industry and Affiliated Associations Where Are We Now? What Does the Future Hold? Who Benefits?

By Dave White, editor The private club industry, for better or worse, is in a world of change. And how the industry and associations who play a major role in the life of private clubs deal with evolutionary change will have a significant impact on the future of the industry. The challenges for private clubs…

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2016 Distinguished Ideas Summit: Best of the Best

By Dave White Photography by: Philip Gabriel Photography and Laura Ladendorf “Thanks for pulling off the Summit. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to in my 35-plus years in the business! Union League made it extra special.” And that comment from Stephen Roper, general manager of the Meridian Hills Country Club in…

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What’s New in Technology This Year?

By Dave White The churn continues…as technology for the private club industry marches on! Our annual Technology issue (September/ October) focuses on our contributors and vendors, as they give us their opinions of what and where and the why of today’s club technologies, including some by way of case studies. They’re telling us where we’re…

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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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What Do You Mean ‘Dog Days?’ It’s a Busy Time of Year

By Dave White Ah, the ‘dog days of summer.’ But to be clear, for private clubs, it really has nothing to do with dogs. The expression comes from the ancient Romans who referred to the hot, humid days of summer as ‘dog days.’ The Romans associated summer’s hottest days with the star Sirius…known as the…

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Union League of Philadelphia and Jonathan Club: Shining Examples of the City Club Rebirth

By Dave White Bastions of privacy, city clubs stand as an elegant transition point between business and pleasure, offering members the best opportunities in both work and play…entertaining friends, keeping fit, and forging new business connections. The history of many city clubs throughout the world is compelling…years old gathering spots that today remain a focal…

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The Message is Clear: Adapt to Today’s Reality

By Dave White Sometimes we can view the words ‘resurgence’ and ‘sustainability’ as synonymous…especially with what’s happening in the private club industry these days. Resurgence is an active word for some of the world’s most outstanding city clubs, like the Union League of Philadelphia and Jonathan Club of Los Angeles, both BoardRoom Distinguished Emerald Clubs…

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It’s Jill Philmon’s time

Jill Philmon stands out as one of the most recognizable personalities in the private club industry and we can expect it to be even more so during 2016, and her time as the Club Managers Association of America President. And Jill, as Rick Coyne explains in our cover story this issue, is fulfilling a challenge…

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