Dave White

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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David Mackesey and Hank Salvo – BoardRoom’s 2015 Distinguished Club Presidents

By Dave White “Sometimes,” the old adage goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.” That’s been the story for Diablo Country Club, a unique private club nestled at the foot of Mt. Diablo, just outside Danville in the East Bay region of San Francisco, CA. And the achievements of the Diablo Country Club in the past…

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The Only ‘Constant’ Is ‘Change’

By Dave White When BoardRoom magazine first made a splash in the private club industry, BoardRoom espoused the philosophy of educating boards of directors…private club decision makers. Our target market has been and continues to be the industry’s decision makers…the club’s board of directors and senior management. “Replace emotion with facts…raise a problem and suggest…

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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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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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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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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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