Editor’s Note

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another Potpourri

By Dave White Although there’s still some focus on “Going Green”, this issue also features a number of other interesting contributions about private club ‘sustainability.’ “What Makes a Successful Private Club Chief Executive? The 12 Secrets to Success…” comes to us from Mike Leemhuis, formerly head honcho at Congressional and now Ocean Reef Club’s CEO…

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