Executive Search: General Manager at Richmond Country Club

GENERAL MANAGER
RICHMOND COUNTRY CLUB
Richmond, B.C.

 

The Club:

In 1951, a group of young Vancouver Jewish business and professional men purchased a nine-hole golf course in West Vancouver (Glen Eagles Country Club). They did this because there were few, if any, country clubs in the Lower Mainland who admitted Jewish members. In 1959, under the leadership of a small group of people from the Jewish Community, and with the support of many interested members, Richmond Country Club was created. The services of golf course architect, Arthur Vernon Macan, were engaged to build an outstanding course, with 5,000 new trees planted in a park-like setting. Since that time, the Club continues to attract a diverse group of members, who want to be part of an engaged social community; who are looking for family activity or an athletic outlet, and who want to get involved in a private club atmosphere.

In 1991, both the clubhouse and golf course were renovated with added amenities of the Fitness Centre and significant improvements to the swimming pool. Since then, a further renovation has taken place with many upgrades to our facility that included newly updated indoor (4) and outdoor tennis courts (4 – bubbled in winter), an updated fitness centre, heated outdoor pool and two renovated restaurants. The Club contributes to amateur golf and tennis by periodically hosting provincial and national events.

Our mission is to be one of North America’s most dynamic, full facility family Country Clubs while respecting and maintaining our core values and Jewish Heritage. Our values include Stewardship, Integrity, Respect, Fairness, Service, Leadership and Accountability, Innovation and Creativity.

The Position:

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the General Manager (“GM”) will guide and work with the Board in the development and implementation of Club policies, programs and strategy. The GM shall manage all aspects of the Club including activities and relationships between the Club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government and industry.

Richmond Country Club is seeking a GM who is dedicated to being the best and is willing to embrace the Club’s core values.

The GM will be responsible for the following:

Membership Experience:

  • Develop and deliver a consistently outstanding member experience commensurate with specified member expectations and in keeping with a premier private club.
  • Manage all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards and quality of activities and service provided by the Club to ensure a high level of member satisfaction.
  • Oversee the development and successful implementation of all marketing and member relations programs to both attract new members and foster positive relations with existing members and their guests.   Ensure all new club members are “met” and properly oriented to the Club.  It is important to be visible and accessible to our members.

Leadership:

  • Act as a catalyst in the development of a Strategic Plan that charts the future course of the Club. The plan will be updated on an annual basis and will act as the framework in which the Club is operated.  The achievement of the key objectives in the plan will be the primary responsibility of the GM.
  • Develop and implement an Annual Business Plan in the context of the Strategic Plan. Regularly update the Board on progress relative to both the Strategic and Annual Business Plans.
  • Maintain and develop a management philosophy that recognizes our people are a key part of the foundation of the Club’s success in delivering a great membership experience and competitive advantage.   Actively promote a positive work environment where teamwork is emphasized.
  • Develop and monitor Human Resource policies consistent with the Board’s desire to treat employees fairly at all times and be compliant with all laws and regulations.
  • Manage and clearly define direct reports’ goals and objectives.  Provide consistent feedback towards continuous improvement, and ensure appropriate personal development occurs, while incorporating succession planning for all key leadership roles.
  • Be visible and approachable to all employees.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

Operational Excellence:

  • Develop and implement best-in-class and industry leading operating policies, programs, procedures and methods while directing the work and promoting the development of all department managers.
  • Monitor long and short-term financial objectives and reporting. In consultation with the Board, Finance Committee and Accountant, prepare and execute the financial plan for the Club that drives Club revenues and achieves the agreed upon financial results.
  • Monitor and stay current with industry trends and ensure Richmond Country Club implements improvements as required.

Communication:

  • Provide quality and timely communication with the Club’s President, Board, employees and members.  Working collaboratively with the Board, this position will take responsibility/ownership of all aspects of Club operations, and share in the Club’s overall success.

Direct Reports:

Assistant General Manager, Controller, Membership Director (vacant), Director of Racquets and Athletics, Food and Beverage Director, Head Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, Facilities Manager.

Candidate Profile:

The GM reports to the Board of Directors through the President. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of Richmond Country Club, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A trustworthy, dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example. Has the ability to provide direction and expectations, continuous performance feedback and recognition that leads to positive outcomes to enhance Member experiences through inspiring department managers and employees. Exhibits leadership skills in team building, employee motivation and service training and is respectful and professional in all interpersonal dealings.

Member Experience:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service commensurate with a premium private club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services and communications.
  • Leads our Commitment to Health and safety protocols and processes.

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical conduct in words and deeds; embodies the characteristics of a successful GM through honesty, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication.
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work style combined with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated with all the Club’s stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates energy and a desire to interact with the membership.
  • A confident, diplomatic and competent professional who is a “doer” and a take charge person who recognizes the importance of accountability.
  • Strong professional deportment with a clear commitment to member service through an open and transparent member approach while maintaining a professional balance between empathy and process adherence.

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a background in all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Direct experience with golf, tennis, fitness and food and beverage businesses preferred.
  • Incorporates succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.

Education:

  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline is preferred.

Experience and Accreditation:

  • Previous experience as a senior leader at a private country club or other similar top tier facility, with a passion and understanding of what it means to have a premium country club experience.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry beneficial.
  • Experience reporting to a Board that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to success.
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred.

Note: The position is currently vacant.

Compensation:

The Club will offer an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary and benefits.

Inquiries:

IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Richmond Resume” and “Last Name, First Name, Richmond Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

George Pinches, Director and Michael Gregory, Partner
GGA Partners, Inc.
execsearch@ggapartners.com

 

For more information on Richmond Country Club please visit richmondcc.ca.

Executive Search: GM at Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club

GENERAL MANAGER
VANCOUVER LAWN TENNIS & BADMINTON CLUB
Vancouver, BC

 

The Club:

The Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club, founded in 1897, has a celebrated history as the city’s premier racquets and social club. Members enjoy superior tennis, badminton and squash programs, fitness and aquatics facilities, superb dining and outstanding service. Conveniently located just 10 minutes from downtown Vancouver and adjacent to the fine Vancouver neighbourhoods of Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale, Kitsilano and False Creek, the Club’s facilities, programs and staff of 100 cater to approximately 4000 members of all ages.

The Club completed a $15 million dollar renovation of its top floor banquet rooms, pub and main kitchen to enhance members’ experience and boost Food and Beverage operations in December 2016. Phase 2 of this renovation plan is set to start in 2022. The Club is currently completing the schematic design and costing for presentation to the membership in early 2021.

Vancouver Lawn provides an exciting opportunity to be part of the ultimate hospitality, leisure and sports environment with an active and engaged membership. The General Manager is expected to make a direct and significant contribution to the ongoing success of the Club, its members and employees.

The Position:

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the General Manager (“GM”) will bring a strategic direction to Vancouver Lawn and act as the primary catalyst to ensure the reputation of the Club is maintained and enhanced. The GM shall serve as Chief Operating Officer of the Club, managing all aspects of the Club including activities and relationships between the Club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government and industry. The GM is the leader of the Club’s management team and is responsible for managing all facets of the Club’s operations.

Vancouver Lawn is seeking a GM who is dedicated to being the best and is willing to embrace the Club’s core values of community, tradition, exceptional service, fiscal responsibility, and continuous improvement.

The GM will be responsible for the following:

Membership Experience:

  • Develop and deliver a consistently outstanding member experience commensurate with specified member expectations and in keeping with a premier private club.
  • Manage all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards and quality of activities and service provided by the Club to ensure a high level of member satisfaction.
  • Oversee the development and successful implementation of all marketing and member relations programs to both attract new members and foster positive relations with existing members and their guests. Ensure all new club members are “met” and properly oriented to the Club. It is important to be visible and accessible to our members.

Operational Excellence:

  • Develop and implement best-in-class and industry leading operating policies, programs, procedures and methods while directing the work and promoting the development of all department managers.
  • Monitor long and short-term financial objectives and reporting. In consultation with the Board, Finance Committee and Controller, prepare and execute the financial plan for the Club.
  • Monitor and stay current with industry trends and ensure Vancouver Lawn implements improvements as required.
  • Act as a catalyst in the development of a Strategic Plan that charts the future course of the Club. The plan will be updated on an annual basis and will act as the framework in which the Club is operated. The achievement of the key objectives in the plan will be the primary responsibility of the GM.
  • Develop and implement an Annual Business Plan in the context of the Strategic Plan. Regularly update the Board on progress relative to both the Strategic and Annual Business Plans.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

People:

  • Maintain and develop a management philosophy that recognizes our people are a key part of the foundation of the Club’s success in delivering a great membership experience and competitive advantage. Actively promote a positive work environment where teamwork is emphasized.
  • Develop and monitor Human Resource policies consistent with the Board’s desire to treat employees fairly at all times and be compliant with all laws/regulations/union contracts.
  • Manage and clearly define direct reports’ goals and objectives. Provide consistent feedback towards continuous improvement, and ensure appropriate personal development occurs, while incorporating succession planning for all key leadership roles.
  • Be visible and approachable to all employees.

Communication:

  • Provide quality and timely communication with the Club’s President, Board, employees and members. Working collaboratively with the Board, this position will take responsibility/ownership of all aspects of Club operations, and share in the Club’s overall success.

Direct Reports:

Controller; Membership & Marketing Director; Athletics Director; Food and Beverage Director; Operations Manager; Member Services Manager and Human Resources Manager.

Candidate Profile:

The GM reports to the Board of Directors through the President. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of Vancouver Lawn, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A trustworthy, dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example. Has the ability to provide direction and expectations, continuous performance feedback and recognition that leads to positive outcomes to enhance Member experiences through inspiring department managers and employees. Exhibits leadership skills in team building, employee motivation and service training and is respectful and professional in all interpersonal dealings.

Standard of Care:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service commensurate with a premium private club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services and communications.
  • Leads our Commitment to Health and safety protocols and processes.

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Demonstrates integrity and ethical conduct in words and deeds; embodies the characteristics of a successful GM through honesty, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication.
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work style combined with excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated with all the Club’s stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates energy and a desire to interact with the membership.
  • A confident, diplomatic and competent professional who is a “doer” and a take charge person who recognizes the importance of accountability.
  • Strong professional deportment with a clear commitment to member service through an open and transparent member approach while maintaining a professional balance between empathy and process adherence.

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a background in all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Direct experience with racquet sports, fitness, aquatics and food and beverage businesses preferred.
  • Incorporates succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.

Education:

  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline is preferred.

Experience and Accreditation:

  • Previous experience as a senior leader at a private multi-sport, family club or other similar top tier multi-sport facility, with a passion and understanding of what it means to have a premium club experience preferred.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry beneficial.
  • Experience reporting to a Board that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to success.
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred.

Note: The incumbent will retire upon the selection and onboarding of the new GM.

Compensation:

The Club will offer an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary and benefits. The GM also participates in the Club’s performance bonus award program.

Inquiries:

IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, January 15, 2021. Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Van Lawn Resume” and ‘Last Name, First Name, Van Lawn Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

George Pinches, Director and Michael Gregory, Partner
GGA Partners, Inc.
execsearch@ggapartners.com

 

For more information on Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club please visit vanlawn.com.

Executive Search: General Manager at The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

GENERAL MANAGER

 

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club:

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club was formed in 1903, seventeen years after Vancouver was incorporated. Since the early days, the Club has developed into a year-round, full-service operation with seven offshore stations and three food & beverage outlets between the two home ports. A membership of 5,000+ embraces all forms of yachting and social activities. The Clubhouse and Jericho home port are in the beautiful Point Grey residential area and offer easy access to English Bay. Our Coal Harbour home port is nestled into the shores of Stanley Park, a stone’s throw from the cycling path, park trails and downtown Vancouver.

The Position:

Reporting to the Executive Committee (Board), the General Manager serves as Club’s Chief Operating Officer and implements the Club’s policies and strategy as defined by its Executive Committee. The General Manager is responsible for leading and directing all day-to-day and long-term activities associated with the Club.

Specific accountabilities include:

  • Work with the Executive Committee in the execution of the Strategic Plan, from the Strategic Plan, construct a Business Plan and a Marketing Plan that drives Club revenues and achieves the agreed upon financial results.
  • Effectively manage and oversee Club Operations. Senior Managers who report directly to the GM and are responsible for the day-to-day activities and processes. Although the GM will rely on the Senior Managers to operate the daily activities, the GM will be ultimately responsible for overall performance metrics and service.
  • Develop and implement an effective sales and marketing strategy to increase membership and awareness of The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club within the local community.
  • Design, implement and maintain operating policies and procedures that align and support the Club’s policies as defined by the Executive Committee.
  • Conduct an ongoing evaluation of Club programs and events to ensure the consistent provision of outstanding services to meet the needs and expectations of members, guests, and employees.
  • Represent the Club to members, employees and external agencies. The GM is engaged in new member recruitment and onboarding.
  • Manage the development, implementation and ongoing monitoring of the annual operating and capital budgets and the Club’s overall financial results.
  • Maintain effective communication with the Executive Committee on Club operations, financial reports, risk analysis, compliance, asset management, human resources, membership initiatives and capital projects.

Candidate Profile:

Given the leading role this individual will be expected to play in achieving the strategic objectives of the Club, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

  • A dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivation and lead by example. Has the ability to provide direction and expectations, performance feedback and recognition that leads to positive outcomes;
  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline is preferred;
  • A minimum of 5+ years’ experience operating at a senior level in a private club or other similar athletic/social facility;
  • Strong professional deportment with a clear commitment to member service through an open and transparent member/customer approach;
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen with the ability to “grow the membership” through traditional and innovative sales and marketing techniques;
  • A definite business presence complemented with personal drive, resourcefulness, maturity and sound business judgment, with integrity and ethical conduct in words and deeds;
  • A self-starter approach, results oriented work style combined with excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • An innovative and decisive professional who possesses a positive demeanor;
  • Experience reporting to an Executive Committee that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to collaborative success;
  • A strong boating background, preferably with an excellent profile in the club industry.

Note:
The current General Manager will tentatively retire on March 31, 2020.

Compensation:
The Club will offer an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience, which will include a competitive base salary and benefits.

Inquiries:
IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, January 31, 2020. Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, RVYC Resume” and “Last Name, First Name, RVYC Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@globalgolfadvisors.com.

George Pinches
Director
GGA

For more information on The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club:  www.royalvan.com

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