31 Years | 31 Lessons – Lesson 1

 

Managing a private club is  not an easy task. It requires knowledge, stamina, fortitude, patience and a sense of humor. With each new year comes new challenges, opportunities and lessons to learn.

When GGA Director Colin Burns, CCM, joined the firm, he shared the lessons he learned over a lifetime in the hospitality industry, as an advocate for club management and his three decades as the general manager of Winged Foot Golf Club with our team. In hearing those lessons, we were reminded how success comes from doing the right thing every day.

We asked Colin to record his common sense and professional advise for us to share with you. Today we present the first of Colin’s 31 Years | 31 Lessons videos. We will be releasing all 31 on our LinkedIn page over the next several months in the hope you find these lessons helpful as you navigate your own path to success as a leader in our industry.

Watch Lesson 1

 

Executive Search: General Manager for Minneapolis Golf Club

Minneapolis Golf Club logo

GENERAL MANAGER
Minneapolis Golf Club
St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Minneapolis Golf Club photo

 

Our Club

Founded in 1916, Minneapolis Golf Club is a member-owned club located just seven miles west of downtown Minneapolis. The centerpiece of our Club is our Willie Park Jr./Donald Ross golf course, representing one of the finest tracks in the Upper Midwest. Our golf course provides an experience that has drawn the admiration of generations of golfers for its eminent playability, imaginative layout and supreme walkability.

The MGC golf experience also features a picturesque short game practice area, convenient driving range, indoor swing simulator, and perhaps most notably an inclusive, active and family-friendly membership who share a passion for golf and welcome players of all ages and abilities.

Beyond golf, MGC offers members, their guests and families a myriad of social activities along with indoor and alfresco dining options at the Grill and poolside and an Olympic-size pool and patio area that serves as the center of family sun in the summer.

Improvements & Future Plans

A comprehensive multi-million-dollar enhancement to the golf course, completed in 2020,  replaced every blade of grass on our classic layout. The update added modern improvements, including new bent grass tees, fairways and greens, a state-of-the-art irrigation system, improved drainage systems on the greens, thicker rough, larger green complexes and inventive hole locations. This approach carefully balanced the original design integrity of the course with the evolving demands of modern players.

In 2021, the Club embarked on the development of a 5-Year Strategic Plan. This process involved a top-to-bottom examination of our market position, operations, membership structure, utilization, communications efforts and our finances to develop a set of strategic initiatives that serve as our guide to meet the needs of our existing members as well as those who will join us in the future.

Minneapolis Golf Club amenities

Minneapolis Golf Club Overview

  • 394 memberships (Golf: 310, Social: 73, Other [Honorary, Clergy]: 11)
  • Initiation fee (Resident Member Golf: $25,000)
  • Annual Dues (Golf: $9,749)
  • $4.70M Gross volume
  • $2.60M Annual dues
  • $1.50M F&B volume
  • $2.60M Gross payroll
  • 135 Employees in-season; 50 off-season
  • 9 Board members
  • Average age of members is 52

The General Manager Position

Reports to the Board and coordinates with the President of the Board on a regular basis. The General Manager implements the policies established by the Board of Directors and the Club’s bylaws. He/she develops operational policies and is responsible for the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures for all areas. This includes the preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets as well as  management of operations to attain the desired results.

Coordinates all management functions and works in concert with committee chairs to assist them in the development of proposed policies, programs, events, etcetera.

Serves as the lead coordinator of programming and development of synergy among all departments. Overseeing the internal and external marketing strategies for membership growth and member engagement is a critical part of the position.

The General Manager should have a strong presence and seek to be highly visible to the membership and staff, setting the tone for consistently treating members with first class of hospitality. It is also the responsibility of the General Manager to communicate this expectation to the entire staff.

Important Individual Characteristics:

  • A naturally enthusiastic personality and passion for the club management profession.
  • A natural leadership style which promotes staff and membership engagement.
  • Ability to act as a thought partner with the Board and committees.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Disciplined follow-through to ensure the vision and goals of the Club come to fruition.
  • Ability to cultivate a high-level of member services and satisfaction.
  • Possess a strong understanding of top-notch food and beverage experiences for Club members and guests.
  • Effective fiscal management through delivery of actual operational and capital results in alignment with approved budgets.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility to members and staff as the face of the Club.
  • Understands the importance of digital communications, with the ability to utilize web and social media tools to communicate with the staff and membership.
  • Ability to develop a dedicated team with a shared vision.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership and management experience in a private club environment. Current Assistant General Managers or Clubhouse Managers at well-recognized clubs, with verifiable records of achievement will also be considered.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Hospitality Management or Business.
  • Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation preferred or in pursuit of.

Note: A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.

Inquiries

Interested candidates should submit résumés along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Minneapolis Golf Club GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Minneapolis Golf Club GM Resume”) respectively to: execsearchus@ggapartners.com. Please email résumé with references.

 

For more information about the Club, visit www.minneapolisgolfclub.com

 

 

 

Executive Search: General Manager for Beaconsfield Golf Club

 

GENERAL MANAGER
Beaconsfield Golf Club
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada

 

Beaconsfield Golf Club

The Beaconsfield Golf Club is the only private golf club on the island of Montreal, the second most populated city in Canada. Founded one hundred and seventeen years ago, it has played an important role in Canadian golf, having hosted many national and international golf events including two Canadian Opens, four LPGA events, and more recently, the Canadian Amateur Championship. The Club prides itself on the quality and setting of the golf course and its historic clubhouse. Beaconsfield is a family and business friendly club and an integral part of the West Island community.  Club facilities include an 18-hole golf course, extensive practice facilities, pro shop and full clubhouse services.  Its membership levels and financial position remain sound in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

To learn more about Beaconsfield Golf Club, visit here.

The Position: General Manager (GM)

Beaconsfield Golf Club is seeking a General Manager responsible to the Members of the Club and its day-to-day operations in accordance with the strategic, financial and operational direction set by the Board. The GM reports to the Board of Directors through the President.  The GM is expected to play an important role in the continuing development and execution of the Club’s vision and strategic plan. The GM shall manage all aspects of the Club including activities and relationships between the Club and its members, guests, employees, community, government and industry.

Responsibilities:

  • Be a highly visible face of the Club. Develop and deliver a consistently excellent experience to satisfy the members expectations in a private golf club.
  • Effectively manage all aspects of the Club’s activities and services provided by the Club to ensure a high level of member satisfaction and referrals to their family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Develop and implement innovative, industry-leading operating policies, programs, procedures, by-laws and methods. Direct the work of and support the development of all department managers. The GM oversees external events including a limited number of golf tournaments and family celebrations.
  • In consultation with the Board, Finance Committee and Controller, develop and adhere to annual operating, cash, and capital budgets to deliver short and long-term financial objectives. Prepare forecasts and execute the financial plan for the Club including the development of financial reports to the Board and Finance Committee.
  • The GM will lead organizational planning and development for the Club’s management team and employees and ensure the high standards of quality and service are upheld in accordance with best practices including performance appraisal and performance management.
  • Lead the Club’s human resources, including establishing, initiating, and monitoring personnel policies and overseeing training and professional development programs. Act as a mentor to Direct Reports.
  • Reinforce Beaconsfield’s ongoing leading position, participate proactively in all Board and Board Committee meetings with a view of advising the Board on strategies to continuously adapt to sociological changes and changing demographics
  • Coordinating the marketing and member relations programs to promote the Club’s services and to present to potential members. Develop ongoing dialogue and rapport with members by being present at all major Club functions.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

Direct Reports:

Head Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, Controller, F&B Manager, and all clubhouse operations.  The Club employs 100+/- people during the golf season.

Candidate Profile:

Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic, business objectives and leading the continuing excellence of Beaconsfield Golf Club, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A trustworthy, dependable, and 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 with recognition that leads to positive outcomes. Fully engage and inspire department managers and their teams to enhance member experiences.
  • Is respectful and professional in all interpersonal dealings.
  • Proudly represent the Club to external groups.
  • Experience as a leader in a private golf club environment or other similar top tier golf facility
  • Experience reporting to a board that has adopted a club governance structure, and processes to lead the Club and GM to thrive. Experience developing policy and by-laws.

Member and Guest Experience:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service as expected at a member-owned club.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry with an excellent understanding of food and beverage operations, including pricing, menu development, inventory management and costing.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for the golf course and all facilities, services, and communications.
  • Analytical with the ability to proactively use data in forecasting and managing revenue and cost.

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Demonstrate integrity, ethical conduct in words and deeds; embodies the characteristics of a successful leader through honesty, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, empathy, and dedication.
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work-style combined with strong verbal and written communication in both official languages.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing needs in schedule demands and time commitments. There is an expectation this leading role will be present and visible at Club events.
  • Demonstrates energy with a desire to interact and build relationships with the membership.
  • A confident, diplomatic, competent professional who is results driven. A take-charge person who recognizes the importance of accountability and innovation.
  • A track record of strong professional results with a clear commitment to member service.
  • Interacts with an open and transparent approach with members while maintaining a professional balance between empathy and process adherence.

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a strong understanding of all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, marketing, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • Experience managing golf course operations and capital projects.
  • Values marketing (including digital) and its organizational impact.
  • Direct experience and understanding of the operation of a not-for-profit golf course including the hospitality aspects.
  • Incorporates succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.
  • Efficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail and use of the Internet and social media platforms.

Education:

  • A post-secondary degree in business, hospitality or professional golf management credential is preferable.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.

Compensation:

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

Application Process and Deadline:

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 Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Beaconsfield Resume” and “Last Name, First Name, Beaconsfield Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

Lead Search Executives

 

Michael Gregory
Partner
GGA Partners, Inc.

 

 

 

George Pinches
Director
GGA Partners Inc.
execsearch@ggapartners.com

 

Executive Search: Vice President, Hospitality at Edgar’s Hospitality Group

VICE PRESIDENT HOSPITALITY
EDGAR’S HOSPITALITY GROUP
Augusta, GA

 

The Company
Edgar’s Hospitality Group (EHG) is an LLC operated by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia (GIMG) that operates hospitality venues in Macon and Augusta with plans to build an agri-tourism campus at Lake Oconee Georgia. EHG is named after the founder of Goodwill Industries, Rev. Edgar J. Helms.

The hospitality enterprises include restaurants, conference centers, large food service contracts, a bakery café, a private city club, and a local farm to provide fresh products with a new agri-business that allows culinary agriculture certifications for students. Chef Frank Kassner is the Director of Culinary Operations for EHG and the corporate executive chef.

Edgar’s Hospitality Group was founded to provide a new source of revenue for GIMG and to create diverse applied learning venues for the students at Helms College’s School of Hospitality managed by Bruce Ozga, VP, Culinary Education.

What We Believe
Goodwill Industries believes work plays a critical role in the ability of individuals to achieve desirable life outcomes. The founder of Goodwill Industries, Dr. Edgar J. Helms, believed that individuals wanted and needed an opportunity, a chance beyond charity, and this basic philosophy has set the vision for the Goodwill movement since 1902.

Mission
We build lives, families and communities one career at a time by helping people develop their God-given gifts through education, work and career services.

Values
I am proud to be Goodwill.
Service – I will practice hospitality.
Ownership – I will go above and beyond with every job I do.
Accountable – I will keep my commitments.
Respect – I will base my interactions with others on honesty and integrity.

Our Properties

Edgar’s Above Broad (Augusta, GA), recently opened in September 2020 as an exciting new 17,000 square foot indoor-outdoor restaurant and entertainment venue. www.edgarsabovebroad.com

 

The Pinnacle Club (Augusta, GA), a premier dining membership club in downtown Augusta which provides incredible views of the Savannah River and Augusta cityscape. www.pinnacleclubaugusta.com

 

Edgar’s Grille (Augusta, GA), an upscale casual restaurant which offers New American cuisine with a Southern Flair. www.edgarsgrille.com

 

Anderson Conference Center (Macon, GA), centrally located in the state, the Anderson Conference Center features 15,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 700-seat banquet space and six break-out conference rooms with premier technology. www.andersonconferencecenter.com

 

 

The Snelling Center (Augusta, GA), a conference venue co-located with Edgar’s Grille which can accommodate events from ten to 300 guests.
www.edgarsgrille.com/meetings-events

 

Edgar’s Bistro (Macon, GA), offers weekday lunch and dinner, a full-service bar and catering service. www.goodwillworks.org/upscalebistro

 

Edgar’s Bakehouse (Augusta, GA), bookstore and café which specializes in gourmet coffees, smoothies, paninis, salads, and fresh baked breads and desserts. An Edgar’s Bakehouse production bakery is being built for commercial baking enterprise launch in late 2021.

 

Wright’s Farm and Lake Oconee Agri-Tourism Farm Campus (Augusta, GA), coming soon. www.wrightsfarmaugusta.com

 

The Role of the Vice President, Hospitality

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Vice President, Hospitality will work closely with the CEO and peers to achieve GIMG’s 2025 strategic plan success measures through strategies that will enhance profitability, productivity and efficiency.

This key executive will lead the start-up and operations of all new hospitality operations, maintain benchmark controls and outcomes for existing properties, manage budgets, lead a large team and promote a culture of high performance.

As member of the Goodwill Team, the Vice President, Hospitality is expected to understand and fully embrace the faith-based, “hand up” mission of Goodwill and demonstrate daily the core values of service, ownership, accountability, and respect.

Principle Accountabilities – Vice President, Hospitality

> Lead Edgar’s Hospitality Group to be three things: profitable, a provider of vibrant applied learning enterprises for the students at Helms College, and a daily stage to tell the Goodwill life changing story in a manner that leads to philanthropic Investment.

> Direct the start-up and operational leadership of all new hospitality operations to be launched as applied learning venues associated with Helms College within GIMG’s thirty-five county territory and franchise operations in other Goodwill territories.

> Maintain benchmark operational controls and outcomes in existing hospitality business lines.

> Oversee development and implementation of budgets for multiple hospitality enterprise operations; responsible for meeting budget objectives for growth in revenues, gross margins, operating profit, and net cash flow.

> Assure top-line business growth through increased accountability, innovation, increased sales, expanded operations, reaching new markets and diversification.

> Annually revise and develop short and long-range plans for all assigned areas; establish performance measures for multiple enterprise operations.

> Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the President informed of all critical issues.

> Lead a large team of direct and indirect employees to ensure the execution and completion of business goals; evaluate performance for compliance with established policies and objectives of the company and contributions in attaining objectives.

> Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.

> Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; and monitor and evaluate results.

> Promote Goodwill externally as a community-based non-profit with a key human and economic development role.

Qualifications

> A graduate business or hospitality degree is required.

> Minimum five years of senior leadership of a restaurant group, an independent luxury resort or multi-faceted entertainment company.

> Multi-unit executive level hospitality operations leadership experience required.

> Demonstrated experience creating and taking new business ventures from a concept to a successful, revenue generating operation.

> Superior budget and management skills involving multi-million dollar and multi-site operations.

> General administrative skills including developing, implementing and monitoring company-wide policies and procedures.

> Excellent verbal and written communications skills.

> Strong people skills with abilities to partner with a dynamic leadership team and interact with all levels of employees.

> Must be aligned with and energized by Rev. Edgar Helm’s faith based social enterprise model to eliminate poverty one career at a time.

Note: A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The company offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.

Inquiries
Interested candidates should submit résumés along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, September 3, 2021.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Edgars VPH Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Edgars VPH Resume”) respectively to: execsearchus@ggapartners.com. Please email résumé with references.

 

For more information about Goodwill of Middle Georgia please visit www.goodwillworks.org; www.helms.edu; www.helmsgoldstandardculinary.com; www.edgarsabovebroad.com.

Executive Search: Assistant General Manager for Highlands Falls Country Club (FILLED)

Highlands Falls Country Club

ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER
Highlands Falls Country Club
Highlands, North Carolina

Highlands Falls Country Club

Our Club

Founded in 1958, Highlands Falls Country Club is a private, member-owned club in Highlands, North Carolina. Perched high atop the Highlands Plateau, where incredible views stretch for miles and miles, is Highlands Falls, a small and close-knit community which has just completed a $3.5 million renovation of the clubhouse to expand outdoor dining and create a unique indoor/outdoor bar and grill area. With updated features, extended dining areas, and sweeping views, it serves as a stylish, luxurious gathering place for members and guests – the response from the membership has been overwhelmingly positive.

Highlands Falls offers all the amenities and activities you’d expect, and then some.  Whether members prefer golf, croquet, pickleball, tennis, bridge, fishing, swimming, dining, working out, tennis, competing in “yacht club” races, or a combination of all of the above, they enjoy their play surrounded by mountain views, an incredible waterfall, and folks who can’t wait to welcome you to the community.

Highlands Falls offers 18 holes of pure golf fun on a dramatically beautiful course, a Croquet Pavilion, a tennis center with three Har-Tru courts and pickleball, all of which offer interactive programs and regular social events. The Club has a Fitness facility that includes a weight room, locker rooms, a group fitness room, and is replete with spa services, personal training, group classes, and a private swim complex. The Pool complex includes the swimming pool and aquatic fitness activities. The Clubhouse consists of the administrative offices, kitchen, member dining areas, lounge and banquet facilities, and offers engaging activities for all ages, such as the highly popular Bridge program and fun-filled Junior Camp.

Members love to talk about how incredible the dining experience is at Highlands Falls, which offers both casual and formal dining options, well-priced lunch and dinner menus, special theme dinners, phenomenal wine dinners, a la carte brunch every Sunday, and special dietary accommodations upon request. Whether hosting a small private party, throwing a large private event, or entertaining special guests, Highlands Falls provides the perfect combination of private elegance and impeccable service.

Highlands Falls Country Club Overview

– 284 Members (Golf: 187, Other: 97)
– Initiation Fee (Resident Member Golf: $45,000)
– Annual Dues (Golf: $13,086)
– $5.5M Gross Volume
– $3.1M Annual Dues
– $600K F&B Volume
– Nine Board Members
– Average age of members is 73

Highlands Falls Country Club Dining

The Assistant General Manager Position

The Assistant General Manager (AGM) is ultimately responsible for all clubhouse, food and beverage, aquatics, recreation and facilities operations on a daily basis, including the general housekeeping over these areas. The AGM is responsible for all aspects of the operation in the absence of the General Manager/COO and performs specific tasks as requested.

This managerial position works closely with, and reports directly to, the General Manager/COO, providing quality leadership and contributing to the positive atmosphere of the Club and associated operations. He/she will also prepare annual department budgets in concert with the GM/COO.

The AGM will enhance the club culture and is responsible for the dissemination of hospitality, friendliness and goodwill among members, guests and staff. His/her goal is always to help members and guests enjoy the facilities and events of the Club. In addition to building relationships with Club members, guests, and employees, he or she also provides support to the respective committees and advisory groups. As the public face of these operations, a hands-on approach, and understanding that full member and staff engagement is critical, is required to succeed in this position.

The AGM consistently provides anticipated and enhanced hospitality along with superb dining and other food and beverage experiences for the Club’s membership and their guests. Alignment with the Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager is very important in this position to ensure collaborative, innovative, harmonious relationships between front- and back-of-house operations.

Primary Responsibilities

Member Services

Consistent, highly-visible, sincere and significant engagement with members and staff in the dining areas of the club is of the utmost importance. It is the ultimate responsibility of the AGM to ensure all member dining, amenities and club events are well-conceived and executed.

Provide  quality leadership in a positive and upbeat manner for the members, guests and staff.

Address and resolve all member and guest complaints and suggestions, general service, employee attitude, maintenance, and presentation of the clubhouse operations.


Employee Relations

Manage the seasonal recruiting, hiring and development of clubhouse and various food service venue personnel.

Oversee ongoing training programs complete with up-to-date training manuals to ensure exceptional service in all parts of the club’s operation.

Provide for training and future development of all subordinate managers and supervisors subject to budget approval by the General Manager/COO. Instill the concept of being team players in all employees. Continue to coach, counsel, and evaluate departmental staff.

Ensure a positive spirit and healthy work environment exists throughout all club operations, one that is free of safety risks and all forms of employee harassment.

Maintain an effective two-way communications program with employees to ensure they are treated in a fair, structured and consistent manner.

Function as an administrative and communication link between departments in the club.

Guarantee that all clubhouse employees are regularly trained and certified in areas that help guard the safety and well-being of our members, guests and other employees including, but not limited to responsible alcohol service, safe food handling, etc.

Help to facilitate a team environment with morale, high ethical standards and efficient use of resources to position Highlands Falls Country Club to be a preferred employer of choice in the community.

Financial Management

Work jointly with the Controller and General Manager/COO to prepare the annual operating and capital budgets for all clubhouse and service operations; assist in the management and control of operations to attain the desired results.

Monitor the budget each week/month and direct any corrective action, as necessary,
to assure budgeted goals are attained.

Provide input to all clubhouse and service personnel regarding annual budgets, capital spending plans, fiscal controls and operational guidelines.

Manage all labor cost payouts and maintain them within the constraints of the budget, and through close coordination and approval from the General Manager/COO and Controller.

Monitor payroll records to control overtime and maintain labor costs within budgetary guidelines.

Supervise the purchase, receipt, safekeeping and disbursement of operating supplies and equipment to maximize quality and profitability.

Personnel Management

Display a strong hands-on approach and lead the staff by example. Must be approachable to staff, members and guests.

Assist the General Manager/COO in developing and implementing long-range (strategic) and annual (business) plans, operating reports, forecasts and budgets.

Work with Human Resources to develop long-term staffing needs for each area of responsibility.

Responsible for hiring, discipline, termination and documentation of all clubhouse and service staff.

Review all accidents and work with HR and Safety Committee to complete accident reports and implement improved procedures to prevent the situation from reoccurring.

Attend senior management meetings and carry out directives agreed upon during the meetings along with any other requests of the General Manager/COO. All actions must be carried out in a timely manner.

Serve as an ad-hoc member of appropriate club committees and advisory groups.

Possess a warm personality, a sense of humor and the ability to work effectively with all levels of the internal staff and members.

Work with the Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager and others to develop P&L statements prior to each event. Produce an event recap along with all appropriate documentation/history, keeping it on file for future use.

Work with Executive Chef on menu development.

Work with the F&B team to organize and market special club events.

Further his/her own continued development as a club management professional as a member of CMAA. With the assistance and approval of the General Manager/COO participate in appropriate seminars/training programs, thereby enhancing his/her value and quality of services to Highlands Falls Country Club.

Operational Responsibilities

Understand and abide by Highlands Falls Country Club policies and departmental procedures. Suggest changes, and when appropriate, direct the implementation of change.

Provide content for and manage communications and marketing information for departments.

Assure Clubhouse operations and campus venues are run in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws.

Disseminate information effectively and coordinate activities between departments in a timely manner.

Keep the General Manager/COO informed of all potential problems and activities related to the smooth operation of the clubhouse and other food service venues.

Oversee inventory management throughout departments and complete a periodic china, glass and silver inventory to maintain par levels.

Coordinate and approve all entertainment in consultation with General Manager/COO and others.

Possess a sharp eye for detail in the overall management of the operation.

Report performance and financial data, e.g., weekly report to General Manager/COO in a timely and regular manner.

Candidate Qualifications

Minimum 5 years of progressive leadership and management experience in a private club environment.

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Hospitality Management or Business.

Certified Club Manager (CCM) or in active pursuit of designation preferred.

Note: A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required. The position is available immediately.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.

Inquiries

IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit résumés along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, August 20, 2021.

These documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, HFCC AGM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, HFCC AGM Résumé”) respectively to: execsearchus@ggapartners.com.

All requested information, along with references, should be emailed to the address above.

 

To learn more about Highlands Falls Country Club, visit www.clubhfcc.com

Executive Search: Head Golf Professional at Exmoor Country Club (FILLED)

HEAD GOLF PROFESSIONAL
EXMOOR COUNTRY CLUB
Highland Park, IL

The Club

Founded in 1896 as Illinois’ third golf club, Exmoor is a private, full-service country club, located in Highland Park, Illinois, 28 miles north of Chicago. With a championship golf course designed by Donald J. Ross, Exmoor continues to fulfill its original mission – as a family club devoted to the game of golf, while offering a growing range of sports and social opportunities. Sports at Exmoor include golf, curling, tennis, swimming, ice skating, platform tennis, cross country skiing and the fastest growing sport in America — pickleball. Members of all ages enjoy a year-round schedule of exciting social activities.

The Club’s mission is to provide the finest golf, sporting, and social experiences for its community of member families and their guests all year long.

The Club maintains high standards for club governance, with an elected leadership that promotes member involvement to attain excellence in Club facilities and member services. Exmoor has earned a reputation for attentive service, modern facilities and fine cuisine. In the late 1890s, the club played an important role in establishing and growing the game of golf in the Midwest. During its 125-year history, Exmoor has hosted more than 20 national golf and curling championships. Our members have won national championships in both sports and have competed in official Olympic golf and curling competitions.

Since its founding, Exmoor members have embraced family activities with a focus on participation, skill development and good sportsmanship. As much as Exmoor values its traditions, today, the spirit of Exmoor is youthful, vibrant, and inclusive.

Exmoor Country Club Overview

  • 570 members (Golf: 370, Other: 200)
  • Initiation Fee (Resident Member Golf: $75,000)
  • Annual Dues (Golf: $13,200)
  • $9.2M Gross Volume
  • $4.5M Annual Dues Volume
  • $4.6M Total Gross Payroll
  • 22,000 Annual Golf Rounds
  • $650,000 Golf Shop Sales
  • Club-owned golf shop, recently transitioned
  • Number of Employees (Club (FTE): 94, Seasonal: 71)
  • Number of Golf Employees (4-5 year-round employees, 15 added during season)
  • 11 Board Members
  • Average age of members is 58

Exmoor Country Club Golf Facilities Overview

  • 18-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross
  • Full driving range with 24 hitting stations
  • Large short game practice area with 3 short practice holes
  • Indoor Golf Performance Center with 3 heated hitting bays (1 bay is a teaching/fitting studio with V1 video system and Trackman)
  • Teaching staff includes: Full-Time Director of Instruction (also lead club fitter), Head Golf Professional, 2 Assistant Professionals with 1 spearheading the Junior Golf Program
  • Current Golf Course Architect of record, Andrew Green
  • Recently hosted the 2018 Constellation Senior Players Championship and will host the 2022 Western Amateur Championship.

The Head Golf Professional Position

The Head Golf Professional reports directly to the General Manager/COO and coordinates with key management personnel on a regular basis, including the General Manager, Golf Committee, Grounds and Greens Committee, and Executive Staff. The Head Golf Professional implements the policies established by the Board of Governors and the Club’s bylaws. He/she develops operational policies and is responsible for the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures for all areas.

The Head Golf Professional is the lead coordinator of programming and development of synergy among all golf programming, amenities, and services. It is imperative that the Head Golf Professional operate at both a tactical and strategic level, maintain financial accountability, and manage and develop all aspects of golf services. Exemplary service is key in attaining excellence in the member experience.

Driving excellence in the golf experience through training is a critical part of the position. The Head Golf Professional supervises the following positions: Professional Golf Staff, Caddie Master, Golf Merchandiser, Starter/Rangers, and other Outside Services Personnel. Candidates must assume ultimate responsibility for all golf staff, the golf shop, member lessons, special events and tournaments, while working closely with other management for any operational specifics, for course prep, and all golf events needed.

The Head Golf Professional should have a strong presence and seek to be highly visible and accessible to the membership and staff. They set the tone for consistently treating members with a first-class golf experience and communicate this expectation to the entire staff as well.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee the management and performance of all golf shop and applicable department operations and services; assure high standards and total member and guest satisfaction.
  • Work with Golf Shop Merchandiser to oversee a profitable amenity that is consistent with member demographics and needs; oversee and perform monthly inventory.
  • Oversee and enforce golf shop operations policies, procedures, controls, and fee structures to ensure the safekeeping of assets, inventory, resources, sales transactions, and department financial performance.
  • Oversee, manage, and submit golf employee’s payroll on a bi-weekly basis; produce a weekly work schedule.
  • Oversee all fiscal areas and performance for the golf operations and golf shop including planning, budgeting, forecasting, monitoring, and correction.
  • Prepares business plan for all golf operations and golf shop with key aspects of fiscal accountability, operational strategy and marketing strategy for tournaments, special member events, and shop sales.
  • Exhibits clear vision of Exmoor Golf in planning, communications, and staffing.
  • Responsible for recruiting, interviewing, managing, and developing all staff related to the Golf experience at Exmoor; is current on continual learning options for staff and budget accordingly; assumes prominent and positive leadership role to foster employee engagement.
  • Executes golf events that deliver high satisfactory ratings.
  • Must be aware of trends and how they may apply to Exmoor; be continually aware of what is working and what isn’t, what can be improved or updated.
  • Maintain valuable and ethical relationships with other Club Professionals, and suppliers, as well as other geographic locations to maintain awareness of competitive practices and trends.
  • Maintain effective communications with staff for optimum delivery, particularly Engineering, Human Resources, Catering/Events, and Communications.
  • Maintain effective communications with membership for special announcements, weekly e-mail notice – collaborates directly with Director of Membership and Communications and Senior Graphics Designer for desired results.
  • Ensure health and safety regulations for members and staff by working closely with the Safety Coordinator.
  • Create and supervise junior, family, and player development instructor programs.

Important Individual Characteristics

  • A naturally enthusiastic personality and passion for the golf industry.
  • A natural leadership style which promotes staff and membership engagement.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Disciplined accountability to ensure that the training and standards of the Golf department are consistently met.
  • Ability to cultivate a high-level of member services and satisfaction.
  • Possess a strong understanding of top-notch golf experiences for Club members and guests.
  • Effective fiscal management through delivery of actual operational and capital results in alignment with approved budgets.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility to members and staff as the face of the golf operation at the Club.
  • Ability to cater to various interests and the playing ability of the entire membership demographic.
  • Ability to develop a dedicated team with a shared vision.
  • Must possess strong leadership ability, influencing skills, demonstrate strong motivational ability.
  • Should be results oriented to align Golf strategy to Exmoor’s strategic plan, annual budgets and projected target achievements.
  • Should have strong verbal communication skills, presentation skills, and project confident and energetic qualities that produce service excellence.
  • Exhibit energy and enthusiasm, maturity of character, creative approach, member focus, logical thinking.

Candidate Qualifications

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive leadership and management experience in the golf industry. Current Head Professionals or Assistant Golf Professionals at well-recognized clubs, with verifiable records of achievement will also be considered.
  • Educational credentials in hospitality or golf, a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Hospitality Management, Business, or Sports/Golf is an advantage for applicants.
  • Professional Golf Association (PGA) Certification designation as a Class A member of the PGA is required; maintaining memberships in other appropriate professional organizations preferred.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in Golf Management or equivalent experience in Golf Management, preferably a PGA Head Golf Professional; demonstrated continual personal and professional development in the sport.
  • Should be CPR/AED certified and know first aid.
  • Be well versed in relevant software programs for communications, POS, Outlook, and reservations, golf current management software.
  • Be current on the latest and most relevant player development methods of techniques.
  • Skilled professional in the playing of the game.

Note: A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Club offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.

Inquiries

Interested candidates should submit résumés along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, July 30, 2021.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Exmoor Head Golf Professional Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Exmoor Head Golf Professional”) respectively to: execsearchus@ggapartners.com. Please email résumé with references.

 

For more information about Exmoor Country Club, please visit www.exmoorcountryclub.org.

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