Executive Search: General Manager for Brantford Golf & Country Club

                       

General Manager
Brantford Golf & Country Club
Brantford, Ontario

About the Club

Located alongside the Grand River in Brantford, Ontario, the Brantford Golf & Country Club is widely known as the fourth oldest golf club in North America, founded in 1879. The golf course consistently ranks in the top 100 golf courses in Canada. The course layout was originally designed by Nicol and Stanley Thompson, with changes made over the years including a major renovation that began in the fall of 2021 and will conclude summer 2023.

The clubhouse is a modern facility completely rebuilt in 2002. The clubhouse offers fine dining overlooking the fourth hole and the picturesque Grand River and conservation area. An outdoor patio is the highlight of the summer dining season as it also overlooks the river and the golf course.

Brantford boasts a strong history of developing junior golfers including two former junior members who ascended to the highest ranks of the golf world. PGA and LPGA Tour members David Hearn and Alena Sharp have played under the Brantford Golf & Country Club banner for almost twenty years. Brantford has also hosted many professional and amateur championships throughout its history. The 1970 (Al Balding) and 1986 (Dan Halldorson) CPGA championships were held at Brantford. Canadian Open Monday qualifying was also held at the Club for many years.

The Club also has a six-sheet curling rink attached to the clubhouse. The curling rink has its own lounge with viewing at ice level, and above from the main lobby area. The curling section has hosted provincial championships and world-class bonspiels that featured then current and former national and world champion teams from Canada, U.S.A., Europe and elsewhere in the world.

For more information about Brantford Golf & Country Club, visit https://brantfordgolfandcountryclub.com/ .

The Position

We are seeking a General Manager (GM) who is dedicated to the Club’s Mission, Vision and Values. The GM is the leader of the Club’s management team and is responsible for overseeing and managing all facets of the Club’s operations.

The General Manager will be responsible for the following:

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the organization in accordance with the strategies, plans and policies as developed along with and by the Board of Directors.
  • Effectively manage all aspects of the Club including financial controls, marketing, maintenance of our assets including the golf course and clubhouse.
  • Develop and deliver a consistent member experience ensuring a high level of quality and service to members, guests and outside functions.
  • Develop and implement operating policies, procedures and programs that lead to strong financial controls and internal discipline.
  • Develop programs and financial forecasts that consider near-term goals and objectives and long-term needs that lead to a complete picture of future capital requirements.
  • Must be able to anticipate changes to our membership that will affect future revenue streams.
  • Develop budgets that are realistic and achievable. This includes forecasting annual operating revenues and expenses, considering current and expected/anticipated economic challenges, opportunities and other potential developments.
  • Develop an organizational structure that fosters personal development and growth of all staff members, which leads to greater member experience, and career advancement for staff.
  • Be a visible and outgoing presence with club members and guests. Welcome new members with a thorough orientation program.
  • Develop marketing initiatives and tools that increase the visibility of the Club to current and potential new members. Develop and maintain the Club as a focal point in the community.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements affecting the club.
  • Maintain effective and efficient communication with staff and members.

Direct Reports:

Head Golf Professional, Grounds Superintendent, Clubhouse Manager, Office Manager.

Qualifications

The GM will report to the Board of Directors through the President. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of Brantford Golf & Country 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.
  • Exhibit leadership skills in continued team building, employee motivation and service training consistent with the Board’s desire to create a club environment that is inclusive and safe for all members and staff.
  • Foster and support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the Club through adoption of best practices for an inclusive and equitable workplace.
  • Is respectful and professional in all interpersonal dealings.
  • Proudly represent the Club as its spokesperson to internal and external groups through strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to coach direct reports as required.

Member and Guest Experience:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service as expected at a member-owned club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services, and communications.

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Demonstrates 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 excellent verbal and written communication as well as interpersonal skills demonstrated with all the Club’s stakeholders.
  • A confident, diplomatic, competent professional who is a “doer”. 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, human resources, risk management, marketing and performance management.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with strong business acumen and analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Experience successfully leading hospitality operations in a club or similar setting.
  • Ability to maintain the financial integrity and viability of the Club.

Education:

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

Experience and Accreditation:

  • Experience as a senior leader in a private club environment or other similar top tier facility.
  • A passion and understanding of what it means to deliver a consistently excellent member experience.
  • Hospitality experience with an excellent understanding of food and beverage operations, including pricing, menu development, inventory management and costing.
  • Proven experience developing and managing budgets and business plans.
  • Experience reporting to a board that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to thrive.
  • 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, 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 January 11, 2022. If you require any accommodations to be considered for this position, please include that information in your submission. Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Brantford GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Brantford GM Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest but will only contact those selected for an interview. Please email resume with references.

Lead Search Consultant: 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Gregory
Managing Director & Partner
GGA Partners™
Michael.gregory@ggapartners.com

Executive Search: General Manager for Alpine Ski Club

                       

General Manager
Alpine Ski Club
Town of Blue Mountains, Ontario

About the Club

Founded in 1960, Alpine (“the Club”) is as an award-winning private club with a modern, expansive clubhouse and excellent programs supporting all ages and disciplines. Alpine is well known for its warm and friendly atmosphere with some of the best skiing and boarding terrain in Ontario.

The Club offers:

  • Thirty-six expertly groomed runs ranging from easy (green) to a cluster of five expert (double black diamond) runs known as The Steeps
  • Five lifts to ensure that lines range from minimal to non-existent (one high speed sixpack chairlift, three quad chairlifts, one magic carpet)
  • An extensive terrain park with features for skill development
  • Broad selection of on-hill (skiing and boarding) program options (recreational and competitive) for children and adults
  • World-class snowmaking to maximize days enjoying the extensive terrain
  • State of the art grooming, including a GPS system to measure snow depth to ensure consistent coverage
  • Kilometres of marked snowshoe and cross-country ski trails and an outdoor skating rink
  • An on-site pro shop operated by Squire John’s offers equipment rentals, tuning services, and light retail shopping
  • A 45,000 square foot clubhouse offering superb food and drink, with views of the Escarpment on one side and Georgian Bay on the other
  • Full food & beverage service run by celebrated in-house caterer Men with Knives
  • A safe and fun-filled children’s playroom for infants and toddlers (Little Kids’ Club)

Facts and Figures

  • Initiation fee: $43,000
  • Employees: 346 (18 full-time, 85 seasonal full-time, 243 seasonal part-time)
  • Annual Revenue: $5M

For more information on Alpine Ski Club, visit www.alpineskiclub.com.

About the General Manager Role

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for the overall operations, fiscal integrity, leadership, and strategic planning for the Club. The GM is a strong, energetic leader who is customer service-focused and has experience working at a private club. Alpine has just completed a strategic planning process and expects to launch a series of infrastructure projects over the coming years. The successful candidate will have interest in taking on new challenges while ensuring the smooth operations of the club year-round.

The successful candidate will:

  • Oversee the complete operation of the Club
  • Work closely with the Board:
    • Participate in the vision and strategic planning efforts
    • Attend board meetings, as required
    • Establish annual priorities and business metrics, and provide monthly reporting
  • Establish strong relationships with staff, members, and other GMs across the ridge
  • Lead, coach and motivate the management team and staff
  • Successfully execute the strategic plan initiatives
  • Maintain familiarity, knowledge and compliance of all Club by-laws, health and safety legislation, insurance, T.S.S.A Regulations, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, etc. and assure standards are met.
  • Possess a strong customer service orientation
  • Ensure the success of all aspects of member/guest satisfaction, engagement, and safety

Direct Reports

Alpine Program Manager (also retiring in April 2023), Operations Manager, Marketing & Communications, Membership Administrator, Office Administrator, Accounting, and Men With Knives catering partner.

The General Manager will be responsible for the following:

Operational Excellence

  • Develop and implement 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
  • Prepare and execute the financial plan for the Club, including:
  • Develop annual operating, cash, and capital budgets
  • Monitor monthly budget and other financial information
  • Initiate effective corrective action, as required
  • Approve invoices and other arrangements before inception or payment
  • Prepare and deliver timely financial reports to the Board
  • Remain current with industry trends and ensure the Club implements improvements, as required
  • Champion the development of the Club’s strategic and annual tactical plans, consistent with its long-term strategic direction
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club, including health and safety protocols and processes

People

  • Champion management philosophy that exemplifies the Club’s core values in making a healthy impact on the lives of members and the community. Alpine’s values include:
    • Embrace friends and family;
    • Where diversity and inclusion are the norm;
    • Our community is one, with down to earth values;
    • Aim to provide the best experience for all, with safety at our forefront;
    • And Members, Guests and Staff respect one another.
  • Develop and monitor basic human resource policies consistent with treating employees fairly and in compliance with all laws and regulations.
  • Support direct reports by developing, defining, and managing goals and objectives, providing consistent feedback toward continuous improvement, and promoting personal development

Key Attributes

The ideal candidate is a proven collaborator and relationship builder who possess the following core competencies, experience, and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example
  • Possess the ability to provide direction and expectations, performance feedback and recognition that inspires employees to enhance member experiences and achieve positive outcomes

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Embodies the characteristics of a successful GM through honesty, integrity, ethical conduct straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work style combined with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrates energy and a desire to interact with members
  • A confident, diplomatic, and competent “hands-on” professional 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:

  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit combined with a background in business management, including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with strong business acumen
  • Experience managing complex capital projects
  • Promotes succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles

Qualifications and Experience 

  • A University or College Degree/Diploma in Hospitality Management, Business Management, Ski Resort Management, or a related field
  • 10+ years’ experience as a senior leader at a ski club or other similar top-tier facility, with a passion and understanding of a premium club experience
  • Experience in skiing or snowboarding is beneficial
  • Experience reporting to a Board with a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to success

Salary and Benefits

The successful applicant will receive an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications, along with a comprehensive health benefits plan.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the position qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by November 8, 2022, at 5:00pm EDT.

Documents are required to be submitted in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Alpine GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Alpine GM Resume”) respectively to execsearch@ggapartners.com.

Alpine Ski Club is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and, upon request, will work with qualified job applicants to provide suitable accommodation in a manner which considers applicants’ accessibility needs due to disability.

Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation based on disability or religion will be considered on an individual basis.

Alpine Ski Club is an equal opportunity employer. It is the organization’s policy to recruit and select applicants for employment solely based on their qualifications, with emphasis on selecting the best qualified person for the job. Applicants must have a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN) card. We thank all applicants for their interest but will only contact those selected for an interview.

Lead Search Consultant: 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Gregory
Managing Director & Partner
GGA Partners™
Michael.gregory@ggapartners.com

Executive Search: General Manager for Westmount Golf & Country Club

                       

General Manager
Westmount Golf & Country Club
Kitchener, Ontario

About the Club

Westmount Golf & Country Club (the Club) offers a world-class experience in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo (K-W).

Dating back to 1931, Westmount offers a championship Stanley Thompson golf course, together with tennis, curling, and an active, family-friendly social program. The strong and thriving Membership is comprised of a mix of tenured golf and social members along with a growing number of families and young professionals. Westmount prides itself as a fixture in the K-W community and provides a welcoming atmosphere to be active and build longstanding relationships.

Westmount has long been regarded as one of the best private clubs in Canada. The Club is based around one of the best golf courses in Canada, ranked 12th in the country by SCORE Golf. The Club has award-winning golf, hi-tech indoor and outdoor practice facilities, a history of holding the country’s top tournaments, great tennis in the warm months, curling in the winter, and tremendous dining year-round.

For more information about Westmount Golf & Country Club, visit www.westmountgolf.com.

About the General Manager Role

The General Manager (GM) serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Club. They will manage all aspects of the Club, including its activities and relationships between the Club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government, and industry.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the General Manager is responsible for managing the overall performance of Westmount Golf & Country Club in providing a top-notch experience for its membership, through ongoing development and review of programs, and in delegation of tasks and duties. The General Manager will remain in tune with industry standards, be informed around future trends and will play a pivotal role in member, guest, employee, community, government and industry relationships.

The GM implements the Club’s strategies and policies as approved by the Board of Directors. This individual will be responsible for securing and protecting the Club’s assets, including facilities and equipment, and implementing and monitoring the Club’s budget.

The GM will develop standard operating procedures and direct the work of all department managers. As chief host within the Club and ambassador of the Club within the community, the GM manages the quality of the Club’s services to ensure member and guest satisfaction.

Beyond operations, the GM will be responsible for the strategic management of Westmount. The GM will ensure that annual plans, operational goals and objectives, and strategic initiatives position the Club to deliver on the long term strategic vision laid out by the Board of Directors.

The General Manager will be responsible for the following:

Leadership:

  • Implement and provide advice to the Board on existing, new or modified strategies and policies.
  • Manage and oversee all operations of the Club, in accordance with all applicable laws.
  • Lead, coach, direct and mentor management team including performance management.
  • Champion management philosophy that fosters a culture that recognizes integrity and respect as a key part in the foundation in delivering a superior member experience at Westmount.
  • Lead the development of the Club’s strategic and annual tactical plans, consistent with its long-term strategic direction.

Financial:

  • Manage the overall financial plan for the Club in working with the Financial controller to:
    • Develop annual operating, cash, and capital budgets.
    • Monitor monthly budget and other financial information.
    • Initiate effective corrective action, as required.
    • Approve invoices and other arrangements before inception or payment.
    • Deliver timely financial reports to the Board.
  • Ensure the Club is run in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Ensure the food and beverage operations offer an attractive experience for members and their guests, and are run in a cost effective and economical manner.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and ensure proper maintenance of Westmount’s facilities.

Member Experience:

  • Build and deliver exceptional member experience, commensurate with a premier private golf and country club.
  • Oversee and review all aspects of the Club’s member communications, including member meeting materials, to ensure adherence to service standards, positive member satisfaction and quality of activities.
  • Evaluate and monitor membership options to ensure maximum attraction and retention of members and their families, ensuring that programs at Westmount attract participation by members to bring more life and vibrancy to the Club.
  • Strengthen the Club’s relationship with existing members and guests through frequent interaction with members, familiarity with members’ names and personal interaction to ensure member satisfaction.
  • Develop and oversee onboarding programs to ensure new members are properly welcomed to the Club, and serve as primary individual responsible for welcoming new members through personal connection.

Direct Reports:

Director of Golf, Course Superintendent, Controller, Human Resources Manager, Clubhouse Manager, Membership Services Director, Activity and Engagement Coordinator, Director of Racquet Sports, Curling Manager, and Executive Assistant.

Key Attributes

The ideal candidate is a proven collaborator and relationship builder who possesses the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

  • A dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example.
  • Possess the ability to provide direction and expectations, performance feedback and recognition that inspires department managers and employees to enhance member experiences and achieve positive outcomes.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • Embodies the characteristics of a successful GM through honesty, integrity, ethical conduct, straightforwardness, accountability, leadership, and dedication.
  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work style combined with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrates energy and a desire to interact with the membership.
  • A confident, diplomatic and competent “hands-on” professional 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.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline is preferred.
  • Previous experience as a senior leader at a private golf and country club or other similar top-tier facility, with a passion and understanding of a premium country club experience.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry is beneficial.
  • Experience reporting to a Board with a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club to success.
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

The successful applicant will receive an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications along with a comprehensive health benefits plan and retirement savings matching program.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the position qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by November 15, 2022, at 5:00pm EDT.

Documents are required to be submitted in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Westmount GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Westmount GM Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

Westmount Golf & Country Club is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and, upon request, will work with qualified job applicants to provide suitable accommodation in a manner which considers applicants’ accessibility needs due to disability.

Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation based on disability or religion will be considered on an individual basis.

Lead Search Consultant: 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Gregory
Managing Director & Partner
GGA Partners™
Michael.gregory@ggapartners.com

Executive Search: General Manager for Silverleaf

                   

General Manager
Silverleaf
Scottsdale, AZ

The Club

Silverleaf is tucked into the canyons of the McDowell Mountains and surrounded by the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in the heart of North Scottsdale.

This private club features a Tom Weiskopf designed, 18-hole championship golf course that winds along 7,322 yards of inspiring terrain. The 50,000 square-foot rural Mediterranean-style Silverleaf Clubhouse is highlighted by world class spa facilities, resort and lap pools, fully appointed men’s and women’s locker rooms, as well as fine and casual dining.

The Club offers an array of experiential programming designed to enrich the lives of members and their guests, including wine dinners, golf outings and holiday festivities as well as painting, yoga and meditation.

For more information about Silverleaf, please visit www.silverleafclub.com. To view the Silverleaf video, click here.

Silverleaf Overview

  • Memberships: 350
  • Initiation Fee: $450,000
  • Annual Dues: $27,500
  • Gross Volume: $23 million
  • Annual Dues Volume: $10.5 million
  • Food & Beverage Volume: $4 million
  • Gross Payroll: $8.5 million
  • Employees: 120 in season
  • Governed by a Single Owner
  • Average Age of Members: 50’s

The General Manager Position

The General Manager (GM) reports directly to the Club ownership and has total operational responsibility for all aspects of Silverleaf. In this position, the chosen candidate will oversee a private club with a championship golf course, multiple dining venues, and a broad array of other amenities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the development and execution of the long-range and annual business plans to achieve the Club’s mission
  • Prepare comprehensive operating plans and budgets, obtain approval from Club ownership and operate in accordance with approved budgets
  • Maintain a long-term capital budget to assure the sustained material condition of all physical assets of the Club
  • Plan, develop and approve specific operational policies, programs, procedures, methods, rules and regulations in concert with Club ownership-approved policies
  • Direct all staff recruiting and training
  • Establish employee rules and regulations, work schedules, internal controls and a performance appraisal system
  • Ensure the highest standards are set and achieved for member satisfaction
  • Operate the Club in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and other governmental agencies that have oversight of various club assets and operations, including utility regulation, water quality and environmental statutory law compliance
  • Provide Club ownership with relevant information on trends and developments for club/residential community businesses
  • Oversee security and risk management, along with health and safety programs, to ensure measures are in place to protect members, employees, staff, and club physical assets
  • Interact with local community leaders and organizations
  • Perform other duties and functions as Club ownership may direct that are consistent with this job description

Direct Reports

  • Executive Chef
  • Spa Director
  • Director of Agronomy
  • Director of Golf
  • Director of Engineering
  • Director of Member Experience

Core Leadership Competencies 

The GM must possess the following abilities:

  • Define a simple and understandable vision of success for the management team
  • See the big picture, take stock, identify problems/needs and conceptualize solutions/strategies
  • Focus on the essentials, attend to details and follow through on decisions
  • Create a sense of followership among subordinates
  • Attract and develop a strong supporting management team
  • Demonstrate a strong member satisfaction ethic
  • Interact with the membership in a frequent and friendly manner
  • Articulate the highest performance and ethical standards, demand compliance, and move swiftly and positively when corrective action is warranted
  • Cope with day-to-day pressures, and maintain a healthy and positive culture

Candidate Qualifications

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressive leadership and management experience in a private club environment.
  • A 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.

Salary & Benefits

Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club offers an excellent 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 October 19, 2022.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Silverleaf GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Silverleaf GM Resume”) respectively to: execsearchus@ggapartners.com. Please e-mail resume with references.

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Partner
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com 

 

Executive Search: General Manager/Chief Operating Officer for The Club at Hōkūli’a

                       

General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
The Club at Hōkūli’a
Kona, Hawaii

The Club

Spanning three miles along the heart of the Kona Coast, the private community of Hōkūli’a lies on a lush 1,300 acres, just minutes from the town of Kailua-Kona. The sheltered climate provides gentle coastal breezes, ideal year-round conditions for outdoor living, golf and water pursuits.

Situated in the heart of this residential community is the Club at Hōkūli’a, home to the 7,337-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course that features cascading fairways, risk/reward holes and dramatic ocean views.

The traditional Polynesian-style compound houses the men’s and women’s golf lounge, locker-room, golf shop, dining options, fitness center, a 3-lane lap pool, two Har-Tru tennis courts as well as the spa & massage facility which includes an open-air yoga studio. Surrounded by beautifully-manicured tropically landscaped grounds, the facility also features an expansive event-lawn area with endless ocean views for every type of entertaining and special events.

The Club at Hōkūli’a Overview:

  • Memberships – 258
  • Initiation Fee – $150,000
  • Annual Dues – $27,000 for club operations & capital expenses plus $4,500 for village fees
  • Gross Volume – $7.3 million
  • Food & Beverage Volume – $607,000
  • Gross Payroll – $2.2 million
  • Employees – 80
  • Board Members – 7
  • Average Member Age – 70
  • Strong balance sheet and positive cash flow
  • Championship golf course ranked six in Hawaii by Golf Digest

The General Manager/Chief Operating Officer Position

The General Manager (GM) has total operational responsibility for the club and reports to the board of directors. The GM oversees a private club with an 18-hole Nicklaus Signature golf course and clubhouse compound featuring an array of dining options and other amenities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the development and execution of the club’s long-range and annual business plans to achieve the stated mission.
  • Prepare comprehensive operating plans and budgets for board approval; operate in accordance with approved budgets.
  • Maintain a long-term capital budget to assure the sustained material condition of all physical assets of the club.
  • Plan, develop and approve specific operational policies, programs, procedures, methods, rules and regulations in concert with board-approved policies.
  • Direct staff recruitment and training.
  • Establish employee rules and regulations, work schedules, internal controls, and a performance appraisal system.
  • Assure that the highest standards of member service and satisfaction are established and achieved.
  • Operate the club is operated in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory and other governmental agencies that have oversight of various club assets and operations, including utility regulation, water quality and environmental statutory law compliance
  • Provide the board and committees with relevant information on trends and developments in the club/residential community business.
  • Ensure board-established committees are well-supported and operate in accordance with board-approved policies and directives.
  • Oversee security, risk management, and health/safety programs to maintain measures to protect members, employees, staff, and club physical assets.
  • Keep board thoroughly informed of club operations, member satisfaction, and financial performance.
  • Develop and oversee a comprehensive communications program that keeps all appropriate constituencies informed of relevant matters.
  • Interact with local community leaders and organizations.
  • Perform other duties and functions as the board may direct that are consistent with this job description.

Direct Reports:

  • Controller/Accounting
  • Office Manager
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Head Golf Professional
  • Facilities and Infrastructure Manager
  • Director of Food and Beverage
  • Executive Chef
  • Membership Director

Core Leadership Competencies:

  • Define a simple and understandable vision of success for the management team.
  • See the big picture, take stock, identify problems/needs and conceptualize solutions/strategies.
  • Focus on the essentials, to attend to detail, and to follow through on decisions.
  • Create a sense of followership among subordinates.
  • Attract and develop a strong supporting management team.
  • Demonstrate a strong member satisfaction ethic; interact with membership frequently, in a friendly manner.
  • Articulate the highest performance and ethical standards, demand compliance and move swiftly and positively when corrective action is warranted
  • Cope with day-to-day pressures and maintain a healthy and positive culture.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive leadership and management experience in a private club or hospitality 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.

A pre-employment drug screen and background check will be required. The position is available August 1, 2022.

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, October 14, 2022.

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

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Managing Director
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com

For more information about The Club at Hōkūli’a, please visit www.hokuliaclub.com

Executive Search: General Manager for Pine Lake Country Club

                   

General Manager
Pine Lake Country Club
Mint Hill, NC

The Club

Celebrating it’s 70th year, Pine Lake Country Club has been a retreat for families to enjoy an active lifestyle. The centerpiece of the club is the 18-hole Gene Hamm golf course that opened for play in 1958, and renovated in 1988 by architect John LaFoy, a devotee of Donald Ross.

Distinguished by its understated elegance and traditional southern touches, the clubhouse overlooks 157 acres of natural beauty nestled in the heart of Mint Hill, NC just 15 miles from the center city Charlotte.  Alongside the clubhouse is the golf shop, range and short-game practice facility. Beyond golf, members enjoy casual and formal dining, a fitness center, six Har-Tru lighted clay tennis courts, two hard courts (one converted for pickleball courts) and a pool complex featuring an Olympic-size pool, kiddie pool and play area along with a water slide and diving board.

The club hosts a variety of weddings and events ranging in size from 25 to 225 in its three meeting rooms and on the ceremonial lawn. These spaces are also used for a wide range of social activities year-round for members and guests of all ages.  

By the Numbers

  • Members: 580 total
  • Initiation fee: Resident member golf, $10,000
  • Annual dues: $1,827,000
  • Gross volume: $4,117,000
  • F&B volume: $1,188,000
  • Employees: 75 employees
  • Board members: 11
  • Average age of membership: 55

The General Manager Position

The General Manager reports to the board and coordinates with its president on a regular basis to implement the established policies and Club bylaws.  He/she also coordinates all management functions and works in concert with committee chairs to assist in the development of proposed policies, programs, events, etc.

The General Manager develops operational policies and is responsible for the creation and implementation of standard operating procedures for all departments. This includes the preparation of the annual operating and capital budget in partnership with the club Controller.

This position requires leading the coordination of programming at the club and the development of departmental cooperation. Another critical requirement of the position is to oversee the internal and external marketing strategies for membership growth, and member engagement and retention.

A strong and visible presence will be a daily requirement to set the example for all employees to consistently treat members with warm hospitality and professional service.

[Pine Lake is currently evaluating a golf course renovation to be implemented in the next 2-3 years and the General Manager will be expected to lead renovation efforts in partnership with the Architect and Course Superintendent]

Direct Reports

  • Head Golf Professional
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Food & Beverage Director
  • Membership and Marketing Director
  • Executive Chef
  • Events Manager
  • Tennis Director
  • Facilities Maintenance Manager

Important Individual Characteristics

  • Ability to act as a thought partner with the board and committees.
  • Disciplined follow-through to ensure the vision and goals of the club are attained.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • A natural leadership style which promotes staff and membership engagement.
  • An enthusiastic personality and passion for the club management profession.
  • Ability to cultivate a high-level of member services and satisfaction.
  • A strong understanding of how to deliver remarkable food and beverage experiences.
  • Effective fiscal management through delivery of operational and capital results in alignment with approved budgets.
  • A high level of visibility to members and staff as the face of the club.
  • Proficiency in using web and social media tools to communicate with staff and members.
  • 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 preferred.
  • Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation or pursuing preferred.

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

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, October 12, 2022.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Pine Lake GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Pine Lake GM Resume”) respectively to execsearchus@ggapartners.com. Please e-mail resume with references.

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Partner
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com 

For more information about Pine Lake Country Club, please visit www.pinelakecountryclub.com and find out about Pine Lake culture on Facebook and Instagram.

Executive Search: Assistant General Manager for Shelton Vineyards

                   

Assistant General Manager
Shelton Vineyards
Dobson, NC

Overview

Shelton Vineyards, located in the heart of Yadkin Valley, is the largest family-owned vineyard in North Carolina and one of the largest vineyards on the East Coast. Founded in 1999 by brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton, Shelton Vineyards spans over 400 acres, including 200 dedicated to growing several varieties of vitis vinifera grapes. The estate and acreage surrounding the vineyards includes a 33,000 square foot winery building, the Harvest Grill, a walking path, picnic area and a Hampton Inn and Suites.

The Harvest Grill offers a bistro-style atmosphere with an intimate indoor dining area and enclosed patio for al fresco meals. Open Wednesday-Sunday and featuring a menu the chef has deemed “sophisticated comfort food”, the Harvest Grill has been awarded the Triple A three diamond rating for its food, service and decor.

Shelton Vineyards also serves brides and grooms year-round, providing the picture-perfect grounds to host the ceremony and reception along with the convenience of on-site accommodations at the Hampton Inn and Suites.

As stewards of the land, Shelton Vineyards is committed to sustainable farming practices and hand-on attention to its vineyards. Its care of the vineyards along with expert winemaking techniques has produced many award-winning wines over the past 25+ years.

Shelton Vineyards Companies

  • Shelton Vineyards
  • Harvest Grill
  • Hampton Inn & Suites at Shelton Vineyards, and
  • The Village Market at Shelton Vineyards

For more information about Shelton Vineyards, please visit www.sheltonvineyards.com.

The Assistant General Manager Position

Shelton Vineyards is entering an exciting period in its history with a continued growth in the number of visitors who enjoy and appreciate everything this award-winning vineyard and estate has to offer.

The existing management team is comprised of both long-tenured employees and recent hires. The Assistant General Manager (AGM) will have operational responsibility for all sales and execution events, functions and retreats as well as involvement in the entire food & beverage operation. He or she will be expected to be highly visible and engaging with the customers, team members and vendors. The AGM will work closely with the GM and Owners, providing innovative thought leadership as the organization continues to evaluate continued investments in facilities and employees.

Job Knowledge, Core Competencies and Expectations

  • Food and beverage cost controls and operating procedures
  • Accounting
  • Menu design
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Wine, spirits and bar operations
  • Point-of-sales systems
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Polished, professional appearance and presentation
  • Stress and time management
  • Hire, training and maintain a strong, motivated team
  • Effective communicator at all levels
  • Knowledge of, and ability to, perform required role during emergency situations

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Develop and monitor an operating budget for the department’s revenue outlets; take corrective action as necessary to help assure budgeted sales and cost goals are attained.
  • Develop a capital budget for all necessary food and beverage equipment; recommend facility renovation needs.
  • Ensure adequate cash and charging procedures are followed with documentation reported in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Assist in recruitment, training, supervision and termination of food and beverage staff.
  • Assure effective orientation and training in place for new staff and professional development activities for experienced staff are planned and implemented.
  • Monitor employee records to minimize overtime and keep labor costs within budget.
  • Assure that all standard operating procedures for revenue and cost control are in place and consistently followed.
  • Help plan and execute external and internal marketing and sales promotion activities for the vineyard and events.
  • Approve menu items, pricing, and menu designs for all events and catering.
  • Establish quantity and quality output standards for personnel in all positions within the department.
  • Research new products and evaluate respective cost/profit benefits.
  • Monitor purchasing and receiving procedures to ensure proper quantity, quality and price for all purchases.
  • Consult daily with the Executive Chef, Catering Director, Purchasing Agent and other administrators to help ensure guest satisfaction is at the highest level and lowest cost.
  • Greet guests and oversee actual service on a routine, random basis.
  • Establish, update and maintain all required standards and procedures in a written document.
  • Address guest complaints and advise the General Manager of appropriate corrective actions taken.
  • Approve all product invoices for submission to the Accounting Department.
  • Monitor or manage physical inventory verification and provide updated information to
    the Accounting Department.
  • Responsible for the proper accounting and reconciliation of the point-of-sale and guest revenues.
  • Maintain records of special events, guest counts, food covers and daily business volumes.
  • Ensure an accurate reservation and event system is in place.
  • Audit and approve weekly payroll for their scope of responsibility.
  • Source all entertainment and prepare recap of annual layout for approval by the General Manager and Owners.
  • Establish and maintain professional business relations with vendors.
  • Work with Shelton’s Controller and/or Chief Financial Officer to identify and develop operating reports and for ongoing control of the department.
  • Serve as manager-on-duty on a scheduled basis.
  • Complete other appropriate assignments from the General Manager and Ownership.

Candidate Qualifications

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive leadership and management experience in the hospitality, hotel, resort and/or club environment.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Hospitality Management or Business 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. Shelton Vineyards offers an excellent bonus and benefit package.

Inquiries

Interested candidates should submit résumés along with a detailed cover letter. The detailed cover letter should clearly outline your qualifications, why you would like to be considered for this position at this stage of your career and why Shelton Vineyards and the Dobson, NC area will be beneficial to you, your family, your career, and the Vineyard, if selected. The resume and cover letter should be submitted by October 12, 2022.

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

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

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Partner
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com 

Executive Search: Director of Membership and Marketing for Mount Vernon Country Club

                       

  Director of Membership and Marketing
Mount Vernon Country Club
Alexandria, Virginia

The Club

Founded in 1961, Mount Vernon Country Club is a member-owned golf and country club in Alexandria, Virginia, located 19 miles from Washington, D.C. Mount Vernon Club is a family-friendly environment primarily focused on golf and dining. The 18-hole championship golf course features the work of golf course designers Russell Roberts, Ed Ault, and most recently, Bill Love. There are five distinct food and beverage locations along with a pool complex featuring the Barracuda Grill. The membership at Mount Vernon is fully subscribed with a growing wait list.

Mount Vernon Country Club Overview:

  • 700 members (Golf: 475, Other: 225)
  • Initiation fee (Resident Member Golf: $32,000)
  • Annual Dues (Golf: $7,068 and Capital Dues $1,236)
  • $8.30M Gross volume
  • $3.70M Annual dues
  • $2.30M F&B volume
  • $3.30M Gross payroll
  • 120 Employees in-season; 90 off-season
  • 9 Board members

The Director of Membership & Marketing Position

The Director of Membership & Marketing reports to the General Manager as well as the Membership Committee and Board of Directors.

The person selected for this position will be required to formulate and present annual plans for membership recruitment, public relations, brand communications, events and promotions. Upon approval by the General Manager, Membership Committee and Board, it is the responsibility of the Director of Membership & Marketing to implement all aspects of the plan within the approved budget.

Development of all membership marketing materials, the new member orientation program and maintenance of all membership files Is an Important aspect of this position. The person selected for this role should have an outgoing and friendly personality and expect to be highly visible to the membership and staff. A well-established reputation in the community from which to draw prospective members will be considered a positive asset. Alongside the General Manager, the Director or Membership and Marketing will be expected to set the example for consistently treating members, prospects and fellow employees with first class hospitality.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Preparation of annual plans/budgets for membership recruitment, public relations, marketing, communications, events and member promotions.
  • Implementation of approved plans, within the budget.
  • Prepare and present monthly membership and sales reports to General Manager, Membership Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Develop a robust prospect list through member referrals, personal contacts, business contacts, civic organizations, etc.
  • Prepare timely communications to members of membership matters and Club activities.
  • Day-to-day responsibility for maintaining for all membership files, responding to member communications, processing resignation or status changes and all other member-related administration functions.
  • Actively solicit new member prospects, respond to membership inquiries, assist prospects with the application process, provide Club tours, plan and implement special events, socials and all other activities related to new member recruitment.
  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the new member orientation process.
  • Prepare and integrate administrative and promotional tools Including the membership application packet, welcome packet and handbook for use In member sales Initiatives
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining the Club’s website and assisting in the preparation of the monthly member newsletter (The View). Assist department heads in the promotion of Club activities and special events.
  • Tracks home purchases and move-ins in the Mount Vernon area and builds relationships with local realtors to gain access to these new residents as potential prospects.
  • Work with the department heads and staff to provide guidance and training on how to direct questions regarding membership, greet prospects, answer telephones and provide appropriate answers to members and prospects.

Important Individual Characteristics:

  • A naturally enthusiastic personality and passion for membership sales and club marketing.
  • The ability to build relationships both internally and externally that will lead to a steady stream of referrals.
  • Possess the ability to quickly learn the various membership options and articulate the benefits of each clearly and concisely.
  • 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 goals and objectives of the Club are met.
  • Ability to cultivate a high-level of member satisfaction.
  • Maintains a high level of visibility to members.
  • Understands the importance of digital communication and can 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 sales and marketing experience, preferably in a private club or hospitality environment.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Sales & Marketing or Business.

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 12, 2022.

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

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Managing Director
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com

For more information about Mount Vernon Country Club, please visit www.mountvernoncc.org.

Executive Search: Director of Food and Beverage for Medinah Country Club

                   

Director of Food and Beverage
Medinah Country Club
Chicago, IL

The Club

Located 25 miles west of Chicago in a suburb bearing its name, Medinah Country Club (Medinah) is home to three world-class golf courses, and a robust community of health and wellness, casual dining, and engaging social activities.

Members and their guests have a plethora of amenities and activities from which to choose. Golf is available on three world-class golf courses. Players of all ages can improve their games at the Golf Learning Center and practice on the putting greens or at the short game area. Tennis afficionados enjoy racquet sports all year-round on four Har-Tru clay courts in fair weather and four platform tennis courts during the winter. The pool complex features areas for the young and young at heart along with a full snack bar. Members and guests also head to the Cabana Bar area to cool off with a cold drink in the summer heat. And Juniors are kept busy year-round with programs for golf, tennis, swim and dive.

When it comes to enjoying a meal at Medinah, members have their choice of six dining areas to enjoy healthy farm-to-table meals featuring produce grown on property. In the organic garden—tucked away just inside the club’s main gate—over 25 beds have been planted fruits, vegetables, herbs, garnishes and edible flowers. The Club also has its own bee colony to pollinate the garden and provide fresh honey.

Besides providing food for Medinah’s members, the gardens, coops, and other all-natural sources are part of a concerted effort to create a homey, nurturing, comforting, and intimate community.

Another unique eating experience at Medinah is provided by its own food truck serving smoothies, handmade burgers, seasonal street foods and grab-and-go snacks at key stops on the golf courses and at events throughout the year.

For nearly 100 years, Medinah Country Club has served as a consummate host of major tournaments and a private club providing incomparable golf and a legacy of families coming together through the generations to enjoy a lifestyle unlike any other.

Overview

  • Members – 1,100
  • Initiation Fee – $100,000
  • Annual Dues – $13,248; Capital Dues- $2,424
  • Gross Volume – $25MM
  • Annual Dues – $10MM
  • F&B Volume – $6.8MM
  • Gross Payroll – $11.4MM
  • Employees – 430 for entire Club
  • Board Members – 13
  • Average age of members – 56

Mission

Medinah Country Club has, since 1924, enjoyed a vast and rich history. Medinah Country Club is truly a special place, and its staff is the cornerstone of its organization. Medinah employs people who are genuinely passionate about hospitality and approach customer service with the purest of attitudes. It is their commitment to excellence that provides an unparalleled experience for members and honored guests each and every day, and it looks forward to building upon this foundation.

The Position

Director of Food and Beverage 

The Director of Food & Beverage is ultimately responsible for Clubhouse Food and Beverage Service operations, to include member dining and banquet operations as well as other additional ancillary F&B operations. The Director is the public face of these operations and as such, must exhibit a hands-on approach and understanding that full on-the-floor member and staff engagement is critical to success in this position. The Director consistently provides superb dining and other food and beverage experiences for the Medinah members and guests. A positive and supportive relationship with the Culinary, Catering and Banquet Service teams is very important to this position to ensure a collaborative and harmonious working environment between front and back of house operations.

The Director of Food & Beverage reports to the Assistant General Manager and works alongside the Executive Chef. He/she will also prepare annual department budgets in concert with the General Manager and CFO.

Personnel reporting directly to the Director of Food & Beverage include:

  • Food & Beverage Manager(s)
  • Banquet Manager and Captains
  • Beverage Manager
  • Caterings Managers(s)
  • Executive Chef
  • Lodge & Stands Manager
  • All FOH F&B Staff – servers, bartenders, food runners etc.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Daily operational oversight of member dining for Oasis and Fireside restaurants, the club bars, (Casbah, Mecca, Golfers Bar) and halfway houses. Daily oversight also includes the F&B service at The Lodge, Racquet Center and Golf Learning Center, as well as Banquet Service Operations.
  • Serve as the primary coordinator of the aforementioned areas for budgeting, hiring, training, orientations, associate supervision and team culture to ensure all is done in accordance with approved Club policies and is compliant with governmental regulations.
  • Develop and monitor the required operational budgets and procedures to provide direction and controls for food and beverage operations and costs; implement corrective procedures as necessary to help ensure that budget goals are attained.
    Have a strong, highly visible and respectful presence with the membership; be an exceptional communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the maturity to instinctively know how to treat members and guests with a high-level of service. The F&B Director must be able to communicate these expectations to a staff with diverse backgrounds and motivate them positively to understand and execute to those expectations.
  • Establish and maintain standard operating procedures and processes for all dining areas.
  • Oversee all dining areas to ensure a smooth and consistent experience, common within all operations, that delivers high levels of member and guest satisfaction, quality food products and exemplary service.
  • Develop and implement marketing programs to increase dining rooms, bars, banquet, and club event participation in F&B related activities.
  • Hold weekly staff meetings with direct reports to communicate necessary and relevant activities and expectations at the Club. Assist in planning and be responsible for ensuring special club events are well-conceived and executed.
  • Oversee all banquets and social functions, including member and club events as well as events sponsored by members.
  • Be responsive to members and strive to find creative ways to accommodate reasonable requests.
  • Clearly understand the metrics for successful attainment of financial goals and objectives in F&B operations, and consistently review these expectations with the direct reports to ensure understanding and buy-in from those contributing to their attainment.
  • Have a strong sense of urgency and responsiveness, while also maintaining the quality and integrity of each department.
  • Ensure adherence to, and compliance with, all health, safety, liquor consumption, and all other food and beverage regulations. Keep current on all matters pertaining to the food and beverage industry.
  • Consistently monitor payroll and labor resource allocations to ensure they are in line with financial forecasting and goals.
  • Be an active and dynamic recruiter of team members and someone who inherently enjoys developing and building his/her team and leading them to significant, positive membership satisfaction outcomes.
  • Be a collaborative team player who is willing to be hands on when necessary but understands when to step back and lead the team.
  • Involve associates in the decision-making process of how work gets done and create a work environment people want to come to, and participate in, every day.
  • Have a passion and aptitude for teaching, training, and developing educational programs for all food service personnel, working as necessary with the managers directly responsible for those operations.
  • Be a focused and consistent evaluator of personnel, ensuring that standards of conduct and delivery are met; this includes oversight of high standards of appearance, hospitality, service, and cleanliness of the clubhouse facilities.
  • Establish and consistently enhance operating standards for personnel in areas of responsibility and regularly evaluate knowledge, understanding and execution to these high standards.
  • Conduct and/or oversee training programs for food service personnel on various issues including service techniques, knowledge of menu items and daily specials, sanitation, team building and conflict resolution; regularly test and evaluate knowledge and understanding of these expectations.
  • Ensure staff participation in an effective orientation and onboarding program for all areas of responsibility, along with consistent professional development and training.
  • Work closely with Executive Chef, to facilitate a strong relationship between both front- and back-of-the-house departments.
  • Ensure that associates clearly understand performance expectations and that assigned tasks are reasonable, well-conceived and appropriately conveyed. Provide resources necessary to allow employees to perform their jobs effectively and create an exceptional ambience for members and guests.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews in accordance with club policy and expectations.
  • Establish and uphold expectations for dress, decorum and other service standards and consistently monitor for adherence.
  • Take personal ownership of the areas of responsibility, with special attention to the physical plant and overall appearance of the operation and understand the need to be consistently member-ready in both appearance and service.
  • Ensure the Assistant General Manager is kept informed of all issues that affect members, guests, and staff.
  • Support the Assistant General Manager by leading F&B initiatives as well as future development projects and providing operational expectations, guidance, and leadership.
  • Perform other duties as designated by the Assistant General Manager and senior management.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Must have the ability to promote the clubs F&B services and facilities; a practical knowledge of food, beverage, service costs, preparation and pricing is important.
  • Possess knowledge of social customs and etiquette is essential; imagination and initiative are great assets.
  • Be detail-oriented with a strong ability to multi-task and work under deadlines.
  • Be comfortable working with all types of personalities in a diplomatic and pleasant manner.
  • Position best suited for candidate with a degree from a hotel or restaurant training school/college and 10-15 years progressive experience in Food & Beverage Management within private club or hotels.
  • Multi-unit restaurant experience is a prerequisite.
  • Possess strong computer and related technology skills.
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time and lift up to 35 pounds.
  • Must have a professional presence, business dress attire, and strong interpersonal skills.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of progressive leadership and management experience in hotel, resort, private club or hospitality environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in Hospitality Management or Business preferred.
  • Certified Club Manager (CCM) or in active pursuit of designation preferred.

Note: A pre-employment 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, September 16, 2022.

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

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

Lead Search Executive

Patrick DeLozier
Partner
GGA Partners™
(843) 707-5210
patrick.delozier@ggapartners.com 

For more information about Medinah Country Club, please visit www.medinahcc.org.

 

Executive Search: General Manager/Chief Operating Officer for The Thornhill Club

                       

General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
The Thornhill Club
Thornhill, Ontario

The Club

The Thornhill Club (“the Club” or “Thornhill”) was established as a golf club in 1922. It became an all-season club with the opening of the curling rink in 1963. As one of Canada’s most historic and renowned private golf clubs, the Club is conveniently located near the heart of Toronto and takes pride in offering its members an innovative approach to cuisine and protection of the environment. With golf, tennis, curling, fitness, yoga and more, families make The Thornhill Club their home away from home.

The Club is home to a championship 18-hole golf course, an executive 9-hole course, state-of-the-art Har-Tru clay tennis courts, six sheets of curling ice, an outdoor swimming pool, a new fitness centre, and a vast array of social offerings.

Renowned golf course architect Stanley Thompson designed the 18-hole golf course, which has hosted the PGA Canadian Open. The present course retains the classic golf course design and features of a Thompson course, with strategic bunkering, the illusion of distance, dramatic variations in hole length and fairway width, intricate mounding, subtly breaking greens, and elevated tees. The clubhouse, amid well-landscaped gardens and walkways, is situated to provide a scenic vista overlooking the golf course.

The Position

The General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (“GM/COO”) is the leader of Thornhill’s management team and is responsible for all facets of the Club’s operations. The GM/COO manages and directs the Club’s employees subject to and in accordance with the direction of the Board of Directors (the “Board”).

The GM/COO 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 Tier 1 private golf and country club.
  • Manage all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards, quality of activities, and service and levels of member satisfaction as measured by the Club’s annual survey.
  • 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.

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 Director of Finance and Administration, prepare and execute the financial plan for the Club as follows: (i) develop annual operating, cash, and capital budgets; (ii) monitor monthly budget and other financial information (iii) initiate effective corrective action, as required (iv) approve invoices and other arrangements before inception or payment; and (v) prepare and make timely financial reports to the Board.
  • Monitor and remain current with industry trends, and ensure Thornhill implements improvements as required. Act as a focal point in the development of the Club’s long-range strategic and annual tactical plans consistent with its long-term strategic direction.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

People:

  • Maintain and develop a management philosophy that recognizes people are a key part in 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 basic human resource policies consistent with the Board’s desire to always treat employees fairly and remain compliant with all laws/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.

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 the Club operations and share in the Club’s overall success.

Direct Reports:

Head Golf Professional, Greens Superintendent, Controller, Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Sports & Activities Manager, Facilities Manager, Marketing & Communications Manager.

Candidate Profile

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

Leadership Skills:

  • A dynamic leader with the ability to build strong teams by motivating staff and leading by example. Has the ability to provide direction and expectations, 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 Excellence:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service commensurate with a Tier 1 private golf and country club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services and communications.
  • Leads the Club’s 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/COO 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.
  • An innovative and strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Direct experience with golf, tennis, curling, fitness and food and beverage businesses.
  • 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 golf and 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/COO to success.
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred.

The Thornhill Club is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and, upon request, will work with qualified job applicants to provide suitable accommodation in a manner which considers applicants’ accessibility needs due to disability.

Compensation

The successful applicant will receive an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications along with a comprehensive health benefits plan and retirement savings matching program.

Inquiries

IMPORTANT: Interested candidates should submit a resume along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the position qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by September 16 at 5:00pm EDT.

Documents are required to be submitted in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Thornhill GM Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Thornhill GM Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com

We thank all applicants for their interest but will only contact those selected for an interview.

Lead Search Consultant: 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Gregory
Managing Director & Partner
GGA Partners™
Michael.gregory@ggapartners.com

For more information on The Thornhill Club, visit thethornhillclub.ca

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