Executive Search: Chief Operating Officer for Marine Drive Golf Club

                       

Chief Operating Officer
Marine Drive Golf Club
Vancouver, British Columbia

About the Club

Marine Drive Golf Club (“MDGC” or the “Club”) is one of Canada’s most prestigious and historic private golf clubs. Situated in the heart of Vancouver and boasting a diverse membership of 1,300 resident and non-resident enthusiasts, MDGC prides itself on delivering an outstanding member experience with over 40,000 rounds in a typical 12-month season. Founded in 1922, MDGC combines the heritage of a top-rated golf course on the shores of the Fraser River with a stately clubhouse for member services, dining, and events.

The Club and course have been central to Canadian amateur golf for 100 years. MDGC’s Junior Development Program is widely recognized for the quality players it cultivates from its over 150 young players. The Club has produced multiple champions including Stan Leonard, Dick Zokol and Doug Roxburgh – and it has hosted numerous prestigious amateur events including the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur and the 1992 World Amateur.

For more information on Marine Drive Golf Club, visit www.marine-drive.com.

About the Role

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for the overall operations, fiscal integrity, leadership, and strategic planning for the Club. The COO is a strong, energetic leader who is customer service-focused and has experience working at a private club. 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 to set the vision and strategic planning efforts, and develop annual priorities and business metrics.
  • Establish strong relationships with staff, members, and other COO/GMs in the lower mainland
  • Lead, coach and motivate the Senior Leadership Team and staff
  • Successfully execute the strategic plan initiatives
  • Ensure the success of all aspects of member/guest satisfaction, engagement, and safety

The Chief Operating Officer 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, including:
    • Develop annual operating, cash, and capital budgets
    • Monitor monthly budget and other financial information
    • 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. The Club’s values include: Passion for People, Strive for Excellence, Be Vulnerable, and Do Right.
  • 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 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 employees to enhance member experiences

Interpersonal/Fit:

  • A self-starter with a results-oriented work style combined with excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • 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
  • Promotes succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles

Qualifications and Experience

  • A post-secondary degree in business or a related discipline, e.g., Hospitality Management, Business Management, Golf Club Management
  • A minimum of five (5) years of directly related experience as a senior leader in the golf industry; experience in the private club, hospitality and resort industries preferred provided the candidate has golf industry experience
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred
  • Experience reporting to a Board with a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club 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 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 January 15, 2023, at 5:00pm PST.

Documents are required to be submitted in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Marine Drive COO Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Marine Drive COO Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com. Please direct all inquires to the Search Consultant at the contact information listed below.

Marine Drive Golf 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.

Lead Search Consultant: 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Executive Search: General Manager for Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club logo

General Manager
Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Royal Victoria Yacht Club

I. ROYAL VICTORIA YACHT CLUB

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is an active and lively organization with over 1,250 members. Founded in 1892, RVYC is the oldest yacht club in British Columbia. Over the past one hundred and twenty-five years, RVYC has made significant contributions to the sailing, seafaring, and cruising communities of the Pacific Northwest. RVYC encourages its members to become involved in many activities that are supported by the Club. The objectives of RVYC are to encourage yachting; boating, navigation, and seamanship; to promote sportsmanship and excellence in competitive sailing; to provide facilities for the use and benefit of members and to preserve yachting traditions.

To learn more about the Club, visit Home – Royal Victoria Yacht Club

Reporting to the Commodore and Board of Directors (Board), the General Manager (GM) oversees the daily operation of the Club and is responsible for various programs and services. The GM is responsible for the efficient operations, staffing, day-to-day financial management, and compliance with statutes, regulations and by-laws.

Royal Victorial Yacht Club harbor

II. POSITION

The Position – General Manager

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES                                                                        

Administration and Finance

  • Design, implement, and improve upon operating policies, standards and contracts, and provide recommendations in relation to establishing, terminating, changing or renewing service contracts, with supporting rationale;
  • Provide sound financial management, including support for preparation of the annual budget, and regular variance analysis of actual expenditures compared to budget and year-to-date costs, as well as maintaining sound financial controls;
  • Work closely with the staff accountant to regularly monitor financial activities, ensuring that records are accurately maintained, available, and properly prepared for the annual audit by the Club’s contracted auditor
  • Operate the Club information management system (Jonas) and ensure that all club records are complete, accurate, and up-to-date;

 Asset Management

  • Develop and maintain a capital asset replacement plan;
  • Plan and oversee maintenance of the Clubhouse and grounds;
  • Plan and oversee maintenance of the foreshore, marina facilities and outstations;

Member Services & Communication

  • Assist with marketing and membership generating initiatives in order to promote the Club’s services and facilities to current and potential members;
  • Establish and maintain effective processes to gather and address member and guest feedback, compliments and mitigate complaints;
  • Oversee the management, planning, staffing, finances and daily operation of all club service.

Human Resources

  • Provide recommendations to the Commodore and/or Board members related to staffing levels required to meet operational needs of the Club, including salary levels;
  • Ensure staff job descriptions are kept current and understood by the employees;
  • Set annual staff goals, carry out periodic performance planning reviews with staff and conduct annual appraisals against pre-agreed goals and objectives;
  • Conduct thorough and documented exit interviews with any departing employees.

Club Functions and Events

  • Promote the use of club facilities for member-sponsored events, maintaining a balance with availability of the Club for regular use by members;

Support of the Board and Planning

  • Provide advice and support to the Commodore and Board in the development and implementation of plans, policies and programs;
  • Chair the House & Grounds and Food & Beverage Committees as staff committees.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree program plus five years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Progressive management experience in delivering Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, Administrative Management and Operations Management services;
  • Experience managing staff, developing administrative budgets, managing contracts, developing policy related to a variety of administrative, human resources, information systems and operations management;
  • Knowledge of the principles of an Occupational Health and Safety Program;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of human resources principles, practices, policies and procedures and related legislation and regulations in the areas of recruitment and selection, classification, employee and labour relations, occupational health and safety, human resources planning, training and development and operations;
  • Ability to manage individual and team performance by setting goals and standards, evaluating performance and correcting where applicable;
  • Ability to manage programs effectively by anticipating needs and operational implications, including planning, operations, budgeting, implementing and evaluating results;
  • Ability to quickly identify, analyze and evaluate operational problems or issues and recommend innovative solutions;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, colleagues, external agencies and a variety of groups or individuals to meet objectives, complete projects and influence outcomes;
  • Ability to prepare, provide and obtain clear, concise and complete oral and written information of a complex and technical nature at a level appropriate to diverse audiences in a timely manner;
  • Ability to organize and manage projects, adapting as needed to changing priorities and deadlines, emerging issues, impacts of decisions, competing and conflicting demands, and to keep staff, colleagues and the Executive Committee informed as required;
  • Ability to exercise appropriate conflict resolution, mediation and negotiation skills to work towards effective employee/labour relations;
  • Ability to use standard computer applications efficiently to produce correspondence, reports, spreadsheets and presentations;
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective and respectful working relationships with the Executive Committee, committees and members of RVYC; and,
  • Ability to prioritize one’s own work, and coordinate the workload of other staff effectively, efficiently, and independently, achieving results with acceptable timeframes while taking into consideration changing priorities, deadlines, volume available resources and reporting relationships.

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 Wednesday, July 20.  Those documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, RVYC Resume” and “Last Name, First Name, RVYC Cover Letter”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com.

SEARCH CONSULTANTS

Michael Gregory, Partner
George Pinches, Director

GGA Partners Inc.
execsearch@ggapartners.com

 

Executive Search: Director of Golf for Marine Drive Golf Club

           

Director of Golf
Marine Drive Golf Club

The Club and the Course

Marine Drive Golf Club (“MDGC” or the “Club”) is one of Canada’s most prestigious and historic private golf clubs, situated in the heart of Vancouver and boasting a diverse membership of 1,300 resident and non-resident enthusiasts. Founded in 1922, MDGC combines the heritage of a top-rated golf course on the shores of the Fraser River with a stately clubhouse for member services, dining and events. MDGC prides itself on delivering an outstanding member experience over approximately 40,000 rounds in a typical 12-month season.

The Club and course have been central to Canadian amateur golf for 100 years. MDGC’s Junior Development Program is widely recognized for the quality players it cultivates from its over 125 young players. The Club has produced multiple champions including Stan Leonard, Dick Zokol and Doug Roxburgh – and it has hosted numerous prestigious amateur events including the 2018 Canadian Women’s Amateur and the 1992 World Amateur.

Jim Urbina served as the Club’s Golf Course Designer from 2009 to 2019, completing the renovation of all bunkers and green surrounds. In 2015, the Club invested in a state-of-the-art 1.5-acre short game practice area. Rod Whitman is the Golf Course Designer working with the Club today following the members’ recent approval of a $3.9 million investment into its driving range to round out the state-of-the-art practice experience.

Our Core Values

Passion for People, Strive for Excellence, Be Vulnerable, Do Right.

The Position

As a key member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Director of Golf will play a pivotal role in exceeding the expectations of our members by delivering an exceptional golf experience that positions the Club for sustained leadership in our community and our industry. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Golf will operate our golf operations at the highest service levels as expected by our membership and guests. Delivering exceptional service, programs and teaching at this facility will be paramount to the Director of Golf’s success in the role.

The Director of Golf will be responsible for the following:

  • Manage the Club’s entire golf operation, including the practice facilities, golf professionals, non-professional golf staff, teaching programs and seasonal golf activities and events.
  • Enthusiastically promote the game of golf and excellence in every member and guest experience at MDGC.
  • Build and lead a strong team of golf professionals, pro shop staff and back shop team members.
  • Be a visionary leader and represent the Club with pride in support of our brand and goals.
  • Lead and advance our comprehensive teaching program, including clinics and private instruction.
  • Direct and organize all golf activities, including member and invitational events/tournaments, practice facilities, tee time reservation program, back shop and cart operations.
  • Manage golf-related administration and financial activities such as budgeting and reporting.
  • Actively participate in golf committees, external events and conferences, and serve as an ambassador in the industry.

Candidate Profile

  • Recent and relevant experience in a high-end golf club environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to exceptional member service.
  • Strong leadership and relationship-building. Track record of motivating and inspiring a team towards a common vision and defined goals.
  • Demonstrated interest in the golf industry, a considered perspective on where the industry is moving and how private golf clubs will adapt to these developments.
  • Post-secondary degree or PGM college diploma.
  • Business sense and experience as it relates to golf shop management within a private golf club.
  • Class “A” professional capable of playing at a high level.
  • Member in good standing with the PGA of Canada or the US (eligible for Canadian membership).
  • Collaborative contributor to the Senior Leadership Team with a Club-wide perspective and focus.
  • Commitment to excellence in all aspects of the game of golf:
    • Organization & promotion of events / tournaments
    • Understanding of golf instruction
    • Ability to tactfully enforce the rules and regulations of golf and of the Club

Compensation

The successful applicant will receive an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications along with our 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 Sunday, July 31st at 5:00pm EDT. Please include up to [5] professional references within your resume.

If you require any accommodations to be considered for this position, please include that information in your submission. Documents are required to be submitted in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Marine Drive Director of Golf Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Marine Drive Director of Golf Resume”) respectively to: execsearch@ggapartners.com

Interested candidates are asked NOT to contact any Club employees directly in relation to this posting. Please direct all inquires to Michael Gregory at the contact information listed below.

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 Marine Drive Golf Club, visit www.marine-drive.com.

Executive Search: Chief Operating Officer/General Manager for Belle Haven Country Club

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER/GENERAL MANAGER
Belle Haven Country Club
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

The Club

Belle Haven Country Club and the surrounding Belle Haven residential community began together in the early 1920’s when David Janney Howell, a civil engineer from Alexandria, purchased the land from owners Mrs. Thomas Wilfred Robinson, Sr. and her brothers. When the transaction was complete, Howell set up two corporations, one to construct a golf course and club and the other to develop a residential subdivision. The land was deeded to the Club on September 1, 1924.

The name Belle Haven is also part of history. When Scottish pioneers settled along the Potomac River in the early 1700’s, they named the settlement after their favorite countryman, the Earl of Belhaven. This early settlement thrived along the Potomac River as a port and was later renamed Alexandria. The Belle Haven Country Club has now become part of the fabric of Alexandria growing together throughout the 20th and into the 21st century.

From the modest beginnings in 1924 to the new 64,000 square foot Clubhouse, Belle Haven has grown to meet the needs of its members. The Clubhouse offers a variety of dining options including formal and informal restaurants, family dining, Bar and Bar Lounge, Terrace and Patio dining along with the Hilliard Room and the relaxing 19th Hole. For special occasions and meetings, Belle Haven offers a beautiful ballroom with views of the golf course. We host banquets and meetings in our spacious Potomac Room with spectacular views of the Potomac River.

Our Athletic Facility houses a complete fitness center and aerobics room along with five indoor DecoTurf tennis courts, a Tennis Pro Shop, Children’s Activity Center, seasonal swimming pool, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms with steam and sauna, a year-round restaurant known as the Center Court Cafe and the famous outdoor Sharks Cafe open throughout the summer season. We have eight outdoor, clay tennis courts and two seasonal platform tennis courts available for our members and their guests.

Vision Statement

To provide a lifelong haven for our members, their families and guests where they can enjoy social, dining and recreational activities in outstanding facilities with a professional staff, consistent with the expectations of our culture and traditions.

Mission Statement

To be a premier, full service, family oriented, private country club committed to excellence. 

Belle Haven Country Club Overview

  • 1105 Members
  • Initiation Fee ($85,000)
  • Annual Dues ($8,676)
  • $12.78M Gross Volume
  • $6.12M Annual Dues
  • $2.32M F&B Volume
  • $6.39M Gross Payroll
  • 244 Employees
  • 13 Board Members
  • Average age of members is 59

The COO/GM Position

The General Manager/Chief Operating Officer manages all aspects of the club including its activities and the relationships between the club and its Board of Directors, members, guests, employees, community, government, and industry. Coordinate and administer the club’s policies as defined by its Board of Directors. Develop operating policies and procedures and direct the work of all department managers. Implement and monitor the budget, monitor the quality of the club’s products and services and ensure maximum member and guest satisfaction. Secure and protect the club’s assets including facilities and equipment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the development and execution of the club’s long-range and annual business plans to achieve the mission of the club
  • Prepare comprehensive operating plans and budgets, obtain approval from the board, 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 board-approved policies
  • Direct the recruiting and training of all staff
  • Establish employee rules and regulations, work schedules, internal controls, and a performance appraisal system
  • Assure that the highest standards are set and achieved in providing member service and satisfaction
  • Ensure that 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
  • Provide the board and committees with relevant information on trends and developments in the club/residential community business
  • Ensure that the committees established by the board are well-supported and operate in accordance with board-approved policies and directives
  • Oversee security, risk management, and health and safety programs to ensure that measures are in place to protect members, employees, staff, and club physical assets
  • Ensure that the board is thoroughly informed on the status of club operations, member satisfaction, and financial performance
  • Provide a comprehensive communications program that keeps all appropriate constituencies informed on relevant matters
  • Interact with local community leaders and organizations
  • Perform other duties and functions as the club board may direct that are consistent with this job description

Direct Reports:

  • CFO
  • Director, Member Services
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Head Golf Professional
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Director of Membership and Communication
  • Director of Tennis

Core Leadership Competencies:

  • Ability to define a simple and understandable vision of success for the management team
  • Ability to see the big picture, take stock, identify problems/needs, and conceptualize solutions/strategies
  • Ability to focus on the essentials, to attend to detail, and to follow through on decisions
  • Ability to create a sense of followership among subordinates
  • Ability to attract and develop a strong supporting management team capable of ensuring a smooth transfer of responsibility when tasks are delegated.
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong member satisfaction ethic and to interact with the membership in a frequent and friendly manner
  • Ability to articulate the highest performance and ethical standards, demand compliance, and move swiftly and positively when corrective action is warranted
  • Ability to 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, hospitality, and leisure 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.

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

Salary and 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 Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

Documents must be saved and emailed in Word or PDF format (save as “Last Name, First Name, Belle Haven GM/COO Cover Letter” and “Last Name, First Name, Belle Haven 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 Belle Haven Country Club, please visit www.bellehavencc.com

 

 

Executive Search: General Manager for Hollyburn Country Club

GENERAL MANAGER
Hollyburn Country Club
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

 

Hollyburn Country Club

Situated mountainside, overlooking downtown Vancouver, on 42 acres of West Vancouver’s renowned British Properties, sits Hollyburn Country Club (“Hollyburn” or “the Club”). Hollyburn’s facilities are unmatched and award winning. For members, the Club is a home away from home and a private hub for activity, sport, dining, entertainment, socialization and business. A place that brings a unique sense of belonging.  Established in 1960, the Club has over 7600 members.

Hollyburn is committed to being a private country club that meets the needs of members of all ages. We deliver exceptional member experiences by continuously improving our services, facilities and programming. In pursuing our vision, we will ensure that Hollyburn is a premier athletic facility that provides exceptional recreational, competitive and social opportunities in a safe, respectful, friendly and family-oriented environment.

Facilities

First and foremost, Hollyburn Country Club is a sports club, offering 25 tennis courts offering all 3 tennis surfaces, 7 squash courts, 2 swimming pools, state of the art fitness facilities, 2 ice sheets, 7 badminton courts, indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, a wellness centre including physiotherapy, massage therapy and esthetics, child minding and preschool programming, and more. Hollyburn caters to the modern family and its demanding lifestyle. Members enjoy a full array of recreational and fitness programming for every member of the family. Hollyburn’s athletic programs cater to all ages and levels and are led by highly-qualified coaches.   Hollyburn’s bar, grill and dining room are hubs of social activity.

To learn more about Hollyburn, visit www.hollyburn.org.

The Position

The General Manager (GM) is the senior management position reporting directly to the Board of Directors through the Chair of the Board (President) of Hollyburn Country Club. The GM is responsible for developing and communicating a shared vision, building the strategy, as well as managing membership and operations and infrastructure to ensure the long-term sustainability and financial success of the Club.

Hollyburn Country Club is seeking a GM who is dedicated to being the best and is willing to deliver exceptional member recreational, competitive and social opportunities in a safe, respectful, friendly and family-oriented environment to a diverse membership.

The GM will be responsible for the following:

Membership Experience:

  • Develop and deliver a consistently outstanding member experience commensurate with specified member expectations and in keeping with a premier private club.
  • Embody the Club’s core values: be energized at all times; display a Service-First attitude; and maintain excellence in daily interactions with Club members, guests, and staff.
  • Manage all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards and quality of activities and service provided by the Club to ensure a high level of member satisfaction.
  • Oversee the development and successful implementation of all marketing and member relations programs to both attract new members and foster positive relations with existing members and their guests.   Responsible for initiating membership research and keeping current on all social, demographic, and corporate trends that impact the Club’s ability to meet its objectives.
  • Ensure all new Club members are “met” and properly oriented to the Club.  It is important for the GM to be visible and accessible to members.

Operational Excellence:

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

Leadership:

  • Maintain and develop a management philosophy that recognizes Hollyburn’s employees are a key part of the foundation of the Club’s success in delivering a great membership experience and competitive advantage.   Actively promote a positive work environment where teamwork is emphasized in a safe, motivating work environment.
  • Develop and monitor Human Resource policies consistent with the Board’s desire to treat employees fairly at all times and comply with all laws and regulations.
  • Foster and support equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the Club through adoption of best practices for an inclusive and equitable workplace.
  • 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 Chair of the Board, Board, employees and members.  Working collaboratively with the Board, this position will take responsibility/ownership of all aspects of Club operations, and share in the Club’s overall success.
  • Maintain a visible and outgoing presence and lines of communications in the Club with members and staff. Responsible for ensuring communications initiatives and appropriate marketing tools are developed to increase the visibility of the Club to current and potential members and groups that may use facilities.
  • Maintain a high profile both inside and outside the Club among stakeholders, members, and the community.
  • Ensure the Board has all the information and support necessary to exercise their governance responsibilities.

Direct Reports:

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Experience Officer (CXO), HR/EA Executive Assistant/Human Resources Manager, Director, IT & Accounting and Director of Engineering.

Candidate Profile

The General Manager will report to the Board of Directors through the Chair of the Board.  Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of Hollyburn, it is essential that the successful candidate possess the following core competencies, experience and attributes:

Leadership Skills:

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

Member Service:

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

Interpersonal/Fit:

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

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a background in all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Experience successfully leading hospitality operations in a club or similar setting.
  • 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 operating at a senior level in the customer service environment in one or more of the following sectors: a multi-sport, family club or other similar top tier multi-sport facility; hospitality; resort/recreational; or public sector where there is a wide range of services to a diverse customer base.
  • Experience in the hospitality industry beneficial.
  • Experience reporting to a Board that has adopted a club governance structure and processes to lead the Club and GM to success.
  • A Certified Club Manager designation (CCM) is preferred.

Note:

An interim leadership person has been appointed.  However, the permanent Club leadership position will be filled as soon as Board decisions are made on the successful candidate for the permanent posting.

Compensation:

The Club provides an attractive compensation package, commensurate with experience and track record, which will include a competitive base salary, performance incentives and other senior employee benefits.

Inquiries:

Interested candidates should submit resumes along with a detailed cover letter which addresses the qualifications and describes your alignment/experience with the prescribed position by Friday, October 15, 2021.  

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

Lead Search Executives

 

Michael Gregory
Partner
GGA Partners

 

 

 

George Pinches
Director
GGA Partners

 

Executive Search: GM at Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club

GENERAL MANAGER
VANCOUVER LAWN TENNIS & BADMINTON CLUB
Vancouver, BC

 

The Club:

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

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

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

The Position:

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

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

The GM will be responsible for the following:

Membership Experience:

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

Operational Excellence:

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

People:

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

Communication:

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

Direct Reports:

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

Candidate Profile:

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

Leadership Skills:

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

Standard of Care:

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

Interpersonal/Fit:

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

Business/Finance Skills:

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

Education:

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

Experience and Accreditation:

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

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

Compensation:

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

Inquiries:

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

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

 

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

Executive Search: GM/COO at Lambton Golf & Country Club

GENERAL MANAGER/CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 

The Club:

The Lambton Golf and Country Club (“Lambton” or the “Club”) is a private, member-owned club which was founded in 1902, and is considered one of the premier Golf and Country Clubs in Canada.  Lambton is a year-round club with golf running from April through November, both summer and winter tennis and an extensive year-round social, dining and events calendar.  Rooted in a storied and rich tradition, Lambton has become one of the fastest growing progressive, family oriented private country clubs in the greater Toronto area. Geographically, it is one of the closest golf and country clubs in proximity to downtown Toronto.  Our membership, which is very diverse and in many cases multi-generational, enjoys Lambton as a “home away from home”, consisting of warm and caring friendships that last a lifetime.  These relationships  are the hallmark of our wonderful Club.

Lambton is home to an 18-hole Championship Golf Course, a 9-hole par 31 Valley Course and full golf practice facilities.  Both courses were completely redesigned in 2010 by Rees Jones, one of the world’s premier golf course architects with a particular recognition as a US Open site designer.  Lambton has a beautifully designed clubhouse that was completed in 2000, and which has undergone consistent improvements since to accommodate a growing membership.  The Club also has 5 Har-Tru tennis courts which were also completed in 2010.  The success of the Club’s membership attraction program over the last several years along with sound financial management have permitted the Club to completely rejuvenate its principle assets over the last 20 years while maintaining a strong and flexible financial position.  Strategically, the Club is well positioned for its next phase of growth.

Lambton has a very full and active membership which embraces the exciting and fun-filled menu of golf, tennis, dining, live entertainment and a diverse social calendar of events including Member-Member and Member-Guest Tournaments, couples golf, tennis ladders and seasonal parties for the enjoyment of its Members, their families and their guests.

The Position:

The General Manager/Chief Operating Officer (“GM/COO”) is the leader of Lambton’s management team, and is responsible for managing all facets of the Club’s operations.  The GM/COO manages the affairs, and directs the employees of the Club subject to and in accordance with the direction of the Board of Governors (the “Board”) acting through the President, who exercises supervisory authority over the GM/COO.  The GM/COO attends all meetings of the Board and is an ex-officio member (i.e. non-voting member of) all Board committees.

The GM/COO will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing and delivering a consistently excellent member experience commensurate with specified member expectations and in keeping with a premier Tier 1 private golf and country club.
  • Properly managing all aspects of the Club’s activities to ensure and maintain the highest standards and quality of activities and services provided by the Club and to ensure a high level of member satisfaction.
  • Developing and implementing best-in-class and industry leading operating policies, programs, procedures and methods and directing the work and promoting the development of all department managers.
  • Monitoring long and short-term financial objectives and reporting and, in consultation with the Board, Finance Committee and Director of Finance and Administration, preparing and executing the financial plan for the Club, as follows: (i) develops annual operating, cash, and capital budgets; (ii) monitoring monthly budget and other financial information; (iii) initiating effective corrective action as required; (iv) approving invoices and other arrangements before inception or payment; and (v) preparing and making financial reports to the Board.
  • Establishing personnel policies, initiating and monitoring policies relating to personnel actions, and overseeing training and professional development programs.  Acting as a mentor to Direct Reports.
  • Coordinating the development of the Club’s long-range strategic and annual tactical plans consistent with the Club’s long-term strategic direction.
  • Welcoming new club members, and “meeting and greeting” all club members as practical during their visits to the Club.  Coordinating the marketing and member relations program to promote the Club’s services and facilities to present to potential members.  Developing ongoing dialogue and rapport with members and being present at all major Club functions.
  • Incorporating succession planning by preparing staff for key leadership roles.
  • Ensuring compliance with all legal and regulatory matters affecting the Club.

Direct Reports:

Clubhouse Manager; Executive Chef; Director of Finance and Administration; Membership Administrator; Director of Golf; Golf Course Superintendent; Director of Tennis; Administrative Assistant; and Property Manager.

Candidate Profile:

The GM/COO reports to the Board of Governors acting through the President. Given the leading role this individual will play in achieving the strategic and business objectives of Lambton, 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 Care:

  • Thorough understanding of and capacity to consistently deliver exceptional standards of service commensurate with a Tier 1 golf and country club.
  • Ability to set and maintain high standards for all facilities, services and communications.

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.

Business/Finance Skills:

  • An entrepreneurial style combined with a background in all aspects of business management including business development, finance, information technology, human resources, risk management and performance management.
  • A strategic thinker with strong business acumen.
  • Experience managing complex capital projects.
  • Direct experience with golf, tennis 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 golf 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.

Note:
The position is currently vacant.

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

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

George Pinches, Director
GGA Partners
execsearch@ggapartners.com

Michael Gregory, Partner
GGA Partners
michael.gregory@ggapartners.com

 

For more information on Lambton Golf & Country Club please visit www.lambtongolf.com.

Executive Search: General Manager at The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club

GENERAL MANAGER

 

The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club:

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

The Position:

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

Specific accountabilities include:

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

Candidate Profile:

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

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

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

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

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

George Pinches
Director
GGA

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

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