On March 10 at San Antonio (Texas) Country Club, the 2014 recipients of the Excellence in Club Management Awards were honored during a special reception, dinner and ceremony.
On March 10 at San Antonio (Texas) Country Club, the 2014 recipients of the Excellence in Club Management (ECM) Awards, co-sponsored by Club & Resort Business and the McMahon Group, were honored during a special reception, dinner and ceremony held in conjunction with the Club Managers Association of America’s annual conference.
The event was sponsored by ClubCorp, Denehy Club Thinking Partners, Preferred Club, Toro and Yamaha.
The annual awards are selected through nominations submitted on behalf of qualified candidates, and a Selection Committee comprised of a peer group of club managers conducts the judging; the McMahon Group and Club & Resort Business are not involved in the selection of the award winners. Winners are selected solely on the basis of their achievements at the club they currently manage; “lifetime achievements” are not considered.
Winners of the 2014 awards, which were presented by William P. McMahon, Sr., Frank Vain and Bill McMahon, Jr., of the McMahon Group, and Joe Barks, Editor of Club & Resort Business, included:
• The James H. Brewer Award (Country/Golf Clubs with 600 or More Full-Privilege Members)—Christine Pooler, CCM, ECM, General Manager, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa.
• The Mead Grady Award (Country/Golf Clubs with Fewer than 600 Full-Privilege Members)—Mark Bado, MCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager/COO, The Kansas City Country Club, Mission Hills, Kan.
• The Mel Rex Award (City, Athletic or Specialty/Non-Golf Club)—Gerald Marvel, CCM, ECM, COO/General Manager, The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall, Lexington, Ky.
• The 2014 Rising Star Award—Nick Markel, CCM, ECM, Assistant General Manager, The Country Club, Pepper Pike, Ohio
Many previous winners of the ECM Awards, established by the McMahon Group in 1997 and co-sponsored by Club & Resort Business since 2005, were also recognized at this year’s dinner, along with those who have served on the judging committee for the awards, and other industry leaders. A full listing of judges and past winners, and information on how to nominate candidates for recognition in future years, can be found at the website for the ECM Awards program, www.clubmanageraward.com.
Presentations for ECM winners are also held at their individual clubs throughout the year, and in-depth articles detailing the achievements that led to their selection will appear in upcoming issues of Club & Resort Business.