After spending the first third of his career in restaurants and the next third at a city club, Craig Cutler has applied valuable lessons he learned in both environments to bring new levels of innovation and success to the Country Club of Detroit—and earn Excellence in Club Management honors for himself.
Lawrence McFadden, GM/COO of The Union Club of Cleveland, is the first Certified Master Chef turned General Manager to win The Mel Rex Award for Excellence in Club Management.
Kris Glaubitz has drawn on strong mentoring relationships and his own extensive management experience to help Congressional CC attain new levels of excellence, while also earning personal “Rising Star” recognition.
Marty Ryan earned Lifetime Achievement recognition through the Excellence in Club Management Awards for handling many challenges adeptly through his distinguished career—including moving from the New York area to head a club with entrenched Bostonians who are very particular about their chowder.
The 2020 recipients of the Excellence In Club Management Awards, established in 1997 by the McMahon Group and sponsored since 2005 by Club + Resort Business and since 2018 by the National Club Association, stood up to special tests in an especially challenging year.
After a detour into an engineering discipline confirmed that clubs were his true passion, Medinah CC’s GM/COO has combined sound principles with creative remodeling to earn Excellence in Club Management honors.
The shifting sands of liability, risk management, and property/casualty coverage have become even trickier to navigate because of the pandemic and the changes it will bring going forward.
Michael Smith’s Excellence in Club Management recognition for his achievements at The Country Club of Rochester also serves as well-timed affirmation for the legacy he shares with his mother, Mary Smith, as she completes an equally distinguished career at the Rochester Yacht Club.
Like The Pacific-Union Club itself, what Tom Gaston has seen and experienced through the years prepared him well for putting the pandemic in proper perspective. His response to this latest challenge has also reaffirmed his selection as an Excellence in Club Management recipient.
Lindsay Pizarro, General Manager of the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey, Calif., has literally written the book on how women can start—and expand—their families while maintaining leadership positions within the club industry.
After the coronavirus outbreak forced the Charlottesville, Va. club to curtail and significantly alter its operations, Club Manager Brandon Johnson, the 2019 “Rising Star” recipient through the Excellence in Club Management Awards, has led a measured response to provide welcomed service and comfort for members and staff.
Even after completing a $57 million clubhouse renovation and earning Excellence in Club Management accolades, Patrick King is always on the alert for new ways to keep Army Navy CC moving forward.
From leading the recovery from an unprecedented storm to setting the course for long-range strategic success, Chris Wyles has earned Excellence in Club Management honors for ensuring that the Bald Peak Colony Club is well-prepared for its next 100 years.
Kristen LaCount’s 16-year career path at The Country Club has led to her status as more of an Acting General Manager than an Assistant—and as a “Rising Star” who’s clearly found her place in the club-management galaxy.
Mark Jablonski earned “Rising Star” recognition for his key role in helping to plan and implement a sweeping transformation at Medinah CC.