At the Awards Dinner held on February 8th at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, the Club Manager at Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Va. was recognized with The 2019 Rising Star Award. Johnson started at Farmington even before he graduated from James Madison University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program, and has already amassed 12 years of experience at the club.
In addition to presentations at their individual clubs that will be held throughout the coming year, the 2019 Excellence in Club Management winners, along with honorees from previous years and members, past and present, of the ECM selection committee, were recognized at an Awards Dinner that was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas on Saturday, February 8, in conjunction with the 2020 World Conference of the Club Management Association of America.
This year’s Awards Dinner was sponsored by Denehy Club Thinking Partners, ForeTees LLC, IZON Golf, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, and Preferred Club.
A full report on the Awards Dinner will appear in the March issue of Club + Resort Business, and detailed profiles of all of the ECM award winners will be published in C+RB throughout 2020.
The Excellence in Club Management Awards were founded by the McMahon Group in 1997 and have been co-sponsored by Club + Resort Business since 2005 and the National Club Association since 2018.
The 2019 Rising Star Award
Brandon Johnson, ECM, Club Manager,
Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, Va.
The General Manager/COO of Farmington Country Club, Joe Krenn, CCM, CCE, ECM, has first-hand knowledge of what merits Excellence in Club Management recognition, having won the 2017 James H. Brewer Award himself. Having worked closely with Brandon Johnson now for eight years, Krenn has no doubt that Johnson embodies the traits that also make him an award-worthy manager. “The magnitude of experiences and their impact on member satisfaction during Brandon’s tenure at Farmington has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Krenn wrote in nominating Johnson for Rising Star recognition.
The arc of that tenure is also impressive, in a profession where job stability can be elusive.
Johnson actually started to work at Farmington even before he graduated from James Madison University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management, and has already amassed 12 years of experience at the club, first working his way through various roles in food-and-beverage operations, and then becoming Club Manager in 2017.
In his current role, Krenn wrote, Johnson “truly runs the day-to-day operations at Farmington, [and he has] thrived in a job that is very challenging in both its content and in the environment that it involves.
“Few managers have demonstrated the skills and potential that Brandon has at his age,” Krenn added. “He is without a doubt the leading example of a rising star in the club management industry.”