At the Awards Dinner held on February 8th at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Medinah (Ill.) Country Club was recognized with The James H. Brewer Award for his work transforming both the culture and physical makeup at the historic 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 James H. Brewer Award
(Country/Golf Clubs with 600 or More Full-Privilege Members)
Robert Sereci, CCM, ECM,
General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
Medinah Country Club, Medinah, Ill.
A year ago, Robert Sereci was a presenter, and not a recipient, at the annual Excellence in Club Management Awards Dinner. His Assistant General Manager at Medinah CC, Mark Jablonski, was being honored with the 2018 “Rising Star” Award, and Sereci delivered an impassioned introduction that credited Jablonski with being largely responsible for much of the success that Medinah had experienced in the four years they had worked together.
Sereci had in fact nominated Jablonski for the Rising Star Award—and by doing so, and having him win it, he was well aware that it would probably only speed up the process for Jablonski to leave Medinah and move on to a General Manager position of his own. Indeed, just a few months later, Jablonski became the General Manager of Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills, Ill., to add to the impressive legacy of successful mentorships Sereci has built throughout his club management career.
“[Robert] is the consummate coach,” Medinah’s President, Michael Scimo, wrote in nominating Sereci for his own Excellence in Club Management recognition. “He is approachable and encouraging, and sets very clear expectations to achieve excellent results. He has transformed the Medinah employee culture [into] one that is collaborative, motivated and positive.”
And that culture transformation has also been largely responsible for the dramatic change that Medinah itself has seen under Sereci’s leadership. “Aside from our famous clubhouse dome, the Medinah of today bears little resemblance to the Medinah that Robert inherited in 2015,” Scimo wrote. “He was clearly the right leader to help us shape a new Medinah for 2020, and beyond.”