The National Club Association’s 13th annual conference, to be held at The Union League Club of Chicago, will build its programming around three themes: Strategic Issues for Private Club Governance; The Club Industry Outlook and Trends for the Future; and Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Issues for Clubs. The conference will end in time for participants to also attend the National Restaurant Show.
After a series of events (Golf Industry Show, Club Managers Association of America World Conference, and C&RB’s 2016 Chef to Chef Conference) that were all held in San Diego in February and March, the club industry’s meeting calendar will shift to the Midwest, with private club industry professionals planning to gather in Chicago from May 19-21 for the 13th annual National Club Conference presented by the National Club Association (NCA).
The NCA’s premier event convenes industry leaders for educational programming on topics impacting private clubs across the country. This year, it has also been conveniently scheduled to allow participants to attend the National Restaurant Show, which begins on May 21 in Chicago, as part of their trip if desired.
The National Club Conference will be held at The Union League Club of Chicago, and online registration is now available on the NCA website (www.nationalclub.org). Special events during the conference will be held at The Chicago Club, The Standard Club, the Chicago Yacht Club and Conway Farms Golf Club.
Condon O’Meara McGinty Donnelly LLP is the lead sponsor for the 2016 National Club Conference. Presenting sponsors include CC Tech Partners, Judd Brown Designs & Jefferson Group Architects, Lichten Craig Architecture + Interiors, and the NCA Foundation.
Programming for the National Club Conference will focus on three key themes: Strategic Issues for Private Club Governance; The Club Industry Outlook and Trends for the Future; and Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Issues for Clubs.
Specific sessions for the conference will include these presentations:
Industry Outlook: CEO Perspectives. CEOs of leading organizations in the club and hospitality industries will present on the future outlook for areas that could have a significant impact for private clubs.
Best Practices for Member and Club Communications. This program will highlight successful strategies and innovative ways to bolster results at clubs, including ways to leverage marketing communications and involve staff at all levels to increase member satisfaction.
Technology Trends and Outlook for Clubs. Industry experts will address new developments in information technology that should be on the radar screen for clubs, including ways to maximize the club’s IT investment with benefits for the club’s membership, and questions the GM should be asking about the club’s IT infrastructure and how the pieces fit together.
Financial Insight: The Cornerstone of Truly Great Club Governance. Attendees will learn how the Executive Dashboard of Key Performance Indicators and the Financial Insight Model can drive process over politics and personality in the boardroom and support a cultural shift toward fact-based leadership in the club industry.
How to Survive and Thrive with Changes in Leadership. This program will provide background on ways to establish clear roles for club leadership, including ways to blend operating styles and perspectives for a win-win situation. It will also address ways to identify and achieve common goals, overcome challenges and balance the roles and responsibilities of the club’s top leaders.
Fitness and Wellness Trends for Clubs: Keys to Future Success. What will clubs need in the future to address the ever-growing level of member interest for fitness and wellness facilities, equipment and programs? How can wellness be integrated into the club’s culture and operations to enhance the member experience? Experts who have addressed these questions, and more, will provide their valuable first-hand perspectives.
Legislative/Regulatory Roundtable: How Clubs Are Coping with the Challenges. Industry experts will address recent regulatory developments and how clubs are responding in key areas such as minimum-wage increases, new overtime regulations, changes in the classification of independent contractors, and new EPA regulations regarding water use and treatment. This session will also provide an insider’s guide to what’s going on in Congress and how it could impact clubs.
Legal Issues Confronting Private Clubs. This program will analyze developments in many areas of potential liability for clubs and will cover proactive measures clubs can take to protect themselves. Also addressed will be reasons why some clubs wind up in court defending their private status, how courts are ruling, and what some clubs are doing to put themselves in jeopardy.
For more than 50 years, the NCA, based in Washington, D.C., has served as the primary advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in the statehouses and in the courthouses. NCA, through its publications and educational programs, also provides resources on industry trends, legislative and regulatory issues, governance best practices, operational issues, and ways to strengthen club leadership through its publications and educational programs.