Could Mashing Help My Mentoring?

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The Union Club’s GM/COO, Lawrence McFadden, CMC, has found that the synergies between his favorite hobby and his career are making him a better leader. Can a hobby help make you a better leader?  I’ve been an avid cyclist since 2003 when I purchased a “real” bike following the Lance Armstrong excitement at that year’s […]


His Title Was Executive Chef, But They Called Him God

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The Union Club of Cleveland’s GM/COO, Lawrence McFadden, CMC, believes chefs succeed most when they are well-rounded and curious about life beyond the kitchen. Back in 1998, I attended the Ritz-Carlton’s annual food and beverage conference in Hawaii. During the event, a who’s who of the company assembled to share a global vision for our […]


Was it a Calculated Career or a Lifetime of Learning?

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As one of the few CMCs to move beyond the kitchen, Lawrence McFadden, CMC, GM/COO of the Union Club (Cleveland) attributes his unique career path to his dedication to learning. What if you could write your own career story? Would it limit your dreams, aspirations, and expectations or spur continuous self-reinvention? It takes confidence and courage […]


Why Change Can Be Really Good

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I’ve had the unique opportunity to witness this special city club in the heart of downtown Cleveland evolve into something truly unique. A few months ago, I was sitting at my desk when my phone rang. I looked down to see the name Scott Spencer on the screen. It took me a minute to place […]


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The Master Chefs of Cleveland’s Union Club

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With two Certified Master Chefs, the 146-year-old Cleveland club is elevating its dining program and the level of professionalism within its staff. When Arnaud Berthelier, Executive Chef of the Union Club of Cleveland, successfully passed the American Culinary Federation’s Certified Master Chef (CMC) examination this past February, he propelled the 146-year-old city club into the […]