The 2015 winners for the Excellence in Club Management Awards co-sponsored by McMahon Group and Club & Resort Business.
McMahon Group, Inc., the St. Louis-based consulting firm, and Club & Resort Business have announced the 2015 recipients of the Excellence in Club Management (ECM) Awards, established in 1997 by the McMahon Group and co-sponsored since 2005 by C&RB.
The annual awards are selected through nominations submitted on behalf of qualified candidates by other parties. Award recipients are selected solely on the basis of their achievements at the club they currently manage; “lifetime achievements” are not considered.
A Selection Committee comprised of a peer group of club managers conducts the judging for the ECM Awards; the McMahon Group and C&RB are not involved in the selection of the winners.
The Selection Committee for the 2015 Awards was chaired by Kevin Vitale, CCM, General Manager/COO of Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J. A full listing of judges, in addition to information on past winners and on how to nominate candidates for future years’ awards, can be found at the special website for the ECM Awards, www.clubmanageraward.com.
In-depth articles detailing the achievements that led to the selection of the winners will appear in issues of C&RB throughout 2016.
Michael R. Stott, CCM, CCE, ECM
“It is no easy task to continually raise the bar at one of the finest country clubs in the nation,” Baltimore Country Club President David Falvey wrote in nominating Michael Stott for Excellence in Club Management recognition. “It takes a certain combination of leadership, focus, business acumen and dedication to excellence. Michael Stott [possesses] this, and much more.”
Falvey is the sixth President that Stott has worked with in his 12 years at Baltimore CC. Over that time, Falvey wrote, “Michael’s position on the leadership team has been the steadfast common thread. His ability to offer guidance on the industry and to help maintain continuity as we execute our strategic vision has proved invaluable—especially when you factor in the significant economic challenges that have occurred over [those] years.”
Baltimore CC has invested over $20 million into capital projects during Stott’s tenure as GM/COO, Falvey noted, without requiring any membership assessments. “This is, in large part, due to Michael’s leadership,” he said. “He delivers a strong, clear vision to his team and puts the club’s best interest, along with the welfare of every member, guest and staff member, at the core of the mission every day.”
Terra S. H. Waldron, CCM, CCE, ECM
The case laid out by Judge Darcy Goodman, President of Desert Highlands, in nominating Terra Waldron for Excellence in Club Management recognition was pretty straightforward. It would only make sense, Goodman said, to honor Waldron with her own award, because in her nine years as Desert Highlands’ GM/COO, the club has amassed its own impressive list of accolades:
“At the helm of this exclusive private community, Mrs. Waldron consistently meets and exceeds member expectations,” Judge Goodman wrote. “Under her leadership, the community and the golf club have adopted and implemented a strategic plan and developed a Master Planning Committee for the future, expanding 15-20 years out.”
Terrence J. Anglin, CCM, CCE, ECM
Within weeks of when Terry Anglin became the new GM/COO of the San Diego Yacht Club in July 2009, the club took on its largest capital project in 45 years, replacing four of its six buildings at a cost of over $10 million.
In addition, wrote the club’s Commodore, John Laun, in nominating Anglin for Excellence in Club Management recognition, the need arose to replace the Executive Chef, the Catering Director became ill and never returned, and candidates needed to be interviewed to fill the vacant Controller position.
San Diego YC’s food-and-beverage operation has made especially notable strides under Anglin’s leadership, Laun noted. “We now serve over 11,000 meals in the dining room, in addition to a thriving catering operation,” Laun wrote. “This past year, food-and-beverage revenue set a new record, up 4.5% over 2014 levels.”
Shawn Wilkes, CCM, ECM
Carmel CC’s General Manager, John Schultz, CCM, CCE, ECM, is himself an Excellence in Club Management award-winner (“Military Precision,” C&RB, April 2010). That lends special weight to Schultz’s characterization of his Clubhouse Manager, Shawn Wilkes, as the “quintessence of excellence in club management, providing inspirational leadership to his staff and continually seeking ways to improve the members’ experience and excitement at Carmel.”
Schultz continued: “Simply put, Shawn has made Carmel more relevant to the 1,375 member families that we serve. It’s actually difficult to grasp all that he has accomplished for our club in just three years here. He is tireless in his enthusiasm to serve his staff and the membership.”
A Celebration of Excellence
In addition to presentations at their individual clubs that will be held throughout the coming year, the 2015 Excellence in Club Management winners, along with those from previous years, will be recognized at an Awards Dinner to be held at the San Diego Yacht Club on Tuesday, February 23, in conjunction with the 2016 World Conference of the Club Managers Association of America.
This year’s Awards Dinner will be sponsored by ClubCorp, Denehy Club Thinking Partners, ForeTees LLC, Preferred Club, Toro and Yamaha Golf Car.