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Club Leadership Alliance

Continuously educate stakeholders (Board, Committees, Members, Staff) regarding best practices and important societal trends impacting the private club industry

Core Value: Informed Leadership

Associated Best Practices

  • Continuously educate stakeholders (Board, Committees, Members, Staff) regarding best practices and important societal trends impacting the private club industry.

Knowledge is Power

The need for constant education of stakeholders (Board, Committee, Members and Staff) has never been as critical as it is today. The foundation of a healthy organization is built on trust and confidence which stems from information and education. Therefore, educating stakeholders continuously regarding best practices and important societal trends impacting our industry is essential for creating a successful club. 

We encourage club leaders to “memorialize the standards” so everyone knows what the standards are, how they work and what the best practices are surrounding those standards. Use every opportunity to educate your people to ensure they know their roles and responsibilities and how they connect to the other positions’ roles and responsibilities. When you create a culture where continuous education is commonplace, you set the stage for board members, committee members, members at large and your employees to take learning seriously as part of their job in the organization.  

How do you ensure education is weaved into every position at your club? Make it a priority! Every agenda (Board meeting, Committee meeting and staff meeting) should include an agenda item for education. Talk about societal trends and how they are impacting your club. Talk about industry trends and what other clubs are finding successful. Ask questions and get the discussion going. Consistency and continuity are crucial for creating informed and educated stakeholders. 

Introduction of Club Leadership Alliance™

Introduction of Club Leadership Alliance™

Welcome to the Club Leadership Alliance™, a collaboration of three well-established firms dedicated to working together to make clubs and their leadership teams more successful and as a result more rewarding to their club members. 

The Alliance was born out of the realization that the three firms could serve clubs more holistically as an associated group than as individual firms. As founding members of the Club Leadership Alliance and recognized industry leaders, McMahon Group, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace and Club Benchmarking are now able to provide comprehensive consulting services to clubs of any type or size to address the full spectrum of challenges they may face. So, while we have worked together informally for the last ten years, we now have instant access to each other’s capabilities to take advantage of special opportunities now occurring for private clubs. 

The Club Leadership Alliance™

Mission: “Rally club leaders to create relevant, enduring clubs.”

Vision: “To generate widespread understanding and adoption of the best practices that lead to sustained club success.”

Core Values: The CLA’s core values serve as a framework for the proven best practices that create relevant and enduring clubs.

  • Informed Leadership
  • Strategic Stewardship
  • Empowered Management and Team
  • Compelling Member Experience

The three Alliance firms are committed to strengthening the club industry and promoting it by enhancing club governance, strengthening club finances, developing outstanding management, improving club facilities, and making sure clubs have viable strategic plans to guide their futures. We know club success is dependent on many factors, and we are dedicated to working with boards, managers, and club members to make their clubs as successful as they can be. 

The Alliance partners and their roles within the Alliance are as follow:

McMahon Group provides clubs with Strategic Planning, Facility Master and Improvement Planning, Fund Raising Programs, Future Facility Capital Modeling and Homeowner Association Planning.  Contact: Alison McMahonamcmahon@mcmahongroup.com

Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace is the leading recruiting firm assisting with executive level position placement for private, resort and developer owned properties, clubs and communities as well as senior living communities and property owners associations.  Additionally, they offer a full range of consulting services such as Board Retreats, Team Development, Club and Department Assessments, and F&B Training as well as personalized assistance through the “KOPPLIN Career Resource Center” providing candidates with the tools necessary to prosper both today and in the future. Contact: Nan Fishernan@kkandw.com

Club Benchmarking provides fact-based, actionable insight through a suite of club-specific tools and services grounded in data and research. Data-centric services include financial and operational benchmarking, capital reserve studies and strategies modeling, stakeholder surveys, real estate market analysis, compensation and benefits benchmarking and board advisory services to support strategic club governance.  Contact: Teri Finantfinan@clubbenchmarking.com  

The Club Leadership Alliance™ is at your service to help your club in all ways necessary to assist you.

William P. McMahon, Sr., AIA

McMahon Group

Richard Kopplin

Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace

Ray Cronin

Club Benchmarking