CMAE Announces Premier Partnership with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
London, United Kingdom – October 9, 2023
CMAE is delighted to announce a Premier Partnership with the leading recruiting and consulting firm, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W). Through this partnership, CMAE members will benefit from KK&W’s expertise in the areas of private club executive search and governance.
Commercial Director at CMAE, Craig Cotterill, commented on the partnership, “staffing and governance present significant challenges for club managers right now, and securing relevant insight and support in these areas through this Premier Partnership with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE will prove invaluable.”
KK&W’s executive search expertise includes GM/COO, CEO, AGM, Clubhouse Management, F&B, Financial, Golf, Culinary, Agronomy, Racquets, Human Resources, Fitness & Wellness, and Membership/Marketing. In addition to executive search, KK&W is a benchmark in private club governance and operational consulting.
Cotterill continues, “the partnership will see us work closely with Michael Herd, a well-known and respected professional, who has worked within this space for many years. Together our organisations will strive to identify industry needs and deliver solutions through education to better equip club managers across the CMAE family. As an association, we are delighted to welcome Michael and his esteemed colleagues at KK&W to our growing portfolio of Premier Partners.”
Michael Herd, Head of International Search and Consulting shares, “we are honoured to partner with CMAE and look forward to opportunities to educate on leadership, governance, and best practices. Additionally, we are thrilled for the opportunity to bring our firm’s unmatched process for delivering comprehensive executive search solutions to future candidates and private club clients seeking top-tier professionals for key leadership roles.”
Club Management Association of Europe
The Club Management Association of Europe (CMAE) is a non-profit making professional association with members involved in the management of sports clubs (golf, tennis, sailing, rowing, rugby, football, cricket), health & fitness clubs, leisure, city and dining clubs located throughout Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa.
The CMAE is also the pan-European ‘umbrella’ organisation for a variety of national professional associations for club managers and secretaries. National associations can affiliate to the CMAE, thereby giving their membership access to the CMAE education programme and other CMAE international activities and events.
CMAE is closely aligned with the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and actively participates in the annual World Conference for club managers and other international events.
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
People Focused, Quality Driven. When you work with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, you can expect an experience that will be centred around the well-being of their clients, the candidates they place, and the industry they love. Their process has been perfected since 1996 and involves merging more than 500 years of combined expertise with a comprehensive understanding of stakeholders’ needs. Their Board Dynamics/Model has been presented to over 1000 private clubs and communities. They are an award-winning executive search and consulting firm and a trusted partner dedicated to the success of the organizations they work with. For more information, visit kkandw.com.
The National Club Association (NCA) and Club Management Association of America (CMAA) released “Private Club Governance: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices.” Written by a joint committee of experts including KK&W partner, Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM, the new publication is a definitive guide to governance of private clubs, designed to be a framework of best practices for clubs at any place on the spectrum of effective governance.
“Governance is among the most discussed issue at any private club,” said joint Governance Committee Chair Tim Muessle, CCM, CCE, Chief Operating Officer, The Olympic Club, San Francisco. “This new publication was written to clearly define the standard of effective governance, offering best practices for club boards, committees and general managers/CEOs.”
The handbook is a comprehensive guide on establishing and maintaining good governance, and covers everything from bylaws and articles of incorporation to board policies, committee structure and roles to evaluations and improvement. It also includes a chapter of sample documents every club board should have.
NCA members can access the handbook here. CMAA members can access it here.
“Private Club Governance” was developed by a joint committee of experts from both associations in a partnership structured to benefit the entire private club community. NCA and CMAA will offer continuing education based on it for club presidents, boards, and CEOs/general managers, including at CMAA’s 2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference Sept. 11-13, and during a joint, online symposium hosted by NCA Sept. 25.
For more information, contact:
Kim Fernandez, CAE, at NCA (email@example.com) Melissa Low, CAE, at CMAA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE TEES OFF INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
Scottsdale, Arizona – August 1, 2023
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W), a club industry benchmark and award-winning executive search and consulting firm, has opened an international office. Primary markets of pursuit include but are not limited to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.
Managing partner, Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM, shares, “Formalizing our expansion into international markets marks a momentous milestone in our company’s journey. We will continue to uphold our core values of integrity, education, respect, relevancy, quality, and fun, ensuring we build lasting relationships with partners, clients, and candidates worldwide.”
Based in the United Kingdom, Michael Herd joins KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE as Head of International Search & Consulting. Michael comes to the team with over a decade of experience in the golf and club industry.
“This is an incredible opportunity to partner with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE on the global stage,” expressed Herd. “I am honored to be at the forefront of cultivating their international presence further, leveraging my skills to connect exceptional talent with clubs and resorts. Together, we will offer strategic guidance, enhance organizational performance, and drive long-term success for our esteemed clients and candidates.”
KK&W partners, Kurt D. Kuebler, CCM, CMAA Fellow and Richard M. Kopplin, CMAA Fellow agree, “Michael brings a wealth of expertise and passion to our team. He has been successful in delivering exceptional senior executive search mandates for some of the world’s leading clubs. Michael is aligned with our core values, demonstrates tremendous dedication, and has a genuine desire to elevate the industry as a whole.”
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE will deliver unparalleled process and club industry stewardship in this international endeavor. With an unwavering commitment to their mission statement, the partners and team members are confident that this international expansion will propel the firm to new heights and establish KK&W as a leading player in the international arena.
About KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE People Focused, Quality Driven. When you work with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, you can expect an experience that will be centered around the well-being of their clients, the candidates they place, and the industry they love. Their process has been perfected since 1996 and involves merging more than 500 years of combined expertise with a comprehensive understanding of stakeholders’ needs. Their Board Dynamics/Model has been presented to over 1000 private clubs and communities. They are an award-winning executive search and consulting firm and a trusted partner dedicated to the success of the organizations they work with.
Charlotte, NC, (April 2023) – Club Leadership Alliance (CLA) partners with BoardRoom Institute, an online education platform designed specifically for private club boards, their directors, committees, committee chairs, and others associated with private club governance.
Achieving alignment between a private club’s general manager/chief executive and volunteer leaders begins with a mutual understanding of the priorities and best practices that drive success. A collaborative, united, and accessible educational environment is foundational to providing private club leadership with the awareness and strategic thinking necessary to sustain a relevant and enduring private club.
“The owners and team members represented within the Club Leadership Alliance have the experience, credibility, and expertise that I was seeking in a partnership. I have known and respected Richard Kopplin, William McMahon, and Ray Cronin for over 27 years. They were the missing link to making BoardRoom Institute a true solution to the governance and leadership issues facing private clubs today and into the future,” shares John Fornaro, CEO and publisher of BoardRoom magazine, co-founder of Distinguished Clubs, and founder of BoardRoom Institute.
Knowledge is power and providing comprehensive information and protections will help assure that board and committee members are well-positioned for their roles and responsibilities. BoardRoom Institute makes annual orientations affordable, mitigates micro-managing, and ensures all stakeholders understand their duty of care, with an emphasis on legal and fiduciary obligations.
“The CLA partners are pleased to announce our exciting new partnership with BoardRoom Institute. We now have the opportunity to present current and future clients with what we believe is the most empowering educational platform we have experienced in our decades of serving the private club industry. We have worked for many years alongside McMahon Group and Club Benchmarking to rally private club leaders around best practices, and this advancement further enables our mission of generating widespread understanding and adoption of the best practices that lead to success,” celebrates Richard Kopplin, founding partner of KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE.
Club Leadership Alliance brings together three of the industry’s most highly respected consulting firms (KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, McMahon Group, and Club Benchmarking) and this partnership will strengthen the value and resources extended to BoardRoom Institute subscribers. CLA founding partners represent expertise in the areas of operations, finance, human capital, governance, and strategic and facility planning.
“We are actively working on course updates and expect the new releases within this content-rich tool will be available by summer. This development will complement and enhance the many programs already offered to private clubs by the partners at the Club Leadership Alliance,” adds John Schultz, respected private club industry executive and CEO of Club Leadership Alliance.
About BoardRoom Institute
Education within BoardRoom Institute is focused on helping private clubs operate efficiently by optimizing the relationship between the volunteers and the paid executives through collaborative governance. www.boardroominstitute.com
About Club Leadership Alliance
The three founding Alliance firms are independent entities working together for the common good of the industry, serving clubs in all aspects of strategic planning, operations, finances, human capital, and facilities. 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, and Compelling Member Experience. www.clubleadershipalliance.com
About KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
People Focused & Quality Driven. We are an experienced and award-winning search and consulting firm, specializing in the private club industry. We are committed to the success of our clients, the professionals that we place, and the industry as a whole. We improve the well-being of our clients, advance the careers of our candidates, and have fun every day. www.kkandw.com.
About McMahon Group
McMahon Group provides strategic and facility planning services for private clubs. We conduct survey research for clubs as well as on issues important to the industry. Our publications provide club leaders with insight into member needs and desires and changes in the industry. We promote the well-being of the club industry and enhance the profession of club management. www.mcmahongroup.com
About Club Benchmarking
We deliver the fact-based, actionable insight you need to make informed decisions through a suite of tools and services built specifically for private clubs. Everything we do is grounded in data and research and we serve the full spectrum of club industry stakeholders – club staff, general managers, boards, committees, members, owners and industry constituents including associations. www.clubbenchmarking.com
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, a leading club industry recruiting and consulting firm, has renewed its partnership with the National Club Association for the sixth consecutive year.
Alexandria, Va., April 3, 2023 – KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W) renewed its Executive Partner status with the National Club Association for the sixth consecutive year. The company also renewed its sponsorship of the Excellence in Club Management® Awards Gala for the second year. KK&W is a leader in private club executive search, governance, education & training and consulting & planning.
“It’s a privilege to partner with KK&W for a sixth year,” said NCA President & CEO Joe Trauger. “And it’s fitting to welcome them back as a sponsor of the ECM Gala, which showcases a commitment to excellence by outstanding club community professionals. We’re looking forward to another great year of partnership.”
“Dick Kopplin, Kurt Kuebler and I are excited to partner with NCA for another fulfilling year,” said KK&W Partner Tom Wallace. “NCA’s leadership and advocacy are helping the industry we love, explicitly assisting club leaders to stay relevant and enduring.”
KOPPLIN KUEBER & WALLACE’s Executive Partnership benefits NCA members through education initiatives and investments across NCA’s platforms and services. Firm executives are regular contributors to Club Director and Club Trends magazines along with multiple NCA committees. Relevant contributions include:
“Additionally, we are excited to again sponsor the Excellence in Club Management® (ECM) Awards Dinner, said Wallace. “The ECM Awards hold a special place in my heart as a past winner as well as for my teammates Jack Sullivan, Ted Gillary and Michael Smith.”
KK&W is the first sponsor of the Excellence in Club Management® Awards Gala, recognizing the extraordinary industry contributions of private club general managers, managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their clubs. Past ECM winners within the KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE team include:
The Mel Rex Award – Lawrence McFadden, CMC, ECM – 2000
The Mead Grady Award – Michael G. Smith, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2019
The Lifetime Achievement Award – J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2019
Country/Golf Club with Under 600 Full-Privilege Members – Thomas B. Wallace, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2007
Specialty Club – John“Jack” Sullivan, Jr., CCM, ECM – 2000
City/Athletic Club or City/Dining Club – J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, ECM – 1999
The National Club Association (NCA) has been the advocate for the private club industry in Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. As the voice of private clubs on Capitol Hill, NCA ensures that club concerns are forefront when legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry are being decided. In addition, NCA provides club leaders an outstanding array of resources on club industry trends, governance best practices, legal and operational matters and ways to strengthen club leadership. nationalclub.org.
About KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
People Focused & Quality Driven. When you work with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, you can expect an experience that will be centered around the well-being of their clients, the candidates they place, and the industry as a whole. Their process has been fine-tuned for 27 years and involves merging more than 500 years of combined expertise with a comprehensive understanding of stakeholders’ needs. They are an award-winning executive search and consulting firm and a trusted partner dedicated to the success of the organizations they work with. Executive search expertise includes: GM/COO, CEO, Assistant General Manager/Clubhouse Manager, Director of Food and Beverage, Executive Chef, Director of Golf/Head Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent/Director of Agronomy, Director of Tennis/Director of Racquets, Fitness & Wellness Director, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Controller, Human Resources Director, Membership and Marketing Director Searches, and Consulting Services for Private, Resort and Developer Owned Properties, Clubs and Communities as well as Senior Living Communities and Property Owners Associations. For more information, visit www.kkandw.com.
Scottsdale, AZ – February 1, 2023
Congratulations! Lisa Carroll Joins Tee It Up For The Troops!
After over 12 successful years working with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE as a search executive, Lisa Carroll will focus her attention on supporting an organization that we are very close to: Tee It Up for the Troops.
Lisa’s father retired as an Air Force Lt. Col. and served in the Vietnam War where he earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The mission of Tee It Up for the Troops as a veteran’s support organization is to honor, remember, respect, and support all those who serve – and have served – in the U.S. Armed Forces. This is a focus that Lisa wants to concentrate on and use her relationships and talents to support.
As you may know, this is an organization that KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE has supported since its inception over 18 years ago. Tee It Up for the Troops has now donated over $14 million to partnering veterans support organizations that focus on the following pillars: family and caregiver support, PTSD and traumatic brain injury treatment, suicide prevention, golf and sports rehabilitation, employment, and housing and homelessness.
We will miss working with Lisa as a team member but are thrilled that she will be working closely with Tee It Up for the Troops. And she will always be a member of the KK&W family! Visit her at the Tee It Up for the Troops booth at CMAA’s World Conference in Orlando this year – it will be right next door to the KK&W booth!