Executive Leader Of The Year – 2021

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Terra Waldron, CCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager/COO at Greensboro Country Club, has been recognized as the very first KK&W Summit Executive Leader of the Year for her tremendous mentorship of young professionals, paving a path for women in the private club industry, and defining Executive Leadership At A Higher Level. Waldron joined industry peers via Zoom in early October during the 2021 KK&W Summit, hosted at Arizona Country Club to accept her award.

Waldron has been the private club industry for nearly 35 years and has participated in the KK&W Summit event since its introduction, collaborating with and learning from the brightest minds inside and outside of the private club industry.

When asked about leadership, Waldron shared she believes integrity is a characteristic every leader should possess. She also spotlighted the importance of ongoing professional development opportunities for people within an organization and establishing mentor/mentee relationships. Waldron has prioritized mentoring industry professionals throughout her career, establishing a supportive yet honest environment that is centered around listening and learning.

“The Partners at KK&W felt that this was an easy selection; Terra has done an exceptional amount of work on behalf of this great industry and is a tireless advocate for its success, relevance and to help elevate others to achieve great things. A big congratulations to her in being our inaugural and highly deserving recipient,” agree Dick Kopplin, Kurt Kuebler and Tom Wallace.

Prior to joining the team at Greensboro Country Club, Waldron served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Desert Highlands Association in Scottsdale, Arizona, from 2006-2018. Desert Highlands, a Platinum Club since 1997, also received America’s Healthiest Club award. Waldron also served as GM/COO at Dataw Island in South Carolina; Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina; Country Club of Charleston in South Carolina; Cedar Point Club in Suffolk, Virginia; and the Engineers’ Club in Richmond, Virginia.

Her passion for the club industry has led her to participation on many national industry committees. As a result of her experiences, Waldron has been requested to make numerous presentations for such groups as CMAA, USGA, the Johnson and Wales University campus, the Kiwanis Club and the Optimist’s Club. Waldron has also authored articles for leading industry publications, including Club Director, The BoardRoom, and Club Management.

Waldron, who was listed by Forbes as one of America’s most influential women in the Western U.S. in 2015, was awarded the 2015 Excellence in Club Management Mead Grady Award co-sponsored by Club & Resort Business and McMahon Group. In 2016, the Club Managers Association of America named her the Club Executive of the Year. She was selected for CMAA’s inaugural class of 2019 Fellows in recognition of her leadership, integrity, involvement and contributions of club management professionals. And, most recently, featured by Golf Channel as part of their Women Changing The Game Series.

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Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace Partners with the Club Spa & Fitness Association

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KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE is pleased to announce that we have joined the Club Spa & Fitness Association’s (CSFA) Corporate Partner Benefits Program.

This partnership represents a commitment by KK&W to support CSFA’s operations and educational offerings as content matter experts delivering key insights relevant to the club wellness industry.

“KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE is thrilled to align with the CSFA. We believe our two organizations will collaborate in new and innovative ways which will result in greater CSFA member benefits and allow KK&W to have a prominent presence in the spa and fitness industry,” replied Partners Richard Kopplin, Kurt D. Kuebler, CCM, and Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM.

KK&W’s Career Strategist, Consulting and Search Executive Michelle A. Riklan and Search and Consulting Executive Len Simard will be working directly with CSFA members and they added, “We are looking forward to working with the CSFA membership and organization. Partnering with them will allow us to educate their professionals on our specialties and ultimately prepare them to be the most well-equipped leaders in the industry.”

Len conducts all racquet sports and fitness and wellness searches for the firm’s clients in addition to GM/COO searches. Len is also one of the industry leaders in tennis facility consulting and assessments, performing evaluations and solutions for all types of racquets facilities and organizations throughout the Country.

Michelle has built a successful career management firm, Riklan Resources, that specializes in personal career marketing, outplacement, and soft skills training. For over 25 years, Michelle has leveraged her skills as a Human Resources Executive, Executive Recruiter, Career Marketing Strategist, Trainer, and Speaker to serve individuals and companies across multiple industries.

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, the club industry’s leading recruiting and consulting firm, has a long history of involvement with the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) as a corporate sponsor and educational partner. Through their most recent business partnership signed in 2019, they are integral into the development and presentation of CMAA’s Club Leadership Summits and the annual Mid-Management Conference.

“We are excited to welcome KK&W to our CSFA community as a Partner,” said Luis Bracamonte, CSFA’s National Chairman. “Their extensive industry knowledge and experience will benefit our members and enhance their career and professional development.”

About KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE specializes in GM/COO, CEO, Fitness and Wellness Director, 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, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance, Controller, Human Resources, 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. Learn more at www.kkandw.com.

About CSFA

The Club Spa & Fitness Association (CSFA) was established in January 2007 to provide support for fitness, spa, and wellness professionals in the club industry. CSFA is committed to providing educational and networking opportunities to help members advance their careers. Learn more at www.csfassociation.com.

About CMAA

Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at cmaa.org.

Contact: Len Simard at: len@kkandw.com or Michelle A. Riklan at: michelle@kkandw.com

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Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace Partners with the Club Spa & Fitness Association2021-05-11T17:36:29+00:00

Announcing Partnership with Professional Tennis Registry

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W) the nation’s leading hospitality search and consulting firm has partnered with The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). KK&W is the leader in Senior Executive placement and consulting in the club and resort industry and will specialize in educating PTR professionals in many areas of their profession. The partnership will give PTR members, clubs and employers the opportunity to be the most polished and connected in the industry.

The KK&W team represents more than 400 years of combined experience in Platinum recognized clubs, including country, golf, yacht, tennis and city clubs, and they have worked with over 1,000 clubs across the country and around the world for the past twenty-four years.

The partnership will provide programs specifically designed to help cultivate successful career paths for PTR members and aid with training related to racquets programming, facility management, self-branding, leadership, career guidance, governance and team building etc. There will also be invaluable information and programs to successfully guide employers and professionals through the hiring process and establish them as highly skilled candidates in the racquets job market.

Leading the initiative from KK&W is industry veteran Len Simard, PTR and USPTA Master Professional and Michelle A Riklan, ACRW, CPRW, CEIC, CJSS and the KK&W team of 12 educators.

Len conducts all racquet sports and fitness and wellness searches for the firm’s clients in addition to GM/COO searches. Len is also one of the industry leaders in tennis facility consulting and assessments, performing evaluations and solutions for all types of racquets facilities and organizations throughout the Country. Len has directed well-respected country clubs throughout North America for more than 40 years and is regarded as one the country’s leading tennis directors and managers before turning his career to search and consulting.

Michelle is a Career Strategist, Consulting, and Search Executive for the firm. She has built a successful career management firm, Riklan Resources, that specializes in personal career marketing, outplacement, and soft skills training. For over 25 years, Michelle has leveraged her skills as a Human Resources Executive, Executive Recruiter, Career Marketing Strategist, Trainer, and Speaker to serve individuals and companies across multiple industries. She has worked with hundreds of professionals in the industry, helping them to refine their skills and presentation of credentials.

“Mentorship has always been the cornerstone of my career,” Simard said. “To now have our industry-leading KK&W team work directly with the PTR organization, which we believe has some of the most comprehensive education offerings in the industry for racquets professionals, is the perfect fit. It will be a pleasure for us to cultivate the PTR membership in essential areas off the court which will heighten member, director and manager professionalism. Helping members understand how to self-brand effectively in today’s marketplace will lead to expanded opportunities in the racquet’s world. Helping club managers with their executive staffing and operations will provide credibility to their clubs and programs.”

“The Partners at KK&W are thrilled to be partnering with the PTR, believing that our union with the top total racquets industry association is a ‘win-win’ for all involved! Our ability to assist PTR professionals to continue to elevate their abilities and competencies, along with assisting clubs and racquets facilities to attract the best and brightest will help the industry to further enhance its delivery of outstanding racquets programs! Dan Santorum and Karl Hale have led this respected association to great heights, and we’re honored to partner with them to continue to elevate the profession and those professionals who make it such!”

As an added service, PTR Professionals can log onto www.kkandw.com to register for Industry Job Notifications. Members will be emailed the latest Racquets positions directly to their address along with detailed information and a brief video highlighting the position.

“To team up with the leading search, consulting, and education firm of KK&W is invaluable for PTR and our members, said Dan Santorum, PTR CEO. “This partnership has been almost a year in the making, and we wanted to take our time to make sure we had a program that would meet the needs of PTR members.”

KK&W will offer search and consulting services to PTR members and clubs. PTR members wishing to elevate their careers can benefit from complimentary resources offered on resumé, LinkedIn, club programming reviews, committee retreats, career-planning and interviewing, as well as negotiated rates with all career coaching services and programs.

“This will position PTR members as leaders when it comes to hiring and training in the racquets world, from staff professionals to Directors of Racquets, to Racquets Facility Managers,” according to PTR President Karl Hale.

About KK&W:

KK&W is the leader in Senior Executive placement and consulting in the club/resort industry and will specialize in educating PTR professionals in many areas of their profession. The KK&W team represents more than 400 years of combined experience in Platinum recognized clubs, including country, golf, yacht, tennis, and city clubs. They have worked with over 1,000 clubs across the country and worldwide for the past twenty-four years.

About PTR:

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis coaches, with more than 16,000 members in 131 countries. PTR has the highest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying, serving, and inspiring tennis teachers/coaches in order to grow the game.

Contact:

Len Simard, Search and Consulting Executive, KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE
len@kkandw.com www.kkandw.com

Julie Jilly, Director of Marketing & Communications, Professional Tennis Registry
Julie@ptrtennis.org www.ptrtennis.org

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Announcing Partnership with Professional Tennis Registry2021-05-17T20:09:41+00:00

Richard Kopplin Inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame

Richard Kopplin has been recognized for his career dedicated to the betterment of the private club industry and one of five new inductees to the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame held recently at the Induction Ceremony hosted at Paradise Valley Country Club.

Following a 35-year career as a general manager and vice president for nationally recognized clubs, Kopplin started Kopplin Search, Inc. over 23 years ago with the objective of assisting clubs in their search for skilled, competent staff. Today he leads KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, a dynamic firm with a focus on executive searches, industry education and consulting.

KOPPLIN & KUEBLER emerged in 2007 as Kurt D. Kuebler, CCM joined the firm, and expanded to KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE with the addition of partner Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM in 2016.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, Kopplin began his career in the private club industry by managing golf clubs in Wisconsin and Minnesota. His career continued as general manager and vice president of operations, including Castle Pines in Denver, CO, Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ, and PGA West in LaQuinta, CA.

“Clearly, there are few in our club industry who are better known for their commitment to giving back and helping to develop both current and future leaders in all aspects of the golf experience,” expressed partner Kurt D. Kuebler, CCM.

“I met Dick when he was finishing his role at GM/COO at Desert Mountain, and he quickly offered his support and insights should I wish to have them, in order to be successful at nearby Desert Highlands. That initial and sincere offer has continued in the 20-plus years since, and in even greater depth when asked to join him at Kopplin Search, Inc. nearly 13 years ago. Since then, his style and genuine generosity has grown even stronger, not only for me, but for countless club professionals around the country! He’s the BEST!!”

“Dick is being duly recognized by the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame for his distinguished career and track record of going above the norm for golf and the club industry in the state of Arizona and throughout his career,” explained partner, Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM. “I have been privileged to watch firsthand the effect that he has had on club professionals through his leadership, mentorship and passion. I know this passion will continue into the future. Our team at KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE couldn’t be prouder of our dedicated leader.”

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“Congratulations on your induction to the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame!” exclaimed Club Management Association of America President & CEO Jeff Morgan. “This honor stands as a true testament to the impact you have demonstrated throughout your tenure for private clubs and golf in Arizona.

“The mark you have made on a national level through your executive search business is even more impactful. Indeed, you have placed hundreds of club professionals who oversee top clubs across the nation, yet in my opinion, your legacy is that of helping to create better club leaders, deeper thinkers, and lifelong learners among club professionals and club board members. Leaders are Readers, as you so often share.

“Your legacy doesn’t stop there, as your energy, care and enthusiasm have extended into supporting non-profit organizations including those within the golf community, particularly those focused on our veterans, like Tee It Up for The Troops. Congratulations again on becoming a Hall of Famer!” In addition to Kopplin, the 2019 Arizona Golf Hall of Fame induction class also included seasoned Arizona Republic journalist John Davis; business industry leader and Ping Board of Director Doug Hawken; professional golfer and architect Tom Lehman and vice president of science and agronomy for Troon Jeff Spangler.

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Richard Kopplin Inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame2021-05-26T14:33:45+00:00

Sam Lindsley to focus on Food & Beverage Consulting and Searches

Press Release: KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE Continues Expansion

Sam Lindsley to focus on Food & Beverage Consulting and Searches
KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, one of the most recognized names in private club search and consulting, is expanding again. That means expanded services for private clubs looking to improve their food and beverage operations.

“KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE is truly excited to welcome Sam Lindsley to our team. Sam has a wealth of executive level experience in the hospitality industry and brings a depth of food and beverage knowledge that many of our clients have been seeking,” said KK&W partner, Dick Kopplin, in making the announcement.

“We know that his talents will be in demand for clubs needing assistance in one of their most critical operational areas – food and beverage. We are enthused to welcome Sam to our firm. It’s certainly a growing area and we feel we can offer private clubs an excellent professional search service as clubs continue to grow their food and beverage programs,” Kopplin added.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have someone of Sam’s character, experience and industry reputation join KK&W! Few are as knowledgeable in the industry relative to F&B, as well as overall hospitality industry leadership talent acquisition, development and retention. He is awesome and complements our team in every way!” added partner Kurt Kuebler.
“I am both personally and professionally honored to be joining the firm of KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE,” Lindsley responded.

“To join the ranks of such an elite firm is a professional milestone and I look forward to working with Dick, Kurt, Tom and the entire KK&W team to continue the firm’s mission as the premier search and consulting firm for the private club industry,” he added.

“Sam adds a different perspective to KK&W one that will quickly become an undeniable asset to our team,” injected partner Tom Wallace.

“With his early years in the club business as a foundation, and with the last 20 years in running and opening some of the most premier standalone, casino and sporting venue-based restaurants in the country, Sam has honed his understanding of the hospitality industry.

“Specifically, he has hired and trained thousands of people along with running over $30 million worth of restaurants annually with extreme efficiency, outstanding service cultures and financial prudence. Sam will be an excellent F&B consultant and search executive,” Wallace added.

Sam was the chief operating officer of Michael Symon Restaurants (MSR), a growing Cleveland restaurant company with seven distinct concepts, 18 restaurants and annual sales over $35 million.

In the 10 years with MSR, Sam had written all standard operating procedures for the company and instituted best practices to ensure proper accountability and created a world-class service culture. He is a leader and bottom line producer whose strength lies in the fact that he understands that the backbone of any successful food and beverage operation is not only the systems put in place to control costs but the ability to foster a culture of genuine hospitality.

Prior to coming on board with MSR, Sam spent nine years with Hospitality Restaurants in Cleveland where he was the general manager of the Blue Point Grille, as well as, corporate wine trainer for the company.

Sam’s club experience includes food and beverage director positions, at both, The Cleveland Athletic Club and The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. He also served in various positions at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio.
Sam is on the board of directors of The Ohio Restaurant Association and is the association vice-chairman.

He also serves on the advisory board for Destination Cleveland (CVB), is a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and is a certified sommelier.

Sam can be contacted at:
Sam Lindsley / Consulting & Search Executive
Cell: 216-509-2250
Sam@kkandw.com

Please join us in welcoming Sam to the KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE team.

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE specializes in General Manager/COO, Director of Golf, Golf Course Superintendent, Executive Chef, Racquet Sports Professional, Community Association Manager, Assistant General Manager, Clubhouse Manager/Food & Beverage Director and Fitness Director searches, as well as Strategic Planning and Consulting services for Private, Resort and Developer – Owned Properties.
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Len Simard to head Racquet Sports and Fitness Searches

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KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE Continues Expanding . . .

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KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, one of the most recognized and trusted names in private club search and consulting, continues to expand. This expansion will provide increased services for clubs interested in enhancing their tennis, platform, squash, and fitness offerings.

USPTA Master Professional, Len Simard is joining the firm to conduct all racquet sports and fitness related professional searches for KK&W’s club clients.

Simard joins KK&W with a sterling reputation and extensive background. Since 1998 he has served as the Director of Tennis at the New Canaan Field Club in New Canaan, Connecticut and concurrently at the Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Florida between 2004 and 2017. Len was also the former Director of Tennis & Fitness at Boca Lago Country Club in Florida from 1990 to 2004. Simard has been named Professional of the Year three times and twice Player of the Year by the Florida Division of the USPTA.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Len join our team as we continue to expand our executive search services for our client clubs,” said KK&W Partner, Kurt D. Kuebler, in making the announcement. “It’s a growing area and we feel we can offer clubs an excellent professional search service as they continue to grow their own racquet sports & fitness programs. Len will be an excellent addition to our search team as he has consistently created and developed programs at exclusive private clubs, as well as public facilities.”

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Len has been directing, teaching, and coaching at well-respected country clubs throughout North America for more than 35 years. He is also co-owner of Netresults/All American Tennis LLC, a tennis management/consulting business, and president of Simard Search, LLC, an executive placement company for the tennis industry.

Len is a certified USPTA Master Professional and is regarded as one of the country’s leading tennis directors. Len has hired, trained, and worked with hundreds of professionals in his career and is extremely proud that more than 45 of his former assistants are leading prominent clubs in the U.S. and Canada.

As a player, Len holds 15 national singles and doubles titles in the U.S. and Canada. He has represented Canada in international play for more than two decades in the veteran categories. Simard, a past president of the USPTA Florida Division, has lectured at USPTA and USTA educational forums and conventions for more than 25 years and he is a member of the Babolat national advisory staff.

Please join us in welcoming Len to the KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE team.

Simard can be contacted at len@kkandw.com.
M: 407-463-8923
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KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE specializes in General Manager/COO, Director of Golf, Golf Course Superintendent, Executive Chef, Racquet Sports Professional, Community Association Manager, Assistant General Manager and Clubhouse Manager/Food & Beverage Director and Fitness Director searches, as well as Strategic Planning and Consulting services for Private, Resort and Developer – Owned Properties.

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