National Club Association Renewal

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


About NCA

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.


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