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2021 Presidents Council Fall Conference

2021 MGA Presidents Council Fall Conference
Monday, October 18
Glen Oaks Club, Old Westbury, N.Y. 


This year's program will feature the following seminar presentations: 


National Club Association: Legal & Legislative Update

Joe Trauger, Vice President of Government Relations of the National Club Associatio

Joe will provide a brief overview on key legal and legislative issues facing the private club industry - COVID guidelines, independent contractor status, healthcare, real estate evaluations, immigration, taxes and other issues, on the local and national level.


Workforce Management for Private Clubs

The most important challenge that all organizational leaders face is to attract, develop and retain talent. If your club is falling short in the areas of competitive wages, employee assistance, community involvement and continuing education it is time to take note and act to implement these practices. Employees and workforce issues are crucial to a vibrant private club industry. A triumvirate of industry leaders will discuss the many layers of this issue, focusing on examples and ideas that can be implemented at your club to be prepared for and answer these challenges in the workspace.


Putting your Employee First

Jeff McFadden, CEO of The Union League in Philadelphia

Human resources have always been the biggest challenge in the Club industry and since the pandemic clubs are now experiencing extreme staff shortages, overworked employees, and runaway wage inflation. Jeff McFadden will share the inside secrets to how The Union League built themselves into the #1 City Club in the Country by investing in their staff and prioritizing their employees as their critical keystone. Jeff will explain their unique and thoughtful approach on how they motivate and reward employees; as well as how they structure committee and club policies to ultimately drive employee satisfaction, which is the key to delivering world class service and results for their members.


Struggling with Seasonal Staffing?

Keith Pabian of Seasonal Connect and Pabian Law

Seasonal staffing struggles have turned into a year-round nightmare and we are excited to share a potential solution with our member clubs. Keith Pabian of Seasonal Connect will lead a discussion of how a new product in seasonal club staffing can be helpful to seasonal organizations locally and throughout the country. Keith will dive into seasonal clubs staffing struggles and issues, explore ideas surrounding retention, and provide an update on the world of staffing covering J-1 and H-2B visa strategies and best practices as clubs look ahead to summer 2022 petitions. This session is not to be missed if your club employs seasonal workers - including Americans and foreign nationals - or is generally struggling with staffing international workers.


Labor of Love: Strategies of Club's to Thrive in the Current Labor Market

Tyler Bloom, Tyler Bloom Consulting

Today's environment for top talent is getting harder and harder. Consequently, club leaders are having a difficult time meeting business strategy. Tyler Bloom, an independent consultant in workforce development for the club industry will discuss strategies on how clubs can find, develop, and keep great employees during a labor crisis. These strategies will delight, surprise, and inspire you to change the way your club thinks about talent strategy.


The Enduring Business Model Lessons of COVID

Ray Cronin, Founder and Chief Innovator, Club Benchmarking

Ken Butler, Executive Director, Club Benchmarking

Club Benchmarking’s data makes clear that clubs must focus on a continuous inflow of new members to drive success. The path to sustainable finances in a club is founded on a member-centric experience and a member-centric funding model. Ray Cronin & Ken Butler of Club Benchmarking will address how the importance of a member-centric experience and funding were brought to light for private clubs during the pandemic and the likelihood the lessons learned will endure beyond the pandemic. At the root of financial sustainability as a private club, is a clear understanding of the business and financial model that drives success. Ray & Ken will address how the lessons from the pandemic will impact the private club industry in the long-term. These lessons and insight are mission critical for the professional and voluntary leadership of every private club. Club leaders will leave the session with concepts and Key Performance Indicators that can be applied to their own club immediately.


MGA/MGA Foundation Update

MGA representatives will provide reports on the activities of both the Association and the MGA’s charitable Foundation.



8:00 a.m.


8:30 a.m.

Seminar Programs

10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

Seminar Programs

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Golf – Shotgun Start (MGA will handle pairings)

5:15 – 6:30 p.m.

Reception (Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)


The fee for the full day is $225 per person and includes the educational seminar, lunch, golf, cart and reception. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 13, 2021 by completing the reservation form below along with your payment.


If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Kevin Kline at or Kira Provenzano at


We look forward to seeing you on October 18th at Glen Oaks. 





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