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2023 Presidents Council Fall Conference

2023 MGA Presidents Council Fall Conference
Monday, October 16
Montclair Golf Club, West Orange, N.J. 


Legal, Legislative and Regulatory Concerns for MGA Member Clubs - From the National Club Association

Joe Trauger, President/CEO of the National Club Association

Joe will provide a brief overview on key legal, legislative and regulatory issues facing the private club industry – labor policy, immigration, health care and actions at the state level potentially affecting club operations. Joe will also provide a perspective on the upcoming elections and what they portend for the club community.


Club Benchmarking

Christopher Barron, CCM, Executive Director of Northeast US & Eastern Canada

Ken Butler, MA, CCM, Executive Director of Mid Atlantic

Club Benchmarking will present on topics clubs wanted to hear about based on feedback received:

  • Vision based business planning and strategic budgeting
  • Do your annual business plans and budget match your vision?
    • Key operating and capital KPI’s to evaluate your position and strategies on effective use of KPI’s during your budget cycle. - An Update on the 2023 wage survey completed by Club Benchmarking
  • How to evolve your capital plan from an “episodic approach” to a dynamic and “continuous” approach
  • “Banking on F&B as an amenity”



Denehy - Club Thinking Partners

Dan Denehy, CCM, CHA - President

Carolyn Kepcher, Senior Consultant

Dan and Carolyn will discuss key topics in the contemporary private club industry, including differentiation strategies for the private clubs, the dynamic interplay between innovation and creativity, effective onboarding processes, and the roles and responsibilities of committees within this sector


Staffing Challenges in the Industry and Best Practices for Recruitment and Retention

Joseph Mendez, CCM, CCE

General Manager/COO Doylestown Country Club, Vice Chairman of the CMAA Board of Directors

Joe’s presentation will focus on staffing challenges in the industry, and some best practices for recruitment and retention. He will delve into some challenging issues, including staff compensation and benefits, employee and member culture and the challenges across the industry. Joe will demonstrate how Clubs are uniquely situated to be the employers of choice in the industry, and what things may be holding some Clubs back from achieving this status. Joe hopes to challenge Club Boards to see this issue for the opportunity it is, and not the challenge so many focus on, with culture being the top item on the list.




8:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

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 $300 per person and includes breakfast, educational seminar, lunch, golf, cart and reception. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 10, 2023 by completing the reservation form below along with your payment.


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


We look forward to seeing you on October 16th at Montclair Golf Club. 


Please come dressed for golf and check your clubs before registering. Inclement weather will NOT cancel the days activities.