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MGA Hosts Virtual Presidents Council for 2020

ELMSFORD, N.Y. (October 20, 2020) - The MGA shifted its annual Presidents Council Fall Conference to a series of webinars this year, adjusting to the current environment while still delivering informative and timely programming to club leaders representing clubs and courses throughout the Met Area. This event is part of the MGA Foundation sponsored, year-long schedule of educational programming.

The “Presidents Council Week” of programming began with a presentation by Joe Trauger, the National Club Association’s Vice President of Government Relations on October 14. Trauger shared the mission of the NCA and the work the organization has accomplished by working with the private club industry through the global pandemic. He also covered relevant legal and legislative issues and their impact on the club industry, including health care, taxes, immigration, the upcoming election, and other issues on the local and national levels. Watch Trauger's presentation. 

On Thursday, October 15, Ray Cronin, Founder and Chief Innovator of Club Benchmarking hosted a webinar to discuss the five financial best practices that tie to strategic governance, and during the session he discussed the financial impact of the pandemic for clubs, and best practices for forecasting and budgeting for the years ahead. Watch Cronin's presentation. 

Adam Moeller, Director of USGA Green Section Education, took the virtual stage later that day and described challenges and opportunities for golf courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moeller explained that while many clubs are experiencing a significant increase in rounds and activity, courses and clubs must now find smart and creative ways to adjust to the influx of activity when it comes to caring for course conditions. Watch Moeller's presentation. 

On Friday, October 16, Kurt Kuebler and Tom Wallace, partners at the Kopplin, Keubler & Wallace consulting firm, outlined their key principles for team development when it comes to staffing. Kuebler and Wallace presented the best strategies for increasing team engagement, development, and mentoring principles that will help any club operation to attract and retain top talent in all levels of the operations. Watch Kuebler and Wallace's presentation. 

To close out the week of education, Joe Krenn, CCM, CCE, the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Farmington Country Club, hosted his virtual presentation focusing on innovation and rejuvenation in club management. He emphasized that when looking for new club members, you are selling a lifestyle, not just a membership. Krenn shared the three essential to private clubs today are the three R’s: retention, relevance, and recruitment. Watch Krenn's presentation. 

For more information about the Presidents Council Fall Conference, or further details on any of the webinar presentations, please contact Kira Provenzano, Manager of Member Services, at

All videos featuring the full-length virtual seminars can be found on the MGA YouTube channel.