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  • Learn How NCA's Advocacy Builds a Stronger Club Community

    Includes a Live Event on 08/08/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Join us for this insightful webinar, meet NCA’s new VP of Government Relations, learn more about ClubPAC, and get a glimpse of what NCA is working on now and how you can help.

    NCA serves as the voice of the private club industry. As the only Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing the legislative and legal interests of private clubs, NCA is dedicated to advancing the private club agenda through a wide range of resources, expertise and coalitions, ensuring that private clubs are heard on a variety of federal, regulatory, state and legal issues.

    NCA spends considerable time educating and lobbying members of Congress on the effects proposed legislation and regulations might have on the industry. Through its dedicated effort, NCA has made a significant impact on issues critical to clubs and looks forward to continuing its mission to protect and advance the private club industry.

    Join us for this insightful webinar, meet NCA’s new VP of Government Relations, and get a glimpse of what NCA is working on now and how you can help.


    Joe Trauger

    Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

    In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

     As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

     He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

     Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

  • Playing Music and Showing Movies at Your Club? Understanding Public Performance Licensing Requirements

    Recorded On: 06/13/2019

    Learn the legal implications of clubs playing music and showing movies. This webinar will include an outline of copyright law addressing the public performance of music and movies, common misnomers in this field, and some practical information on if/when licensing is necessary, as well as how to obtain the proper licensing for various uses of music and movies.

    Learn the legal implications of clubs playing music and showing movies.  This webinar will include an outline of copyright law addressing the public performance of music and movies, common misnomers in this field, and some practical information on if/when licensing is necessary, as well as how to obtain the proper licensing for various uses of music and movies.


    Joe Trauger

    Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

    In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

     As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

     He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

     Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

  • Emergency Action Planning

    Recorded On: 05/23/2019

    Don’t have a plan? It’s time to start one. Alan Achatz of Club Safety Solutions will discuss the many facets of the Emergency Action Plan.

    Have you ever addressed your various emergency concerns?  It seems there are so many other priorities in the Club industry, there is never any time left over to develop a plan.

     Before you can consider disaster planning and the recovery processes, you have to address the basics. What does you staff do when the fire alarm sounds?  Do they react and go to their roll call area?  Do they even know where their roll call area is?

     Alan Achatz of Club Safety Solutions will share the many facets of emergency plans, including:

    ·      Getting organized

    ·      Major concerns: Weather, technological, man-made

    ·      Emergency equipment

    ·      Operational procedures: Communications, evacuation routes, equipment shut-offs

    ·      Medical emergencies

    Grab your safety team, your key staff members and invite them to participate.  There will be ideas to enhance your plans for all types of clubs: city, golf and yacht. 

    Don’t have a plan?  It’s time to start one.

    For additional information, visit www.clubsafetysolutions.com.

    Alan E. Achatz

    Alan E. Achatz is a former club manager who operates Club Safety Solutions, a business assisting clubs and other operations with health and safety issues. Achatz, an OSHA general industry outreach trainer, provides education sessions for managers, executive staff and all line employees and conducts simulated OSHA site tours to identify regulatory shortcomings and provide compliance assistance.

    Achatz has written more than 100 articles for various trade publications including Club Director, Club Management, Private Club Advisor and BoardRoom.

  • The Importance of Golf Course Renovation

    Recorded On: 05/09/2019

    Learn the importance and value of golf course “reinvention” and receive insider tips on changes that can help your club to stay competitive in an ever-changing marketplace.

    Learn the importance and value of golf course “reinvention” and receive insider tips on changes that can help your club to stay competitive in an ever-changing marketplace. Paul Stringer and Tommy Hearden of The Nicklaus Companies, will discuss the importance of renovation, redesign and rebranding opportunities for golf courses.  

    About the Nicklaus Companies

    Whether it’s award-winning course design, world-class golf communities, industry-leading apparel and equipment, instruction and insight for players of every caliber, or giving back to the game and local communities, the Nicklaus Companies embody the highest standards of excellence and achievement. That’s why we’ve received prestigious recognition by golf design’s leading organizations, such as the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and Golf World’s Architect of the Year award. After naming Jack Nicklaus the most powerful person in golf for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year, Golf Inc. said, “The fact is that he keeps adding to his legend, at the design table and in the business world.”

    If you want to build a world-class golf course, we are your designer. If you want to be a better player, we are your instructor and outfitter. And if you want to grow your business and brand, we are your partner. For more than four decades, the Nicklaus Companies has delivered results that reflect the same standards of achievement that Jack earned as a champion.

     

    Paul T. Stringer

    President, Nicklaus Companies Asia Pacific

    Paul T. Stringer has more than 25 years of experience in the golf business. He has been with Nicklaus Design since 2003 and in his current role as executive vice president of business development as well as president of Nicklaus Companies Asia Pacific. Stringer oversees the corporate office in North Palm Beach, Fla. He started his career as a golf professional and general manager at various golf clubs in the southwestern United States. He is considered one of the leading experts in the golf industry and is asked to speak about golf, resort and residential developments at international conferences and trade shows. Prior to joining the Nicklaus Design organization, Stringer was senior vice president at Troon Golf and responsible for establishing and operating the Pacific Region offices in Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. He is a PGA member and has served as a two-term board member of the Southwest Section of the PGA of America.

    Tommy Hearden

    Business Development Associate, Nicklaus Design

  • Staffing in a Time of Record-low Unemployment: Utilizing Foreign Nationals as a Solution (with an Update on H-2B and J-1 Visas for Private Clubs)

    Recorded On: 01/08/2019

    Review H-2B and J-1 visa options for those in the club industry that employ seasonal employees and hear best practices, strategies, and common traps surrounding bringing foreign national employees to work for an organization.

    With unemployment near an all-time high and fewer American workers willing to perform “unskilled” jobs, filling jobs at private clubs can feel daunting, if not impossible.  If only there were a staffing solution that virtually guaranteed that you filled your open positions with qualified, excited, and capable workers…

    This webinar will focus on H-2B seasonal visa options for private clubs throughout the country.  It will not only provide the basics of the H-2B visa, but will also delve into other visa options including the J-1 trainee visa and year-round visa options for your higher-level staff.  This presentation will then discuss how to make hiring foreign nationals a huge success for your organization with a discussion of practical tips to utilize as well as common traps to avoid.

    This webinar is not to be missed if you constantly feel that your club is not fully or appropriately staffed and if you are looking for best practices when filing H-2B or J-1 visa applications for your foreign national workers.  Don’t miss a great opportunity to utilize a staffing option to fill your most pressing staffing needs!

    Attorney Keith Pabian will present a webinar on visa options for those in the club industry that employ seasonal employees and will discuss best practices, strategies, and common traps surrounding bringing foreign national employees to work for an organization. 

    Joe Trauger

    Vice President, Government Relations, National Club Association

    In April of 2019 Joe Trauger joined NCA as Vice President of Government Relations. Joe lead’s NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

     As an experienced government relations professional with many legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues. Joe also has excellent perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

     He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

     Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in charity and purse tournaments and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap. He is married with two lovely daughters. 

  • Top HR Compliance Pitfalls at Clubs and How to Avoid Them

    Recorded On: 11/30/2018

    Among other HR compliance pitfalls, private clubs must focus on wage and hour issues such as recordkeeping obligations, off-the-clock work and compensation to golf and tennis professionals. In addition, the club industry is susceptible to the #metoo movement, which will now require clubs to be extra vigilant in their policies and procedures when encountering harassment claims.

    Among other HR compliance pitfalls, private clubs must focus on wage and hour issues such as recordkeeping obligations, off-the-clock work and compensation to golf and tennis professionals.  In addition, the club industry is susceptible to the #metoo movement, which will now require clubs to be extra vigilant in their policies and procedures when encountering harassment claims.

    Jeffrey H. Ruzal is a member of Epstein Becker Green’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office. He is a member of Epstein Becker Green’s wage and hour group and leads the firm’s hospitality service team. Ruzal represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, financial services, retail, health care and technology. 

    Jeffrey H. Ruzal

    Attorney, Epstein Becker Green

    Jeffrey H. Ruzal is a member of Epstein Becker Green’s Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s New York office. He is a member of Epstein Becker Green’s wage and hour group and leads the firm’s hospitality service team. Ruzal represents clients in such diverse industries as hospitality, financial services, retail, health care and technology. 

     

  • Managing Your Club’s Real Estate Tax Assessment

    Recorded On: 11/29/2018

    Learn the key elements of club real estate tax assessment from author and expert Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA, of Golf Property Analysts.

    This webinar will introduce club leaders and managers to the elements of real estate tax assessments. It will include discussion of the following topics:

    • Definition & Concept of market value
    • Approaches to value
    • Approaches to contesting your assessment
    • Jurisdictional differences
    • The appeal process
    • Highest and best use,  and its impact on club assessments
    • Cost vs. value and the not for profit club
    • Valuation methodology for clubs
    • The impact of memberships and personal property
    • Discussion of case law examples

    Club leaders and managers should take away from this program an understanding of the elements and procedures involved in managing their real estate assessments to a level where they can make sound decisions on pursuing real estate tax assessment appeals.

    Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA

    President, Golf Property Analysts

    Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA, president of Golf Property Analysts, has performed 3,000+ assignments in 45 U.S. states and beyond. He has authored many industry-related articles and manuscripts and is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences. 

    Hirsh is also the author of the Appraisal Institute’s authoritative text on golf property valuation, entitled Golf Property Analysis and Valuation – A Modern Approach, published in 2016. Hirsh has developed a golf course and brokered more than $130 million in golf and club properties.

  • Managing Your Club’s Real Estate Tax Assessment

    Learn the key elements of club real estate tax assessment from author and expert Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA, of Golf Property Analysts.

    This webinar will introduce club leaders and managers to the elements of real estate tax assessments. It will include discussion of the following topics:

    • Definition & Concept of market value
    • Approaches to value
    • Approaches to contesting your assessment
    • Jurisdictional differences
    • The appeal process
    • Highest and best use,  and its impact on club assessments
    • Cost vs. value and the not for profit club
    • Valuation methodology for clubs
    • The impact of memberships and personal property
    • Discussion of case law examples

    Club leaders and managers should take away from this program an understanding of the elements and procedures involved in managing their real estate assessments to a level where they can make sound decisions on pursuing real estate tax assessment appeals.

    Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA

    President, Golf Property Analysts

    Laurence A. Hirsh, CRE, MAI, SGA, president of Golf Property Analysts, has performed 3,000+ assignments in 45 U.S. states and beyond. He has authored many industry-related articles and manuscripts and is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences. 

    Hirsh is also the author of the Appraisal Institute’s authoritative text on golf property valuation, entitled Golf Property Analysis and Valuation – A Modern Approach, published in 2016. Hirsh has developed a golf course and brokered more than $130 million in golf and club properties.

  • IT Governance: Creating IT Security Policies for Private Clubs

    Recorded On: 10/05/2018

    Learn about governance models, the IT Security Committee, and IT policies and new security requirements that may be subject to an audit. This webinar shows examples of password, backup and batch best practices from private clubs.

    This session shows how private clubs handle IT governance and the challenges of creating IT policies. Learn about governance models, the IT Security Committee, and IT policies and new security requirements that may be subject to an audit. This webinar shows examples of password, backup and batch best practices from private clubs. 

    Presenter Noel Wixsom has been advising private country clubs on technology strategy for more than 20 years. Wixsom created Country Club Technology Partners (CC Tech), specifically to focus on writing technology plans for private clubs. Since 2007, CC Tech has worked with clubs of all sizes, assisting them on both short- and long-term technology strategy.  

    Wixsom’s experience building and designing networks includes work with IP security camera systems, IP phones, public Wi-Fi, meshed Wi-Fi, tablets, mobile apps, member portals, energy reduction, time keeping, cyber security, physical security, building connectivity, and a host of other related areas vital to keeping a club’s technology platform performing at its optimum. Visit cctechplan.com

    Matthew P. O’Dell, CPA, is an audit partner with the accounting firm of Condon O’Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLP.  O'Dell has worked with private clubs for approximately 23 years.  His prime responsibilities and area of expertise include accounting, auditing and internal control review.  He has authored and contributed to various articles in leading club national publications and has spoken at annual conferences throughout the country and local chapter meetings regarding club operations. 

     

    Noel Wixsom

    Founder, Country Club Technology Partners (CC Tech)

    Noel Wixsom has been advising private country clubs on technology strategy for more than 20 years. Wixsom created Country Club Technology Partners (CC Tech), specifically to focus on writing technology plans for private clubs. Since 2007, CC Tech has worked with clubs of all sizes, assisting them on both short- and long-term technology strategy.  

    Wixsom’s experience building and designing networks includes work with IP security camera systems, IP phones, public Wi-Fi, meshed Wi-Fi, tablets, mobile apps, member portals, energy reduction, time keeping, cyber security, physical security, building connectivity, and a host of other related areas vital to keeping a club’s technology platform performing at its optimum. Visit cctechplan.com/.

     

    Matthew P. O’Dell, CPA

    Audit Partner, Condon O’Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLP

    Matthew P. O’Dell, CPA, is an audit partner with the accounting firm of Condon O’Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLP.  Matt has worked with private clubs for approximately 23 years.  His prime responsibilities and area of expertise include accounting, auditing and internal control review.  Matt has authored and contributed to various articles in leading club national publications and has spoken at annual conferences throughout the country and local chapter meetings regarding club operations. 

  • How Increased Security and Time-Cost Savings of AP Automation Modernizes Payments for Clubs

    Recorded On: 10/04/2018

    This webinar will discuss how the shift to electronic B2B payments and automated AP for clubs can speed up cycle times, improve discount capture, and produce new business revenue.

    With the advent of new financial technology, accounts payable can now be fully automated from invoice to reconciliation with increased security that’s proven to eliminate both internal and external fraud. AP automation is also driving significant cost-time savings associated with workflow efficiency along with the reduced incidence of fraud. 

    This webinar will discuss how the shift to electronic B2B payments and automated AP for clubs can speed up cycle times, improve discount capture, and produce new business revenue. The CFO of the Harvard Club will also present a case study in this session which demonstrates these results as well as other benefits and increased efficiencies they've experienced through AP automation. 

    Presenters:  

    Mary Beth Fisher, National Sales Manager with globalVCard, has more than 25 years of professional experience connecting companies with innovative services to help their employees work smarter. Fisher joined globalVCard in 2014 as a national sales executive. Her expertise in payments spans multiple industries including hospitality and nonprofits, where she helps companies change the accounts payable process from paper to an improved, secure and simple alternative to pay their vendors. Fisher is an alumni of Saint Mary’s College with a degree in business administration and minor in Italian. She is an active volunteer with CSI’s Power2Change Foundation committee and has held multiple volunteer leadership roles at The Junior League of Pelham, Hearts of Gold, The Pelham Education Foundation and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

    Michael A. Jenkins, CHAE, is Chief Financial Officer at the Harvard Club of Boston, where he oversees financial operations of the club and advises the Budget Committee and board of governors on the club’s financial position. He also reports to the Audit Committee and is responsible for the oversight of the Information and Technology department He has more than 25 years in the hospitality industry and serves on the board of directors for both the club and hotel N.E. chapters of Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals. He is the vice president of the club chapter and immediate past president of the hotel chapter. Jenkins is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He also attended Northeastern University taking computer science and project management courses.

    Mary Beth Fisher

    Sr. Account Executive, CSI

    Mary Beth Fisher, National Sales Manager with globalVCard, has more than 25 years of professional experience connecting companies with innovative services to help their employees work smarter. Fisher joined globalVCard in 2014 as a national sales executive. Her expertise in payments spans multiple industries including hospitality and nonprofits, where she helps companies change the accounts payable process from paper to an improved, secure and simple alternative to pay their vendors.

    Fisher is an alumni of Saint Mary’s College with a degree in business administration and minor in Italian. She is an active volunteer with CSI’s Power2Change Foundation committee and has held multiple volunteer leadership roles at The Junior League of Pelham, Hearts of Gold, The Pelham Education Foundation and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

     

    Michael A. Jenkins , CHAE

    Chief Financial Officer, Harvard Club of Boston

    Michael Jenkins is chief financial officer at the Harvard Club of Boston, where he oversees financial operations of the club and advises the Budget Committee and board of governors on the club’s financial position. He also reports to the Audit Committee and is responsible for the oversight of the Information and Technology department.

    He has more than 25 years in the hospitality industry and serves on the board of directors for both the club and hotel N.E. chapters of Hospitality Financial and Technical Professionals. He is the vice president of the club chapter and immediate past president of the hotel chapter.

    Jenkins is a graduate of Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. He also attended Northeastern University taking computer science and project management courses.