General Manager Agreements: How Both Sides Can Win

Recorded On: 10/02/2018

There are few topics that create more anxiety for the general manager and a club board than the general manager agreement. Generally, neither party is comfortable approaching the issue. Based on more than 700 private club projects, this webinar will share best practices and lessons learned to make this process less protracted and more successful. From the board’s perspective, this will help retain talent; from the general manager’s perspective, it can help in gaining comfort and clarity as to their role and future.

DENEHY Club Thinking Partners is a full service executive search and management consulting firm serving the private club and boutique resort industries. The firm’s results-oriented executive search for club leadership and management consulting has positively influenced the member/guest experience at more than 300 clubs and resorts on more than 700 projects. Learn more at or call 203-319-8228. 

Kirk Reese

Executive Vice President, DENEHY Club Thinking Partners

Kirk O. Reese, CCM has a 27 year professional relationship with private clubs and their management and governance, managing at three of the nation’s top year historic clubs – The Country Club, Chevy Chase Club and The Los Angeles Country Club. Reese is a former member of the National Club Association's Board of Directors and a past NCA Chairman. Reese has also served the Club Managers Association of America (“CMAA”) in a number of capacities including serving on the Board of directors of the National Capital, Southern California and New England chapters.  He also has served on a number of CMAA national committees, including most recently the Long Range Planning Committee and served as Host of the International Wine Society. Reese graduated cum laude from the University of Houston's Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. He earned his certified club manager (CCM) designation in 1993.


Robert C. James

Vice President, Club Thinking Partners

Robert C. James, CCM, CCE, CHE – Vice President, Club Thinking Partners, has spent a lifetime dedicated to the Club industry and the betterment of club management professionals. Throughout his 40 year career in the private club industry, he has served in club leadership roles at The Philadelphia Country Club, The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y. and most recently at Westchester Country Club where he served as Executive Director through 2017.  Bob is former Chairman of the NCA and NCA Foundation Boards of Directors, is the Immediate Past President of the CMAA’s Board of Directors.

Dan Denehy

President, DENEHY Club Thinking Partners

Daniel M. Denehy, CCM, CHA, is the founder and president of Club Thinking Partners, a full service executive search and management consulting firm serving the private club and boutique resort industries. His background includes senior management roles with Walt Disney Company, Boca Raton Resort and Club, Jupiter Island Club and 12 years as the COO of The Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. Denehy began his consulting career in 2001 with John Sibbald Associates, creator of Platinum Clubs of America, the highly respected program that recognizes excellence in the club industry. Club Thinking Partners has conducted more than 700 search and consulting projects for more than 300 private clubs and resort properties worldwide. He is a board director of the National Club Association Foundation.

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