Strategic Board Development

Recorded On: 06/19/2014

While the general manager rarely plays an active role in the nomination of board members, he/she can have significant influence on who ultimately matriculates into a board member. This session will outline how the general manager can influence results by using nominating best practices and by recognizing key characteristics of high performance boards. This session will also provide perspective on how to effectively structure the board and shape results in the boardroom.

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.

Chris Coulter

Executive Vice President, DENEHY Club Thinking Partners

Chris Coulter is the Executive Vice President of DENEHY Club Thinking Partners. Coulter brings more than 30 years of hospitality and club management experience to the firm.  Prior to joining the Firm, Coulter served for 19 years as the General Manager of Bald Peak Colony Club – an exclusive private club in the lake region of New Hampshire. 

Prior to that, he held senior management positions with St. Francis yacht Club in San Francisco – the largest yacht club in the world; Boodles of London, one of the oldest and most established city clubs; and the Harvard Club of Boston, a Platinum Club.

Coulter is an active contributor and prominent leader in the industry having served on the CMAA New England Chapter Board and multiple National Committees and has been a perennial member of an elite group of private club managers to oversee staff training and hospitality operations at the Masters Golf Tournament.     

He is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

As executive vice president of DENEHY Club Thinking Partners, Chris is responsible for business development, executive search and management consulting for the Firm.


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