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Bloomfield Open Hunt Club | Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
General Manager

About the Club
In 1917, a group of fox hunting enthusiasts made an effort to purchase almost seven acres of land in Bloomfield Center. The result was a proposed new club that would be open to all with the purpose to promote equestrian sports and the development and protection of the territory for hunting and cross-country riding. The tradition of fox hunting was discontinued in 1966 yet the importance of equestrian sports at Bloomfield Open Hunt Club (BOH), has continued with the Club hosting the Detroit and Motor City Horse Shows from 1934 until 2000.  Members traditionally travelled to compete in those and many other nation-wide horse shows.

In the 1950’s, membership focus changed as the Club was becoming more family oriented. The dining room was expanded, a swimming pool and two tennis courts were added and there were plenty of sporting and social options for members. Although the founders may not recognize the Club as it is today which sits among 40 acres, they can be assured that their original goal of promoting equestrian sports has been continued and expanded to the features it offers today.

The Clubhouse features multiple dining rooms, one with grand views of the full indoor riding arena. A la carte dining options are available year-round except for three weeks in December through New Year’s Day annually. Other Club services involve family and junior programming. Club amenities include tennis, pickleball and paddle, swimming, fitness center, children’s camp, formal and casual dining, and social events.

The racquets facility now has nine well maintained tennis courts and a tennis pro shop. These courts include four clay courts, three Har-Tru and two hard courts. There are also two indoor hard courts and two newly lit paddle tennis courts. A variety of competitive tennis and social play activities are scheduled throughout the season. The Paddle Tennis program runs from October to March with instruction and programming for members of all ages and playing levels.

The six-lane, 25-yard swimming pool and is open from Memorial Day through early September. The Club has a competitive swim team program named the Bullfrogs and regular swimming instruction is offered. In addition to a snack bar, the area is equipped with locker rooms and showers, private dressing areas, and lockers.

Gross revenue annually is $4.1 million with Food and Beverage accounting for just under $1 million. There are currently 194 total memberships.

About the Position
The General Manager reports to the Club President and Board of Directors and leads a team of managers that include the Controller, Membership Director, Maintenance Director, Stable Manager, Executive Chef, Racquets Director, and Pool Director. The General Manager will drive, direct, and coordinate all management functions of the Club in pursuit of excellence in operations and in the delivery of exemplary member service, while maintaining the utmost standard of safety in all equestrian and other sports activities. The General Manager will provide expertise in increasing the levels of service throughout the Club, further develop a cohesive management team, advise on best-practice governance matters, create and implement an effective communication strategy and plan, continue to shape food and beverage programming, and proactively support membership growth goals, among other opportunities.

About the Ideal Candidate
The Ideal Candidate will be an engaging, hands-on experienced private club manager with leadership experience in an organization of similar scale and culture. While not a requirement, having worked in an equestrian- related organization is a plus. At minimum, an appreciation and basic knowledge of the sport is highly desired. The next General Manager will be experienced in leading successful dining operations, as well as driving a member-focused service culture throughout a team. This individual will have a track record of growing membership or have proactively contributed to membership growth efforts in a positive manner, along with implementing an effective new-member onboarding process. Key to the success of the next General Manager is the ability to effectively work with the Board to think strategically with a business headset to crystalize the Club’s vision and carry out that vision with and through the management team. As the Club’s family numbers grow, the General Manager must enjoy being in a family setting yet understand how to shape an experience for all subsets and interests, maintaining an environment of decorum for all.

A college graduate is preferred, however possessing professional club industry certifications along with relevant work experience is also beneficial.

Apply for This Position
Interested candidates should complete the online candidate profile form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration to DENEHY Club Thinking Partners at http://denehyctp.com/apply-for-a-position/. If you have any questions or to recommend a candidate, please contact CTP Senior Consultant, Karen Alexander or Alison Savona at 203.319.8228 or by email  karen@denehyctp.com or alison@denehyctp.com

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