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Detroit Athletic Club | Detroit, Michigan
Executive Manager

About the Club

Founded in 1887, the Detroit Athletic Club (often referred to as the “DAC”) is one of the oldest and most well-respected private athletic and social clubs in the U.S.   Located next to Comerica Park in the heart of Detroit’s theater, sports, and entertainment district, the DAC continues to play a major role in the history of Detroit and Michigan. Built in 1915, the current clubhouse was designed by Albert Kahn and inspired by Rome’s Palazzo Farnese. The Club continues to be an icon and a beacon in the city of Detroit that has always stayed in touch with its roots.

The DAC instills the core values and mission of creating life-enriching experiences that build meaningful relationships, foster personal and professional growth and celebrate culture in the heart of Detroit among its more than 5,000 members. The DAC Foundation was created 100 years ago within the Club to carry out the mission of “Detroit’s Active Citizens” to support amateur athletics and athletes, sustain the community and showcase art and architecture. The DAC Foundation continues to build an enduring legacy that supports many programs throughout the Club and city of Detroit.

The Club has 29 upscale guest rooms, expansive full-service athletics facilities and programs, premier dining options and a multitude of social activities.  In addition, the DAC maintains reciprocal agreements for their members at other private clubs worldwide. In recognition of its premier status, the Club has earned the distinction of the #1 Athletic Club in the country and a Platinum Club of America as recognized by the Club Leaders Forum. Members include business professionals of all types, families, as well as professional athletes. Ty Cobb is among the athletes to have been a member of the DAC, among many others.

The Club is open year-round including holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day.  However, the hotel operates 365 days/year. The fitness center is closed on July 4th and Christmas Day.

About the Position

The Executive Manager is responsible for managing all operations of the Detroit Athletic Club consistent with the direction and policies established by the Board of Directors. This includes management and control of all functions of the Club including administrative and compliance, contracts, facilities, financial reporting, organizational and personnel.  The selected Executive will endeavor to ensure the continued culture of the “DAC Experience” – the place where relationships are developed, teamwork and goodwill is imperative. In addition, the Executive manager will serve as the custodian of the culture, history and traditions of the Club while also maintaining excellent community relations.

Compensation: The Club will offer a competitive compensation plan, along with standard benefits.

About the Ideal Candidate

Qualified candidates will have a professional career “track record” of achievement and employment stability with progressively responsible club management positions leading up to a General Manager and Chief Operating Officer position in a similar scale, highly regarded private Club. The successful candidate will be a true leader, creative, and have the gravitas and sophistication to further the excellence of the Detroit Athletic Club and to follow a long tenured and highly respected Executive Manager.

A four-year college degree and higher is preferred. Professional certifications CCM, CCE or similar professional development achievements are highly desired.

Apply for This Position

Interested candidates should complete the Club Management Candidate Profile Form and submit a compelling cover letter and resume for consideration. For further assistance or to recommend a candidate, please contact Karen Alexander or Kirk Reese at 203-319-8228 or by email at karen@denehyctp.com / kirk@denehyctp.com.

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