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Hop Meadow Country Club | Simsbury, CT
General Manager/CEO

About the Club
Founded in 1961 and located in the heart of the bucolic Farmington Valley of Connecticut, Hop Meadow Country Club is a vibrant, family-oriented and member-owned private club. Featuring an 18-hole Geoffrey Cornish golf course enjoyable for all levels of play, members also have access to two practice ranges, a short game area, putting green, simulator and hitting bay, as well as six Har-Tru tennis courts, two paddle courts with warming hut, golf and tennis pro shops, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, Olympic-size swimming pool and children’s pool, children’s sports and summer programming, and an active social and dining calendar. The Club offers several inviting dining options including the newly constructed and expansive Patio Deck and Dining Pavilion providing sweeping views of the golf course and a perfect spot to enjoy cocktails or dine. Hop Meadow Country Club is an Audubon International Partner, committed to creating a beautiful golf course while remaining responsible stewards of the land.

The Club experienced a surge in membership in 2019 with the addition of 65 members which is attributed to the successful addition of the Patio Deck and Dining Pavilion and a reenergized dining program receiving much praise by the membership. Today, the Club finds itself poised for further growth and enhancement of its amenities and services. This is a reintroduction of the General Manager role to the Club after several years of not having the position in place.

The 21,000 square-foot clubhouse is operational February through December with dining services varying depending on the time of year. Dining options include the Grill Room (80), Pub (80), the Patio Dining Pavilion (60) and Deck (48), and for events, the Main Dining Room (200) and Founders Room (50) that can be combined to accommodate up to 250 guests. The golf course is open from May through November and the Club’s offices remain open year-round. There are 332 total memberships with 94 staff in the height of season. The Club grosses $3.4 million with food and beverage generating $1.2 million (of which 40% is from private events).

In 2019, the Club completed a $1 million Patio Bar and Dining Pavilion project, adding a total of 4,000 square-feet to the Clubhouse. Other recent improvements include bar enhancements to the Pub and Main Dining Room.

About the Position

The General Manager/CEO (GM) will report to the Club President and Board of Directors and will lead a team of committed senior managers that include the Controller/COO, Executive Chef, Head Golf Professional, Golf Course Superintendent, Tennis Professional, Food & Beverage Director, Director of Membership and Event Sales, Pool Director, and Camp Director. The GM will be responsible for leading the operation forward, developing and implementing systems of structure and accountability, and standards and procedures across the operation, driving a cohesive member-focused service culture, and continuing the upward trajectory of the food and beverage operation. The GM will look forward to working with the 9-person Board and the Club’s committees to develop policies, programs, and events and will also work closely with the Controller/COO to prepare the operating and capital budgets and successfully manage the Club’s financial results. As the Club looks to grow the membership, the GM will support recruitment efforts but focus on the retention of members through shaping an improved member experience, implementing an effective new-member onboarding program, overseeing programs and events that engage and appeal to all subsets of the membership, and ensuring excellent service throughout the Club experience.

About the Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have experience managing private club operations of similar scale and culture. Seasoned Assistant General Managers from larger operations will be considered.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and humanistic leader with the ability to provide cohesion to a high-performing team. A strong background in food and beverage is highly desired to further shape and improve upon the Club’s dining programming and drive membership participation, as is a track record in improving service and the overall member experience. Having solid financial acumen, experience working within a Board and committee system and excellent organizational and communication skills are critical. Previous success with membership retention and contributing to membership growth is highly beneficial as is having the ability to identify opportunities for revenue generation. Given this is a renewed role for the Club, experience coming into an operation to evaluate and build new structure where needed and in an appropriate way is strongly desired.

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, Alison Savona or Karen Alexander at 203.319.8228 or by email alison@denehyctp.com / karen@denehyctp.com.

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