Speaking Events, Sponsorships & Webinars



Aired: 12/14/23 at 2pm EST. Turf Wars!

CTP’s industry experts Pat Finlen, Dan Denehy, and Bob James participated in a webinar, “Turf Wars,” hosted by NCA. Participants gained insights from years of golf operations expertise as the experts navigated conflicts between Clubhouse and Golf Operations. Strategies for seamless collaboration, addressing staffing, budgeting, member expectations, long-term planning, communication, and event scheduling were discussed. It was an opportunity to enhance teams’ success and elevate member and guest experiences. Further details can be found here.


Aired 4/26/2023: DENEHY Club Thinking Partners President, Dan Denehy, and Vice President, Bob James, recently collaborated for an engaging point-counterpoint webcast, where they delved into three compelling topics:

  1. Navigating High-Maintenance Members
  2. Fostering Employee Engagement
  3. Defining Board Roles in Operations

Watch the insightful discussion as these industry leaders shared expertise and perspectives on these critical aspects of club management. Recording can be found here.


Aired 9/22/2022: DENEHY Club Thinking Partners President, Dan Denehy, and Vice President, Bob James, recently united for an insightful point-counterpoint webcast addressing pivotal issues within the private club industry. Drawing from their acclaimed Club Director column, Dan and Bob explored the following topics with diverse perspectives:

  1. The Evolution of Committees in Private Clubs
  2. Achieving Work-Life Balance: Is it Attainable?
  3. Private Club Discipline: Defining the Enforcer’s Role

The recorded session is available for viewing here.

Recording can be found here.

JUNE 2020: CTP/NCA Webinar: Getting Members on Board with the New Rules

Aired 6/5/2020: The rules have changed as clubs are slowly getting to the new normal. The team from Club Thinking Partners, a leading executive search and consulting firm serving the private club industry, will discuss how clubs are adapting and communicating these changes to get buy-in from their members.

Recording can be found here

CTP/MGA WEBINAR: The Strategic Role of your Board During the COVID-19 Crisis Board and Management Expectations 

Aired 6/4/2020: As clubs gradually reopened in a dynamic environment, the lines between the roles and responsibilities of the Board, committees, and management became blurred. To successfully navigate through the pandemic, clubs needed to adeptly manage change and respond quickly. Denehy and James presented strategies and tools to help boards evaluate their status, assign responsibilities, communicate effectively, and make crucial decisions to lead the Club through and beyond COVID-19.

To view slides from this presentation, please click here.


Aired 3/27/20: The rapid evolution of the Coronavirus pandemic posed a daily challenge for club leaders in managing both their business and personnel. In collaboration with the NCA, the Club Thinking Partners team engaged in a discussion regarding the information available at that time and the essential insights needed to make informed staffing decisions for the subsequent six months.

Recording can be found here. 


MARCH 2024

CMAA 2024 World Conference and Club Business Expo, MARCH 4-8, 2024, Las Vegas, Nevada

Monday, March 4, 2024
3:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Title: Cash Out with Your Controller: Unlocking the Controller/Club Manager Partnership
Presenter: Mark Sell

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
2:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Title: Chase The Ace: Build A Strong Relationship Between your Agronomy, Golf Operations and Clubhouse Teams
Presenter: Patrick Finlen,

Visit CTP at the Club Business Expo: Booth 223
The Club Business Expo, March 6-7, offers a two-day window to explore the offerings of 300 companies highlighting cutting-edge trends and innovations in the industry.

Wednesday, March 6: 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 7: 9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 19, 2024; 11:00 AM
Glen Island Harbour Club
New Rochelle, NY 10805

Carolyn Kepcher, renowned for her expertise, will share profound insights and invaluable business advice tailored for women in the private club industry. Her words resonate not only with women seeking wisdom but also emphasize the importance for men to pay keen attention to these insights, recognizing the universal applicability of her knowledge in fostering success and excellence. Learn more here.

Media Coverage


Spring 2024
Point/Counterpoint: Employee Engagement Sometimes, it’s just showing that you care!

Fall 2023
Point/Counterpoint: Board Retreats: Boondoggle or Panacea?

Summer 2023
“Stop the Meeting Madness,” cut out the committees

Spring 2023
Point/Counterpoint: Maintenance Members: Lessons For Leadership

Winter 2023
Point/Counterpoint: Are we ready for the downturn?

December 2022
The Great Communication Divide

Fall 2022
Budget Time is Here Is a 20% dues increase palatable?

Point/Counterpoint Webinar:
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners President Dan Denehy and Vice President Bob James come together for a point-counterpoint webcast on topics affecting the private club industry. Based on their popular Club Director column, Dan and Bob will explore the following issues with varying points of view:

Topic 1: Future of Committees In Private Clubs
Topic 2: Topic 2: Work Life Balance: Is it Doable?
Topic 3: Topic 3: Private Club Discipline: Who Should Enforce?

Recording can be found here.

Summer 2022
Point/Counterpoint: Holding Your President Accountable

March/April 2022
Vetting Prospective Firms: It’s vital to identify and select the right firm for your club’s executive search and consulting needs.

Spring 2022
Point/Counterpoint: How do club boards balance transparency and confidentiality?

Winter 2022
As A Club Leader, I Often Hear More Complaints Than Compliments. What Is The Best Way To Handle Feedback?

Fall 2021
Retaining Your Key Executives – A Look at Retirement Packages and Experiences

Summer 2021
The role of the Chief Operating Officer/General Manager

Spring 2021
The Nominating Process: The Lynchpin of Great Governance

Winter 2021
Point/Counterpoint — Is Stakeholder capital right for your club’s future?

Fall 2020
Point/Counterpoint — Is Golf Still the Most Important Aspect of the Country Club?

September/October 2020
Passing The Baton — Successful Transition of Board Members 

Summer 2020
Point/Counterpoint — What’s The Best Way to Deal with a Malcontent at the Club? 

Spring 2020
Can you still afford to be all things to all members?

Winter 2020
Point/Counterpoint: Are Clubs “Businesses” in the Business Sense?

Fall 2019
Point/Counterpoint: Overtime — Should it be vilified any longer? 

Winter 2019
What are some ways clubs can compete for entry-level employees in today’s job market?

Summer 2019
Risk Management: What is the fourth step in a risk management program?

Spring 2019
Risk Management: What are the fiduciary responsibilities of boards to protect the club financially from natural disasters?

Fall 2018
Executive Contracts: How can employment agreements be a win-win for both the club and manager?

Summer 2018
Wage & Benefits: What’s your compensation philosophy?

Winter 2017
Where has all the talent gone, or, where is it going?

Fall 2017
How is governance different with a management company?

Spring 2016
Why is it so hard for my club to find a membership director?

Winter 2015
What are some of the fundamentals of high functioning service cultures?

Fall 2015
What is the difference between an employment contract and offer letter?

Spring 2015
How do you find the right interim GM and ensure his or her success?

Winter 2014
What are the most critical components of an effective management team?

Summer 2014
How do you hold consultants accountable?

Spring 2014
How do you say “no” in the boardroom?

Winter 2013
How do you measure success in the GM review?

Summer 2013
Has the recent recession brought about changes in the role GMs play at private clubs?

Spring 2013
What are the non-monetary top trends in GM compensation packages?

Summer 2012
The General Manager Review

Summer 2011
Defining The Gold Standard 


March 2023
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Partners With DENEHY CLUB THINKING PARTNERS for consulting services with lake of isles

February 2023
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners Welcomes Mark Sell, Making CTP the only executive search firm serving the private club and resort industry with a dedicated CPA on staff

June 2022
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners Welcomes Carolyn Kepcher

February 2022
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners Welcomes Pat Finlen as Executive Vice President

DENEHY Club Thinking Partners Renews Partnership with NCA for Tenth Year–Renewal Marks NCA’s Longest Serving Executive Search Firm Partner

May 2021
2020 Lawyer Of The Year Named Official Thinking Partner by DENEHY Club Thinking Partners

December 2019
Detroit Athletic Club Announces New Leadership

September 2019
DENEHY Club Thinking Partners Expands Team