The General Manager/Chief Operating Officer from the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va., will be recognized as The James H. Brewer Award winner at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Nashville City Club on February 25, through the Excellence in Club Management Awards sponsored by the McMahon Group, Club & Resort Business and the National Club Association.
McMahon Group, Inc., the St. Louis-based consulting firm, and Club & Resort Business have announced the 2018 recipients of the Excellence in Club Management (ECM) Awards, established in 1997 by the McMahon Group and co-sponsored since 2005 by C&RB. For the 2018 awards, the National Club Association has also become an ECM sponsor.
The annual awards are selected through nominations submitted on behalf of qualified candidates by other parties. Award recipients are selected solely on the basis of their achievements at the club they currently manage; “lifetime achievements” are not considered.
A Selection Committee comprised of a peer group of club managers conducts the judging for the ECM Awards; the McMahon Group, C&RB and the National Club Association are not involved in the selection of the winners.
The Selection Committee for the 2018 Awards was chaired by Jeffrey Kreafle, CCM, General Manager/COO of Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md. A full listing of judges, in addition to information on past winners and on how to nominate candidates for future years’ awards, can be found at the special website for the ECM Awards, www.clubmanageraward.com.
All of the winners will be honored at the Excellence in Club Management Awards Dinner at the Nashville (Tenn.) City Club on February 25, in conjunction with the 2018 World Conference of the Club Management Association of America. This year’s Awards Dinner will be sponsored by Denehy Club Thinking Partners, ForeTees LLC, C. Mondavi & Family, Preferred Club and Yamaha Golf Car.
Individual award ceremonies will also be held at the winners’ respective clubs throughout 2019, and in-depth articles detailing the achievements that led to the selection of the winners will appear in issues of C&RB throughout the year.
Here is a summary of the nomination that earned ECM recognition for Patrick King.
Country/Golf Clubs with 600 or More Full-Privilege Members
(The James H. Brewer Award)
Patrick King, CCM, CCE, ECM
General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
Army Navy Country Club
As detailed in the cover story of the March 2018 issue of Club & Resort Business (“Carrying Out Successful Missions at Army Navy CC), Patrick King was selected to be Army Navy CC’s new GM/COO in 2012, after an unexpected resignation of his predecssor for health reasons. Not surprisingly, because King is an accomplished distance runner, he hit the ground running to lead one of the largest country clubs in the U.S., with over 7,100 members, through a period of tremendous growth that included completion of over $115 million in capital projects and ascension to Platinum Club status. Army Navy CC’s tennis program also earned special recognition from the United States Tennis Association, through its Facility of the Year award.
“While Mr. King did not serve in the military, he exudes the outstanding leadership qualities of our predominantly active-duty and retired military members,” wrote Capt. John C. Tuck, USNR (ret.), the Chairman of Army Navy CC’s Board of Governors, in nominating King for Excellence in Club Management recognition. “His motto is ‘Good Enough Never Is’…and his work shows it. And his well-rounded background as a touring golf pro, combined with a degree in Hospitality, serves us well, as he directs an organization with so many moving parts and constituents.”