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2016 National Club Conference Moves to Chicago (May 19-21)

Washington, DC (January 27, 2016) — Private club industry professionals will gather in Chicago, May 19-21, for the National Club Association’s 13th annual National Club Conference. The National Club Association’s premier event convenes industry leaders for educational programming on topics impacting private clubs across the country. The National Club Conference is also conveniently scheduled to allow participants to attend the National Restaurant Show in 2016, which begins on May 21.

Programming will focus on three key themes: Strategic Issues for Private Club Governance; The Club Industry Outlook and Trends for the Future; and Legislative, Regulatory, and Legal Issues for Clubs.

2016 sessions include:

Industry Outlook: CEO Perspectives

CEO’s of leading organizations in the club and hospitality industries will present on the future outlook for areas that could have a significant impact for private clubs.

Best Practices for Member and Club Communications

This program highlights successful strategies and innovative ways to bolster results at clubs, including ways to leverage marketing communications and involve staff at all levels to increase member satisfaction.

Technology Trends and Outlook for Clubs

Industry experts will address new IT developments that should be on the radar screen for clubs, ways to maximize the club’s IT investment with benefits for the club’s membership, and questions the GM should be asking about the club’s IT infrastructure and how the pieces fit together.

Financial Insight: The Cornerstone of Truly Great Club Governance

Attendees will learn how the Executive Dashboard of Key Performance Indicators and the Financial Insight Model can drive process over politics and personality in the boardroom and support a cultural shift toward fact-based leadership in the club industry.

How to Survive and Thrive with Changes in Leadership

This program provides background on ways to establish clear roles for club leadership, including ways to blend operating styles and perspectives for a win-win situation. It also addresses ways to identify and achieve common goals, overcome challenges and balance the roles and responsibilities of the club’s top leaders.

Fitness and Wellness Trends for Clubs: Keys to Future Success

What will clubs need in the future to address the ever growing level of member interest for fitness and wellness facilities, equipment and programs? How can wellness be integrated into the club’s culture and operations to enhance the member experience? Experts who have addressed these questions and more, will provide their valuable first-hand perspectives.

Legislative/Regulatory Roundtable: How Clubs Are Coping with the Challenges

Industry experts will address recent regulatory developments and how clubs are responding in key areas such as minimum wage increases, new overtime regulations, changes in the classification of independent contractors and new EPA regulations regarding water use and treatment. It will also provide an insider’s guide to what’s going on in Congress and how it could impact clubs.

Legal Issues Confronting Private Clubs

This program will analyze developments in many areas of potential liability for clubs and will cover proactive measures clubs can take to protect themselves. Also addressed will be reasons why some clubs wind up in court defending their private status, how courts are ruling, and what some clubs are doing to put themselves in jeopardy.

The National Club Conference will be held at The Union League Club of Chicago from May 19-21, 2016. Online registration is now available on the NCA website Special events will be held at The Chicago Club, The Standard Club, Chicago Yacht Club and Conway Farms Golf Club.

Condon O’Meara McGinty Donnelly LLP is the lead sponsor for the 2016 National Club Conference. Presenting sponsors include: CC Tech Partners, Judd Brown Designs & Jefferson Group Architects, Lichten Craig Architecture + Interiors, and the NCA Foundation. Contact René Fadoul at [email protected] for information on becoming a sponsor.

About the National Club Association

For more than 50 years, the National Club Association (NCA), a Washington, D.C.-based trade association, has served as the primary advocate for private clubs, representing their interests on Capitol Hill, in the regulatory agencies, in the statehouses and in the courthouses. In addition, NCA serves as an invaluable resource for professional and volunteer club leaders, providing resources on industry trends, legislative and regulatory issues, governance best practices, operational issues, and ways to strengthen club leadership through its publications and educational programs. For more information on NCA, visit