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NCA to Hold 2017 National Club Conference at New York Athletic Club from May 22-24

Washington, DC (March 21, 2017) — Private club industry leaders from across the United States will gather in New York from May 2224 for the National Club Association’s (NCA’s) 14th annual National Club Conference. This renowned event brings together private club industry professionals to learn about the most important issues impacting clubs today.

The 2017 National Club Conference will feature presentations by a wide array of private club, sports, business, government and media experts, including:

  • George Bodenheimer: Former President and Executive Chairman, ESPN
  • Rees Jones: World-renowned golf course designer
  • Bob Litwin: Wall Street performance coach; World Tennis champion
  • Bill McGurn: Wall Street Journal editorial board member and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush
  • Marvin Scott: Senior Correspondent, WPIX-TV New York; Anchor, PIX 11 News Closeup
  • Mike Stachura: Senior Editor of Equipment, Golf Digest
  • Eric Trump: Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions, The Trump Organization

“We are in the midst of an incredibly exciting time for America’s private club industry,” said Henry Wallmeyer, President & CEO of the National Club Association. “America’s private clubs are more vital than ever, and we are optimistic about what the future holds.”

Programming at the 2017 National Club Conference will focus on private club governance issues; trends impacting private clubs; and legislative, regulatory and legal challenges and opportunities facing the club industry, including these expert-led education sessions:

  • Cybersecurity and Club Safety
    • Speaker: Frank Rodman, CEO, Torchstone
  • Fact-Based Management and Governance
    • Speakers: Kevin Kopanon, President & CEO, MembersFirst and Ray Cronin, CEO, Club Benchmarking LLC
  • Longleaf Tee Initiative
    • Speakers: Rees Jones, famed golf course designer; Marc Whitney, Director Marketing & Communications, American Society of Golf Course Architects; Robert Sereci, General Manager, Medinah Country Club
  • Misclassification of Club Staff
    • Speaker: Jeffrey H. Ruzal, Attorney, Epstein Becker Green
  • Government Matters 2017 Update
    • Speaker: Brad Steele, Vice President of Government Relations & General Counsel, NCA
  • Golf and Water: Challenges and Opportunities for for a Sustainable Game
    • Speaker: Rand Jerris, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, Public Services, United States Golf Association
    ### About the National Club Association The National Club Association (NCA) has been the advocate for the private club industry in Washington, D.C., for more than 55 years. As the voice of private clubs on Capitol Hill, NCA ensures that club concerns are forefront when legislative and regulatory issues affecting the industry are being decided. In addition, NCA provides club leaders an outstanding array of resources on club industry trends, governance best practices, legal and operational matters and ways to strengthen club leadership. For more information on NCA, visit