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NCA to Bring Leaders of Private Club, Business, Legal and Media Communities Together in DC

Washington, D.C., (December 10, 2018) — Leaders of the private club industry from across the United States will gather in Washington, D.C., from April 28-30 for the National Club Association’s (NCA’s) 16th annual National Club Conference. The Conference brings together private club industry professionals and board leaders to learn about the most important issues and best governance practices impacting clubs today, build meaningful connections and celebrate some of the most impressive clubs in the country.

The 2019 National Club Conference will feature presentations by a wide array of private club, legal, business and media experts, including:

  • Justice Anthony Kennedy (ret.)—Retired Supreme Court Justice of the United States.
  • Howard Milstein—Chairman and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and partner with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus as Executive Chair of the Nicklaus Companies. Milstein is also Publisher of GOLF Magazine and Chairman of GolfLogix, Miura Golf, True Spec Golf, and Club Conex.
  • Tucker Carlson—Host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight.
  • Justin Firestone—Founding Partner of the private aviation company Wheels Up.
  • Michael Mondavi—Pioneer of the Napa Valley wine industry and founder of Michael Mondavi Family Estate.
  • David Rubenstein—Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of the Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms.
  • Excellence in Club Management® Awards—A presentation from the 2018 recipients highlighting the managers’ and clubs’ successes.
  • Education sessions focused on workforce, economic and environmental issues specific to private clubs as well as breakout sessions for board leaders.

“The National Club Conference is recognized as the one conference that club leaders need to attend,” said Henry Wallmeyer, President & CEO of the National Club Association. “Effective governance is essential to the success of any club, and NCA is offering presentations that will provide invaluable information and inspiration to club managers, presidents and board members.”

The National Club Conference will take place at the new Conrad Washington, DC, which was recently ranked America’s top hotel design for 2019 by Architectural Digest. The Conference will showcase some of D.C.’s iconic clubs, including the Cosmos Club, the Sulgrave Club and the Capitol Hill Club; a VIP reception and dinner at the historic Metropolitan Club of the City of Washington, just steps from the White House; and a once-in-a-lifetime private event at the Supreme Court of the United States, hosted by Justice Anthony Kennedy (ret.), followed by a cocktail reception in the Court’s Great Hall.

The Conference will also offer a number of exciting optional events, including a golf outing at the Chevy Chase Club and a VIP tour of Washington, that will include private tours of the United States Capitol, The Library of Congress, the U.S. Botanic Gardens and Arlington

National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as lunch at the Capitol Hill Club.

Conference sponsors include Condon, O’Meara, McGinty & Donnelly LLP, Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Peacock + Lewis Architects and Planners, LLC, Studio JBD and Jefferson Group Architecture, UHY, LLP, ClubCar and Private Club Radio.

“The National Club Conference isn’t a typical conference,” said Wallmeyer. “Rather than have a single keynote, we prefer to create a schedule that’s full of keynote-level presentations. I think that’s reflected in this year’s list of speakers and sessions.”

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About the National Club Association

The National Club Association (NCA) has been the advocate for the private club industry in Washington, D.C., for nearly 60 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