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Leading Executive Search & Consulting Firm Renews Executive Partnership and Adds Inaugural Sponsorship of the Excellence in Club Management® (ECM) Awards Dinner

Alexandria, Va., (April 12, 2022) – The National Club Association (NCA) is pleased to announce that KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W) has renewed their commitment to NCA as an Executive Partner for a fifth consecutive year. KK&W is a leader in private club executive search, governance, education & training and consulting & planning.

“We’re excited to have KOPPIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, an industry stalwart, as a returning executive partner,” said NCA President & CEO Henry Wallmeyer.  “We’re also thrilled they’re supporting the Excellence in Club Management Awards Dinner, showcasing outstanding professionals in private clubs and held during the National Club Conference for the first time this year.”

“Dick Kopplin, Kurt Kuebler and I are excited to partner with NCA for another fulfilling year,” said KK&W Partner Tom Wallace. “NCA’s leadership and advocacy are helping the industry we love, explicitly assisting club leaders to stay relevant and enduring.”

As an Executive Partner, KOPPLIN KUEBER & WALLACE will benefit NCA members through education initiatives and investments across NCA’s many platforms and services. Recent contributions include the following Club Trends articles on governance:

“Additionally, we are excited to now sponsor the Excellence in Club Management® (ECM) Awards Dinner, held this year for the first time at NCA’s National Club Conference in Charleston, South Carolina,” said Wallace. “The ECM Awards hold a special place in my heart as a past winner as well as my teammates Jack Sullivan, Ted Gillary and Michael Smith.”

KK&W becomes the first sponsor of the Excellence in Club Management® Awards Dinner, an event recognizing the extraordinary industry contributions of private club general managers, managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their clubs.

“Receiving the Excellence in Club Management® Award was not only a special recognition for me but it was a way to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments my team provided for our club. I look forward to KK&W’s sponsorship of the ECM Awards Dinner and honoring this year’s recipients,” shared Michael Smith, KK&W search & consulting executive and former GM/COO at Country Club of Rochester.

Past Excellence in Club Management® Award winners within the KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE team include:

  • The Mead Grady Award – Michael G. Smith, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2019
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award – J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2019
  • Country/Golf Club with Under 600 Full-Privilege Members – Thomas B. Wallace, CCM, CCE, ECM – 2007
  • Specialty Club – John “Jack” Sullivan, Jr., CCM, ECM – 2000
  • City/Athletic Club or City/Dining Club – J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, ECM – 1999 


About NCA

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


KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE is an experienced and award-winning search and consulting firm, specializing in the private club industry. They have proven expertise in GM/COO, CEO, Assistant General Manager, Clubhouse Management, Food & Beverage, Financial, Golf, Culinary, Agronomy, Racquets, Human Resources, Fitness & Wellness, and Membership/Marketing searches for private, resort and developer-owned properties around the country. They also offer a robust menu of Strategic Planning and Consulting opportunities. Click here for their Directory of Services.