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Joe Trauger Named President & CEO of National Club Association

The National Club Association (NCA) Board of Directors has named Joe Trauger president & CEO effective immediately. Trauger, who has served as interim president & CEO since June, was previously vice president of government relations for the association, which represents private clubs across the U.S.

Trauger joined NCA’s staff in 2019 from his role as principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Trauger was senior vice president of policy and government relations at the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and vice president of government relations at the National Association of Manufacturers. He has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, including senior positions for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, who is now in the Senate, and then House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Trauger also served on the staff of the late Senator Rod Grams (R-Minn.) and late Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas).

With NCA, Trauger has spearheaded governmental outreach and advocacy while working closely with the association’s board to grow programs that include the ClubPAC political action committee. He also has first-hand experience within the community as a longtime member of multiple clubs and current board member and former president of Mount Vernon Country Club, Alexandria, Va.

 “It has been an honor to lead the NCA team as interim president & CEO for the past several months and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue in that role. The NCA staff, member clubs, corporate partners and associate members represent the best of the private club community and I am excited about their future. NCA has a tremendous capacity for growth and I look forward to working with the board to grow the association while strengthening our role as the leading advocate and source of insight and governance practices for private clubs.”

 “Joe has been an asset to NCA since joining the organization, advocating for our industry on Capitol Hill, helping cement NCA’s position as the leading association representing private clubs, and providing seamless leadership during his time as interim president & CEO,” said Nick Sidorakis, CCM, NCA Chair and General Manager/COO of Southern Hills Country Club, Tulsa, Okla. “The Board is delighted to have him step into that position permanently and looks forward to continued excellence and growth going forward.”

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.