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Chicago Yacht Club Commodore Lisa Curcio Gaston to Speak at National Club Conference, May 7-9 in Chicago

Curcio Gaston is the first female Commodore in the club’s 148-year history

For Immediate release

The National Club Association, representing private clubs throughout the U.S., today announced Lisa Curcio Gaston, recently named Commodore of the storied Chicago Yacht Club (CYC), will speak at its 2023 National Club Conference, May 7-9 in Chicago.

Curcio Gaston, a retired judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County and respected professional mediator, first joined CYC in 1997 and has served on the board of directors, holding the offices of secretary and vice commodore. She has served on many committees including Long Range Planning, the committee that plans the annual Race to Mackinac, and as chair of the Power Fleet Committee. She will speak on her roles as Commodore and a Board member of the club.

Hosted by the National Club Association at the Union League Club of Chicago, the Conference is the definitive national forum for private club presidents, board members, general managers/CEOs and executives, showcasing prominent thought leaders and solutions providers with extraordinary networking and recreational events.

Curcio Gaston joins an impressive lineup of speakers, including:

• Michelin-starred Chef Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, co-owners of Ever

• Michael Scimo, 2019 Medinah Club President and Boardroom Club President of the Year.

• Jahmal Cole, CEO/founder of Chicago nonprofit My Block My Hood My City.

• Nicholas Schreiber, founder, Old Barnwell Club.

• David M, Walker, former U.S. Comptroller General and founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative.

• Henry DeLozier, partner, GGA Partners.

• Diversity and inclusion panelists Mark Tunney, GM and CEO of The Union League Club of Chicago; M. Kent Johnson, GM, Baltimore Country Club; Amber Reid, GM, Yale Club of New York City; Carol Wood, board member, The Union League Club of Chicago; and Julius E. Rhodes, founder and principle, mpr group.

• Cybersecurity panelists Jim Gusella, GM/COO Portland Country Club; Duane Laflotte, chief technology officer & senior security consultant, Pulsar Security; and Trevor Cochran, vice president, marketing, Jonas Club Software.

• Joe Trauger, president & CEO, National Club Association; and Jeff Morgan, president & CEO, Club Management Association of America.

• The winners of the 2023 Excellence in Club Management® Awards.

• Club and industry leaders from across the United States.

Sessions will offer continuing education credits.

Conference highlights include the Club Governance Symposium for club presidents and board members; 2023 Excellence in Club Management Awards® Gala; NCA ClubWorks Classic golf tournament; private tours of the Woman’s Club of Chicago and Art Institute of Chicago; lake & river architecture tour; and a topic-specific roundtable networking lunch. Attendees will take advantage of events at the Union League Club of Chicago; University Club of Chicago; Medinah Country Club; and Lake Shore Country Club.

Registration is now open; visit for rates, details and accommodation information, along with sponsorship and exhibitor information. Limited sponsorships and exhibitor space remain

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.

For more information, contact Kim Fernandez, CAE, vice president of communications: [email protected].