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2024 Excellence in Club Management® Awards Winners Announced

Winners of private club industry’s premier awards to be celebrated April 29

The National Club Association and McMahon Group congratulate the winners of this year’s Excellence in Club Management® Awards, announced this morning.  Now in their 26th year, the annual awards recognize private club general managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their clubs.

This year’s winners are:

  • Steven Freund, ECM, The Landings Golf & Athletic Club, Savannah, Ga.: The James H. Brewer Award (country/golf club with 600 or more full-privilege members).
  • Mark Sure, ECM, Riviera Country Club, Coral Gables Fla.: The Mead Grady Award (country/golf club with fewer than 600 full-privilege members).
  • Charles Johnson, MBA, CCM, ECM, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Mich.: The Mel Rex Award (city/athletic/specialty club).
  • David Main, MBA, PGA, ECM, Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, Toronto, Ontario: The John Furlong Award (Canadian club).
  • Ryan Bender, CCM, ECM, The Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, Va.: The Rising Star Award (assistant managers).

The awards are co-sponsored by McMahon Group, St. Louis, Mo.; and the National Club Association (NCA), Alexandria, Va. Awards are presented at the annual Excellence in Club Management® Awards Dinner & Gala, part of the NCA’s National Club Conference, held this year April 28-30 in Frisco, Texas. The Dinner & Gala is sponsored by KOPPLIN KEUBLER & WALLACE. Award winners are also honored in ceremonies at their clubs.

“At McMahon we are excited by this 27th year of the award winners, as it has exceeded our expectations in honoring the best of the best club managers. As founder of the award, we know that great clubs only come from great managers,” said Bill McMahon Sr., AIA, OAA, McMahon Group founder.

“It’s always an honor to present these awards to those embodying excellence in private clubs,” said Joe Trauger, president & CEO of NCA. “We’re looking forward to formally recognizing this year’s winners at the National Club Conference and thanking them for their dedication to our industry.”

For more information on the awards program, visit

McMahon Group is a full-service, private club consulting firm dedicated to serving clubs in all aspects of their planning, clubhouse, golf and membership needs. The firm’s extensive and diverse experience includes service to country, golf, city, dining, athletic, yacht, university, military and gated community clubs.

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.