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17TH ANNUAL

NATIONAL CLUB CONFERENCE

Casual Connections
MAY 17 – 19, 2020
OCEAN REEF CLUB
KEY LARGO, FLORIDA
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LEARN, NETWORK AND ENGAGE WITH LEADERS FROM THE PRIVATE CLUB INDUSTRY AT THE NATIONAL CLUB CONFERENCE

Build lasting connections with private club leaders amid
world class education and facilities.

Superior Speakers,
Extraordinary Experiences

What Your Peers are Saying

Schedule

The 2020 National Club Conference proudly offers the industry’s most exciting and educational events for club leaders to network, learn and have fun.

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Sunday, May 17

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.NCA Golf Tournament
Card Sound Golf Club

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.VIP Reception and Dinner (NCA Boards of Directors, Corporate Partners, Conference Sponsors, and ClubPAC Contributors)
Key Largo Anglers Club

Monday, May 18

AM

7:00 a.m.Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase

7:00 – 8:00 a.mClub Governance Symposium Breakfast

8:00 a.m.Conference Welcome

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.Education Session 1

8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Education Session 2

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.Exhibitor Showcase

10:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Club Governance Symposium (Concurrent Breakout)

The Club Governance Symposium will cover a broad range of topics relevant to club board members including general manager engagement, retention and compensation, empowering operational management, best practices to achieve organizational goals, involving members in strategic planning, developing future board members and practical application of committees in defining club programs and policies. The panel will include experts in club governance featuring Moderator Henry DeLozier, Principal, Global Golf Advisors, TBA

10:00 – 10:30 p.m.Education Session 3

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.Education Session 4

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Education Session 5

PM

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.Lunch

12:15 – 5:30 p.m. – Optional Event: Bluewater Fishing Tournament

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.  – Education Session 6

2:30 – 5:00 p.m. – Optional Events:
Pickleball Intro and Fun Tournament
Snorkeling the John Pennekamp Ocean Reef State Park (Scuba for certified divers)
Backstage Tour of Ocean Reef Club

6 :00– 6:45 p.m.ClubPAC Reception

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.Chairman’s Reception
Club Chef Showcase – Ocean Reef Marina

Tuesday, May 19

AM

7:00 a.m.Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase

7:45 – 8:00 a.m.Welcome/Opening Remarks

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.Education Session 7

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.Education Session 8

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.Exhibitor Showcase

10:00 – 1:00 p.m. – Guest Event: Ocean Reef Club Cooking Class

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.Education Session 9

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.Education Session 10

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.Education Session 11

PM

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.Education Sessions 12

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.Education Sessions 13

3:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Optional Events:
Golf Cart Poker Run
Croquet Social Tournament
Mangrove Eco-Kayak Tour
Backstage Tour of Key Largo Anglers Club

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.Oceanside Reception and Dinner
Buccaneer Island

Confirmed Speakers

Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

Partner

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Cannabis
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Kwame Christian

Kwame Christian

Director

American Negotiation Institute

Negotiations
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Henry DeLozier

Henry DeLozier

Partner

Global Golf Advisors

Governance
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Tom Gartland

Tom Gartland

Executive Chairman SGLT

Former President Avis Budget Group North America

Leadership
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Eric Maddox

Eric Maddox

Interrogator / Author of "Capturing Saddam"
Empathy-based Listening
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Ian Murray

Ian Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Brand
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Shep Murray

Shep Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Brand
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Don Peebles

Don Peebles

Founder, Chairman and CEO

The Peebles Corporation

Opportunity and Politics
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Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

SPORT WRITER, CONTRIBUTING ESSAYIST

ESPN, ABC Sports, SI

Inspiration
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Joe Trauger

Joe Trauger

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

National Club Association

Government Relations
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Richard Weinstein

Richard Weinstein

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING

Ocean Reef Club

Operations
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Rhett Evans

Rhett Evans

CEO

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Environment
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Curtis Dubay

Curtis Dubay

Lead Economist

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Economy
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Bring Your Club President!

Learn best governance practices and strategies from Industry Leaders.

After the extremely successful debut at last year’s Conference, the Club Governance Symposium is back to provide board leaders best practices and networking opportunities to help their boards reach new heights.

Special Pricing for clubs with 2+ attendees!

For more information, contact John Good at or by phone at (202) 684-8749.

Special Events

VIP Reception and Dinner
Golf Outing at Card Sound Club
Chair’s Reception
Oceanside Reception and Dinner
Pickleball Tournament
Snorkeling and Scuba
Eco Kayak Tour
Tours of Ocean Reef Club and Key Largo Anglers Club
and more!

EXCELLENCE IN CLUB MANAGEMENT AWARDS PANEL

The National Club Association is excited to host the Excellence in Club Management Awards Panel at this year’s National Club Conference.  Winners from the 2019 awards will discuss the Private Club Industry and keys to success from their respective clubs. The Excellence in Club Management Awards recognize private club general managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their club. It is co-sponsored by McMahon Group, Club & Resort Business Magazine and the National Club Association.

Thomas Gaston, Jr., ECM

Thomas Gaston, Jr., ECM

Mel Rex Award

The Pacific-Union Club
San Francisco, California

Peter Holt, ECM

Peter Holt, ECM

John Furlong Award

Hamilton Golf & Country Club
Ancaster, Ontario

Brandon Johnson, ECM

Brandon Johnson, ECM

Rising Star Award

Farmington Country Club
Charlottesville, Virginia

Michael Smith, ECM, CCM, CCE

Michael Smith, ECM, CCM, CCE

Mead Grady Award

The Country Club of Rochester
Rochester, New York

Lodging at the

Ocean Reef Club

Ocean Reef Club and Resort offers a “unique way of life.” Located on a private, pristine peninsula beside America’s only living reef, ORC is bounded on three sides by water and on the fourth side by federal and state lands. It is located on the northernmost tip of Key Largo and is accessible by land, sea or air.

Usually reserved for members, Ocean Reef Club offers a rare opportunity for National Club Conference attendees to experience the world’s largest private club at this exclusive island destination. Located just an hour south of Miami on the island of Key Largo, the intimate oasis of ORC awaits with its tropical abundance of things to do. Its rare blend of natural beauty and fine-hewn luxury lets work flow easily into play.

NCA has negotiated special rates starting at $317 per night for single/double rooms for conference attendees. This price includes all taxes, service charges and club fees (business and fitness center access, high speed internet). Upgraded rooms are also available. All rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the National Club Association Room block is filled. So you may extend your stay, National Club Association room rates will be offered three days prior to and three days after the conclusion of the National Club Conference, based on availability.

Book your room at the Ocean Reef Club

Attendees may also reserve a room by calling 305-367-5923 and referencing “National Club Association.”

For more information on room pricing, please click here.

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Fishing Boat

TRAVEL

Address: 35 Ocean Reef Drive, Key Largo, FL 33037

Nearest Airports: Miami International Airport (53.8m) | Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (82.5m)

Ground Transportation: Enterprise rental cars allow you to book pick-up and drop off services at the Ocean Reef Club branch with no drop off fees. Book Online Here or call 305-367-2611.

Be sure to use Account codeOCEAN REEF GROUPS/CONV HIGH” when booking your car. Once at Ocean Reef Club you can drop your car and use the Club’s fleet of electric golf carts to get around.

Book your rental car online today!

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Sponsorship Information

The National Club Conference provides a unique opportunity for companies to engage with key private club decision-makers seeking products, services, and resources to assist them in their work. This is a singular opportunity to connect with your current customers and identify new ones; gather useful data about new product ideas and industry trends, and gain a competitive edge.


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Vendor Showcase

Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

Partner

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Michael D. Bryan, is a Partner in the Charleston, SC office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. Mike focuses his practice on a wide variety of transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, licensing, and debt and equity offerings. He advises clients in the agricultural and industrial biotechnology, manufacturing, chemical, and healthcare industries. He also regularly advises clients on matters related to corporate governance, securities law compliance and reporting requirements, stock exchange rules, executive compensation, boards of directors, and compliance.

Henry DeLozier

Henry DeLozier

PARTNER

Global Golf Advisors

Henry B. DeLozier is a partner at Global Golf Advisors, and one of the leading authorities on golf course asset development and financing. DeLozier joined Global Golf Advisors after nine years as the vice president, Golf of Pulte Homes—the largest developer of golf course communities in the United States—where he developed 27 golf courses in 10 states and was responsible for the operation of more than 20 Pulte golf courses. He is recognized by Golf Inc. magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Golf.” He is a past president of the board of directors for the National Golf Course Owners Association. He also serves on the Employers Advisory Council for the PGA of America. He is a frequent expert source to U.S. and international media on matters of golf-related resort and residential investment and development and social and economic trends affecting the golf business. DeLozier earned his B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University.

Tom Gartland

Tom Gartland

AUTHOR

Senior Advisor AEA Investors

Tom Gartland is the executive chairman of SGLT, a global logistics company. He is known as a compassionate, strategic and inspiring leader with nearly three decades of sales and leadership experience, who helped transform the culture of a Fortune 500 company into an engaged, collaborative, top-performing organization that experienced unprecedented growth. As former president of Avis Budget Group North America (2008 to 2014), his responsibilities included the management of more than 20,000 employees across 5,000 locations, and overseeing more than 350,000 vehicles that accounted for more than $5 billion in revenue every year. Gartland is currently a member of the board of directors of Xenia Hotels and ABM. He is also a senior advisor to a private equity firm founded by the Rockefeller and Mellon families. Gartland is the author of the book, “Lead with Heart: Transform Your Business Through Personal Connection,” which focuses on his message that business is personal and that by opening ourselves up and truly caring about each other, we can transform organizations. Gartland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Shep Murray

Shep Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Shep & Ian Murray are CEOs and founders of vineyard vines and brothers who grew up in Connecticut and spent every summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As youth, they played in various bands, recorded albums, started assorted small businesses and would combine earnings to buy the “best old boat” they could find to head out on the water and escape life from time to time. In the late nineties, both were unhappy at their respective Manhattan jobs, so they decided to trade in business suits for bathing suits by selling ties. Before quitting their jobs, they leased cars and signed up for credit cards to start their new business. Their first 800 ties hit the market in 1998 and sold out in the first week. Continued success allowed them to grow quickly, expand, hire staff, and open stores across the country. Today, they work from a brand-new office, sell more items than ties, have a new golf team, and are the official style of the Kentucky Derby.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Shep & Ian Murray are CEOs and founders of vineyard vines and brothers who grew up in Connecticut and spent every summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As youth, they played in various bands, recorded albums, started assorted small businesses and would combine earnings to buy the “best old boat” they could find to head out on the water and escape life from time to time. In the late nineties, both were unhappy at their respective Manhattan jobs, so they decided to trade in business suits for bathing suits by selling ties. Before quitting their jobs, they leased cars and signed up for credit cards to start their new business. Their first 800 ties hit the market in 1998 and sold out in the first week. Continued success allowed them to grow quickly, expand, hire staff, and open stores across the country. Today, they work from a brand-new office, sell more items than ties, have a new golf team, and are the official style of the Kentucky Derby.

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

SPORT WRITER, CONTRIBUTING ESSAYIST

ESPN, ABC Sports, Sports Illustrated

Rick Reilly is a screenwriter, book author, keynote speaker and member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979. He is the author of 13 books, including “Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said,” a collection of his best columns written at ESPN, with postscript updates of each column at the bottom and “Who’s Your Caddy?” (Doubleday), about Reilly caddying for everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Donald Trump to a $50,000-a-hole gambler. It rose to No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. His most recent book, “Commander-in-Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” is an uproarious indictment of President Donald Trump. It was #6 with a bullet in its first week on The New York Times bestseller list. For two years, he was the host of ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, a one-hour interview show.

On June 10, 2014, he wrote his final column as a sportswriter. The next year, he produced his last TV piece for ESPN. He now writes sitcoms, screenplays, and books in Hollywood. He currently has two movies in development. Reilly won the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. Reilly is the founder of the anti-malaria effort, “Nothing But Nets,” which has raised more than $60 million to provide mosquito nets for children in Africa where 2,000 children die every day of the disease—a partnership with the United Nations Foundation—with every dollar goes to buying the nets.

Joe Trauger

Joe Trauger

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

National Club Association

Joe Trauger is NCA’s Vice President of Government Relations, organizing NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

As an experienced government relations professional with numerous legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues facing clubs today. . Joe has a unique perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Joe 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. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in (and winning) charity and purse tournaments, and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap.

Richard Weinstein

Richard Weinstein

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING

Ocean Reef Club

Richard Weinstein is senior vice president of membership and marketing at Ocean Reef Club (ORC). Weinstein is responsible for the membership experience and the journey from prospective member to ORC’s unique way of life for generations of members and their families. Weinstein focuses on building the Ocean Reef Club brand and revenue development through conference sales and membership development. Prior to Ocean Reef Club, he was trustee at The Incentive Research Foundation at MCI, and vice president of corporate sales for Carnival Corporation (Carnival Cruise lines and Carnival Hotels and Resorts) Prior to that, he was responsible for Carnival’s Crystal Palace—an 800-room golf and casino resort in the Bahamas—and was part of turn-around team to enable Carnival Corporation to sell the property. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from University of South Florida.

Kwame Christian

Kwame Christian

DIRECTOR

American Negotiation Institute

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A. is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute where he conducts negotiation and conflict management workshops around the country. As an attorney and mediator with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Public Policy, and a Juris Doctorate (Law Degree), Kwame brings a unique multidisciplinary approach to making difficult conversations easier. In addition to his role with the American Negotiation Institute, Kwame also serves as a professor at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the top ranked dispute resolution program in the country, and Otterbein University’s MBA program.

He is the author of the Amazon Best Seller, Nobody Will Play With Me: How to Find Confidence in Conflict. Kwame also hosts the top negotiation podcast in the world, Negotiate Anything. The show has been downloaded over 1,000,000 times and has listeners in 183 different countries. His TEDx Talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was the most popular TED Talk on the topic of conflict of 2017.

Henry DeLozier

Henry DeLozier

PARTNER

Global Golf Advisors

Henry B. DeLozier is a partner at Global Golf Advisors, and one of the leading authorities on golf course asset development and financing. DeLozier joined Global Golf Advisors after nine years as the vice president, Golf of Pulte Homes—the largest developer of golf course communities in the United States—where he developed 27 golf courses in 10 states and was responsible for the operation of more than 20 Pulte golf courses. He is recognized by Golf Inc. magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Golf.” He is a past president of the board of directors for the National Golf Course Owners Association. He also serves on the Employers Advisory Council for the PGA of America. He is a frequent expert source to U.S. and international media on matters of golf-related resort and residential investment and development and social and economic trends affecting the golf business. DeLozier earned his B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University.

Tom Gartland

Tom Gartland

AUTHOR

Senior Advisor AEA Investors

Tom Gartland is the executive chairman of SGLT, a global logistics company. He is known as a compassionate, strategic and inspiring leader with nearly three decades of sales and leadership experience, who helped transform the culture of a Fortune 500 company into an engaged, collaborative, top-performing organization that experienced unprecedented growth. As former president of Avis Budget Group North America (2008 to 2014), his responsibilities included the management of more than 20,000 employees across 5,000 locations, and overseeing more than 350,000 vehicles that accounted for more than $5 billion in revenue every year. Gartland is currently a member of the board of directors of Xenia Hotels and ABM. He is also a senior advisor to a private equity firm founded by the Rockefeller and Mellon families. Gartland is the author of the book, “Lead with Heart: Transform Your Business Through Personal Connection,” which focuses on his message that business is personal and that by opening ourselves up and truly caring about each other, we can transform organizations. Gartland received his bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Shep Murray

Shep Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Shep & Ian Murray are CEOs and founders of vineyard vines and brothers who grew up in Connecticut and spent every summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As youth, they played in various bands, recorded albums, started assorted small businesses and would combine earnings to buy the “best old boat” they could find to head out on the water and escape life from time to time. In the late nineties, both were unhappy at their respective Manhattan jobs, so they decided to trade in business suits for bathing suits by selling ties. Before quitting their jobs, they leased cars and signed up for credit cards to start their new business. Their first 800 ties hit the market in 1998 and sold out in the first week. Continued success allowed them to grow quickly, expand, hire staff, and open stores across the country. Today, they work from a brand-new office, sell more items than ties, have a new golf team, and are the official style of the Kentucky Derby.

Ian Murray

Ian Murray

CO-FOUNDER

Vineyard Vines

Shep & Ian Murray are CEOs and founders of vineyard vines and brothers who grew up in Connecticut and spent every summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As youth, they played in various bands, recorded albums, started assorted small businesses and would combine earnings to buy the “best old boat” they could find to head out on the water and escape life from time to time. In the late nineties, both were unhappy at their respective Manhattan jobs, so they decided to trade in business suits for bathing suits by selling ties. Before quitting their jobs, they leased cars and signed up for credit cards to start their new business. Their first 800 ties hit the market in 1998 and sold out in the first week. Continued success allowed them to grow quickly, expand, hire staff, and open stores across the country. Today, they work from a brand-new office, sell more items than ties, have a new golf team, and are the official style of the Kentucky Derby.

Rick Reilly

Rick Reilly

SPORT WRITER, CONTRIBUTING ESSAYIST

ESPN, ABC Sports, Sports Illustrated

Rick Reilly is a screenwriter, book author, keynote speaker and member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He was voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times over a career that began in 1979. He is the author of 13 books, including “Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said,” a collection of his best columns written at ESPN, with postscript updates of each column at the bottom and “Who’s Your Caddy?” (Doubleday), about Reilly caddying for everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Donald Trump to a $50,000-a-hole gambler. It rose to No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list. His most recent book, “Commander-in-Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump,” is an uproarious indictment of President Donald Trump. It was #6 with a bullet in its first week on The New York Times bestseller list. For two years, he was the host of ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, a one-hour interview show.

On June 10, 2014, he wrote his final column as a sportswriter. The next year, he produced his last TV piece for ESPN. He now writes sitcoms, screenplays, and books in Hollywood. He currently has two movies in development. Reilly won the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. Reilly is the founder of the anti-malaria effort, “Nothing But Nets,” which has raised more than $60 million to provide mosquito nets for children in Africa where 2,000 children die every day of the disease—a partnership with the United Nations Foundation—with every dollar goes to buying the nets.

Joe Trauger

Joe Trauger

VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

National Club Association

Joe Trauger is NCA’s Vice President of Government Relations, organizing NCA’s lobbying activities and ClubPAC, NCA’s political action committee.

As an experienced government relations professional with numerous legislative and regulatory successes on Capitol Hill, Joe brings extensive experience and respect as an association lobbyist with tremendous knowledge of the issues facing clubs today. . Joe has a unique perspective into the private club industry as he is entering his second year as president of Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, Va., an NCA member club.”

He previously was principal and founder of Northfield Strategies, an advocacy consulting firm. Prior to Northfield, Joe 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. His Capitol Hill experience includes positions as senior policy advisor for then House Majority Whip Roy Blunt; policy advisor for then House Majority Leader Dick Armey; senior legislative assistant for former Congressman Sam Johnson; and legislative assistant for former Senator Rod Grams.

Joe is a competitive golfer, frequently playing in (and winning) charity and purse tournaments, and modestly boasts a single-digit handicap.

Richard Weinsten

Richard Weinsten

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, MEMBERSHIP & MARKETING

Ocean Reef Club

Richard Weinstein is senior vice president of membership and marketing at Ocean Reef Club (ORC). Weinstein is responsible for the membership experience and the journey from prospective member to ORC’s unique way of life for generations of members and their families. Weinstein focuses on building the Ocean Reef Club brand and revenue development through conference sales and membership development. Prior to Ocean Reef Club, he was trustee at The Incentive Research Foundation at MCI, and vice president of corporate sales for Carnival Corporation (Carnival Cruise lines and Carnival Hotels and Resorts) Prior to that, he was responsible for Carnival’s Crystal Palace—an 800-room golf and casino resort in the Bahamas—and was part of turn-around team to enable Carnival Corporation to sell the property. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and economics from University of South Florida.

Eric Maddox

Eric Maddox

Interrogator / Author of "Capturing Saddam"

Upon graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, Eric Maddox joined the U.S. Army as an infantry paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division. After spending three years as a paratrooper, jumpmaster and a qualified ranger, Eric reenlisted as an interrogator and Chinese Mandarin linguist. Since 9/11, Eric has conducted over 2,700 interrogations while deploying eight times in support of the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) to include multiple tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

In 2003, while assigned to a special operations task force in Tikrit, Eric conducted over 300 interrogations and collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein. As a result, he was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. After being hired as a civilian with the Department of Defense, Eric continued to help fight the Global War on Terror (GWOT) until 2014. In May 2015, he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a private consultant and negotiator and lives in his hometown of Sapulpa, Oklahoma. Eric is also the author of Mission: Black List No. 1 (Harper Collins, 2008), which he wrote with the permission of the Department of Defense. For more information go to ericmaddox.com.

Don Peebles

Don Peebles

Founder, Chairman and CEO

The Peebles Corporation

Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, Don Peebles is founder, chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few privately held national real estate investment and development companies. Mr. Peebles engages in practices of Affirmative Development™ with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of projects in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Miami, and Los Angeles.

Mr. Peebles is also the author of top-selling books, “The Peebles Principles” and “The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth,” a regular guest host on CNN, CNBC and FOX and a highly sought-after speaker who has addressed educational, business and professional audiences across the United States.

Mr. Peebles is a passionate proponent of mentoring programs that expose youth to the value of entrepreneurship, as well as an active political supporter and fundraiser for local, state and federal campaigns of both major parties. He serves as Ambassador to the University of Southern California, on the Board of Directors of YMCA of Greater New York and on the Business Roundtable of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

Previously, he has served on the National Finance Committee of President Barack Obama, on the Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and is the former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Henry DeLozier

Henry DeLozier

Partner

Global Golf Advisors

Henry DeLozier is considered one of the leading authorities on golf course asset development and financing. Henry is recognized within the golf industry for his uncommon understanding of golf and residential properties. He is known as a no-nonsense profit producer, an innovative marketer and an advocate of exceptional customer service. His career history reflects new concept introductions and numerous successful business turnarounds.

Henry joined GGA in 2008 after nine years as the Vice President – Golf of Pulte Homes, the largest developer of golf course communities in the U.S. While at Pulte Homes, Henry developed 27 golf courses in 10 states. During his tenure, Pulte Homes became the largest developer of golf communities and of golf courses in the U.S. with more than $500 million in developed golf assets. In addition, he was responsible for the operation of more than 20 Pulte golf courses.

Henry has been recognized by Golf Inc. magazine as one of the “Most Influential People in Golf”. He is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the National Golf Course Owners Association and serves on the Employers Advisory Council for the PGA of America.

A “go to” resource on matters of golf-related resort and residential investment and development, Henry is often asked by U.S. and international media to comment on social and economic trends affecting the golf business.

Henry earned his B in English from Oklahoma State University.

Rhett Evans

Rhett Evans

CEO

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Rhett Evans is the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s chief executive officer. Evans joined the GCSAA team in July 2009 as chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in January 2011.

Rhett is focused on expanding GCSAA’s reach and influence to become the global leader in golf course management. Under Evans, GCSAA has elevated the superintendents’ and industry’s voices through advocacy efforts at the national and grassroots levels. In addition, through Rhett’s leadership of GCSAA and its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, the discussion of sustainability has progressed from theory to action at golf facilities. GCSAA is spearheading the development of centralized best management practices, tools and templates to enhance environmental progress while improving facilities’ bottom lines. GCSAA’s enhancement of the vitality of golf has been strengthened through Rhett’s work with allied and industry organizations.

Rhett was instrumental in helping establish We Are Golf (WAG), a coalition of golf’s leading organizations working together to communicate the game’s economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits to congressional leaders and local lawmakers. He served two terms as chairman of the board and is currently serving on the executive board of WAG as well as serving on the executive board for Golf 20/20. Rhett represents the association and profession on the Golf Channel, Sirius XM Radio and other national media outlets.

Curtis Dubay

Curtis Dubay

Lead Economist

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Curtis Dubay is the lead economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that he served as senior economist at the American Bankers Association and research fellow in tax and economic policy at The Heritage Foundation. He has also worked at the accounting firm PwC and the Tax Foundation. Dubay has researched and published on a wide range of tax and economic issues. He is frequently quoted by the press and has appeared regularly in the media, including on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, CNN and C-SPAN. He has testified before Congress and was cited in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Politico. Dubay received his master’s degree in economics from the University of Connecticut and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and three sons.