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SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2023

6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

VIP Reception and Dinner (Invitation only)
Medinah Country Club

MONDAY, MAY 8, 2023

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase

8:00 a.m.

Conference Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Education Session 1

David M. Walker, Former U.S. Comptroller General, and  founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, and author of America in 2040: Still a Superpower?

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Education Session 2Turnaround Management

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

9:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Club Governance Symposium (Concurrent Breakout)
Henry B. DeLozier, Partner, GGA Partners

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcase / Refreshment Break

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Education Session 3

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Education Session 4Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Mark Tunney, General Manager/COO, The Union League Club of Chicago, Moderator
Amber Reid, General Manager, Yale Club of New York
Carol Wood, Board Member, The Union League Club of Chicago

Optional Events

12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.


NCA ClubWorks Classic Golf Tournament 
Sponsored by ClubWorks
Transportation Sponsored by Club Car
Lake Shore Country Club

1:00 – 2:30 pm

Lake & River Architecture Tour

Experience the city’s legendary architecture from the best seat in the house. Your journey will begin with an up-close perspective of Chicago’s internationally-known architectural heart of the city as viewed from two  branches of the Chicago River. Then, venture through the Chicago Lock to gain a new perspective of Chicago from Lake Michigan. Experience the city’s legendary architecture from the best seat in the house. Our experienced tour guides detail the 130 year long history behind the skyline, while our bartenders and staff keep you comfortable and entertained. $150 per person includes ground transfer to/from the Union League of Chicago, and 90-minute tour. Cash bar.

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Private Docent-Led Tour of the Art Institute of Chicago
Fee includes museum entry, private docent-led tour and taxes.

3:30 – 5:00 pm

Backstage Tour of Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago
Sponsored by Craig & Company

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

Excellence in Club Management Awards Gala
Cocktails, Awards Ceremony and Dinner
The University Club of Chicago

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2023

7:00 a.m.

Breakfast and Exhibitor Showcase

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Education Session 5 – Governance Panel
Joe Trauger, President and CEO, National Club Association
Jeff Morgan, CEO, Club Management Association of America

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Education Session 6 – Cyber Security
Jim Gusella, General Manager/COO, Portland Country Club
Duane Laflotte, Chief Technology Officer, Pulsar Security
Trevor Coughlan, VP Marketing, Jonas Club Software

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.

Exhibitor Showcase / Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Education Session 7 NCA Government Update
Joe Trauger, President and CEO, National Club Association

11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Education Session 8 My Block My Hood My City
Jahmal Cole, CEO/Founder, My Block My Hood My City

12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Roundtable Lunch
Sponsored by PGA ExecuSearch

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Education Session 9 – ECM Panel Featuring the Winners of the 2022 Excellence in Club Management Awards
Frank Vain, President, McMahon Group, Inc., Moderator

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Education Session 10
Curtis Duffy, Chef and Co-owner, Ever Restaurant Group
Michael Muser, Co-owner, Ever Restaurant Group

2:30 – 3:15 p.m.

Education Session 11 – A New Club Model
Nicholas Schreiber, Founder, Old Barnwell

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase / Refreshment Break

3:30– 4:15 p.m.

Education Session 12

6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

ClubPAC Reception

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Bourbon, Bags, BBQ & Blues
The Union League Club of Chicago


 The Union League Club of Chicago

65 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, Illinois  60604-3507

All events take place at The Union League Club of Chicago unless otherwise noted.

Medinah Country Club

6N001 Medinah Rd
Medinah, Illinois  60157-9668

Lake Shore Country Club

1255 Sheridan Rd
Glencoe, Illinois  60022-1253

The University Club of Chicago

76 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois  60603-2703


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The NCA ClubWorks Classic golf outing at the historic Lake Shore Country Club will feature roundtrip transportation, lunch, beverages, and carts. Sponsored by ClubWorks. Transportation sponsored by Club Car. Capacity is limited.

Spend a beautiful afternoon on the course at Lake Shore Country Club with your friends (including new ones!) from the National Club Association. Set among striking ravines that lead to Lake Michigan, Lake Shore’s 100+ year-old golf facility includes a gorgeous 18-hole golf course, a driving range, putting greens, and a separate chipping practice area.


Designed and hosted just for private club presidents and board members, The Club Governance Symposium will cover a broad range of topics, 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. This half-day symposium offers plenty of opportunity for conversation, idea and solution exchange, and networking with leaders of clubs around the U.S. The panel will include experts in club governance featuring Moderator Henry DeLozier, Principal, GGA Partners. Dress: Business casual.


Elections and elixirs are the focus of the ClubPAC Reception. NCA’s Government Relations Committee Chair Rob Smith and President & CEO Joe Trauger offer a shot and chaser, so to speak, on ClubPAC and legislative issues affecting private clubs—now and in the future.

Attendees must have a signed prior authorization form on file to attend. Forms will be available at the door.

Dress: Business


The premier event of the private club industry year! Enjoy a sophisticated evening of awards, inspiration, and dinner and social time with friends. These annual awards recognize private club general managers and chief operating officers who have exhibited outstanding skills in managing their club. Founded and established in 1996 by McMahon Group, and co-sponsored by the National Club Association, the Awards are named after distinguished club managers who have done so much for their clubs and profession. A winner is selected in each of the following categories:

  • The James H. Brewer Award, Country/Golf Club with 600 or More Full Privilege Members.
  • The Mead Grady Award, Country/Golf Club with Under 600 Full Privilege Members.
  • The Mel Rex Award, City/Athletic/Specialty (Non-Golf) Club.
  • The John Furlong Award, Canadian Club Managers.
  • The Rising Star Award, Assistant Managers. Included in your NCC registration.

2023 National Club Conference Pricing

Club Member Rate Nonmember Rate Board Member AGM
Standard Rate $1,875 $2,475 $1,250
Governance Symposium Standalone $575 $975 Included
Day Rate: Monday, May 8 $1,000 $1,250 $850
Day Rate: Tuesday, May 9 $1,000 $1,250 $850
Exhibitor/Associate Rate
(Includes booth and one (1)
conference registration.)
$3,750 $4,750 Additional Booth Rep.:
$1,750 Pre-Sale