Educators

  • James B. Singerling, CCM, CEC

    CEO of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA)

    Prior to this appointment, Mr. Singerling was a corporate official in the golf course design and management companies of Robert Trent Jones, Sr. He also served as vice president and general manager of the Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

    During his 22-year tenure as CEO of CMAA, Mr. Singerling has helped guide the association to the forefront of the hospitality industry. The CMAA Business Management Institute has grown from offering three programs annually to 33 on seven university campuses. The Club Foundation, the charitable arm of the private club industry, was established by CMAA in 1988 and is on solid footing with its permanent $3 million endowment fund in place and a current new campaign with a goal of $7.5 million. The association has had extraordinary success with the Premier Club Services Department with its more than 700 subscribing clubs. CMAA's public website - cmaa.org - now averages more than two million hits per month.

    Mr. Singerling has been a member of the Club Managers Association of America for more than 30 years and has enjoyed an outstanding 40-year career in the hospitality industry. He is a Certified Executive Chef with the American Culinary Federation (ACF), and a Certified Club Manager with CMAA. He is also President of The Club Foundation and served as President of the Team USA Culinary Foundation from 1992 to 1996.

  • John Fornaro

    Publisher of BoardRoom magazine
    CEO of the Association of Private Club Directors (APCD)

    John G. Fornaro is president/CEO of The Association of Private clubs and Directors. He is also publisher/owner Boardroom magazine LLC, which publishes BoardRoom magazine, a bi-monthly publication founded 17 years ago and aimed at educating and informing boards of directors in the private club industry.

    He is also CEO of the Distinguished Club Program LLC, a division of BoardRoom magazine, which offers a club specific rating system providing national recognition for the club, management and its staff. John is CEO/president Boardroom Institute LLC, another division of BoardRoom magazine, providing an online training and orientation program for private club boards of directors. The objective is to help clubs operate efficiently by optimizing the relationship between the volunteers and the paid executives through collaborative governance.

    He is also co-founder of Professional club Marketing Association, an organization aimed at furthering the interests of private club membership marketing directors; a part owner of Bella Collina Towne and Golf club in San Clemente and a speaker, writer and consultant for the private club industry.

    He has visited over 1,000 private clubs during his 20 years in the private club industry. John lives in Laguna Beach, California.

  • Tarun Kapoor, CHE

    CEO and Managing Director at Kapoor and Kapoor
    Dean of Education at BoardRoom Institute

    Tarun Kapoor holds a M.B.A. from Michigan State University, a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Stout and has earned his CHA and CHE credentials from the American Hotel & Lodging Association. In September 2006 Mr. Kapoor retired as professor in the Collins School of Hospitality at Cal Poly Pomona, where he was the founding director of the professional development Institute, the school's industry service arm. He is the president and managing partner of Ascension Hotels, LLC, an active owner and operator of several full and limited services hotels in the U.S. including Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Best Western.

    Mr. Kapoor's 30 plus years of industry experience, first as managing director of luxury international hotels, and then owner/operator of three critically acclaimed restaurants and several hotels in the U.S., have gained him respect as a management expert and have enabled him to advise and consult for hospitality organizations throughout the world. Mr. Kapoor is frequently quoted in business and hospitality publications, has been extensively published in the field of strategic planning and is a sought after expert witness in hospitality cases.

    Mr. Kapoor has been a featured speaker for many conventions and trade shows including the Southern California Society of Association Executives, the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show, the National Restaurant Association, the Club Managers Association of America, and the Asian American Hotel Owner's Association. Mr. Kapoor has extensive experience in consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, including Proctor & Gamble and boutique organizations like Alliance Hospitality and the Bel Air Country Club.

  • Philip G. Newman, CPA, CIA

    Partner, National Leader Club Consulting, McGladrey LLP

    Philip G. Newman, CPA, CIA has 20 years experience in public accounting, predominantly serving the private club industry. In his role as national leader of club consulting with McGladrey, LLP, Mr. Newman is responsible for projects throughout the United States, including internal control and governance reviews, operational consulting, benchmarking studies, strategic planning and the development and delivery of education products and tools for club boards, CEOs and CFOs.

    He has served on the global board of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and is a frequent speaker at regional and national conference for HFTP, the Club Manager's Association of America (CMAA), and the National Club Association (NCA). A regular contributor to industry publications, Phil was a member of the CPA sub-committee involved in the preparation of the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs and also a contributing editor to the NCA publications "Club Governance Guidelines: A Path to Organizational Excellence." Phil was also a contributor to the HFTP/CMAA publication, "Understanding Club Finances."

  • Randolph D. Addison

    Founding member of Addison Law

    Randy Addison has represented parties involved in the ownership, operation, and development of equity and non-equity private clubs, public golf facilities, resort projects, and residential/golf course development for over 25 years. Mr. Addison, founding member of the Addison Law, has been involved in acquisition, development, and operational matters in more than 600 private and public golf, club, and resort projects throughout the United States and numerous foreign countries, including Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Firestone Country Club, The Homestead, Mission Hills Country Club, Barton Creek Resort, and Daufuskie Resort and Club (formerly The Melrose Club). Mr. Addison's experience includes the acquisition of existing facilities and the development and structuring of the private clubs, public facilities, and resort facilities. These projects include the due diligence programs designated for golf, club, or resort facilities that address organizational matters, membership matters, club documentation, and the various development agreements between the developer and the club, or the resort owner.

    Mr. Addison has represented golf course owners, club owners, resort owners, residential developers, not-for-profit member-owned clubs, and club managers from the initial creation and development of the facility through the various operational issues, including club bylaws, member disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, water, sewer, and effluent agreements, liquor licenses, and other areas. In addition, Mr. Addison has structured equity conversion programs to sell club facilities to its members and the sale of club and resort facilities to third parties.

    Mr. Addison has been a speaker at numerous educational seminars and continuing education program for developers, club and resort owners, club managers, and attorneys. The programs include presentations at the International, ABA and Pan American Bar Hospitality Conferences, Annual American Bar Association Meetings, Crittenden Golf Expos, Recreational Developers Seminars, Golf Inc. Expositions, Club Managers Association of America, CMAA Annual Conferences, the ALI-ABA Resort/Club Seminar, Golf Course Development Seminars, and various regional seminars in the area of golf, club, and resort law.

    Mr. Addison received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas (Austin) and law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been admitted to practice in the Federal Courts of the Northern Texas District Court, and is a member of the Corporate and Real Estate Section of the State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association and the Select Hospitality Committee of the American Bar Association.

  • Bruce R. Williams

    Past President of the GCSAA

    Bruce R. Williams is the principal of Bruce Williams Golf Consulting. His career spans over 40 years of managing the golf courses at Bob O'Link Golf Club and The Los Angeles Country Club. In recent years, Mr. Williams has worked as a speaker and writer on topics of golf course management and agronomy around the globe. His insight has been valuable in helping golf facilities prosper and be the best they can be. Mr. Williams is the past president of four GCSAA chapters and past board member and past president of the GCSAA.

  • Andy Thuney

    Past President and Hall of Fame member of the Southern California PGA

    Andy Thuney is a certified person coach and PGA member. Mr. Thuney has over 30 years experience as a head professional at two different private clubs. He is also the past president and Hall of Fame member of the Southern California PGA. Currently, Mr. Thuney is a golf analyst on the TV Team Golf Championship on Fox Prime Ticket.

  • Rick Coyne

    President and CEO of Club Mark Corporation
    CEO of Professional Club Marketing Association (PCMA)

    As recipient of BoardRoom magazine's first Lifetime Achievement award, Mr. Coyne has taken the role of industry leader guiding clubs and leadership through the complex world of membership and market positioning. Having worked with over 700 private clubs nationally and internationally, he has eagerly shared his experience by providing over 600 workshops worldwide including, South Africa, Prague, South America and Spain and is a repeat provider to CMAA Chapters all over the country.

    As CEO of Club Mark Corporation and Professional Club Marketing Association (PCMA), he continues to lead the way in membership strategy. Mr. Coyne has authored several marketing publications, has been published in most club industry magazines and newsletters and has developed numerous workshops for club managers both in the US and Europe. As executive director of the PCMA, he provides three workshops and a variety of Membership Marketing Institute programs each year specifically for managers and membership directors. Having advised more than 225 clubs in the development of marketing strategies and strategic plans, Mr. Coyne is one of the industry's leading authorities on market positioning in the hospitality and private club industry.

  • Gregg Patterson

    General Manager of The Beach Club in Santa Monica, California
    Adjunct Professor at Cal Poly University

    Gregg Patterson became the general manager of The Beach Club in 1982. Since that time, he has worked with his members, boards, and committees to enhance the value and reputation of The Beach Club in the Los Angeles community. Before becoming the general manager of the Beach Club, he was the assistant manager of the Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles and also worked as a systems analyst for the U.S. Army Club System.

    In addition to his ongoing responsibilities at The Beach Club, Gregg is a senior associate with Kapoor and Kapoor Hospitality Consultants, where he teaches certification courses in leadership and marketing for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), an organization consisting of owners/franchisees of limited service hotels in the U.S. under such brands as Clarion, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, Best Western and others.

    Building on his experience as a club manager, Gregg has been a featured presenter at various club management seminars, assistant manager conferences and hospitality forums around the world, including Canada, Ireland, the U.K., Spain, Denmark, Hungary, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Sweden, the Netherlands, France and Colombia. He has conducted management development programs on a variety of topics for many organizations, e.g., the Army Club System, Para Los Ninos, the Junior League of Los Angeles, the P.G.A., Lawry's Corporation, Sea World, the California Restaurant Association, the California Teachers Association, the Professional Club Marketing Association, The European Golf Course Owners Association, the National Golf Course Owners Association (U.S.) and the International Association of Hospitality Accountants.

    On the academic front, he served as an adjunct professor in the Collins School of Hospitality Management at Cal Poly University, Pomona for 14 years. He currently teaches at various Business Management Institute programs and is a visiting professor at two universities in Gujarat, India. He has spoken to club management classes and associations at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Cornell University and the University of Houston.

    Mr. Patterson also writes a monthly column for BoardRoom magazine and is the author of Reflections on the Club Experience, an anthology of essays on club cultures and operations. In acknowledgement of his efforts as an educator in both the university and the corporate worlds, he was awarded the 2002 Gary Player Private Club Educator of the Year Award by BoardRoom magazine.

    He serves on the board of trustees at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine and has been active in the Southern California Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America.

    Gregg earned an M.P.S. degree from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and a B.A. in British Imperial History from Colgate University. When not involved in his professional responsibilities, you will find Gregg pursuing one of his many "developed passions" - reading, bicycle touring around the world, playing paddle tennis, flying his airplane, or, as a licensed minister, performing wedding and funeral services for family and friends.

    Gregg and his wife Elaine have been happily settled in Los Angeles, California for the last 32 years.

  • Philip Harvey

    President, PREFERRED CLUB™ by Venture Insurance Programs

    Philip J. Harvey is founder and president of PREFERRED CLUB, the club industry's leading all-lines insurance program. Mr. Harvey founded PREFERRED CLUB in 1993 to respond to a need by golf and country clubs in the Mid-Atlantic States for affordable insurance solutions, especially workers' compensation. By 1998, the program had expanded into all lines of coverage nationally and today insures more 1,200 private, semi-private and upscale daily-fee clubs, as well as seven of the nation's 18 largest golf management companies.

    Mr. Harvey has more than 35 years of insurance experience in all facets of property and casualty insurance, and is an entrepreneur and influencer who identifies market needs and works to find a solution. Over the years, he expanded PREFERRED CLUB to include golf destination resorts, which are marketed under the SUITELIFE® program brand. In addition, Mr. Harvey created insurance programs for other hospitality businesses including hotels, marinas, hunting & fishing clubs, as well as specialty underwriting units for Professional Liability and commercial Coastal Property exposures - all marketed under Venture Insurance Programs. He has served on the board of directors of Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA).

    The hallmark of Mr. Harvey and PREFERRED CLUB is an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to respond to club insurance needs. Mr. Harvey values employees and business partners who share this same entrepreneurial approach. He prides himself on being responsive to client issues and industry trends, and he has instilled the same commitment in his staff.