Bill McMahon, Sr. AIA, OAA
Director of Special Projects
Bill is a strategic, financial and architectural planning consultant to clubs throughout North America. He established McMahon Group in 1983 as an affiliate of the family architectural firm his grandfather founded in 1906. Over the ensuing years, the firm has expanded its club consulting services beyond clubhouse improvement planning to a full range of services for all aspects of private club challenges. To date, the firm has assisted more than 2,000 private clubs across the United States, Canada, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. McMahon Group provides a unique approach to developing club facility projects first establishing design and financial feasibility so membership approval is achieved. Thereafter final design and construction firms are selected to build the member approved project.
Mr. McMahon is unique among club consultants in providing an integrated strategic, financial and architectural approach to solving club problems. His personal involvement with his own clubs in St. Louis (serving in the roles of president, board member and committee member) has allowed him to bring unparalleled experience to each client. Mr. McMahon’s club memberships have included Bellerive Country Club (St. Louis), Racquet Club Ladue (St. Louis), University Club of St. Louis, Spring Lake Yacht Club (Michigan) and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania.
Mr. McMahon is a graduate of Washington University School of Architecture in St. Louis and holds architecture licenses in 44 U.S. states and in Ontario, Canada. He is a featured author in industry publications and a featured speaker at the annual conferences of the Club Managers Association of America, the Canadian Society of Club Managers, the National Club Association and the Hospitality, Financial and Technology Professionals. He serves as a visiting lecturer at continuing education sessions offered by regional CMAA chapters and at Michigan State University. Bill is a co-author of McMahon Club Trends®, the comprehensive research reports on strategic issues facing private clubs published with the National Club Association. He is also founder of the Excellence in Club Management Award.
Mr. McMahon is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and the National Club Association. He is a former president of the Missouri Council of Architects, AIA and has served on various charitable boards in the St. Louis area.
Never before has there been a greater need for good facility planning, as clubs are undertaking major facility projects all across North America. Be they renovations or new clubhouses, facilities need to be based on sound business planning and a club’s Mission of service to its members.Read More
There is little thought of master planning for the entire club. The classic mistake for clubs in expanding and adding both indoor and outdoor dining capacity and doing nothing for the kitchen.Read More
The financial geniuses in Washington have done it again. Having overfunded the economy to save it, they now have to underfund it to deflate it. I think this means deflation and recession. Of course, we in the club world benefited from all the government largesse, so we can’t cry in our soup when they raiseinterest…Read More
A Club’s master plan for its facility future should not just be a wish list for every committee in a Club. It must have direction and purpose. It must be guided by the Board, membership and the General Manager.Read More
As club after club is studying its facility needs for establishing future budgets, McMahon Group has been asked over and over again to help provide a range of magnitude cost for club and community projects of all types and sizesRead More
It is almost certain that clubs will have to undertake major facility improvement programs in at least ten-year cycles. Irrigation systems, grill rooms, new recreation activities, etc. will need to be added or improved.Read More