Bill McMahon, Sr. AIA, OAA
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.
Posts by Bill McMahon, Sr. AIA, OAA
Year-Round Club Opportunities – The Holy Grail for Country Club Success
In country club after country club and even for golf clubs, the next generation of members want more than a seasonal club offering. Clubs have an entire staff they pay all year, so the fixed costs of offering more than the outdoor, seasonal offerings of golf, tennis and swimming can be reasonably expanded with very little additional cost.Read More
McMahon’s Insights For Approving Major Projects
The process must begin right and end right with good communications. Every project should begin with the membership survey that assures members’ ownership and support…Read More
Financial Modeling for Future Club Facilities
Determining future facility funding programs without having a sense of a club’s strategic direction is the most challenging aspect of long range planning. A club leadership must be able to crystal ball the need for the future facilities and where to get the funding sources to achieve them.Read More
5 Most Common Challenges Clubs Face Today
Clubs Can Gain and Retain Members by Building New Facilities
What is McMahon Group’s Role Once a Club Project Has Been Approved?
The Town Club Story
A club which embraced the Covid challenge with a total remake to make changes. The Milwaukee neighborhood club was facing a membership struggle, deteriorating facilities, lack of funds for both operations and even small capital projects.Read More
Re-functioning Clubhouses For Covid Design Impact
As we begin the reopening process for our clubhouses, we need to start with a new set of rules and regulations. These rules and regulations will be different all over the country on aspects like dining seating capacity, table spacing and size, kitchen requirements, access and exit points, frequency of cleaning/disinfecting and so on.Read More
Is There a Fee for McMahon Group’s First Impression Visit?
The Summer Reopening Opportunity – It’s Your Club’s Dining Program
The reopening challenge will soon be upon us as we move into the post-COVID summer. Who would have thought that a new coronavirus, a relative of the common cold Corona, would have us facing life or death club issues?Read More
Todays Club Members Want Poolside Dining
Targeted Club Survey, A McMahon Specialty – Customized For Each Club’s Needs
McMahon is pleased to announce its newest club survey program that provides managers and boards targeted issues membership surveys to pin-point specific information.Read More