Mr. Vain provides consulting and planning services to private clubs throughout North America and Asia. Through use of specialized services including membership surveys, strategic planning, operational analysis and facility long range planning, Frank assists clubs in developing individualized strategies for their unique situations.
Mr. Vain joined McMahon Group in 1988 and has more than forty years of experience in the management and development of hospitality properties including private clubs, athletic clubs, resorts and restaurants. Frank is a Past President of The Country Club of St. Albans, an 800-member, 36-hole country club located in Missouri and he is the former owner of Concord Sports Club, a 1,700-member family athletic club in St. Louis. Frank was elected to the Board of the National Club Association in 2011 and served as Chairman in 2018-19.
Mr. Vain is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a featured speaker at the annual Club Managers Association of America World Conference, National Club Association National and Regional Conferences, Major Golf Associations and at regional chapter meetings of club managers and leaders.
He has written numerous articles that have been published in Club Management, Club Director andBoardRoom magazines. Frank was named the Gary Player Club Educator of the Year for 2012 and 2015 by BoardRoom magazine. He is the co-author of McMahon’s Club Trends®, a recognized industry benchmark on the trends and issues affecting private clubs.
Recommending that your club increase membership and participation by women might be as simple as saying, “It’s the right thing to do.” These modern times demand nothing less; but, in case we need more ammunition, here are a few compelling stats for your consideration.Read More
The road to developing a fitness center at your club is often blocked by strawmen. In reaction to a suggestion that he consider adding fitness to his prestigious club, a club president once told me he opposed it because, “It would lead to people eating in the dining room with their hats on backwards.” He…Read More
Time. It is precious, of course, and increasingly in short supply. This should be a concern for private clubs, which need people with both the resources to enjoy membership and sufficient leisure time to derive value from the experience. The decline in available leisure time is especially pronounced among the rising 35 to 45-year-olds, where…Read More
The amount of money country clubs spend to rebuild or renovate their pools can be staggering these days. Multimillion dollar projects are common with recent reports of a club in the southeast hitting the $10 million mark. While the budgets might be eye-popping, most of the clubs that have completed their improvement programs will tell…Read More
The process of developing a Strategic Plan for your club will go through two distinct phases. The initial part of the program will be to establish the club’s vision, or direction for the future. This will be the result of studying your environment through tools like a marketplace and competitive analysis and member survey research,…Read More
The amount of change in society is so significant, it is essential that leaders develop an individualized strategy for their club. The starting point for this process is often a comprehensive survey of the members. They are the owners and primary users, so it is important to have a great understanding of their needs and…Read More
One thing we see up-close in our practice is how much time and energy volunteer leaders are willing to dedicate to improving their club. They are, most often, very busy people with full professional and social calendars; yet, they somehow find a way to make room in their schedule to pay back the club for…Read More
When developing their Strategic Plans, most club leaders quickly tune into the process of developing their Mission and Vision. It is a long recognized part of the direction-setting process and generally gets the thoughtful attention that it deserves. Ok, some directors still have to be pulled kicking and screaming into the discussion, but that is…Read More
Our new 5 Essential Steps for Planning & Approving Successful Club Facility Programs is a handy and effective resource for any manager and/or board member Whether you are just starting out or well into the process, our new 5 Essential Steps for Planning & Approving Successful Club Facility Programs is a handy and effective resource…Read More
One of the biggest challenges facing gated residential communities today is outdated housing stock. Many of these communities were built at least 30 years ago; and, when their members age in place, they let their houses age with them. When it comes time to move on, they drop an old and outdated property on the…Read More
Frank Vain During a recent on-boarding process for a new client, they made their Strategic Plan available to us. They boasted about the work prior to our engagement, and we were excited to look at it. I must admit first surprise, then dismay as I paged through the plan. Stretching well over 100 pages, I found boilerplate information, new ideas, some…Read More
Experience trumps theory and what works in one industry does not in another, even if both appear similar in the face. You learn a lot over the years. Notably, experience trumps theory and what works in one industry does not in another, even if both appear similar in the face. In our experience developing strategic plans for member-owned private clubs, we’ve found…Read More