Essential Role of Governance

Driving on idyllic countryside road at beautiful morning to upcoming 2019 year. Success concept.
Driving on idyllic countryside road at beautiful morning to upcoming 2019 year. Success concept.

We are about to enter our sixth year of publishing Club Trends with the National Club Association (NCA), and we continually strive to make it one of the best industry publications available to club leaders. The information provided in Club Trends is not only there to assist managers with the daily operation of the club, but to also provide Boards with quality information to help them as they set important policies to ensure their club is successful, not only today, but for years to come.

With this idea in mind, our next edition of Club Trends will focus on how essential it is to have effective governance to achieve club success. With Boards having to deal with a myriad of issues at their club, a strong sense of Mission and Vision with a plan for the future is essential in today’s private club world. In addition to in-depth case studies, we will have information on:

• Why a strategic plan is so important

• Best practices in governance

• Managing your facilities and  having a long-term plan 

• Difference between a strategic plan and a facilities master plan

• Why the nomination committee is the most important for club success

Club Trends is available as an annual subscription for $650; you receive four editions over the course of a year starting with this issue on effective governance. If you are a member of the NCA, Club Trends is provided to you at no cost, so join NCA today if your club is not a member For more information about Club Trends or to subscribe, please visit  

Then what?   The 2019 Outlook – 

The first issue of 2019 is our annual “Outlook” report taking a look at where the industry is trending. Be on the lookout for more information from McMahon Group and the NCA over the next few weeks. 



Share This Article

About Bill McMahon

Vice President

Bill is a private club planner who has been working with McMahon Group since 1999. Bill is Co-Editor of the quarterly trends report, Club Trends, published with the National Club Association (NCA). Bill studied architecture at Arizona State University and graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a degree in Media Communications.

Bill’s club memberships have included Bellerive Country Club and the Missouri Athletic Club. Bill is also on the NCA’s Communications Committee. In addition, Bill serves on the Board of Cinema St. Louis and is Second Vice President on the Board of The Tennessee Society of St. Louis.

Bill also created and runs the Clubtopia® business directory for the club world located at

More articles by Bill McMahon
Originally published in: