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. 



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About Bill McMahon

Bill is a private club planner providing strategic planning, member research analysis and facility planning services for private clubs across North America. Bill joined McMahon Group in 1999 and has worked with over 200 clubs helping to solve their strategic and facility needs.

Bill is Co-Editor of Club Trends, a quarterly report published with the National Club Association (NCA). He has written for many private club publications like The BoardRoom Magazine, Club Director and more, and has been a featured speaker at national conferences, local chapters and other associations serving the private club industry. He is also on the NCA’s Communications Committee.

Bill has been instrumental in developing and enhancing the McMahon Group online presence. He created and runs Clubtopia® ( – an online business directory of firms and companies serving the club industry.

Bill’s club memberships have included Bellerive Country Club (St. Louis), Glen Echo Country Club (St. Louis) and the Missouri Athletic Club (St. Louis). He proudly serves on the Board of Cinema St. Louis ( and is Second Vice President on the Board of the Tennessee Society of St. Louis.


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