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From India to Amarillo, Abhishek Sonkar - PCR 185

Abhishek Sonkar is the general manager of the Amarillo Club, but he didn't take the normal path. Abi was born in India in the small town Mussoorie. He went to a Hotel School on Kolkatam India and then to Edinburgh in Scotland to graduate at Edinburgh Napier University with a BA in Hospitality Management. Abi always wanted to be a chef but couldn't just get a start. So he took a banquet server's job as a student in the UK. He quickly got promoted to banquet supervisor and Banquet Manager in...


Frank McCathran, Omnilert - PCR 184

So your club drafted an emergency preparedness plan, now what? On this episode, Frank McCathran of Omnilert discussess: About Frank: Frank, as well as other members of Omnilert, have worked within the club industry for over a decade helping clubs implement innovative safety technologies. He has spent the better part of his career overseeing emergency alerting & notification solution implementations at thousands of country clubs, educational institutions, venues, and professional sports &...


Excellence in Club Management Award Winners - PCR 183

On this episode, we'll listen in on the Excellence in Club Management Award Winners panel recorded live on April 30th from the National Club Conference in Washington, DC. The panel was moderated by Frank Vain, President of the McMahon Group. Panelists included: Patrick King, CCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager/COO, Army Navy Country Club The James H. Brewer Award; Christopher Wyles, CCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager, Bald Peak Colony Club The Mead Grady Award; John Warnack, CCM, CFBE, ECM,...


How to Get Your Club on a Waitlist - PCR 182

Your club, yes your club, can get on a waiting list. How you ask? Michael Crandal, CNG, author of the ABC's of Plutonium Private Club Leadership ( explain in this episode. It's a simple method your club may want to explore. We're also joined by Hannah Eanes of the Professional Club Marketing Association ( You'll learn all about their upcoming National Conference happening September 23-25 in Dallas, TX.


Rick Ladendorf and Craig Marshall - PCR 181

Rick Ladendorf and Craig Marshall of Prevo Health Solutions are often referred to as The Monk & The Mastermind. You'll find out why on this episode of Private Club Radio as we explore their new service to the private club industry. Rick and Craig share to amazing gifts with our audience, so make sure to stay tuned to the full episode. PREVO has been beta testing a new leadership program with private clubs from California to Florida in conjunction with Craig Marshall. Craig has mentored and...


Tom Wallace - Kopplin, Kuebler and Wallace - PCR 180

Tom Wallace is partner at Kopplin, Kuebler and Wallace. He's an expert in placing top executives in fine country clubs. In this episode we chat about the expectations boards have of their next GM/COO as well as what managers are looking to get out of their next job. We discuss why cultural fits are so important to matching the right candidate with the right club. We also discuss the average tenure of general managers and why that can lead to adverse effects in a club's long term strategic...


Board Chats - Golf Club of Amelia Island - PCR 179

In this episode, we profile the Golf Club of Amelia Island. General Manager, Dave DeMay, and Head Pro, Jason Hill, join us to chat about the club. The club features 18 holes of championship golf, two lighted hard tennis courts, a private beach club, a variety of dining options and banquet facilities. We also discuss the Concours d’Elegance, the club's famous car show that takes place each year attracting aficionados and celebrities from around the world. Learn more about the club at...


Mark Panciera on Mindset and Leadership - PCR 178

This conversation will provide an understanding of the power of mindset, and how by leveraging it both personally and professionally, increased individual, team, and organizational performance will result. On this episode we'll cover how habits, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations impact results. How to increase your leadership effectiveness by harnessing the power of concepts such as blindspots comfort zones, limiting vs. liberating beliefs and identifying where ineffective thinking...


3 Tips on Successful Internships - PCR 177

On today's episode we chat with Hannah Eanes of the Professional Club Marketing Association. You'll learn why interns can be a valuable asset to your club. If you're thinking of taking the plunge, you'll learn three ways to get the most out of your internship program. On June 3rd, our host, Gabriel Aluisy, will be participating in the FLCMAA Seminole Region marathon golf. This event will raise money for children's charities including the Special Olympics, The Fiirst Tee, Place of Hope, SOS...


The Future of Private City Clubs? - PCR 176

Ryan Wilson, CEO of The Gathering Spot joins us to discuss his unique concept in Atlanta. You'll learn what makes the club of one-of-a-kind private club experience. We chat about how the club was founded and their plans for expansion into markets like Washington, DC and Los Angeles. You'll especially enjoy Ryan's, "best piece of entrepreneurial advice." You can learn more abou The Gathering spot at This episode was recorded live at the National Club Conference...


Throw Better Events with Denny Corby - PCR 175

On episode 175 we chat with Denny Corby whose comedy, magic and mind reading show for private clubs delights audiences around the country. This is Denny's second time on the show. He provided so much value last time, we had to have him back on again. On this episode we'll cover How clubs can create better experiences with the events they are doing at their clubs. You'll also learn how to showcase your club in different ways with the events you are doing. And you'll learn the one major thing...


Mark Bado, MCM - Myers Park CC - PCR 174

Mark has over 25 years of experience in the private club industry. He began his career with the accounting firm of Deloitte where he was a financial advisor to several private clubs. Oakmont Country Club then hired him to be their Controller. Mark continued his career in Club Management and became the General Manager/COO of Wildwood Golf Club. Currently, he is the General Manager of Myers Park Country Club. Mark has held many positions within the CMAA, including president of three...


Plantation GCC - Board Chats - PCR 172

On this episode we chat with Bill Trent who sits on the board at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Florida. Bill shares his experience finding a solution to the challenges their club faced. Some great lessons include: Peter Nanula and Concert Golf Partners were instrumental in helping turn the club around and embark on a capital improvement plan. Learn why Concert thought this club was a good fit for its portfolio and the plans they have to continue improving the club.


Arnold Palmer's Legacy Lives On In Latrobe - PCR 172

On this week's episode, we're live on location in Latrobe, PA chatting with Don Emery and assistant golf professional John Beck about the legacy of Arnold Palmer and the indelible mark he's left on a small town. You'll learn about the club and the history that lives on here. For more information, visit


Neurolinguistic Programming with Jason Schneider- PCR 171

Can you really change your behavior by changing the way you speak or the way you think? Jason Schneider of Perception Academy shows you how you can with the science of neurolinguistic programming. Jason explains what NLP is and even gives Gabe a session right on the air! It's an interesting chat about how you can rid yourself of the negative thoughts in your life and much more through rewiring your brain's operating system. Also on this episode, Gabe is joined by his son Lucas Aluisy as...


Board Chats with Club Board Professionals - PCR 170

The dynamic duo of David Duval and Joseph Abely of Club Board Professionals join Peter Nanula of Concert Golf Partners in this edition of Board Chats. After serving on their own club boards and then having worked with boards around the country, David and Joseph break down their top 10 tips for private club boards. All too often, boards take a miopic approach, but it's so important that boards operate with a long term vision. You'll learn how to change that and what you should be focusing...


Live from the Club Leadership Summit 2019 - PCR 169

On this episode, we bring you live interviews from the Club Leadership Summit held at Ascot Racecourse just outside of London. Leighton Walker chats first with Juan Fernandez of Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid. Juan, who has been coming for 7 years, lets us know why CLS is the event to attend each year. We also learn more about what he's doing to grow the game in Spain. Next Leighton chats with Euan Grant of the JCB Club. This is a new club that has recently opened and you'll find out...


3 Ways to Use Google Reviews for PR & Membership

Gabe discusses why Google reviews are so important to your club's online reputation. You'll learn why it's so powerful and his top 3 strategies on how to use the platform. He'll teach you how to answer negative reviews and why it's so important to never ignore them. You'll also learn how you can take your competition's negative reviews and spin them in your favor. Visit to work with Gabe and his team. Later in the episode we chat with Henry Wallmyer, President...


Henry Delozier on Millennials - PCR 167

Henry Delozier joins us to discuss Global Golf Advisors' updated millennial research. Find out what the driving motivations are for millennials who want to join a private club and much more. Henry DeLozier is considered one of the leading authorities on golf course asset development and financing. Henry is recognized within the golf industry for his uncommon understanding of golf and residential properties. He is known as a no-nonsense profit producer, an innovative marketer and an advocate...


Golf Maintenance Solutions on Board Chats - PCR 166

On this episode we chat with Dean Wochaski and Bill Nauroth of Golf Maintenance Solutions. Dean & Bill will discuss their top agronomy tips for greens committees. After this episode, you'll be better prepared to tackle the BIG questions that always arise in those meetings. You'll learn how to look at the golf course through the eyes of the superintendent. We also chat about how you can better set expectations for the club. If you haven't had an agronomy plan at your club, you'll probably...