Philip R. Kiester
NCA Immediate Past ChairGeneral Manager, The Country Club of Virginia
Phil Kiester currently serves as the general manager of the Country Club of Virginia (CCV) in Richmond, Va. Founded in 1908, the Country Club of Virginia’s 7,500 members make it one of the largest member–owned private clubs in the United States. CCV was founded in 1908, and its facilities include 1,100 acres containing two clubhouses situated seven miles apart, 54 holes of golf, 24 tennis courts, three squash courts, three paddle tennis courts, a fitness facility, five swimming pools, a croquet field, multiple dining outlets, special event venues, and more.
Formerly, he served as GM of Farmington Country Club in Virginia. During his tenure, the club was chosen a Platinum Club of America four times, and in recent polls, the club was ranked number 16 in the United States.
Kiester began his hospitality career at the age of 15 by washing dishes, and has been involved in some aspect of the hospitality industry ever since. After graduating from Johns Hopkins University in 1979 with a degree in social science, Kiester served a culinary apprenticeship before attending the master’s program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Since completing his studies at Cornell, he has served as general manager of various restaurants and country clubs in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Philadelphia.
Kiester has served on the NCA Regional Council for several years and has been a member of the board since 2007. He served on the Communications and Membership Committees and has chaired the NCA Long Range Planning Committee.
Also, Kiester served as president of Virginia’s CMAA chapter and as a guest lecturer in hospitality and club management programs at Cornell University, Virginia Tech University and James Madison University.