2019 Speakers

April 28 – 30, Washington D.C.

Meet Your National Club Conference Speakers

Tucker Carlson, Host of "Tucker Carlson Tonight"

Tucker Carlson is the host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Tucker Carlson Tonight. He joined the network in 2009 as a contributor.

On his program each night, Carlson features powerful analysis and spirited debates with guests from across the political and cultural spectrum. Bringing his signature style to tackle issues largely uncovered by the media, Carlson challenges political correctness and media bias with segments like "Campus Craziness" and "TwitterStorm."

In July 2018, Carlson presented an interview with President Donald Trump from Helsinki, Finland, following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Prior to the launch of his primetime program, Carlson served as a co-host of FOX & Friends Weekend. He also provided analysis for America's Election Headquarters on primary and caucus nights, including the 2016 and 2012 presidential elections, as well as the 2014 midterm election. In addition, he also produced an FNC special, "Fighting for Our Children's Minds," in 2010.

Before joining FNC, Carlson hosted Tucker on MSNBC from 2005-2008 and PBS' Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered. He joined CNN in 2000 as its youngest anchor ever, co-hosting The Spin Room and went on to become co-host of CNN's Crossfire until its 2005 cancellation. In 2003, he wrote an autobiography about his cable news experience titled "Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News." His latest book, "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution" was a #1 New York Times Best Seller.

Additionally, Carlson founded and acted as editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a political news website he launched in 2010.

Carlson graduated with a B.A. in history from Trinity College.

Justin Firestone, Founding Partner, Wheels Up

Justin Firestone is Founding Partner of private aviation company Wheels Up. Prior to Wheels Up, he founded Firestone Management Group, where he serves as its Managing Director. Firestone previously served as President for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.

Prior to joining Hawker Beechcraft, Firestone had established a name for himself throughout the private jet industry both in Asia and in the United States. In 2007 Firestone founded Asia Jet where he served as CEO. Firestone also was a senior executive with Marquis Jet, a wholly owned subsidiary of NetJets and served as a director with eBizJets, now branded as Sentient Jet.

In addition to his aviation experience and expertise, Firestone has built an stateside career in the professional sports industry holding various positions with the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, Miami Heat of the NBA and the National Football League. In 2006, he became a minority owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks MLB franchise.

Firestone received degrees in both communication and business from Arizona State University.

Dean Heyl, Director of the Office of Public Liaison, Department of Labor

Dean Heyl is the Department of Labor’s Director of the Office of Public Liaison.  In this role, he is responsible for all stakeholder outreach.

Previously,Heyl was the International Franchise Association’s (IFA’s) Chief Legal Officer, where he oversaw all federal, state and local issues affecting the franchise model in addition to providing research and advice on tax issues.

Prior to his time at IFA, Heyl worked for the Direct Selling Association as a state and federal lobbyist and was the Executive Director of the Coalition for Affordable Accounting. His public sector experience includes serving as a senior advisor in the offices of the Idaho Attorney General and Governor. From 2008 – 2011, he sat on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council, which advises the IRS on tax administration policy, programs, and initiatives.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy (Ret.), Supreme Court of the United States

Anthony Kennedy is a lawyer and retired Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Kennedy was appointed to the Court in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan and served in the position until his retirement in 2018. During his 30 years on the bench, his votes often played critical in deciding the country’s most important court cases.

Justice Kennedy is also engaged in a series of educational projects. He has lectured in many law schools and universities in the United States and other parts of the world. He has helped develop an educational program for senior judges in Iraq’s judiciary and in association with the American Bar Association he devised an online program exploring American values and civic traditions. "Dialogue on Freedom" has been used by more than a million high school students throughout the United States.

Kennedy attended the London School of Economics for a year before receiving his bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University in 1958. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1961. He accepted a position as professor of constitutional law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law, where he taught from 1963 to 1988.

Howard P. Milstein, Executive Chairman, Nicklaus Companies; Publisher, GOLF Magazine; Chairman 8AM GOLF

Howard P. Milstein, Chairman and CEO of New York Private Bank & Trust and its operating bank, Emigrant, is an investor, philanthropist and entrepreneur. Emigrant is the largest privately held, family-owned and operated bank in the United States. Emigrant Capital, the private equity division of Emigrant, provides long-term equity and related capital to established businesses across a range of industries.

Howard Milstein has been a partner with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus since 2007 and in 2018 became the Executive Chair of The Nicklaus Companies. He also owns GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com and numerous other golf-related investments, including Miura Golf and GolfLogix, the number one app for golf and a global leader in GPS and club-tracking technology. 

A graduate of Cornell University, Milstein earned a B.A. in economics summa cum laude. At Harvard University, he earned both a law and business degree in the JD/MBA program. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council and the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations.

Michael Mondavi, Founder, Michael Mondavi Family Estate

Michael Mondavi is widely credited with helping establish and build the Napa Valley wine industry as we know it. Drafted into the family business immediately following his college graduation, Mondavi often spent two-thirds of the year traveling, promoting Mondavi wines and the Napa Valley wine industry.

In 1999, Mondavi, along with his wife Isabel and their two children, purchased the Animo vineyard in Atlas Peak, Calif., marking the first chapter of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate.

Recognized as one of the global emissaries of California wine, Mondavi has been actively involved in industry affairs and numerous civic activities. He is a member of the California State Chamber of Commerce Board, former chairman and CEO of the Wine Market Council, former president of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, and former chairman of Wine Institute, Winegrowers of California, and Napa Valley Wine Auction. He has also been a board member of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.

In 1998, Michael was named Industry Executive of the Year by The Market Watch Leaders, a group of top industry executives. In 1997, he received the Who’s Who in Food and Wine Award by the James Beard Foundation, and in 1995 he was awarded the World of Food and Wine Lifetime Achievement Award.

David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Since its founding in 1987, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $174 billion from 31 offices around the world. 

Prior to co-founding Carlyle, Rubenstein practiced law in New York and Washington state, worked as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments and served as deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy during the Carter administration.

Rubenstein is chairman of the boards of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Institute for Advanced Study; and president of the Economic Club of Washington.

He is the vice chairman of the board of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Business Council, Harvard Global Advisory Council (chairman), Madison Council of the Library of Congress (chairman), board of dean’s advisors of the Business School at Harvard, advisory board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and board of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community. 

A native of Baltimore, he graduated magna cum laude from Duke University and from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review.

Ryan Wilson, Co-Founder and CEO, The Gathering Spot

Ryan Wilson is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Gathering Spot, an invitation-only private membership club based in Atlanta, Georgia. Ryan leads a team that has assembled a diverse membership community in one of the most dynamic cities in the country.

Wilson has been recognized as the Small Business Person of the Year by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, has been named as one of the country’s most influential African-Americans in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100, and has been listed among “Atlanta’s 500 most powerful leaders” by Atlanta Magazine.

A native to Atlanta, Wilson is currently an active participant in several Atlanta civic and community organizations. He most proudly serves on the board for Hands on Atlanta, The Atlanta Business League, and Peace Preparatory Academy. Wilson graduated from Georgetown University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Excellence in Club Management® Awards Panelists:

Patrick King, CCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager/COO, Army Navy Country Club
The James H. Brewer Award (Country/Golf Clubs with 600 or More Full-Privilege Members

Christopher Wyles, CCM, CCE, ECM, General Manager, Bald Peak Colony Club
The Mead Grady Award (Country/Golf Clubs with Fewer than 600 Full-Privilege Members)

John Warnack, CCM, CFBE, ECM, COO/General Manager, The Army and Navy Club
The Mel Rex Award (City, Athletic or Specialty (Non-Golf) Club)

Kristen LaCount, CCM, ECM, Assistant General Manager, The Country Club, 
The 2018 Rising Star Award


Mark Jablonski, ECM, Assistant General Manager, Medinah Country Club,
The 2018 Rising Star Award


Club Presidents Governance Symposium

Henry DeLozier
Global Golf Advisors

Malcolm MacColl
NCA Treasurer 
Board of Governors
The Westmoor Club



Lou DiLorenzo
NCA Board Member
Board of Governors
Interlachen Country Club


Joe Trauger
NCA Vice President of Government Relations

Staffing Solutions Panel

C.J. "Joe" Bendy, Jr., CCM, CCE
General Manager/COO
River Oaks Country Club

J.G. "Ted" Gillary, CCM, ECM
Executive Manager
Detroit Athletic Club

Allyn Gutauskas
Human Resource Manager
Farmington Country Club 

Anne Catherine Nielson, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Owner & Principal


More information coming soon. For any inquiries regarding speaker opportunities, contact John Good at good@nationalclub.org or 202-684-8749.



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