2018 National Club Conference Speakers

Meet Your Star-Studded Speaker Lineup 

The 2018 National Club Conference will include a star-studded lineup of speakers from inside and outside the private club industry to develop club leaders' skills and to help them take their clubs to the next level. NCA has confirmed key speakers and is in the process of growing the presenter lineup for the spring conference. Read about the 2018 National Club Conference speakers below.

Note: CMAA members can earn education credits by participating in the conference sessions.


Rick Reilly, Award-winning Journalist and sports writer

Rick Reilly is one of America’s most well-known sportswriters and is a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame. He’s been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times. USA Today called Reilly “the closest thing sportswriting ever had to a rock star.”

His latest book, "Tiger, Meet My Sister … And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said" is a collection of his best columns written at ESPN, complete with postscript updates of each column at the bottom.

Reilly has won numerous awards in his 30-year writing career, including the prestigious New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One Award for Best Magazine Story. He is the co-author of “The Boz,” the best-selling autobiography of bad-boy Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; “Gretzky,” with hockey superstar Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings; “I’d Love to but I Have a Game” with NBC announcer Marv Albert, and the “The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley.”

Peter Ueberroth, Entrepreneur and philanthropist 

Peter Ueberroth graduated with a degree in business from San Jose State in 1959. He founded First Travel Corp. and later turned his attention to sports, organizing the 1984 Summer Olympics Games in Los Angeles and serving as Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1984 to 1988. He was chairman of Rebuild Los Angeles after the 1992 Los Angeles riots and ran for governor in 2003. He is an investor and chairman of the Contrarian Group, a private equity company in Newport Beach. 

Chip Brewer, President & CEO, Callaway Golf Company

Oliver G. Brewer, III, also known as Chip, is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Callaway Golf Co. Brewer served as CEO  of Adams Golf Inc. from January 2002 to 2012 and served as its president from 2000 to 2012. He has a long tenure with Adams Golf Inc. and has years of company specific knowledge and a vast amount of golf industry knowledge. Brewer served as the president/COO of Adams Golf from 2000 to 2002 and as senior vice president of sales and marketing from 1998 to 2000. He served as vice president of sales and marketing of Mead Containerboard, a division of Mead Corporation from 1997 to 1998. He has been a Director of Callaway Golf Co. since March 2012. Brewer served as an executive director of Adams Golf from 2000 to 2012. He is a 1986 graduate of the College of William and Mary and received his MBA from Harvard in 1991.

Bill Walshe, CEO, Viceroy Hotel Group

A 20-year veteran to the luxury hospitality industry, Bill provides Viceroy Hotel Group with a truly global perspective, bringing extensive senior management experience with leading international hospitality companies, including Jumeirah Group, The Doyle Collection and Kempinski Hotels and Resorts. As the CEO of the Doyle Collection, Bill led the brand through its reinvention into a modern luxury urban hotel group that includes eleven hotels in the USA and Europe. Prior to The Doyle Collection, he served as Chief Marketing Officer for Dubai based Jumeirah Group at a time of tremendous growth for the international luxury hospitality group.  Bill's international experience and recognition as a leader within the industry will enable him to lead the continued growth and development of Viceroy Hotel Group. Click here to see Bill Walshe speak on Business Ideology - A Roadmap of Pride at TEDx Wilmington Salon.

Jose Villa, Founder and President, Sensis

Jose Villa founded Sensis in 1998 as a website development firm and has since expanded the company into a full-service advertising agency. The Sensis integrated model combines an explicitly cross-cultural approach to the general market, where ethnic insights lead our work, with core digital capabilities focused on the role of digital media, the mainstreaming of multicultural markets, and the transformative impact of social technology.  Focusing on cross-cultural marketing and digital strategy, particularly with respect to reaching the U.S. Hispanic, African American, and Asian markets, he frequently publishes on multicultural marketing subjects at MediaPost, and his blog, ThinkMulticultural.com, a leading blog on the multicultural marketing industry. Sensis works with more than 25 Fortune 1000, government, and non-profit clients including Sempra Energy, the U.S. Army, United Healthcare, the FDA, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Achievement First. Jose is a fellow of the Robert Toigo Foundation, a founding member of the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, a board member of the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and a past Advisory Board member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Stachura, Senior Editor-Equipment, Golf Digest 

Mike Stachura is the senior editor of equipment at Golf Digest, the largest-circulation golf publication in the world. He has been a member of the staff since 1992, and has been covering golf equipment and technology as well as the business of golf for more than 20 years. He leads the team that developed and oversees the Hot List, Golf Digest’s annual review of new products, from drivers to golf balls. The Hot List has been named the most widely read review of new products by golf industry research firm Golf Datatech for 10 consecutive years. In addition, he developed the magazine’s biennial ranking of America’s 100 Best Clubfitters.

In 2016 Mike was named to the International Clubmakers Hall of Fame for his work promoting the benefits of clubfitting to the golfing public. He is the author of three books, including Classic American Courses and Fearless Golf with noted sport psychologist Dr. Gio Valiente. He also has been a frequent guest on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive and served as a co-host for the annual Golf Digest Equipment Insider special on NBC.

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