DENEHY Club Thinking Partners


DENEHY Club Thinking Partners
501 Kings Highway East, Suite 300
Fairfield, CT  06825
Contact: Daniel Denehy

DENEHY Club Thinking Partners is a full service executive search and management consulting firm serving the private club industry. Whether recruiting a senior level employee, evaluating an aspect of club operations, advising the board on governance, or strengthening your management team’s effectiveness, we are your thinking partner.

We offer a complete array of services, including executive search for all “C” level positions including:

  • General Manager/COO
  • Golf Course Superintendent
  • Golf Professional
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Membership Marketing
  • Executive Chef

Over the last years, we have managed clubs from the inside and provided consulting guidance as a trusted outside advisor. Tools we deploy in our Board and Management Advisory practice are:

  • Governance Modeling
  • Strategic Leadership Consulting
  • Operational Reviews
  • Board and Committee Surveys
  • Club Experience Surveys
  • Performance Management/Incentive Compensations
  • Employee 360º Analysis
  • Membership Marketing
  • Board Retreats and Onboarding

Our team of seven passionate industry professionals with overlapping skills in club management, operations, hospitality, agronomy, finance, marketing and research offers a combined 120 years of professional experience. The firm has served more than 200 clubs and resorts on nearly 400 projects.

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Dan Denehy, President

Kirk O. Reese, CCM, Executive Vice President

Alison Savona, Senior Consultant, Hospitality

Barbara McAuliffe, Senior Consultant, Marketing & Communications


Robert C. James, CCM, CCE, CHE Joins DENEHY Club Thinking Partners


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Club mission statements

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What is the difference between an employment contract and offer letter?

Measuring your general manager's success

Trends in GM compensation

Succession planning for boards

How do you optimize your management team?

How do you say “No” in the boardroom?

How do you hold consultants accountable?

What are some of the fundamentals of high functioning service cultures?

How do you find the right interim GM and ensure his or her success?

Leadership succession planning

Governance with a Management Company

Employee Confidentiality Agreements


Strategic Board Development

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