Two New Member Join NCA's Board of Directors for 2008

Philip R. Kiester and Wendy K. Zurstadt

Published Friday, November 16, 2007

(WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 16, 2007)-The National Club Association's board of directors recently met in Charleston, S.C., for its semi-annual board meeting and elected two new directors. Philip R. Kiester, general manager of the Farmington Country Club in Farmington, Va., and Wendy K. Zurstadt, chief financial officer of the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Fla., are the newest additions to NCA's board.

Kiester has nearly 12 years experience as Farmington's general manager and 35 years experience in the hospitality industry. He won the McMahon Group's "Excellence in Club Management" award in 2000, and, during his tenure, Farmington was chosen as a Club Leader's Forum "Platinum Club of America" three times. Also, Kiester served 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.

With exactly 20 years experience in the club industry, Zurstadt most recently served on the Hospitality Finance & Technology Professionals' board of directors, filling the position of president in 2002-03.  In 2003, Zurstadt helped in the publication of the "Uniform System of Financial Reporting," which has set the standards for reporting in the club industry, and in 2005, she won the HFTP Paragon Award for her contributions to the hospitality industry. Before joining The Polo Club, she worked for Hartford Golf Club in West Hartford, Conn., for 18 years.

The officers of NCA's executive board include: Chairman David B. Chag, CCM, the general manager of The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass.; Vice Chairman Douglas T. Howe, the executive vice president of new business development at ClubCorp USA Inc. in Dallas; Secretary Brian R. Kroh, CCM, the general manager of John's Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla.; Treasurer Michael L. Hardy, Esq., an attorney with Thompson Hine in Cleveland, Ohio; and Immediate Past Chairman James P. Lower, Esq., a partner with Hanna and Morton LLP in Los Angeles.

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