NCA and the NCA Foundation Announce New Directors and Officers

Published Wednesday, May 9, 2012


(Washington, D.C., May 9, 2012) - The National Club Association recently held its annual board meeting in New York City, where it elected the board officers and Ted M. Benn, partner of Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas, Texas, as a new director.

The new lineup of officers includes John D. Zook, CPA, representing the Union League of Philadelphia, as the new NCA Chairman, with Thomas Gaston, Jr., CCM of The Pacific-Union Club in San Francisco, Calif., serving as the new Vice Chairman. Samuel Bell, Jr. of The California Club in Los Angeles, Calif., maintained his position as Treasurer, and Kirk O. Reese, CCM of The Los Angeles Country Club was elected as the new Secretary.

Also re-elected to the board of directors for three-year terms were Tom Gaston, Jr., general manager of The Pacific-Union Club and Robyn Nordin Stowell, partner in the law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker in Phoenix, Ariz.

"The National Club Association is pleased to welcome our newest board member, Ted Benn, and excited to announce our new lineup of board leadership,” said Susanne R. Wegrzyn, President & CEO of NCA.  "As NCA continues its mission of providing information and advocacy for private clubs, we are thrilled to have such a strong selection of leaders to provide insight and expertise on how to best serve our industry."

The NCA Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Club Association, also held its annual meeting in New York City this past April, where it added several new members to its board of directors.

Newly elected NCA Foundation directors included:

  • Paul Astbury, President of Ocean Reef Club,
  • Robert Crifasi, General Manager of New Orleans Country Club,
  • Christine Pooler, General Manager of Merion Golf Club, and
  • Kevin Vitale, General Manager of Baltusrol Golf Club.



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About the NCA Foundation

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