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Joe Basso, MCM, CCE

Manager At Work - May/June 2015

I grew up in Northwest Indiana, about 40 miles south of Chicago. (I’m a huge Chicago fan - Bears, Cubs , Bulls, and Blackhawks). I was the second oldest of seven children, the youngest being the only girl. My father was a dentist and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. She didn’t have much of a choice with seven kids. We all attended a Catholic grade school. I’m sure my parents enjoyed the additional discipline! My first introduction to the food and beverage industry happened when I was 15. My friend’s family owned a restaurant and I started out washing dishes, and eventually learned how to prep food and cook. I worked there on and off through the years. Seems many of us in the business share a similar story. In high school, I took a job as a line cook at McDonalds. The fast food industry was somewhat different from what I was accustomed to, but it still was a great learning experience. In addition to line cook, I worked midnight shifts during the summer cleaning and maintaining the equipment, performing general maintenance on the building, unloading supply trucks, and taking inventory. After graduation, I enrolled at Indiana University. (Go Hoosiers, although they are quite pathetic when it comes to football.) Both my parents and a couple of my siblings attended there. Socially, I had the tim of my life for two years; however, my scholastic achievements at that point were somewhat uneventful, as was my attendance in class. Needless to say it was strongly recommended that I take a break for a while and decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. Would you like to read more?


MCA Welcomes New Partner

Dave W. Stuckey, CCM

Beginning his career in 1970, Dave Stuckey, CCM has spent the past 40 years serving the club industry. Taking on an active role with Club Corporation of America (CCA) his first General Manager position with Forest Oaks Country Club, Dallas, TX began in 1976. Since then Dave has gone with the member-owned sector and has been the General Manager/COO at eight (8) additional private clubs including several regarded as “top clubs” in Texas. His impressive list of Texas Clubs includes tenures with Ridgewood CC (Waco) “the fabled” Shady Oaks CC and River Crest CC, (Fort Worth) Austin CC and Royal Oaks CC (Dallas).

Dave now brings his leadership abilities and a track record of Club Turn-around to MCA. He puts great emphasis on inspiring staff members to achieve excellence as a result of staff being valued and feeling a sense of self-worth. The coaching and mentoring style he is known for has resulted in many of his staff moving on to be GM’s of their own private clubs throughout the country. In addition, his ability to work with Boards of Directors and “know how” to develop strong lines of communication gives MCA a solid “hands on’ presence. Dave understands Club culture and the methods needed to create positive results through consensus building.


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