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Dana R. DiChiara CCM, CCE- September/October, 2015
All the World’s a Stage I am definitely one of those general managers who took quite an unusual
and unconventional career path into this fascinating world of private club management. To begin, I graduated with a degree in the performing arts from the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1988, with my sights set on moving to New York City and the bright lights of Broadway. However, like all well
laid plans, sometimes things change for various reasons of fate; and I never quite made that move. I eventually found myself performing and directing on stages at various theatres, theme parks, and on cruise ships for a time after graduation.
Unlike many of my colleagues in club management, prior to entering the doors of Mountain Brook Club some fifteen or so years ago, my experience in the “trenches” of a restaurant was a bit limited. However, I did wait tables for a while through school and after graduation, so I have the utmost respect for our hardworking team in the food and beverage department here at the club.
One memory I recall is working at a dinner theatre in Florida where, as employees, we not only waited tables but performed singing and dancing on stage as well. It was a very corny concept where the menu entrees were named after famous musicals (i.e. Surf & Turf was called The King & I). I must not have been a very good waitress because I was told by the owner that I sang much better than I waited tables – and I honestly am not that great a singer. Soon thereafter, I made the decision to change career paths and stop performing. Click Here to Become a Member!
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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