Golf Industry Central Winter 2012 - Page 16

GMANZ conference the Survival of the Fittest By David Newbery The theme for the upcoming Golf Managers’ Association of New Zealand conference might sound like a reality television programme, but in truth, it is far, far more serious and important. Themed Survival of the Fittest, the conference will be staged at Russley Golf Club in Christchurch from August 26-28. “The theme, Survival of the Fittest, could mean any number of things, but effectively it is that,” said conference organiser Rod Latham, who is also the general manager at Harewood Golf Club in Christchurch. “Golf clubs in general are struggling so we tried to find a theme that was appropriate for the time.” This year, organisers have mobilised a diverse array of top-class speakers from the US, Australia and New Zealand. “We have some good keynote speakers,” Latham said. “From the US we have Norm Spitzig, a Master Club Adviser, and Mike Leemhuis, who is the Chief Executive Officer at the Congressional Country Club.” Both men will speak on a different topic each day. On day 1, Norm Spitzig will give a talk on the 14 The Golf Marketing Professionals Leadership Traits and Behaviours of Long-tenures of Successful Managers and on day 2 his topic is Understanding and Embracing Global Trends in Golf Management. On day 1, Leemhuis will talk about the Emerging Trends Gauging the Impact of National Trends and on day 2 he will discuss the ABC of Leadership – all you need to know about leadership but were too afraid to ask. But wait, there’s more. Mike Rondel from BDO, the fifth largest full-service audit, tax and advisory firm in the world, will be there to discuss the Rationalisation of