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Updated on January 4, 2021

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Country Club


Bayview Yacht Club ( – Detroit, Michigan

Spearhead opening of brand new Clubhouse – Spring 2021

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With nearly 1,000 members, including many world-renowned racers and leaders in World Sailing, a new 12,500 square foot clubhouse is under construction on the Detroit River to become the new home of “the Shrine of Nautical Culture” known as Bayview Yacht Club (“BYC”).

Over the years, Bayview has become the “racing club” of the Midwest and beyond, producing many of the nation’s top sailors beginning with their award-winning junior sailing program to their small and big boat regatta series as well as hosting local and nationally recognized regattas including our ‘jewel’ event - the annual 262 nautical mile Bayview to Mackinac race. In addition to its sailing fame, BYC is known as one of the most desired social gathering places for sailors and non-sailors alike, the center of which is the world famous “Bayview Bar” – home of the Hummer!

Club Facts:

  • A completely new clubhouse currently under construction is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2021. This two-story clubhouse on the Detroit River will include several meeting and banquet rooms, as well as the world-famous Bayview Bar
  • At present, there are approximately 926 members in all categories
  • Initiation Fees for Active Membership is $2,500 with annual dues of $2,400
  • The Club has gross revenues of approximately $3.75M annually with Food & Beverage volume of approximately $1.65M with a $150 per quarter minimum.
  • The Club is organized as a 501(C) 7 entity as well as supporting a 501(C) 3 Foundation to support its many regattas
  • The Club is mostly seasonal with the vast majority of activities occurring from April through December, although the majority of the memberships remain in the area and utilizes the club on a year-round basis.
  • There are over 125 boat slips accommodating from 20 to 75 ft. length yachts.
  • The Club has a strong focus on sailboat racing with major events revolving around that focus, but Casual Dining, Club Events, Holiday Parties, Private Events, Wedding Receptions (often up to 250 people) as well as seminars and lectures fill the calendar. Trap shooting on the lawn adjacent the Detroit River is a popular winter sport.
  • The Club typically operates with approximately 45 full time equivalent staff members.
  • Bayview Yacht Club is governed by a nine-person Board of Governors, and uses the General Manager/ Chief Operating Officer concept in its staff organizational chart.

The Role:

The GM is the ‘face’ of BYC to members, staff, reciprocal clubs and other people and organizations outside of the BYC purview and as such is expected to ensure that the best interests of the membership are maintained and enhanced through his/her leadership. Of extreme importance is 1): the development and support of an effective and dedicated team of department heads, supervisors and staff, 2): establishing a professional ‘infrastructure’ with consistent operating standards and execution and 3): providing overall leadership to all groups within the organization.

In addition to leading all management functions in the operation (with gross revenues just under $4.M, food and beverage revenues that will likely continue to increase with the opening of the new clubhouse), the Club’s GM will lead the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets, and be a catalyst in the strategic planning of the Club. He/She will work with the BOG to identify clearly defined and measurable annual initiatives and budget objectives, and present those plans and recommendations to the BOG for approval.

General Qualifications & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Hospitality Management with a minimum of 5 years of significant management experience and at least 5 years of General Management or Clubhouse Manager experience in a similar, private, member-owned premier club environment preferred.
  • Verifiable ability to attract, hire, develop and lead a high performing team of professionals while setting and maintaining standards of performance appropriate to perpetuating the Club’s strategic plan.
  • Strong credentials in exceptional member/guest services, quality food and beverage, and cost control.
  • Excellent financial knowledge and skills relating to Profit and Loss, Cash Flow, and project analysis. Utilizes critical benchmarking and financial metrics.
  • Preferably, possessing a Certified Club Manager (CCM) and/or a Certified Chief Executive (CCE) designation or similar professional development achievements.


  • Compose cover letter explaining why you feel you are the ideal candidate for this opportunity and explain why the Detroit, Michigan area appeals to you
  • Address cover letter to Bayview Yacht Club Commodore and Board of Governors
  • Email resume and above cover letter to Ben Schwartz at Harper Associates:


Prominent private club is confidentially searching for a Controller looking for a long term, secure opportunity. Reports to the General Manager and is responsible for financial reporting, accounting, payroll, tax, budgeting and office management.


  • Accounting Degree
  • 3 years minimum experience as controller, club or hospitality experience preferred.
  • CPA a plus

More detailed job description available.  Salary $80,000 - $85,000 plus great benefits.

Send resume in a Word format attachment to Ben Schwartz:


Beautiful, completely renovated private club is an ideal first class setting for an Executive Chef to display his/her culinary talent. We are seeking a very innovative chef to lead a motivated staff in a creative culinary operation. The Chef will be involved in many endeavors and will work with the club’s food and beverage team to upgrade menus and other culinary services.

The Club’s Food and Beverage annual sales volume is $3 million in a la carte and catering sales. Exquisite banquet facilities can accommodate up to 350 people. Catering is an important focus of the F&B department, especially during the spring and summer seasons. Catered affairs include weddings, golf outings, member events and more. The club is family oriented and is looking to increase the number of activities which appeal to families. In addition, the club would like to increase the number of special events during the off-season.

The ideal candidate has a Culinary Degree from a well-respected culinary school along with luxury hotel, fine dining, or country club chef experience.

Candidates with ties to the Michigan area are preferred.

Six figure compensation package and benefits offered.

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The Dining Room Manager will be a leader in both the club's restaurant and banquet operations, in addition to the beverage program.  Be part of a strong leadership team that develops exceptional talent in the hospitality business.

Our client prefers a Hospitality graduate with fine dining experience in an upscale country club with a la carte dining and banquet facilities, or luxury full-service hotel food & beverage operations. The Dining Room Manager also manages a team of hourly servers & bartenders. Other responsibilities include scheduling, procurement, and developing a team to deliver great member service. No Late Nights!

Ideal Food & Beverage Manager candidates will have:

  • Hospitality Degree
  • F&B leadership experience in a fine-dining restaurant, luxury hotel property, or
  • country club
  • Experience in ordering, inventory management, labor management, and scheduling
  • Exceptional training skills
  • Strong wine & craft cocktail knowledge
  • ServSafe certification
  • Exceptional customer service skills


  • Health benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • Opportunity for advancement

Compensation: $45,000, great benefits and work/life balance

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Will oversee new concept Member Grille Room, Catering Operations, Golf Outings, and quick service café. Prefer Fine Dining Restaurant, Hotel F&B, or Country Club Food and Beverage background. Excellent salary and incentive program. Immediate opening. Prefer Hospitality Degree.

Candidates with ties to Michigan preferred.

All inquiries will remain confidential.

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Harper Associates

31000 Northwestern Hwy,

Suite 240,

Farmington Hills, MI 48334

Phone. 248-932-1170

Fax. 888-737-8525





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