Jim Smith, Jr. is the Director of Golf at the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, PA. A Past President of the Philadelphia Section, Jim has been awarded that sections’s Bill Strausbaugh award twice, the Merchandiser of the Year award, as well as Golf Professional of the Year in 2005.
Jim has become a “go-to” guy for career advice and operational insight. He has successfully guided many of his staff members on to their own Head Professional positions and continues to recruit and train at a very high level.
In this episode, Jim shares his keys to staying organized and succeeding in such a high volume and fast-paced environment. As well as his experiences in coaching Assistants through the Head Professional interview process.
He also explains his model for collecting feedback from his membership so he can be responsive and keep his finger on the pulse of the club...it’s a simple system, but as you’ll learn, it takes a consistent commitment.
And as promised in the title, we also go into his background and the “non-traditional” path he navigated to land as the Director of Golf at a Top 100 Club. I think that may be the most valuable insight in this episode for many of you out there that may fall into the same situation.