Chris van der Merwe - Chairman
Chris is the General Manager of Stellenbosch Golf Club since 01 March 2015. Prior to Stellenbosch Golf Club, Chris was the CEO of the Prince’s Grant Coastal Golf Estate for 9 years. Chris has a Ph.D. in Zoology as well as a law degree. Chris is currently the Chairman of the Western Cape Golf Club Managers Association and is a Golf fanatic.
Francois Swart - Vice Chairman
Francois is currently the CEO of Randpark Golf Club and has grown into this position over the last few years with the support, mentorship and guidance from both the club and industry leaders. He has completed a number of qualifications including a hotel management diploma, business management diploma, financial management diploma and recently his CCM and CHA through CMASA. CMASA has enabled him to grow over the years, through both education and experience. He believes that he has learnt a great deal from CMASA and believe that he will be able to give back to the industry by helping with the various challenges the industry faces. He is also currently mentoring students who are all completing their MID qualifications. He believes that his experience and expertise will be valuable to CMASA and the industry.
Derick Reinke - General Manager at Umhlali Country Club
General Manager at Umhlali Country Club. Obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Officiating and Coaching science in 2008 at TUT. A qualified PGA professional and KZN PGA representative. Derick has been actively involved with CMASA and is one step away from becoming a certified Club manger.
“I strive to engage and assist my fellow clubs and have a great passion for the industry and management”.
Robby Richardson - CEO of Houghton Golf Club
Robby is a highly motivated self starter and goal orientated decision maker with good leadership and excellent interpersonal skills. He enjoys putting strategies in place with his peers as well as his team and is able to motivate staff, enjoy challenging opportunities and operate well under pressure. Robby values honesty and loyalty and has been known to always operate his business with integrity.
His skills include financial planning, sales and technical maintenance to administration, human resources and computer skills. Robby has a good working knowledge of South African labour law and union negotiation.
Desiree Stone - General Manager and CEO of Mount Edgecombe Country Club
CEO of Mount Edgecombe Country Club which consists of 1200 homes and two eighteen-hole golf courses. Desiree has many years of experience in the industry having worked at Wingate Park Country Club, The Els Club, Centurion Country Club and World of Golf to name but a few.
Desiree is keen to share her knowledge and guide fellow managers to ensure success.
Jana van der Merwe - General Manager at Kelvin Grove Club
Jana is currently the General Manager at Kelvin Grove Club. She completed a National Diploma in Hotel Management through the Granger Bay Hotel School and has been in the hospitality industry for 18 years, of which 4.5 years have been in the Club industry. She has spent 12 years in London at various 4 and 5-star hotels. ” My strengths are very much Strategy & Marketing and I am constantly coming up with new ideas. I invest in the training of our staff (with the help of CMASA & RCA Consulting) and focus on developing a culture of constant learning, staff empowerment and an enhanced service to fulfil our members’ greatest expectations.”
Gerard Metzer - General Manager at Durban Country Club
Gerard is hugely experienced in the fields of growth strategy, market development and in all aspects of marketing, sales and brand management. Digital Specialization program graduate from Illinois university, Chartered Marketer CM(SA) and a MAP from WITS Business school.
Gerard’s experience and qualifications are a true asset to the industry.