Kelvin Grove’s Financial Manager scoops Young Manager of the Year award

Lauren Olivier, Young Manager of the Year award winner with Gary Geddes, General Manager of Durban Country Club and Chairman of CMASA and Janyne Marais, General Manager of CMASA.

The Club Management Association of South Africa (CMASA) awarded one of its most prestigious annual awards – the Young Manager of the Year – to Lauren Olivier, Financial Manager at Kelvin Grove in Cape Town.

Olivier, who is only 32-years old, was recognized for her professional ability to manage the financial operations of one of the country’s largest city clubs.

The winners were announced at the CMASA awards evening held during the last week of August. The awards acknowledge top managers and employees who lead with distinction at a variety of South Africa’s sport and recreation clubs and are presented in association with Jonas, Go Sport Travel, Toro, Club Car and Syngenta.

After completing her BCom through UNISA in 2011 and gaining practical experience in management accounting in the golf and hospitality industry, Olivier assumed the position of Financial Manager at Kelvin Grove in 2016 and implemented new processes at the club which allowed for better and more timeous financial reporting on a monthly basis.

Olivier improved communication with staff which has raised morale and in turn improved customer experiences at Kelvin Grove. She has also committed herself to ensuring her staff receive the training they require in order to excel at their jobs, and through leading by example she has received glowing reports regarding the good governance and standards of good practice implemented at her club.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been nominated by my club and to have been chosen by the association to win this prestigious award. It is inspiring to be recognised by such highly respected leaders in our industry from whom I have learnt a lot and hope to continue learning from in future,” said Olivier.

“I am working towards becoming a General Manager, hopefully in the next five years. In the meanwhile, I aim to continue developing my staff in their roles within our club and the industry and I will be building on my qualification through the education and training offered by CMASA.”

CMASA’s General Manager, Janyne Marais, said the association was thrilled with the level of commitment and passion shown by this year’s winners.

“Lauren has once again proved that professional management, strategic leadership, determination and teamwork can unlock the potential that can enable us to change the lives of the communities we live and work in for the better.”

Olivier won a sponsorship to the value of R8 500 from CMASA towards further education and training.

Other awards included the Club Manager of the Year which went to Steenberg Golf Estate’s Peet de Wet, while Paarl Golf Club’s Heidi Strydom was named as Employee of the Year. KwaZulu-Natal’s Umhlali Golf Club scooped the prestigious Green Award, and the Continuous Professional Development award was claimed by Kloof Country Club.