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people 52 February 2016 | www.insidegolf.com.au David Burton awarded GMA Life Membership David Allen GMA Executive Officer firstname.lastname@example.org GMAis pleased to confirm that David Burton, General Manager of New South Wales Golf Club and Past President of GMA, was awarded Life Membership of GMA during the National Conference 2015 held on the Gold Coast last year. The GMA Board Policies Manual states that to be worthy of Life membership a candidate must satisfy comprehensive criteria including Extraordinary or exemplary service and achievements for the organisation. National Life Membership is the highest honour GMA can confer on a member who has given stellar service to its members and so it should be reserved for those very few who have demonstrated extraordinary or exemplary service or their achievements for the organisation were of such significance that the honour is warranted. David was the catalyst for the first GMA strategic plan and the agreed vision for GMA on a national level, which identified the core areas which the GMA Board have been focussing on. David has been a guest speaker on club strategic planning or an industry panellist in Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and the USA. He has also been giving business advice to the graduating NSW PGA professionals for the last few years. David represented GMA on a number of occasions at the CMAA conference (including breakfast speeches on behalf of GMA) and in 2013 was the host for the international symposium where around 100 international delegates attend a day session to discuss issues of club operations from around the world. David introduced annual GMA meetings with state GMA boards, to stimulate dialogue, address issues and develop lines of communication He introduced GMA Benchmarking to Australia by brokering an agreement with Club Benchmarking He provided world class speakers for GMA conferences through his contacts globally including Jim James, Mike Leemhuis, and along with Max Mason, Norm Spitzig. He also worked intensively with Tony Sernack on the publication of the Green Book for strategic planning in clubs and worked with the GMA NSW Board and Tony, to develop a seminar to assist managers to deal with the hard issues around working with Boards and Board governance. David played a major role in building the strength of club managers through resources, training, education and networking. He has been a quiet mentor for managers who have asked his advice over the years, on hundreds of occasions, something nobody would know about. He hired the first executive officer for GMA in David Allen and was the representative of GMA on the AGIC (Australian Golf Industry Council), and as well as going to Canberra to visit government ministers as a united front for golf, has also been instrumental in researching necessary consolidation information such as economic impact reports, industry salary surveys, industry consumer behaviour reports and others. David also spent an enormous amount of time with the PGA and AGCSA reviewing the benefits and feasibility of a combined conference where we all continue to have our own conference but share in an industry golf show at the same time. David has also served on the GMA NSW board for more than eight years including a significant time as treasurer. David served on the GMA Board from 2008 to 2013, the last four years as President and has been a great colleague and mentor to many in the industry. Upon receiving his award, David thanked the GMA Board and stated that anything he had done was purely in the interests of continuing to enhance GMA’s image and reputation in the golf industry. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story originally ran in the November 2015 issue of Inside Golf. In that issue, we mistakenly ran an incorrect photo. We are running the corrected story this month, in full, and we apologise to Mr Burton, and GMA, for the error, especially given the fact that the story celebrates a monumental honour bestowed upon Mr Burton. David Burton’s acceptance speech at the Conference ✓ Friendly members ✓ Range of membership categories ✓ Par 72 championship course ✓ Excellent clubhouse facilities With full playing membership equating to less than $135 per month, no joining fee and pro rata currently available, Cumberland Country Golf Club is what you have been searching for. You deserve Cumberland Country Golf Club Contact us today (02) 9631 0688 | Email email@example.com | www.cumberlandgolf.com.au | Follow Us On Facebook Have you been looking for a golf club that ticks all the boxes?
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