GCBC is a select group of industry professionals, all are independent and all have been vetted to join this prestigious solutions group because of their experience of 10 years or more and their outstanding reputation in the golf industry.
The majority have been featured as major speakers and presenters to the following organizations . . . NGCOA – PGA – CMAA – GCSAA – PCMA – Golf Inc. – ULI – all at regional, national and international levels. These truly are some of the most recognized professionals in golf and are here to serve you.
While we do not activitly seek new members to join our group, we carefully consider new members who we feel both have professional presence in the industry and can provide valuable solutions to the club industry. The GCBC is a highly trusted association and we strive to have the best consultants in our group. We are a referral organization, we refer each other to our clients and that referral is the most respected and revered thing we do, it is our personal reputation that is at stake.
Please note – The client’s needs always come first and the best solution ‘may’ not come from another GCBC member, but from the professional community. At no time are we bound to only refer a GCBC member. Our professional obligation is to our client and their needs.
Primary Benefits For GCBC Affiliates
1. You will become part of a trusted and existing brand established in 1999
2. You will network with a trusted and vetted golf industry professional group
3. You will increase your industry resources to help you problem solve for your clients
4. You will gain expanded opportunities and geographic reach from our members
5. You will enjoy being referred and sharing referrals to help our client base
6. You will have shared marketing expenses and presence at major golf shows
7. You will have a presence and lead generation opportunity on our GCBC website
8. You will be part of our respected and industry-wide eNewsletter series
9. You will develop relationships in new disciplines and aspects of the golf industry
10. Our Bi-Annual meetings are networking events mixed with social fellowship
GCBC Quick Facts
Corporation Golf Course Business Consultants
Web site www.gcbcinc.com
Phone (844) 637-GCBC (4222)
Type C Corp / Trade Organization
Assume name GCBC (filed in NC and FL)
State of Inc. Florida
Corp. Address PO Box 727, Anna Maria, FL 34216
President Douglas White
Past Pres. Jeff Brewster
Chairman John R. Johnson
Tres / Sec Clyde Johnston
Client’s wishes and desires are the primary concern and GCBC services are secondary.Information (non-confidential) is shared freely between affiliates in order to help potential clients. However, we do not want the client to be overwhelmed by multiple affiliate solicitations. The lead affiliate who is working with this client will determine introductions or will allow the client to choose other affiliates for business arrangements.
No fees are paid to GCBC from business generated by its affiliates. Each affiliate only pays annual dues of $500 per year as set for the upcoming year.
An introducing affiliate should always take and maintain the lead role with their clients when referring other affiliates unless otherwise stipulated by the referring affiliate. A receiving affiliate should keep the referring affiliate aware of their efforts. Some affiliates have similar areas of expertise; therefore select the one you wish to work with and best meets the client’s needs.
GCBC Terminology and Information
GCBC: An affiliation of golf consultants formed to share networking contacts while educating and assisting clients with professional golf industry services.
Affiliate: A voting member of GCBC is an invited individual or firm who offers specific and definable consulting services for golf course projects.
Expertise: The GCBC can allow more than one Affiliate in a specific discipline or business specialization, as always we are looking for the best fit for the client.
Territory: In a perfect world we try not to have Affiliates in the same business specialization in the same area so we can geographically cover the country, we do limit the Affiliates to no more than one in the same discipline per state.
Dues: As of 2012, there is an Annual Dues of $500 due each January to cover office overhead, marketing and show expenses (GIS, Club Managers, Golf Inc.).
GCBC Client: A GCBC client is normally the landowner, company owner, developer, operator, etc., who contacts GCBC through golf shows, ads, web site, personal referrals, or other promotions.
Assignment: A GCBC assignment is a contract for services rendered by an affiliate that was generated by GCBC efforts or a personal referral.
Membership Inquiry FAQ’s
Do I have to always refer a GCBC affiliate?
No, only when needed or desired by you or your client.
What do I do if an individual or potential client contacts me because of the GCBC web site?
Answer their questions, secure a contract for your services, and refer other GCBC affiliates when appropriate. You are an independent business, take care of the client and their business.
What is the procedure when I introduce another affiliate to my client?
The introduced (new) affiliate should always follow your lead (after all – it is your client). You should provide as much information background as possible to assist the introduced affiliate in his/her efforts.
What happens if an affiliate does not perform the services needed by my client?
First, the affiliate should not take an assignment he/she cannot perform. And second, the assignment may be completed, but not with the desired results. If this rare occurrence happens you may want to contact other GCBC affiliates and ask for help and guidance.
If my client has already selected a designer and does not need financing – do I have to introduce those affiliates?
No, don’t introduce another affiliate unless his/her services are needed.
Is there any charge to answer questions (tele/fax/email)?
No, time and efforts to answer general questions are a given, therefore no charge. A client is only charged if he/she contracted your services.
Do I have to pay a fee to make or receive referrals?
No, your only fee is our annual dues of $500 to cover our operating and marketing expenses. We are a referral network to help our clients find trusted sources of information and expertise.
Is there any charge for a “Visit & Review” to visit my project and determine if GCBC is needed?
That is entirely up to you and your business practices, a nominal day charge and travel expense is fine, however this is your expense and not a mandatory GCBC requirement or billing.
Can GCBC affiliates have similar talents, such as multiple architects, management, construction or marketing consultants?
Yes, we do allow more than one discipline into the GCBC ranks of professional consultants, but we do try to not have two or more from one geographic area such as a specific state.
If some affiliates have similar services, can I choose which affiliate I wish to introduce?
Yes, select the one you wish to work with. GCBC and its affiliates benefit when affiliates network together and are successful for the client.
Can anyone join GCBC?
No, our membership is by invitation and sponsorship only. A current GCBC member must recommend you and to become a GCBC member, you must have a proven record of exemplary service and skills needed by the Golf Industry. You also must have a majority approval vote of the existing membership to become an Affiliate.