Letter # 2,3

Greetings fellow TPC Members,

I have an update for you today, and also some bad news… I’ll start with the bad news, and then move on to the Tennis Director search update, as well as asking for a little of your help.

Mark Kohtz

Late last week, the TPC and Mark Kohtz, Food and Beverage Director, decided to part ways. Mark did a lot of really great work after a rough relationship with Brick & Bottle, who managed the Bar & Grill for 2012. Under Mark’s leadership, the Bar & Grill gained back its friendly atmosphere and great customer service feel. As recently as Labor Day, there were great events. The reason we’re parting ways is that the TPC management (including the board) and Mark do not see eye to eye on the direction the Bar & Grill needs to go. It is best to part ways now, and to begin a search that will allow us to have a Director in the Bar & Grill that will provide new energy and focus. We wish Mark all the success in the world.

We have a plan in place to work with some “Guest Chefs” for the remainder of 2014 (or until we close the Bar & Grill for renovations in November). We will tackle that search in the coming months.

Tennis Director Search Committee

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to participate in the Tennis Director search, and for sharing your great ideas about what we should be looking for.

As I shared in a previous note, our first step was to identify a Search Committee that well represented the entire community. We feel we’ve done that and without further ado, here is our Committee. If you have any suggestions, questions, or thoughts about the search, feel free to speak with these folks, or continue to reach out to Jerry or me.

Traci Goldman has served on the Tennis Committee for the past 8 years and has chaired the TC since 2009. She is an active participant in the tennis program at TPC and plays on several competitive TPC teams. She has also played a large role in the Tiburon Challenger over the past 5 years as the Tournament Coordinator. Traci is a former marketing and advertising professional who now focuses her energies on raising her young daughter and her many volunteer endeavors.

Paul Bressie has been a member of TPC with his family since 2005. He has served on the House & Grounds committee and is currently the Treasurer and Vice President of the TPC Board. Tennis-wise he has played on and captained several TPC teams. He captained the first 4.0 TPC Men’s team to go to Districts and captained back to back Mixed 9.0 league championship teams. He was also a member of last year’s 4.5 National Championship team. Paul’s wife, Claudia, is also very active in tennis captaining often and serving on the tennis committee. His three children play tennis in the junior program, with his two older boys representing TPC on the orange and green ball junior teams which have been to Sectionals the past two years. Professionally, he runs Boulevard Properties, a commercial real estate investment and property management firm.

Sue Turley has been a Governing Board Member and now sits on the Tennis Committee. She is a member of the Ladies League, and someone who prides herself first and foremost for being fair. Away from TPC tennis, Sue is a full time film producer. Her daughter Hanna grew up taking lessons for many years and played high school tennis at SI in the city.

Greg Tusher lives in Belvedere and has been a member of the TPC since 2004. He has three young children ranging from five to ten years old, all of whom are active participants in the TPC tennis program. Greg is passionate about tennis and has joined the search committee to assist in the transition and to help identify a new Director that can continue to build a thriving tennis community for all the members of the TPC. Greg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Greenstone Partners, a long-term oriented private investment partnership.

Kevin Keenley joined the club in 2008, captained TPC’s 8.5 combo team to back-to-back Marin championships, and co-captained our 4.0 team to Sectionals. His “day job” is as the managing partner of a private equity firm that acquires and manages high-growth consumer companies. Kevin also has a lot of non-profit board experience. He was the Vice Chairman of Juma (providing jobs and counseling to at-risk high school students to get them into a four year college), and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Treasurer of Family House (providing cost-free, long-term housing for families with children undergoing cancer treatment at UCSF).

Next steps:

 Our next steps are to continue to gather information from all of you. This time, it’s not just Jerry and me – it’s the entire committee. So please share your thoughts. Soon, Jerry and I will set a meeting with the search committee to discuss:

  • What does TPC need? What is the selection criteria?
  • Who will be “the best fit” for the Club, and for what will we hold that person accountable?
  • Are there internal candidates that need to be considered?
  • If we go external, what else would that person add to the overall TPC experience?

An update on the TPC Nominating Committee, and looking for 2015 Governing Board Members
As you know, we’ve had some changes that we’ve had to work with on the board. We needed to likewise update our Nominating Committee (the small group of people who nominate new Governing Board members for consideration. For specifics on the process, see the Club By-laws: Section 7.2 Nomination of Governors.) The Nominating Committee who will identify new Board Members is now: Cris Shonefeld, Traci Goldman, and former Board President, Ken Brakebill. These three will help us select (or elect) the 2015 Board members. After the Annual meeting in November, we will again refresh the Nominating Committee.

If you are interested in learning what it takes, or about volunteering to become a member of our Governing Board, PLEASE reach out to meJerry, or one of the Nominating committee members listed above.

All the best,


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