• Distinguished Club Award
    • NEW YORK, NY — May 2013 — The Penn Club of New York has been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Club award by BoardRoom magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. The annual Distinguished Clubs award program is based on an extensive evaluation process that measures a club’s Member Experience. The program assigns a club-specific rating system to quantify Member Experience.

      “Member Experience” is a special combination of qualities that a private club provides its members. It is a combination of quality of service, facilities and products, staff and management, overall club governance as well as emotional goodwill. As an intangible quality, emotional goodwill is difficult to measure but is the most important quality in the Member Experience. Members witness it during those magical moments when they make a new friend at the club, experience a memorable club event graced by a famed speaker, or feel their hearts filled with pride as the club engages them with their traditions and heritage.

      A club is selected and recognized as a Distinguished Club, only if it provides members with a multi-facet Member Experience that is absolutely outstanding.

      "The Penn Club of New York has once again been recognized for its excellence in service, facilities, and staff," said Penn President Amy Gutmann. "The Club is known throughout our Penn alumni network—which is nearly 300,000 strong—as a welcoming home away from home in New York."

      “The board of directors of The Penn Club is extremely proud to add yet another feather to our cap,” says Susan Marx, president of the Penn Club of New York, “the Club is committed to delivering the very best to our members by constantly challenging ourselves to enhance our members’ experience in cost-effective ways.”

      “Congratulations to the Penn Club of New York for attaining the coveted Distinguished Club status,” said John Fornaro, Publisher of BoardRoom magazine, “Special recognition also goes out to the Penn Club’s General Manager, Peter Homberg, as well as the department heads and the entire staff, board of directors and committee members for their leadership efforts in providing an excellent member experience.”

      About The Distinguished Clubs Award Program
      BoardRoom magazine developed the Distinguished Clubs award program to recognize those clubs that are set apart from others by the effective manner in which they provide a notable Member Experience. The intent of the award is to share best practices and inspire every private club in America to actively adopt the specific goal of improving their Member Experience. The success of private clubs hinges on their ability to engage their members through a high level of Member Experience. Their collective success, in turn, will preserve the institution of private clubs for many future generations.

      About BoardRoom Magazine
      BoardRoom Magazine is the official publication of the Association of Private Club Directors. It is published in both digital and print format, and shipped to 27 countries worldwide. BoardRoom Magazine is now widely viewed as the most respected and influential magazine in the private club industry.
  • 5-Star Platinum Club
    • The Penn Club of New York was ranked among the nation’s top 10 private city clubs and has been awarded The Platinum Club of America for its fourth consecutive term. This award identifies The Penn Club as a 5-star private club and places it among the top 3% of 5,000 private clubs in America. The Penn Club is the second highest ranked city club in New York City while the University Club of New York City took the top rank in 2012-2015. No other Ivy League private club made the Top 15 ranking. The rankings are released every three years and were recently published by the Club Leaders Forum.

      The Penn Club is the first Ivy League private city club to make the top 10 list two terms in a row -- 2009 to 2012 and 2012 and 2015. The Club was previously unranked though selected as a Platinum Club until 2009. Susan Marx, CW'66 the President of The Penn Club, commented, “We are very pleased that our club has maintained this level of excellence. The club received this recognition in 2003, 2006, 2009 and again in 2012. Given that it has only been open since 1994 – it’s been a top ranking club for more than half of its life time.”

      “The Penn Club of New York is a source of great pride for the Penn family, and we are delighted that the Club Leaders Forum has once again recognized what we at Penn have long known: that the Penn Club is one of the nation’s premier clubs,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Serving as a welcoming ‘home away from home’ for Penn’s alumni, faculty, students and staff, the Penn Club of New York reflects Penn’s commitment to excellence in all of its endeavors.”

      To determine which clubs receive this honor, the Club Leaders Forum has developed a unique survey and point system that rank the clubs. Questionnaires are sent to both the general manager and the president of every club included in the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Over 4,000 surveys are sent out and 1,400 clubs were nominated. Those completing the questionnaire are asked to select the top clubs within their geographic location. The respondents consider multiple aspects of the private clubs including quality of membership, tradition and culture, amenities, governance, and quality of management and staff. Once received by the Club Leaders Forum, the points are calculated and top clubs are selected. 2012 is the sixth compilation of The Platinum Clubs of America – the 235 most highly regarded private clubs in the United States.

      The Penn Club of New York is a not-for-profit 501(c)(7) private social club for alumni, staff, faculty and students over age 21 of The University of Pennsylvania and its affiliates. Located in midtown Manhattan, it is a convenient location for members to network and forward their social and professional interests. The Club with about 5,500 members organizes many events to help members meet each other through happy hours, networking events, panel discussions, book groups, workshops and more. The clubhouse building offers the convenience of 5-star services including overnight accommodations, fitness center, massage room, business center, restaurants, and banquet and meeting rooms. 



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