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Gun Club Manager

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by rocko, Apr 8, 2010.

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  1. rocko

    rocko Member

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    Any suggestions on how to recruit a Manager for our club?
     
  2. spitter

    spitter Well-Known Member TS Supporters

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    If you're a member of NSSF, I beleive they allow you to post a free advertisement in the "Range Report"... I know they also have a website offering industry related employment links...

    regards,

    Jay
     
  3. cubancigar2000

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    where is the club and how big. Do you throw registered targets?
     
  4. rocko

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    We have 5 trap/skeet fields and sporting clays. We throw registered trap and skeet targets.

    Our current Manager is burning out and talking about moving on so we (the board of directors) want to find the right person this time.
     
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    AveragEd Well-Known Member

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    Location?

    Ed
     
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    rocko you have a private message geo 3
     
  7. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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    I know someone but you may be too small. PM me.
     
  8. rocko

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    Most have taken my post as a job opening, it is not. Our manager is in the burnout stage and I feel it will not be long before we get the 2 week notice, but then the notice may not come and everything work out.

    What I am looking for is a HR pro to give me/us some pointers on what to look for in a Gun Club Manager. There must be a HR pro that shoots, just gotta' be, to many of us not to be.

    So HR pro's we need your help. If any one wants to send a resume please feel free to do so.
     
  9. biff

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    Rocko, I would suggest you contact Ontariogal on here who is a competitive shooter and has worked successfully as a business development specialist working exclusively in this areas of this sport. You can PM her on here as to the particulars of your needs...Ontariogal is recommended. If she hasn't seen this, I'll have here PM you. Biff
     
  10. N. J. BOB

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    Pay them well and expect good results ...
     
  11. spitter

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    I think you'll be hard pressed to find just any recruiter that may handle Shooting Sports employment... again, I'd contact the NSSF and find out if there are any HR/Employment firms as members who you could contact.

    Create a "job description". If you're out there hiring, the prospective candidate needs to know what you expect them to do, accomplish, etc...

    Sales/Revenue Goals, maintenance, computer literate with certain software, programming, hours of operation... How about previous experience assisting in running a club or outright management experience?! Will the manager be responsible for further hiring of staff (experience?!) Will you offer benefits? Do you have a compensation range established...

    Before you even talk to an HR person, I think you need to layout parameters. Get a few sample application forms from folks who shoot with you that hire employees...

    Think about what do you like about your current manager, what do you dislike? Key attributes he/she has, key flaws he/she has... what to look for - do even better, what to avoid - stay away from...

    Put it on paper - it may open your eyes why your present manager is getting burned out - a tweak of his/her employment may save this employee...

    regards,

    Jay
     
  12. AveragEd

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    What Jay said.

    I was approached by a "head-hunter" hired by a semi-exclusive private gun club in the middle-Atlantic states a few years ago. They wanted to provide an apartment in which my wife and I would live and pay me a salary plus the profits from the pro shop, which my wife and I would run and for which I had to purchase the inventory. Those profits would comprise the lion's share of my income.

    It didn't sound bad until I spoke with a former manager in an attempt to learn why I would be the third manager in the last five years. As it turns out, the club has several members who drive a large box truck several times a year to a wholesale distributor near where I now live to buy reloading components and shells which they then sell out of the truck just outside the gun club's entrance. The former manager told me that they used to set up shop right outside his pro shop in the club's parking lot until he got the BoD to take some action about it.

    These jobs aren't as much fun as you might imagine. For example, you will not be able to partipate in your club's shoots because you will be running them and be on stand-by for any problem that crops up anywhere on the grounds during the shoot. And you will probably be too busy with grounds maintenance and the pro shop to go to other clubs' shoots. Finally, sooner or later, a member will decide to become your competitor for the other members' business.

    Ed
     
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