The 37th Executive in Residence Lecture Series Presents Eric Affeldt Catalyst and CEO of ClubCorp
Nov 4, 2013

The Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program invited Eric Affeldt, Catalyst and CEO of ClubCorp, to speak to the entire HTM student body at the 37th Executive in Residence (EIR) Lecture Series on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the University of North Texas.

Annually, the EIR showcases an industry leader in the area of hospitality and tourism management.  The EIR, funded by the Ben K. Keith Company Endowed Lectureship at the University of North Texas is a professional development event for hospitality and tourism management students.  It offers a continuous platform for students to learn from noted industry leaders about industry trends and professional career development.  At the conclusion of a lecture, students have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with the industry leader through a question and answer segment. 

The EIR is a tremendous opportunity for company exposure to UNT hospitality and tourism management students.  The ripple effect of this exposure includes students’ recognition and interest in the company as a top employer when making career choices.  Past speakers and companies continue to be recognized at all future EIR Lectures.

Affeldt shared with the students his life experiences, emphasizing the importance of embracing change and building relationships that enrich your life.   Affeldt told hospitality and tourism management students “that if it is not broke, break it.” ClubCorp has started renovations on many of their properties, changing the clubs to an open, modern feel.  He told students, “Great leaders have a plan; you need to set a direction, allocate resources, ensure execution, and take action.”     

Dr. Lea Dopson, Chair of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program stated, “We are extremely proud of our long-term relationship with ClubCorp.  Having Industry professionals interact with our students helps them learn the cutting edge trends of hospitality management.  Mr. Affeldt’s presentation was engaging and inspiring.  Furthermore, ClubCorp’s recent commitment to be a Diamond sponsor of our Annual Hospitality Career Expo is a testament to our valued partnership.”  www.cmht.unt/careerexpo  

Eric L. Affeldt President and Chief Executive Officer

Eric is responsible for all aspects of domestic and international operations for “The World Leader in Private Clubs”.  Prior to joining ClubCorp, Eric served as a principal of KSL Capital Partners, the private equity firm that purchased ClubCorp in 2006.  Affeldt also previously served as president and CEO of KSL’s former golf division, KSL Fairways; vice president and general manager of Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami and the combined PGA West and La Quinta Resort and Club in California; and was a founding partner of KSL Recreation.  In addition, Eric was president of General Aviation Holdings, Inc.  He is currently an MDA Vice President and a member of the World Presidents Organization.  He serves as Non-Executive Chairman for the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE:FUN).  In 2010 Eric was named the most powerful person in golf by Golf Inc. magazine and was a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.  In 2013, Eric was awarded the prestigious Cecil B. Day Ethics Award by the Dedman School of Hospitality at Florida State University.  Eric is the former manager of the Belgian National Baseball team.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Claremont McKenna College.


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