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GSI Executive Search appoints Patrick Ferkany and Matthew Wooldridge Principals / Search Consultants

DALLAS, TEXAS – GSI Executive Search, an Ethos Club & Leisure Alliance company and one of the nation’s leading recruitment firms specializing in placements for the private club and hospitality industries, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Ferkany and Matthew Wooldridge as Principals/Search Consultants.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Patrick has served as a General Manager and operator of high-end private country clubs for many years. He began his club management career at the Dallas Athletic Club in Dallas, Texas. Recruited to the General Manager position at Mountain Brook Club in Birmingham, Alabama, he worked with and served, amongst others, an ambassador, a Forbes list billionaire family, and several members who also belonged to Augusta National Golf Club. While there, he successfully positioned the club as a ‘Top 100 Platinum Club of America’ with a best in class Food & Beverage program. He also was instrumental in completing the restoration of the club’s 1920s Donald Ross-designed golf course.

With GSI Executive Search, Patrick’s focus includes executive placements in Texas, Oklahoma and the Southern states. He is also available to participate in and consult on executive searches for the firm throughout the United States.

During the course of his career, Patrick has personally recruited and placed critical personnel including Assistant Managers, Clubhouse Managers, Executive Chefs, CFOs, Membership Directors, Golf Professionals and Golf Course Superintendents. Patrick can be reached at 512-663-5033 or

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Matt possesses several years of senior management experience in the private club and hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as the Divisional/Director/Manager of the Sonoran Clubhouse at Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale where he oversaw operations. Prior to that, he worked for the Bay Clubs (formerly Western Athletic Clubs) where he oversaw the largest tennis program in California’s Silicon Valley. Matt also served as Manager/Director for Lakeridge Tennis Club in Reno, Nevada.

With GSI Executive Search, Matt’s area of focus includes executive placements in Palm Springs, California, San Diego, California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. He also participates in and consults on executive searches for the firm throughout the United States. Matt can be reached at 602-402-3070 or

 “Successful executive search and recruitment takes experience, integrity, talent and operational leadership experience. With the addition of Matt and Patrick, we continue to expand our team of professionals with deep experience and relationships throughout the private club and hospitality marketplace,” said Bob Jones, President of GSI Executive Search.

As a member of the Ethos Club & Leisure alliance of companies, GSI Executive Search offers current and future clients unprecedented single-source access to top operational consulting, human capital management, legal advisory and executive placement services that otherwise would only be available through separate engagements.


About GSI Executive Search

GSI Executive Search, an Ethos Club & Leisure Alliance company, is a full-service executive search firm serving the private club and hospitality industries throughout the U.S. The firm's hands-on, thorough, and results-oriented approach has led to successful placements for over 20 years with more than 500 client clubs/organizations and over 900 search assignments. For more information, visit


About Ethos Club & Leisure

Ethos Club & Leisure is a real estate advisory and investment firm dedicated to club and leisure assets. We work for our own account as well as provide advisory services to a select group of third-party clients. We seek out opportunities where our institutional knowledge, commitment to excellence and creativity will yield significant returns.

Ethos is a venture between the principals of Addison Law, the premier law firm focused on club and leisure assets, and Bob Jones, the former longstanding Chief Operating Officer of The Desert Mountain Club, one of the largest and most successful private clubs in the country. Our interdisciplinary team approach allows us to both think big in the planning and concept stages and to think small in execution, understanding that success lies in a commitment to excellence throughout the process. Our name carries deep meaning and significance with our team—our “ethos” is grounded in an unwavering commitment to excellence and integrity in all that we do. For more information, visit