Patrick Ferkany is a Principal with GSI Executive Search based in Dallas, Texas. A General Manager and operator of high-end private country clubs for many years, Patrick 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 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. Having built a number of high-performing teams himself, with numerous assistants having moved on to General Manager positions in their own right, Patrick believes that people are the most important asset an operation can have.

Professional experience and roles include:

  • President, Texas Lone Star Chapter, Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA)
  • Chairman, North Texas Region, Texas Lone Star Chapter CMAA
  • Chairman, CMAA National Assistant Manager’s Conference
  • Director, Alabama Chapter CMAA
  • Advisor, Auburn Student Chapter CMAA
  • Host, United States Golf Association Mid-Amateur National Championship
  • Host, Texas Golf Association Amateur Championship
  • Host, Michigan Golf Association Amateur Championship
  • Host, Alabama Golf Association Mid-Amateur Championship
  • Host, NCAA Red River Classic
  • Host, Great Clubs of the South Symposium