Celebrating our 9th Platinum Award

WAC again named among best private athletic clubs

What does it mean to be a 5 Star Platinum Club of America? For starters, it means being among the very best private clubs in the country. “This is a great honor and a great testament to
our club and our membership,” WAC President & CEO Chuck Nelson said after the Club won its ninth consecutive Platinum Award.

The latest awards were announced this past November.

Only the top five percent of private clubs nationwide earn Platinum status. The awards are voted on by Club Management Association of America managers as well as club presidents and owners.

“The Washington Athletic Club, its members, board, management, and staff should be justly proud of Platinum recognition and have set a benchmark for
other clubs to emulate,” said Dennis Burns, executive director of the awards.

The Platinum awards, introduced in 1997, were initially delivered once every three years and are now biennial. The WAC has won every time the awards have been given.

“To sustain the excellence required to consistently win Platinum Club recognition is a testament to the Club and the membership’s commitment to continually evolve and improve the facility, offerings, and service levels of the WAC,” Chuck said. “You can’t keep winning an award like this if you stay the same.”

Platinum Clubs are judged based on their amenities and facilities, staff and service, quality of membership, governance and fiscal management, and overall experience. The awards divide clubs into various categories. Only 20 athletic clubs nationally were honored. Within that list, the WAC was ranked in the top five along with the Detroit Athletic Club, New York Athletic Club, Multnomah Athletic Club, and Olympic Club.

“That is fine company,” Chuck said. “It means a lot to us, and it says a lot about our membership.”

As published in the January/February 2019 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted December 27, 2018

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