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We're Strategic Club Solutions

Give us your toughest problem. We’ll unpack it, power through it and solve it. Let’s work together from discovery to execution to results.

We look forward to meeting with you to see how partnering before, during and after the plan will benefit your Club.
Strategic Club Solutions

Executive Team

Ryan Doerr

President

Certified Coach, Master Facilitator

Ryan Doerr brings 28 years of hospitality industry experience with 19 years in Club Management. As a successful manager, entrepreneur, multiple-business owner, mentor and coach, Ryan has helped boards, owners and management teams unlock opportunities within their Club, and take them to new heights previously unthinkable.

Ryan has worked and consulted for a full spectrum of operations across the U.S.  From large operators like Walt Disney World, ClubCorp and Arnold Palmer. As well as over 50 privately owned and Members owned clubs.

Leveraging his experience, Ryan founded his business consulting company, Fokus Forward, LLC (Now The Spire Group), in 2005 in response to the needs of a managing partner.  Ryan eventually spun off a Club centric division called Strategic Club Solutions was created as a Club centric consulting company that specializes in the targeted needs and demands of private and public Country, City and Athletic Clubs. Specialize in services from strategic planning, marketing, sales, service training, operations, surveys, executive search, membership growth and engagement.

Ryan and his team are passionate about serving the Club industry professionals find hidden see opportunities, fill gaps and help them advance. Often, he finds simple adjustments make a huge positive impact.

“I started Strategic Club Solutions in response to my colleagues in the Club industry. I’ve been fortunate and strategic in surrounding myself with successful alliances in years past. This business allows my team and I to now help others.”

“Joining the Strategic Club Solutions team has already proven to be a really great move. I’ve quickly learned a great deal about the club industry and am amazed at how similar it’s core principles are to the restaurant business. Looking forward to sharing my particular expertise with our clients to help them find greater success.”

Brendhan McClusky

Consultant & Strategist

Born in Galveston Texas and raised in Milwaukee, Brendhan McClusky earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University Wisconsin Stout in 1991. 

Brendhan has managed both back and front of house operations for more than 25 years, from coast to coast. He has developed restaurant brands and opened multiple locations, such as Houston’s Restaurants, Maggiano’s Little Italy, (Lettuce Entertain You, Brinker International) and Thunder Bay Grills (Heart of America).

In 2017, Brendhan partnered with The Spire Group to expand his consulting business. Together they provide strategic services for large and small companies, hiring, training, systems enhancement, culture development, team building, planning, budgeting, and more.

His hospitality experience is diverse and includes: fine dining,  taverns, casual dining, catering, banquets and institutional food operations. He’s hired, trained and developed countless management teams. His “anything is possible” belief and “you are not living unless you are growing” attitude have been consistent themes throughout his career.

Laura LESZCZYNSKI

VP of Marketing

Laura Leszczynski brings over 25 years of business experience having owned her own marketing agency, co-founded a youth volleyball club serving 400 athletes, managed team members and executed creative deliverables serving a wide range of industries and clients. She has years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry working with clients from start up to event planning their 10 year anniversaries. Applying neuromarketing best practices and smart strategy, Laura aids in messaging, planning and brainstorming.

Laura (Bova) Leszczynski marketer artist Strategic Club Solutions and Club Masterminds

“As a Strategic Club Solutions team member, I get to challenge, encourage and really stretch the ideas and tactically marketing strategies for our clients. It’s like our clients get an entire marketing agency when working with us.”

Mary Buenz Club Masterminds expert with food and beverage event planning for Club Masterminds, Strategic Club Solutions and Fokus Forward Consulting

“I thought my passion was for working on-property for a Club, but since joining Strategic Club Solutions, everything’s changed. I’m able to reach farther and bring more ideas and strategy to our clients. I’m really making a difference beyond the impact of a single Club.”

Mary Buenz

MSEd, CMP

VP of Client Experience

Mary Buenz oversees, coordinates and serves our client needs. She is also the VP of Member Experience for Club Masterminds. Prior to joining the team, Mary spent over 25 years in the Meetings and Events industry specializing in Association Management and large scale Event Production. She also served as Banquet Operations Director for a suburban private club outside Milwaukee with a vibrant wedding and private event business. Fiercely passionate about business ethics and organizational business strategy, Mary enjoys researching emerging technologies and operations enhancements.

joe flynn

Consultant & Strategist

Joe Flynn is a 17 year veteran in the hospitality and private club industry. He has worked in every aspect of food and beverage including private country clubs, find dining, special events, concessions and bar management. Other areas of expertise include profit and loss analysis, strategic planning food and labor cost controls, menu development, payroll, human resources, golf operations, merchandising and employee development. He started his career as a golf professional and has also played competitively at every level. Joe resides in New Albany, Ohio with his wife Erin raising two girls. 

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Sara Cherny

Bookkeeping & Accounting Specialist
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He really helped turn our club around

Ryan came in to a very difficult situation at our club and really added the strong leadership and management that was badly needed at our club. He really helped turn our club around and making it fun again. His help with our strategic plan and our Membership growth were phenomenal and just what we needed. I know he has earned the respect of the membership and the staff while dealing with some tough situations.

Merrill Hills Country Club
Greg Ksicinski
Principal at SVA Certified Public Accountants
Board President, Merrill Hills Country Club