Testimonials and References

CharlevoixGolf&CountryClub-800x600“I’ve known and worked with Len for many years; during this time I have had the opportunity to assess his knowledge and ability to evaluate a club’s programming needs and the right person (skills, style, personality, etc.) to make the operation run successfully. He’s the best I’ve found in this regard in the tennis industry….he has a unique ability to build consensus while bringing focus, accountability and support to the search process. Moreover, his industry contacts are legendary!”

– Kurt D. Kuebler, Partner, Kopplin & Kuebler, Executive Private Club Placement

 

“After unsuccessfully running our own search for a new Director of Racquets, I was introduced to Len Simard and Simard Search. From the very beginning Len was the consummate professional. I was feeling the pressure as the tennis season was fast approaching, but Len assured me that we had time to conduct a thorough search. As Simard Search conducted their search for a new Director for Spring Brook Country Club, Len kept us informed throughout the process. In the end, we were presented with 5 candidates that were all very well qualified. Our biggest decision was which one would be the best fit for SBCC. We are excited with our new Director and couldn’t be happier.”

David Bachman, CCM, General Manager/COO, Spring Brook Country Club, Morristown, NJ

 

“After several great years, our pro was retiring. While we felt we had a solid program at our Club, we wanted our search to be a catalyst for revitalizing and reenergizing member interest and participation in tennis, and we wanted to find the right new Director of Tennis to help us grow.

Len Simard and his team understood perfectly what we were trying to accomplish and were truly excited about helping find the right match to reach our objectives. They offered exceptional guidance and insight at each step along the way.

From start to finish, Len helped make the process as professional and productive as possible. We received an almost overwhelming response to our job posting and both our Search Committee and Board were very impressed with the depth and breadth of the talent and professionalism we found in the candidates Len brought to us.

Partnering with Simard Search was the best decision we could have made. Thanks Len!”

– Victor Gainor, Chair – Tennis Committee, Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club, Spring Lake, NJ

 

The Farmington Country Club“When our tennis pro of 17 years decided to pursue his own tennis camp business, we immediately began looking for a search firm to assist us in finding a replacement. We knew our candidate profile but had no interest in sifting through the 100+ resumes we expected to get).  After many calls to other club managers and industry leaders asking for recommendations, the name we heard most frequently was Len Simard.  After completing our search with Len, his service proved to be extremely valuable and his industry contacts second to none.  I would highly recommend Simard Search to anyone who is looking for a thorough, national search.”

–Wayne Hall, CCM    AGM, Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, VA

 

taylorparrishccvclubhouse800x480b“Len worked with the Country Club of Virginia on our search for a Head Tennis Professional. He gave us good guidance on how to define the position, structure the compensation and organize the search. Most importantly, he produced an excellent and varied candidate pool – one so strong that we hired our first and second choices by creating a Director of Instruction position for the runner up candidate. Len also provided our Search Committee helpful feedback on our staffing, events and tournaments, which served to build Committee confidence in our Racquets Program moving forward”.

Phil Keister, CMAA,  GM, Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA

 

landingsclub“We entered our search for a new Director of Tennis with some trepidation until we had our first meeting with you. I speak for the entire search committee when I say that your handling of the search and interview process was executed impeccably. We felt that throughout the process we were in capable hands, our toughest decision was which candidate to pick as they were all well qualified. Our ultimate choice is working out so well for us, we can’t thank you enough for all your help “

– Alan G. Gamble, CCM, former General Manager/COO, The Landings Club, Savannah, GA

 

“When you’ve been in the Hospitality business as long as I have (40+ years now) you get a pretty clear perspective on what professionalism is. Simard Search exemplifies that in every way. I’ve been a Club Manager for over 20 years now and dealt with all aspects of Hiring and Recruiting top talent. I’ve dealt with search firms of all shapes and sizes. Simard Search runs their business the way all business should be run, they’re thorough, efficient and professional.

From the first time we met until now, years later, my respect for the way Len Simard does business has grown. They are the preeminent company in the search business.”

– Gene Paul Stifter, CCM, General Manager/COO, Palm Beach Bath & Tennis Club, Palm Beach, FL

 

“Len Simard’s 30+ years of experience in the Country Club business gives him an invaluable perspective on what Club’s are looking for in a Director of Tennis. Len has personally directed programs at some of the most prestigious Clubs in the country and is considered an expert in Country Club programming. I highly recommend Simard Search for Club’s beginning the process of hiring a new Director of Tennis or Head Tennis Professional.”

– Harry Gilbert, past USPTA President, Director of Tennis, Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL

 

“On behalf of the Tennis Committee and the membership in general, thank you for your help during our search. The input and insight you provided proved invaluable during the selection process for our new Head Tennis Professional at Rolling Hills Country Club. The program has seen an increase in interest since he was hired and the members could not be happier with him. He has taken Tennis at Rolling Hills to the next level.”

– Michael Catanzaro, Former General Manager, CCM, Rolling Hills Country Club, Wilton, CT

 

rolling-hills-cc-“I first heard the name Len Simard when I was working for The US Open Series of professional tennis. My boss told me Len would be a crucial contact for me with regard to community tennis and building relationships with tennis clubs. I quickly found out that Len was the best in the business with regard to overall knowledge of building a tennis program. His ability to generate and increase participation across all levels is what separates Len Simard from the rest of the world of Tennis Directors. With Len Simard running a program, there is no question that the courts will be full at all times with the best of instruction. Len Simard is also the leader in discovering and most importantly, developing talent. Len has home grown the best Tennis Director’s that Connecticut and Florida have to offer. Many of the leading Tennis Directors in the industry were former assistants to Len Simard. I am often approached by country clubs and tennis clubs for recommendations of teaching pros and Tennis Directors. I am programed at this point to say “call Len Simard”. His referrals come with a guarantee of a successful growth tennis program.”

– Dan Frank, Top Set Player Management LLC, Search Committee Chairman, Rolling Hills, Wilton, CT  

 

Nyack Field Club House“We were caught off guard when our Head Pro and Manager decided to retire after being with us for 32 years.  As we had no experience in searching for a new pro, we didn’t even know how or where to start.  Then came Len at Simard Search.  Len very patiently met with our board of directors.  He took to time to understand our Club’s unique culture by talking to members and our former pro.  From there he helped us develop a job description.  Then he went to work on searching for the perfect candidate.  In a reasonable amount of time, he came up with 5 candidates who fit the basic qualifications.  Each candidate was given a profile packet to fill out, which gave us insight to their past experience, style, and expectations.  From that list 2 finalists were chosen.  The final two candidates each came back for a half day of on court teaching, and in depth interviews and role playing. From there our new head pro was hired.

Len was involved every step of the way.  We are thoroughly satisfied with his results.  I would not hesitate to recommend him.”

- Bill Loftus, President, Nyack Field Club, Nyack, NY

 

Round_Hill_Club“As a relatively new GM at the Round Hill Club who had relocated from California, I experienced a change in head professionals about a year into my tenure.  Long story made shorter is that I was introduced to Len Simard and, after a steady round of solid reference checks, hired him to facilitate our search.  Len’s personal contacts and active involvement as a leader in the tennis industry quickly got us 10 highly qualified candidates.  The process was thorough, thoughtful and Len was involved every step of the way.  He knows not only the talent pool, but how to work effectively with clubs and search committees.  I could not recommend him more highly.  Our new hire is fitting in nicely and is beginning to take our Club to new levels of participation and satisfaction not seem in many, many years.  I highly recommend Simard Search.”

- Brian G. Walshe, CCM, CCE, General Manager, Round Hill Club, Greenwich, CT