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Why is the Spokane Club selling its Spokane Valley tennis center?

Spokane Club board members want to sell the club’s Spokane Valley facility.

Here's the link to today's story: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/apr/05/spokane-club-is-gearing-up-to-sell-its-valley/?print-friendly

The former Central Park Racquet Club was purchased by the club in 2000 for roughly $3.2 million. Since then the private social and athletic club has spent about $3 million on upgrades.

The reason why: debt and the need to refocus on the club's main role as a central location downtown, for athletics and social events.

Something not reported in that story: Cory Barbieri, of Goodale & Barbieri Company, said he's acting on behalf of one of the potential buyers of the former racquet club.

He's unable to identify the buyer. It is an investor-based group that has experience operating tennis clubs, Barbieri said.

Wine Spectator gives a shout-out to Spokane Club restaurant

Wine Spectator magazine digs the Spokane Club restaurant Burgundy’s, giving it an award of excellence.

Featured in Wine Spectator's 30th annual List issue, Burgundy's was feted for its fresh, regional cuisine and robust selection of Washington, Oregon and California wines.

“We’re thrilled with the recognition of a list we’ve been steadily building over many year’s time,” says Urs Moser, the restaurant's executive chef and director.

Moser, who has been with the Spokane Club since 2009, is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Arts of Lucerne, Switzerland. He is the former executive Chef of the acclaimed Raven and the Peach in Fair Haven, NJ,  and was a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City.

Moser is playing a major role in the club’s redefining itself as a vibrant part of the Spokane dining and social scene, according to a club press release.

Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS, the next Executive Connect speaker

If you still can’t figure out what INHS does, and what they’re doing in the area of electronic health records (EHR), the chance to get some answers is next week, during the next Executive Connect Breakfast, at the Spokane Club.

It will be a session Dec. 9 with Tom Fritz, CEO of INHS, the nonprofit company that does a number of administrative and service functions for area hospitals. Among them is the role of managing the electronic records system that allows many regional hospitals and clinics to keep a steady flow or medical data back and forth.

Fritz will be the speaker at the meeting, in the Georgian Ballroom, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Doors open at 7 a.m.

Registration for $30 is required by going here. To ask questions, call 509.358.2114.


Spokane Club names Pilcher its new CEO

The Spokane Club today named John Pilcher its new CEO.

After a national search, the club’s board chose Pilcher to move the athletic-social club forward. Pilcher has been serving as interim CEO for the past several months.

“I’m thrilled to be asked to lead this historic enterprise on its path to success,” Pilcher said in a prepared release.

A Harvard MBA, Pilcher has been COO for the City of Spokane and was the city’s first Economic Development Division Director. Pilcher is a former board member of the Spokane Regional Economic Development Council. He has been involved in numerous community projects and civic groups including Rotary 21.

In a recent Sunday Business section story, we looked at the key membership problems the privately funded club is facing.