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Thursday
May212015

Curt Beusman, One of the Original IHRSA Founders Passes Away

Curt Beusman, one of IHRSA's earliest, most important and influential supporters passed away Tuesday, pre-deceased by his wonderful wife, Jane. He was 84. Beusman is survived by his sons Robert and Rick. Rick Beusman is president of the Saw Mill Club, and like his father, served on the IHRSA Board of Directors.

Industry Leaders share their comments about Curt Beusman:

"An extraordinary industry leader in the 80s and 90s, Curt befriended and inspired hundreds of his fellow club entrepreneurs," said John McCarthy, former IHRSA executive director. 

Cathy Masterson McNeil, vice president of international operations at IHRSA remembers his Convention session from the early 80s on the results of the industry data survey as packed as a keynote session. "He presented dry information in an entertaining way that would make the information stick. For example, clubs with “splash” (meaning a swimming pool) performed better than clubs without "splash", said McNeil.

Curt Beusman presenting at one of the first IHRSA Conventions.

One of the earliest articles he contributed to IRSA News (a newsletter that preceded CBI) was Saw Mill’s 10 Commandments for Club Success. McNeil still remembers two of them: 1) We say “yes” when we can; 2) We make decisions by consensus; if we can’t reach consensus, Curt decides.

"We will all remember him for his major contributions in shaping the club industry we know today," said Rick Caro, president of Management Vision and longtime friend of Beusman. "He was a real entrepreneur and a great sharer. He was a creative, brilliant, caring, articulate and generous."

A memorial event will be planned in the near future.

Read more about Beusman.