Dame Kristen LaCount, Assistant General Manager of The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, received the Rising Star Award recognizing a future General Manager who has exhibited outstanding leadership skills and professional growth within the club industry in the United States.
Kristen has served on numerous national club management committees and was the second woman to have served as President of the New England Club Managers Association.
According to David Chag, CCM, General Manager of The Country Club, in Kristen’s case, the “A” in “AGM” stands for “Acting” General Manager as much as “Assistant,” “Kristen more than qualifies as a ‘Rising Star,’” wrote Chag in nominating her for recognition in that category. “She has ‘risen’ in my eyes.
“We have focused her professional development on being an Acting General Manager,” Chag explained. “Kristen is included in meetings I schedule, she attends the Executive Committee meetings, and regularly will attend Board meetings. She is on the U.S. Open 2022 Executive Committee and directly involved with the Chair.
“Kristen is an active participant in all community-outreach objectives,” Chag added. “She is active at all levels of leadership and governance, and is there for my weekly breakfast with the Club President.”
With two young children and a husband who owns and operates two successful restaurants in the Boston area, Chag also expressed special admiration for how LaCount exemplifies “a successful woman in this business who manages home life and club operations flawlessly.
“I could not have done as well as she is performing,” he said.
—Dame Lucille Giovino