ACC Welcomes The New GM – Mr. David Brightling

The ACC Board of Governors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Brightling as the new General Manager.

David is an award winning, international hospitality and recreation leader. He has managed and opened prestigious private clubs in Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. He has a special affinity for multi-sport family clubs, having managed The Badminton and Racquet Club of Toronto and two of our reciprocal clubs: the LRC (Ladies Recreation Club) in Hong Kong and the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. The Royal Canadian Yacht Club, his most recent post, is also a multi-sport family club and is well known for its extensive children’s programs in sailing and racket sports. Other clubs he has managed include St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Canada (consistently ranked among the top 100 golf courses in the world) and ONE°15 Marina Club in Singapore, which he opened to widespread positive media coverage and international accolades. He then managed the planning and pre-opening program for Ocean One International Yacht Club in Tianjin, China.

David is committed to professional development and is actively involved in the Club Managers Association of America, where he has served on committees, facilitated the International Symposium at the World Conference on Club Management and won awards for the Best Training Manual and Best Recreation Program at the Conference’s annual “Idea Fair”. He is also a member – and past National President – of the Canadian Society of Club Managers. As a highly involved member, he won CSCM awards for Training, Cost Saving Initiatives and Wine Programs. He also served as Chairman of the Club Managers Association of Hong Kong. David has written articles in lifestyle, yachting and private club industry publications and has spoken on a variety of hospitality topics at colleges, universities and conferences, including the Asian Club Managers Conference in Singapore.

David is a graduate of, and scholarship winner from, the University of Toronto, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Certificate in Personnel and Industrial Relations, a graduate of the George Brown College School of Hospitality (where he later taught) and a graduate of the Hotel School at Cornell University, where he completed the General Managers Program.

The Search Committee and Board are impressed with David’s credentials, his track record of innovation and achievement and his warm and engaging communication style. His passion and enthusiasm for private club management was obvious to all who met him. David will begin at the ACC on December 10th and will be a visible presence at the Club thereafter. Please join me in welcoming David Brightling.



Ken Chen