Jeff McFadden is the General Manager of The Union League of Philadelphia. He grew up on the Jersey Shore where he started in the hospitality industry at a very young age. He worked his way up the food and beverage ladder at the famous Essex and Sussex Hotel, the Shoreham Hotel, and the Warren Hotel. His first club position came in the form of a summer internship at the Mantoloking Yacht Club where he was the club manager. In 1990 he graduated with honors from Cornell’s School of Hotel Management and accepted the position of Food and Beverage Director at the Cosmos Club in Washington D.C. Jeff produced the first food and beverage surplus in the club’s 125-year history.
At 27 years of age, Jeff headed west to the University Club of Denver, becoming one of the youngest General Managers in the country. In 1998, at the age of 30, Jeff became the leader of The Union League of Philadelphia. Since his arrival, Jeff has grown top-line revenues from $7.5 million to over $35 million dollars, including $15 million in food and beverage receipts. He is currently overseeing a $14 million update and renovation to the League’s main kitchen and ballroom This project which will be completed on July 1, 2013, includes a state of the art kitchen, with a full butcher shop, a chocolate room, and a pastry shop. Also in the kitchen is an 18 seat demonstration kitchen and a two-story wine dining room. Jeff is a strong advocate for raising the profile of food and beverage in the private club industry and is a strong believer that if you do not have an excellent food and beverage program, delivering outstanding dining experiences, you will not have a private club in 2020.
Last year The Union League was honored as the #1 Platinum City Club in America!
Jeff is actively involved with Club Manager Association of America and the National Club Association. He achieved his certification in club management from CMAA in 2001, Honor Society in 2008 then certified as a Chief Executive in 2009. Locally, he co-founded the Philadelphia Club Foundation to support student and manager club education in the Delaware Valley. With the help of chapter members, the Philadelphia Club Foundation now supports 100% of local professional management education as well as three $10,000 student club management annual scholarships.
In 2004 Jeff was honored as Club Manager of the Year by the Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter. In 2005 and 2009, Jeff was awarded the National Club Association’s Council Member of the Year and in 2012 he was awarded the national Excellence in Club Management Award sponsored by Club and Resort BUSINESS and the McMahon Group.
Jeff McFadden currently serves on many Boards, including; Angel Flight East, Avenue of the Arts, Inc., Cradle of Liberty Council – Boy Scouts of America, Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Gulph Creek Hotels, is Chairman of the National Club Association Foundation, the Pennsylvania Aero Club, Roman Catholic High School, Wings Field and Widener University School of Hospitality.
Jeff is also a private instrument rated pilot and an avid golfer. He lives in Blue Bell, PA, next to Wings Field of course, with Julia, his wife, and Jack and Madeline, their two children.