Bill Stevens

William Stevens

BEDFORD — The president of the Manchester Country Club has been named one of the world’s top 25 board presidents.

BoardRoom Magazine is recognizing William Stevens as a Top Private Club President, saying he understands the importance of working effectively and efficiently, being dedicated to everyone he works with and collaborating with volunteer boards.

“I am humbled to be part of such a great group of distinguished facilities,” said Stevens, who also serves as the president of Harvey Construction. “It is really about the leadership in place at Manchester (Country Club) that makes this facility such a special place.”

The club is never satisfied with being static, according to Stevens, who said the team is constantly looking to make the membership experience better by welcoming the changes that come with each golf season. Stevens was selected as one of 25 most outstanding private club presidents, recognizing his efforts toward the betterment of the club and representing the essence of outstanding leadership by a board president and macro-management in the private club industry, according to a release. His nomination is the first in the history of Troon — the Manchester Country Club’s management company, says the release.

Aside from serving as president of the Manchester Country Club’s Board of Directors, Stevens also serves on boards at the Palace Theatre, New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, New Hampshire Institute of Arts and Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire. He started his work with the Manchester Country Club in 2007.

“This is a big deal for our club,” Brian Kelley, general manager, said of Stevens’ honor. “We worked very hard in the past five years to rebuild the club by improving relations with the local community, getting a good sales team in place and getting the club into the next generation.”

Stevens has led the board and the management team with a new strategic vision, according to Kelley, who said that vision will guide the club into 2023 when the club will celebrate 100 years in operation.

“When we face challenges, Bill is not a dictator, but rather a resource. He guides us in the right direction to tackle challenges as a team,” said Kelley.

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