Meet the Broken Sound General Manager

John G. Crean, CCM, CCE CHA

Chief Operating Officer/General Manager
Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, Florida

Born in Roscommon, Ireland, John Crean began his career in the hospitality industry from the ground up - starting with an internship in Geneva, Switzerland, and moving on to The Lawrence Beach Club and The Muttontown Club on Long Island.  When the Broken Sound Club in Boca Raton was looking for a new General Manager and Chief Operating Officer in 2003, they found John Crean to be the perfect fit to take their club through major renovations of two golf courses and three clubhouses.

As a result of his efforts and contributions to the hospitality industry, he was awarded the “2005 Club Manager of the Year” award by Club Management Magazine as well as the “Excellence in Club Management in 2005” awarded by the McMahon Group, a rare feat to obtain two very prestigious awards in the club management industry in the same year. 

Under his leadership, Broken Sound became one of the premier country club communities in South Florida and a leader in environmental issues. The club was awarded a Platinum Club designation as well as a Distinguished Emerald Club award. Broken Sound Club was the first club in Florida and only the second club in the United States to become GEO certified by the Scotland-based Golf Environment Organization. In addition to the GEO certification, Broken Sound is also certified by the Audubon Sanctuary, implemented the first industrial compost program in Florida by installing a Composter/Digester which reduces the green and food waste and produces refined compost with organic fertilizer qualities, uses reclaimed water through the City of Boca Raton, uses solar power and energy saving devices and recycling of cardboard and plastic bottles. As an example of his continuing commitment to the environment, upon hearing of the dying honey bee population, Mr. Crean had bee hives installed on both golf courses surrounded by wild flowers. Starting with one hive, it has now grown to 22 hives on both courses under the supervision of professional beekeepers. The all-natural honey supplied from these hives is then put into jars and given out to the club membership.

Moving forward, John Crean continues to look for new and innovative ways to ensure that Broken Sound Club is not only the premier country club community in South Florida but also a club that has taken its responsibility seriously to reduce its carbon footprint.