Michael John Mally has enjoyed a lengthy career in which he has been consistently tasked with leading some of the most exceptional and prestigious country clubs in the Midwest, leading to the role in which he currently serves as the general manager and CAO of The Carriage Club in Kansas City, Missouri. An avid food and wine enthusiast, and golfer, whose entire professional career has involved some aspect of country club management, Michael can cite previous experience as a general manager and COO of a number of area clubs, including The Club at Porto Cima, Milburn Golf and Country Club, St. Joseph Country Club and Liberty Hills Country Club.
Michael earned his business administration degree from St. Thomas University Opus College of Business in Minneapolis, ultimately returning from the Minneapolis area to pursue a career in country club management. Throughout the 20-plus years that would follow, Michael has developed an industry-wide reputation for his ability to oversee day-to-day operations while also cultivating a deep sense of belonging among members as well as their families and guests. This ability has been of tremendous benefit to each of the clubs he has been charged with leading over the years, and members have often been quick to praise Michael’s leadership.
An active member of several professional organizations, Michael is notably involved with CMAA, or the Club Managers Association of America. Not only has he earned recognition as a CMAA National Honors Society Member, but is also a Certified Chief Executive and was named the Mid-America Chapter of CMAA’s 2012 recipient of the Richard Aubin Memorial Grant.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
We purchased our first home in Olathe, KS almost 25 years ago.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
My wife, Candace Evans, and I were living in an upscale apartment complex while we saved for a down payment on our first home.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
We were planning for a family and wanted to make sure there was a back yard with a swing set for our child to play. Similar to how we both grew up with our families.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
We saved money from our earnings. At the time I was the assistant general manager at Mission Hills Country Club. My wife played piano and sang four to five evenings per week, which is quite a number of performances for a professional musician.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
I knew that I was making a long-term investment when I bought the home, but my decision was guided by the possibility of starting a family there as well.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
The architecture in the neighborhood — especially the homes designed by Darol Rodrock — was certainly a factor, and my father-in-law, a retired home builder, thought very highly of the construction quality of the house. The most important factor for me, however, was the fantastic location of the home and neighborhood.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
Looking back, I wish the back yard would have been larger.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
No, but I took great pride in proper upkeep and landscaping care.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
It is the home where our daughter Kristin learned to walk, and I will never forget that moment and wonderful feeling!
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
Eventually we designed and built a larger home that has a big back yard!
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
If you have particular taste in terms of architectural design, I think it is best to opt for a property on which you can build.