AMF Instructor Division Member Benefits

AMF recognizes that Directors of Instruction and other accomplished teachers need a unique array of professional services to help protect your careers and grow your businesses in challenging economic times.
     We address these specific needs in more ways than any other organization. Our primary goal is to assist instructors to maximize professional opportunities, increase job security and increase compensation. To accomplish these goals, AMF has developed numerous unique concepts, strategies and services and is continually adding more services as our members’ needs continue to evolve.
     AMF's Instructor Division members enjoy the following services:

Unique Education and Networking Opportunities
Members are invited to AMF's annual Instructor Division Summit each fall and all AMF regional education events held at top facilities around the country throughout the year. Host sites have included Castle Pines, Country Club of North Carolina, Caves Valley, Baltusrol, Jupiter Hills, Medinah and Isleworth. These events offer members a unique opportunity to network with other premier teachers, gain access to teaching best practices and acquire new business and marketing strategies for growing your bottom line.
     For members who are unable to attend some of these events, AMF posts streaming video of the major presentations from each seminar on our members only website for viewing at any time at not additional cost.

Webinars
Now our members may participate in education events from any computer in the world as our investment in webinar technology allows AMF to provide up-to-date information to our members at any time, anyplace and on any subject. Webinar topics focus on current issues and incorporate experts from across North America who can help out members fully understand the issues and options involved to grow their businesses and improve their teaching skills. AMF’s Instructor Division offers approximately 25 webinars annually and there is no charge participate live or to view the recorded version of each on the AMF members website.

Interactive Member's Only Website
Members can ask for and give advice on any subject to other members on our members’ only website message boards and members can access contact information for all other AMF members. The website also offers instant access to all AMF business templates, job postings and other time-sensitive information. AMF also has an instructor blog on the site that is updated each week.

Exclusive Compensation information
AMF annually conducts the most comprehensive instructor compensation survey in the industry. Members who are considering a new job – or renewing a contract – will be able to use this information for more effective negotiations. Members will receive both a full summary report and also a personalized report that matches your specific job parameters. All compensation information is protected by a strict confidentiality agreement to protect our members.
 
Teaching Operations Survey
AMF annually conducts the most comprehensive instructor operations survey in the industry. This document allows members to make valuable comparisons between their operation and those run by high-quality teachers at similar facilities.

Contract Review
Our staff council and our CEO, Bob Mulcahy, have reviewed hundreds of golf professional contracts. When a member’s contract comes up for review or they are considering a new job offer, AMF has the resources in place to help create the proper incentives and protections to create a contract that works for both you and your employer.
    
Exclusive Job Announcements
Members have exclusive access to the AMF Job Announcement Board including the ability to broadcast open positions on their staff exclusively to other AMF members. Members also receive weekly emails alerting them to job openings that have just been added, including seasonal teaching positions.

Exclusive Business Templates
AMF is constantly developing member-only business templates that include cutting-edge information and strategies for a growing variety of topics and issues. Current templates include:

Instructor Job Description and Action Plan Template
The Action Plan Template is designed as a tool to develop and convey your vision for your instruction program to the leaders of your facility. AMF has also included a template to help members develop your own comprehensive job description that properly and fully illustrates your diverse job responsibilities.    

Instructor Annual Report Template
This template has been designed to make it easy for members to develop a comprehensive annual report for your facility management and leadership that exemplifies your expertise and accomplishments.

Teaching Building Template
AMF conducted a detailed survey of our membership regarding teaching buildings. Thanks to dozens of responses, this document includes practical do's and don'ts from those who have already built an indoor teaching facility. Includes information on budgets, size and computer/camera configurations.

Resume Template
This document offers up-to-date information on presenting yourself in the best possible light to potential employers through a contemporary resume that highlights the right skills to earn you the interviews you desire.

Instructor Economic Impact Report (coming Fall 2009)
This report will make it easy for AMF members to show in detail the positive economic affect they produce for their facilities on an annual basis.

Student Satisfaction Survey Template (coming Fall 2009)
This template will explore best practices for soliciting and measuring student satisfaction regarding golf instruction programs.

AMF Member's Only Newsletter
Members receive AMF’s very popular bi-monthly member newsletter filled with money-making tips, insight into the state of the golf industry, cutting-edge business strategies, new technology reviews, information about AMF partners, marketing ideas that will bring in new students, strategies for growing your bottom line, and, of course, comprehensive news on upcoming AMF events.

Financial Planning/Insurance
AMF has forged an alliance with Acorn Financial Services to provide our members access to comprehensive financial services that will maximize your financial security and better manage your personal and business financial risks. Acorn has helped dozens of golf professionals with their business and personal financial planning and insurance needs and they are ready to help you, too. Acorn operates as a fee-based financial consultant allowing you to receive honest advice that isn't pressured by product-specific sales commissions.

Instruction Surveys by Golf Datatech
AMF has developed a exclusive relationship with Golf Datatech, the industry’s top independent research company, to conduct survey’s about the state of golf instruction. Golf Datatech surveys both golf instructors and 5,000 golfers from across the country to help AMF members gain unique insights into the mindset of golfers who take lessons and those who don’t to help develop new instruction programs and promotions that attract new students and retain current students. This report is available to all AMF members.

Strategic Partners and Alliances Benefits and Discounts
Members receive exclusive benefits and discounts from our allied and sponsor organizations for key business needs including the following:

Teacher Training and Certification Discounts
A variety of well-known teachers and teaching methods offer exclusive AMF member pricing to attend their seminars and certification programs designed just for instructors. These include The Golfing Machine, Accelerized Golf,  Bill Davis, Charlie King, Brian Manzella, Jim McLean, Brad Redding, Todd Sones and Dr. Jim Suttie. Discounts usually range from 10-30% off normal professional rates. Detailed information on how to take advantage of these discounts is included on the members only website.

Special Member-only Discounts From Our Partners
More than a dozen companies sponsor AMF's Instructor Division and most offer AMF member-only discounts. You can see the current discounts available by visiting the Partner Pages on this website.

Ko-Mar Productions
KO-MAR's projects have included national golf instructional DVD projects for Golf Magazine’s “Top 100 Teachers: The More Series" and Golf Digest’s “Jim McLean Drills” series.  Additionally Ko-Mar has shot with instructors including Mike Bender, David Leadbetter, Jim Flick, Laird Small, Randy Smith, Martin Hall and Dr. Gary Wiren. As an exclusive special to AMF Members KO-MAR will offer the first 100 DVD’s of the project free including packaging, authoring and encoding.

Allen O’Shea Literary Agency
The Allen O'Shea Literary Agency has a lot of experience selling golf titles. Their own extensive career experience in editorial, publishing, sales and marketing of books enhances the goals of their clients. They have sold hundreds of books to major publishers. Allen O'Shea will offer a free consultation to AMF members who may be considering writing a book. The consultation may include a review of the current market, feedback on your ideas, information about writing a book proposal and suggestions for how to create marketing leverage.

Clarity Media (Public Speaking and Presentation Training)
Like any elite performer, skilled communicators practice under the guidance of an expert coach. Clarity Media’s goal is for clients to emerge from coaching sessions appearing and sounding naturally skilled. Their coaches focus in on and build up AMF members’ strengths and replace communication roadblocks with effective strategies and techniques. Members get an exclusive discount of 20% off all training sessions. A training session normally runs three hours, but AMF members will have the exclusive option to take a two-hour session, if desired.

Hunter Public Relations
Hunter Public Relations’ team – with combined experience of over 100 years in the golf business – works closely with each client to develop custom-tailored plans and programs to achieve marketing, membership or visibility goals. Effective client relationships are made possible through HPR’s dedicated and knowledgeable team, who understand the importance of long-term relationships. With HPR, AMF members enjoy the attentiveness of a small firm with the resources of a large agency. Free consultations are available to AMF members.

Member Assistance Program
Members have access to our MAP program administered by Bensinger & Dupont to provide up to three consultations at no-charge for work-related stress, alcohol or drug problems and financial issues. These benefits are also extended to our members' immediate family. These services are provided with complete confidentiality.

Out-placement Services
AMF has developed comprehensive services to assist our members when your employment status changes.  These include resume revision and development, interview strategies, assistance in the search for a new position and networking opportunities.

Live Support
If the benefits above don’t cover an issue you are dealing with at your facility, AMF’s staff is always available by phone or email to discuss your situation and, if we don’t have experience with your particular issue, we’ll find the experts who do to get you the answers you need.

More Benefits Coming Soon
Everything we do for our members is designed to grow your business and improve your teaching skills. This is why AMF‘s Instructor Division is constantly in conversation with our members asking questions and listening for concerns that we can address. New member benefits are being added on a monthly basis as we continue to grow. AMF members are encouraged to contact AMF’s Director of Membership Services, Ryan Hart, at 908-234-0021 or rhart@amfgolfmgt.com for more information about any of these services.