Fred Goldmann was a native Long Islander, born in Flushing, who spent his entire professional career in New York. He started in the restaurant business at the age of fifteen and worked part-time in the kitchen of a family-run business on the North Shore. He worked his way through Hicksville High School and Nassau Community College as a waiter and supervisor.
In 1964, Fred was drafted into the U.S. Army for two years and served a year in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1966 he embarked on a career as a real estate agent, but always continued to work in and have passion for the restaurant industry.
In the fall of 1967, Wheatley Hills Golf Club hired Fred as a captain in their Dining Room. For the next thirty-one years he worked at that same club fulfilling the roles of Maître d', Assistant Manager and became the General Manager in 1977. Through his hard work and commitment, Fred was directly responsible for many of the improvements at Wheatley Hills over his three decades of involvement. In March of 1999 he made a career change and became the General Manager of the exclusive Deepdale Golf Club.
Fred joined the Metropolitan Club Managers Association in 1977 and served on its Board from 1980 to 1991. In his eleven years of devoted service he chaired most of the committees in the organization and served as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President. He was elected President in 1989 and was named Tanqueray Club Manager of the Year in 1998 by his peers.
Fred attended seventeen CMAA World Conferences and numerous CMAA workshops. He also served for two years on the National CMAA Magazine Committee.
Fred was active in and dedicated to many charities including Madonna Heights Services and the Association for the Advancement of the Blind and Retarded. His commitment and hard work contributed to successful fundraising of millions of dollars for these organizations. He also earned the distinction of having an AABR residence named in his honor.
Fred had a profound love for the game of golf, an unforgettable sense of humor, a drive for keeping everyone honest and a passion for mentoring and developing Assistant Managers. He passed away in December of 2001 leaving a giant example of what managers are called to become.
About The Scholarship
The scholarship was established to provide an opportunity for Assistant Managers to further their education and development in the Club Management Field, by establishing a scholarship to the Mid-Management Conference, the World Conference or the Business Management Institute (BMI), to be awarded annually. (The applicant may choose any of the above).
Through 2019, MCF has awarded $97,000 in Freddie Goldman scholarships.