The Club Needs A CFO (Chief Financial Officer)

Who can manage the TAC finances?

Since 2010, we’ve seen a number of fellow members working with the TAC management team to run the club. We were told that the financials were solid… before the vote to demolish the old clubhouse. Then when the financial disaster hit, the board changed it’s tune saying.. time to raise the fees for members… This was despite the member board of governors promising that there would be no increased pricing for members. (That was when 30+ members decided it was time to talk and this TAC member site, ABTAC was formed (A Better American Club.com). The Club finances always seem to be easily pushed to the brink.

Invaluable Community

Tokyo American Club is a fantastic slice of the community of Americans, locals, and many other nationalities. TAC is gathering place for leaders from many industries who want to socialize, exercise, and eat. This is what pays the bills.

The COVID Hit

As the club leadership has gone extreme on the ‘safety first’ (revenue last) route, finances have suffered as people are apparently having a hard time using the club. Some members have joked that someone seemed to have confused COVID with Ebola.

Managing the club is no easy task. With COVID you’ve got a vast range of members from the ‘double-maskers’ to the ‘why must I wear a mask in the gym’ crowds that illustrates just the varying opinions and voices in the community. Wear ‘your mask between sips’ thinking in the restaurants has pushed some members to other clubs and the vast choices of restaurants around the Tokyo metropolis. Other members have just been concerned about going to public places and have avoided going out all together. The die-hard members have attempted to use the club normally… with much less service. The actions so far have apparently severely hampered the finances. (Maybe members should be asked in polls on what rules they want regarding masks, operating hours, available equipment, and club staffing of what facilities they might use?)

The Failed Loan Votes

There were two votes pushed by the former Representative Governor to get a loan that was ‘just in case’. Members rejected the loan as it was pushed as being unnecessary, and lacked any direction on who was to manage it in the Club. That brings us to the root of the problem-

As TAC is a multi-million dollar business in Azabudai, clearly member management is insufficient. Few board members have time or expertise in running this size of business. TAC, unlike other hospitality (hotel) businesses that had to work out survival plans TAC has some 3,000+ members paying monthly dues.

To avoid another financial disaster such as happened with the board of governors in 2010 and again in 2020, isn’t it time to get someone who knows how to crunch numbers managing the business? We believe so. Let’s recommend TAC allocate a finance boss that can better manage the funds of the club. TAC needs a solid CFO to make the tough decisions and report to the members! After-all, all members would like to focus on why we joined the club… socializing, exercising, and eating! 😉

Maybe Time That Michael Start Talking To Members?

A Message From Michael Benner- Supporting Our Club

Dear Member,

This is a year of milestones for the Club. After marking the 10th anniversary of our Azabudai home last month, we open the doors of Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi, our first-ever satellite facility, next month.

These historic moments follow a year of unprecedented challenges for the Club. But throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have put the safety of Members and Club staff first.

By following government guidance and introducing rigorous safety measures (in combination with the Club’s state-of-the-art ventilation and sanitizing systems), we have created an environment in which Members can relax and feel safe.

However, Member usage of the Club has declined, and spending in the dining outlets has decreased significantly. To encourage everyone to visit the Club more frequently, and dine and spend at the Club, let me share some good news:

At its most recent meeting, The Board of Governors eased the guest policy to help you further enjoy the Club.

From March 1, Members’ guests will be able to use the Guest Studios and visit Rainbow CafĂ© and CafĂ© Med seven days a week. In addition, the monthly limit of two visits per guest will be increased to eight visits. The Board will periodically review these changes.

Last week saw the launch of a brand-new food delivery service. This is the latest example of our adaption to shifting Member needs and follows the introduction of last year’s takeout service, the conversion of CHOP into an all-day lounge, the opening of the Guest Studios as a daytime WFH alternative, and the creation of hybrid meeting packages and numerous online cultural and fitness classes.

All of these services and programs offer Members more opportunities to connect with one another. I encourage you to make use of all that the Club has to offer.

With your support, I strongly believe that we can ensure that our community continues to thrive.

Stay safe.

Michael Benner
Representative Governor
Tokyo American Club

Keeping Your Club Safe: Extended State of Emergency

Dear Member,

Following the Japanese government’s recent extension of the state of emergency until March 7, the Board of Governors will continue to comply with the government’s directive for restaurants and bars to close earlier.

During this period, recreation facilities and dining outlets will continue to close at 8pm, with last orders for dine-in food and drinks at 7pm (stay tuned for details of a brand-new delivery service).

Additionally, the Board has decided to close the Club at 9pm from February 6 to March 7.

The decision was taken after a careful analysis that showed that Club usage after 9pm has been sparse and infrequent since the start of the state of emergency last month.

Naturally, the Board and Club management continue to monitor the impact of such measures on Club finances, and we plan to host a town hall later this month to update the membership on the situation.

In the meantime, thank you for continuing to follow the Club’s safety guidelines in order to protect our community and the community beyond.

Stay safe.

Mike Benner
Representative Governor
Tokyo American Club

New Tokyo American Club Opening in Nihonbashi on 31 March!

The opening of the new TAC property in Nihonbashi was announced today. Scheduled to open on 31 March, the new TAC is small but more conveniently located to those in business

Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi:
Opening March 31
On March 31, the Club makes history with the launch of its first-ever satellite facility.

Located on the sixth floor of Nihonbashi Muromachi Mitsui Tower, the adults-only Club promises to be a valuable benefit for Azabudai Members.

Our brand-new “second home” will also welcome Nihonbashi Club-only Members. Please help us grow this community by introducing any prospective Members to our Membership Office team at membership@tac-club.org.

Explore Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi:
nihonbashi.tokyoamericanclub.org/

Nihonbashi Club Specifics
Tokyo American Club Nihonbashi, which is open on weekdays only, offers single and couple memberships.

New Nihonbashi Tokyo American Club Coming Soon!

Special thanks to all the TAC members who have been working on the new satellite branch in Nihonbashi. It’s great for Mitsui and great for TAC members to have this new facility. Nihonbashi will gain it’s own new members, but core members from Azabudai will be able to seamlessly use both clubs.

Ginger Griggs, Jim Fink, Sam Rogan, and all the TAC staff that have made the effort to set up the new site… We love you!

They’ve done extra work as the opening was extended from 2020 to sometime before 1 April 2021 is the goal.

Our New Name ABTAC! A Better Tokyo American Club

Back in 2010, MABT started with 30+ TAC members concerned about the way the TAC was being managed and changing stories about the finances (sounds like some government budgets somewhere..). In 2020, MABT reunited as members wanted to promote transparency from the board of governors, committees, and club management after the club was shut down by two board members locking members out. Members spoke up and have been actively connecting and discussing the issues on this website and in social media groups.

We’re happy, we’re positive, and we’re TAC members. We all ‘own’ the club and we all have to be accountable to each other regarding information and decisions. There is still a lot of ‘gray’ in how the club is governed and we all want to MAKE A BETTER TAC. Members still need a voice.

We are please to announce that we decided to rebrand our TAC members group to be supporting members group for the board of governors, TAC employees, but most importantly to voice the common needs of dues paying members. Effective immediately, MABT becomes

ABTAC or A Better Tokyo American Club. ABTAC will continue to host member discussions here on www.abetteramericanclub.com

Suggestions? Let us know how we can enhance this wonderful international community in the center of Tokyo. Remember we’re TAC members, we’re professional, and we’re always positive. More on our site policies here.