Plaza Club Is All Business

By Sharlene "Pebblz" Ronquilio
Wednesday - September 08, 2010
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By Sharlene “Pebblz” Ronquilio
General Manager of The Plaza Club

“Why should I join a private club?” Since becoming general manager of The Plaza Club, I find I have to answer that question every day. That’s why we keep finding ways to improve the club at the top of Pioneer Plaza downtown and bring additional value to its members. The owner of Pioneer Plaza, MW Group, purchased the club last year and invested $2 million in renovations. We’ve also made investments to improve our menu and service offerings.

The Plaza Club is an ideal place for business. In fact, some of our members use it as a virtual satellite office in the downtown area. Our facilities are great for business meetings large and small, for teleconferencing or for social gatherings. Many members use our lounge as a place to catch up on work or just relax between meetings downtown.

We’ve invested in the latest audio-visual equipment so we can not only link people across town, but around the globe. And members have access to other clubs across the nation and around the Pacific Rim so they have a place to do business when they’re away from home. Members get reciprocal privileges at the Downtown Athletic Club in Los Angeles and The Tokyo American Club in Tokyo.

The Plaza Club: an ideal place for business

But I believe the most important role for a club is to strengthen networks and create links within our own business community. I’m working on ways to enhance our link-building power so as to further add value for our members.

From what I’ve seen, many members are interested in being able to share their experiences and learn from each other, so we are working hard to find ways to make The Plaza Club more than just a place to meet or relax and turn it into a vibrant community.

Actually, our community reaches beyond our members. The MW Group has started a program that allows local artists to showcase their work in the club, and if we sell a piece to a member, not only does the artist get paid, but we also make a donation to The Contemporary Museum and other art charities to support art in Hawaii.

So, to answer the question I get asked every day: “Why should you join a private club?” Not because it’s exclusive. But because it’s a smart business move.

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