About John Sibbald

The Passing of John Sibbald

John Ristow Sibbald passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 27, 2016. Read the obituary.


John R. Sibbald – Chairman Emeritus… A Legend in the Industry, Remembered

JohnSibbaldPhoto279John Sibbald founded John Sibbald Associates, an Executive Search Firm, in 1975. He opened offices in Chicago, before moving to St Louis. Later he relocated to Lauderdale By the Sea in Florida and identified the need for his services in the resort and club industry. He quickly earned a reputation as the leading executive search consultant in this field. Over a 30-year span, John Sibbald Associates has placed more than 1,200 Club Managers in the World’s most prestigious Private Clubs and Exclusive Resorts. He and his firm’s reputation were unmatched in successfully placing General Managers, Golf Directors and Superintendents.

As a result of a lifetime of specialized recruitment, John Sibbald Associates maintained the nation’s largest and most detailed database with more than 10,000 skilled Managers on file.

Club Leaders Forum was the brainchild of the incomparable John R. Sibbald, and The FORUM was first published in the early 90s. As the first publication of its kind, The FORUM compiled Club and Industry information for Club Managers, Presidents and Staff. Simply stated, Club Leaders Forum promoted excellence in Private Club Leadership under Sibbald’s vision.

Still today, many Managers owe a great debt of gratitude to the Chairman. He gave many a start in the business and placed countless in the finest jobs. John knew how to match personality, flair, ability and overall talent with the right opportunity.

Although John has passed, his legacy will live on as he has earned the right to sit in the Chairman’s seat in perpetuity.