Our History

In May, 1993, a group of local club managers contacted The Forman Group, a Louisville, Kentucky based purchasing resource company with the idea of consolidating their buying power and forming an organization specifically for the club industry. Their ideas, along with the brokerage strength of The Forman Group in the hospitality industry, led to the creation of the "Purchasing Association of Private Clubs", or, PAPC.

Since its inception, PAPC established its headquarters in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is world renowned for the Kentucky Derby and serves as the corporate home for numerous national and international companies. From its central locations, PAPC may assist clubs across the United States.

Club managers quickly recognized that a PAPC membership would earn their club significant savings. PAPC soon experienced phenomenal growth as more and more clubs took advantage of the combined purchasing power of the membership. As the number of PAPC Member Clubs continued to climb, the number of supply partners who wanted relationships with PAPC grew as well. Soon, PAPC became a nationally recognized name that stood for quality, integrity, and honesty.

Throughout the years, PAPC has continued to grow. In May 2001, PAPC acquired a similar organization that added many more clubs to our member rolls. this growth has translated into greater purchasing power for PAPC's members. PAPC is confident that we offer the best purchasing organization that brings together clubs and vendors for their mutual benefit while serving the needs of the entire club industry.

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