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Gregory J. Patterson Named Club Management Magazine 2015 Club Executive of the Year

Club Management magazine has named Gregory J. Patterson, 2015 Club Executive of the Year. A member of the Golden State Chapter of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), Patterson serves as General Manager of The Beach Club, in Santa Monica, CA. His professional career has earned him several opportunities to develop highly effective leadership teams. He recently oversaw a construction and modernization project of $6 million that was under budget, while increasing club usage and food service numbers with less than half the clubhouse open. Gregg was an adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona teaching Hotel and Tourism. Patterson has also been a long-time and passionate speaker at the CMAA World Conference on Club Management.

The full cover story on Gregg Patterson, 2015 Club Executive of the Year can be seen in the Winter 2016 issue of Club Management magazine.

CEO’s Perspective: Your Leadership Journey

Fun fact: My wife, Susie, and I just celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. We are blessed with two terrific children, Becky (age 28) and DJ (age 26). Both of my children followed in my footsteps and currently work in the field of association management for membership associations, like CMAA. They are involved with membership development and educational programming – key areas for any association. As junior association professionals, I learn a great deal by listening to their conversations about work. Often these conversations focus on changes happening within their organizations – new ventures, resolving member problems, program development, etc. These conversations are generally operational discussions as they are working to best implement change in their organizations. Often these conversations lead to the comment of “I wish someone asked me before we got this far, as I could have helped save the organization a lot of time and frustration.” Read more in the CEO’s Blog.

It’s Not Too Late to Reinstate

The October 31 renewal date has come and gone. By now, all CMAA members should have received notices and paid their 2016 National membership renewal fees. It should be noted that CMAA’s membership is simultaneous with your respective local chapter, so please ensure that you are current with both National Headquarters and your chapter by paying both sets of dues.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back for another fabulous CMAA year. If you have any questions about your membership renewal, please contact the Member Engagement Department at (703) 739-9500.  

Managing Across the Generational Divide and Driving Creativity, Innovation and Reinvention

There is no better place than the CMAA 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo to find solutions to your club management challenges, connect with fellow professionals and hear strategies for success. This year’s event features more than 70 sessions, 40 percent of new speakers and 4 featured speakers. Join us in San Diego, CA, February 21-25, 2016, to hear Jason and Josh. Event and hotel registration for the World Conference is now open.

More Questions on the Proposed Overtime Regulations

CMAA recently held a webinar on The Impact of the Proposed Overtime Regulation on the Club Industry. More than 280 members attended the session, which is now available as an archived webinar for all CMAA members on CMAA University. Select CMAA Member Education, Archived Webinars, External & Governmental Influences Webinars. With the complexity of this issue, presenter Melissa Low, Senior Director, Communications and Advocacy, takes time out to answer many of the FAQs following the session.


CMAA is saddened to report the passing of Past President and long-time member, Paul Skelton, CCM. Most recently, Paul served as the General Manager/COO of The Country Club at DC Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. Paul first joined CMAA in 1981, earned his Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation in 1988 and became a member of the prestigious CMAA Honor Society in 1994. Paul was first elected to the CMAA Board of Directors in 1992, and served as President in 1999.


Paul was active in the golf and club industry in Arizona and was a 1975 graduate of the University of Arizona. He served as President of the CMAA Greater Southwest Chapter in 1988 and 1989. He also served on the Arizona Golf Association Board of Governors. In 2014, Paul was inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.


Paul Skelton, CCM, passed away on November 24, 2015, following an illness. Details regarding his service and tributes will be shared as they become available.

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