The CMAA Fellows Program

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The CMAA Fellows Program honors dynamic and active club industry luminaries who epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of club management professionals. Selection to the Fellows Program is given in recognition to CMAA professional club leaders and who are making a significant impact on the club management community through exemplary service and leadership, accomplishments, and/or other major contributions to CMAA and the club management profession.

Those selected as a “CMAA Fellow” are recognized as highly engaged individuals for their contributions to the profession and are called to continued service as mentors, facilitators, thought leaders, and champions within the club community.

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2019 Inaugural Class of Fellows  


 2019 Fellows Recipients 

(From Left to Right: Bobby Crifasi, 2018 CMAA President, Joseph F. Basso, MCM, CCE, Kevin E. Carroll, CCM, CCEJ.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCEPhilip R. KiesterPasquale J. LaRocca, CCM, CCEMichael G. Leemhuis, CCM, CCEDonna Otis, CCM, CCE, CCEBurton Ward, CCM, CCE, and Todd Marsh, 2019 Fellows Selection Committee Chairman. Not Pictured: Jay DiPietro, CCM, and Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE)


Ten club industry leaders have been selected for CMAA’s inaugural class of 2019 Fellows. The CMAA Fellows Program is an honorary recognition program distinguishing those living CMAA members who epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of club management professionals. Each of these individuals has made a significant impact toward the betterment of the profession and CMAA throughout his/her active career.

The Class of 2019 inductees are:

  •  Joseph F. Basso, MCM, CCE, Birmingham Country Club, West Bloomfield, MI
  •  Kevin E. Carroll, CCM, CCE, Bath & Tennis Club, Palm Beach, FL
  •  Jay DiPietro, CCM, Delray Beach, FL
  •  J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI
  •  Philip R. Kiester, Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  •  Pasquale J. LaRocca, CCM, CCE, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, CA
  •  Michael G. Leemhuis, CCM, CCE, PGA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  •  Donna Otis, CCM, CCE, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA
  •  Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE, Greensboro Country Club, Greensboro, NC
  •  Burton Ward, CCM, CCE, Century Country Club, Purchase, NY


The 2019 Fellows class will be the foundation for an emerging group of thought leaders, mentors, and champions of the Association and the club industry at large. Once honored, the distinction of CMAA Fellow is a lifetime recognition.

The Fellows selection process includes: nomination by a club management peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership, and commitment to the profession; interviews with the peer-comprised selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly-qualified candidates.

The inaugural class was announced and recognized at the Opening Business Session of the 2019 World Conference and Club Business Expo in Nashville, TN. 

More information regarding nominations for the 2020 class will be available shortly.