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Fellows Program

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, subject matter experts, thought leaders, and champions within the club community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CMAA values long-time volunteers and highly engaged members for their contributions to our shared profession. The CMAA Fellows Program marks top honors, recognizing individuals 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.

CMAA Fellow is an honor bestowed upon less than one percent of CMAA’s membership. Upon selection, the term “CMAA Fellow” may be used by active Fellows, who remain CMAA members in good standing, to represent their status and increase the recognition/visibility of CMAA’s Fellows Program.

An actively-working Professional member of CMAA, with at least 10 years of membership, is eligible to be nominated to be a CMAA Fellow. The intent of a CMAA Fellows program is to mark recognition of service to the profession and a call to future service to club management. It is not a certification program, like the CCM or CCE, nor a researched-based designation, such as the MCM. CMAA National Board members are not eligible to apply to be a CMAA Fellow until three years post Board service.

The two programs serve different purposes. The Certified Club Manager, Certified Chief Executive, and Master Club Manager credentials are CMAA’s professional certifications. CMAA Fellow is an honorific post-nominal designation that may be used by CMAA Fellows in good standing to represent their status as a Fellow of CMAA. Professional certifications, including the CCM, CCE, and MCM may be considered in the Fellows selection process.

The Fellows Selection Committee is comprised of up to 15 CMAA members representing the national and chapter boards, regions of the country, club types and sizes, and other member demographics. Members will be rotated off the committee to add other CMAA members and/or current Fellows. Selection Committee members are neither eligible to apply to be a CMAA Fellow while serving on the committee, nor until three years post committee service.

The Fellows program uses a process governed by the Selection Committee. Nominees (applicants) for CMAA Fellows must be peer nominated. The nominee must then submit detailed endorsement letters from three colleagues/peers, his or her résumé/curriculum vitae, and an essay. The curriculum vitae should document service and involvement with CMAA. The essay is designed to capture the nominee’s thinking on how to foster and give back to the CMAA community.

The Selection Committee reviews all applications and if applicable final candidates are invited for individual interviews with multiple committee members.

If a candidate is not chosen by the Selection Committee to move forward, he/she may be nominated again the next year or any time after that.

The first class of CMAA Fellows included 10 individuals. Future Fellows class size will typically include between 5-10 qualified members annually. Once honored, the distinction of CMAA Fellow is a lifetime recognition as long as he/she remains a member in good standing (distinction may be rescinded for ethical and/or criminal violations).

The application and interview process for CMAA Fellow candidates begins in the summer and fall of the given year respectively. CMAA announces each class of Fellows at the annual World Conference and presents inductees with a memento there at a designated event.

CMAA Fellows are expected to continue to be high-level contributors to the Association. Individually, Fellows serve as authors, speakers, mentors, volunteer leaders, supporters, and advocates of the club management profession as well as are Club Foundation contributors. Fellows may attend an annual retreat designed to strengthen professional relationships and address key issues surrounding the club industry. They participate in strategic conversations, which often result in future sessions at CMAA conferences and/or articles in CMAA-related publications. CMAA Fellows may consider completing service projects as a group.

CMAA Fellows

Damon J. DiOrio, CCM, CCE, Desert Mountain Club, Scottsdale, AZ
Robert J. Gusella, CCM, CCE, The Clubs at Houston Oaks, Hockley, TX
Kurt D. Kuebler, CCM, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace, Jupiter, FL
Jesse K. Thorpe, CCM, CCE, Palm Coast, FL

Albert Antonez, CCM, CCE, Club at Las Campanas, Santa Fe, NM
Haissam Baityeh, CCM, CCE, Country Club of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
Rick Bayliss, CCM, CCE, Lost Tree Club, N. Palm Beach, FL
LuAnn Giovannelli, CCM, CAM, Bay Colony, Naples, FL
Paula Kelly, CCM, CCE, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA
Dick Kopplin, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace, Scottsdale, AZ

Christian W. Coulter, CCM, McMahon Group, Mirror Lake, NH
Thomas M. DeLozier, CCM, CCE, Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC
Anthony D'Errico, CCM, CCE, Quail West Foundation, Naples, FL
Matthew C. Guzik, CCM, CCE, Tara Iti Golf Club, Te Arai, New Zealand
Robert C. Josey, CCM, CCE, The Country Club, Pepper Pike, OH
Luke A. O'Boyle, CCM, CCE, Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, MD
John M. Schultz, Sr., CCM, CCE, Carmel Country Club, Charlotte, NC
David H. Voorhees, CCM, CCE, Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach, CA

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

Inaugural Class of Fellows

2019 Fellows

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

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