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Award Programs

CMAA offers a variety of awards programs for individuals and chapters. There are also scholarships and grants available from The Club Foundation.

For further information about these awards, please contact Erica Benjamin, director, Member and Chapter Relations, or call 703-739-9500.

 

Chapter of the Year

The Chapter of the Year (COY) award competition recognizes outstanding work, participation, and accomplishments by CMAA Chapters.  First place Chapters will receive a $3,000 education grant, second place Chapters will receive a $2,000 education grant, and third place Chapters will receive a $1,000 education grant all funded by The Club Foundation.

Entries due December 15

2020 Winners

Small Chapters
First Place: Nebraska Chapter

Medium Chapters
First Place: Wisconsin Badger Chapter
Second Place: Upper Midwest Chapter
Third Place: Pittsburgh Chapter

Large Chapters
First Place: New Jersey Chapter
Second Place: Carolinas Chapter
Third Place: Florida Chapter

Student Chapter of the Year

The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding work and successful accomplishments of our student chapters. There will be a Student Chapter of the Year winner for each size category and those winning chapters will receive a $1,000 World Conference registration grant provided by The Club Foundation.

Entries due January 14

2020 Winners

Small Chapters
Fairleigh Dickinson University

Medium Chapters
University of Massachusetts–Amherst

Large Chapters
Florida State University

Club Executive of the Year

Annually, Club Management magazine recognizes excellence in club leadership with the Club Executive of the Year Award. Originally known as the Club Manager of the Year, this distinction was created in 1985 by Club Management magazine to honor an individual who by his or her achievements best represents the qualities found in all hard-working, dedicated club management leaders. In 2008, the award was re-titled to mirror the evolution of the role of a club management professional.

In 2021, the award continued to evolve with a focus on professionalism at the club and within the local community. Nominees were solicited who embrace and demonstrate mentoring, creating a club culture which supports the staff team through educational opportunities and crisis assistance, and supporting and impacting their local community. Further, CMAA welcomed and encouraged nominations from diverse backgrounds and work experiences.

2021 Winner

Marc Ray

Marc Ray, CCM, CCE, CHAE

General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of The Ford Field & River Club in Richmond Hill, GA

Club Management magazine has named Marc Ray, CCM, CCE, CHAE, the 2021 Club Executive of the Year. A 22-year member of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), Marc currently serves as the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of The Ford Field & River Club in Richmond Hill, GA.

Marc has more than 23 years of experience in the club industry. Prior to joining The Ford Field & River Club in 2015, he served as the General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of The Vintage Club in Indian Wells, CA, from 2012 to 2015. His previous experiences included General Manager & COO roles at Hammock Dunes Club in Palm Coast, FL, and at Metairie Country Club in Metairie, LA. In his first role in the club industry, Marc was the Assistant General Manager of Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, MI. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The Ford Field & River Club President Jeff Fusile describes Marc and his impact on the club and community, “In addition to performing his job at an exemplary level at all levels with an incredibly diverse amenity offering, Marc demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to The Ford community as well as our local, city, and county population.”

Past mentee Sean Miller, CCM, explains his contributions to those around him, “Marc has a very good sense for great talent and is always willing to share his knowledge to those who have the desire to learn and succeed. He has helped grow many individuals within the clubs he has managed as well as others in our industry. There have been many managers who he has promoted within as well as managers he supported when great outside opportunities were present.”

Annually, Club Management recognizes the best in club leadership with the Club Executive of the Year Award. Created in 1985 and originally known as the Club Manager of the Year, the award was re-titled in 2008 to mirror the evolution of the club management profession. This prestigious honor is presented to the club management professional who embody professionalism within their club and community—embracing mentoring, creating a club culture that supports the staff team through on-going educational opportunities and crisis assistance, and supporting and impacting their local community. Nominations are accepted in early fall, and selections are made by a committee of club management professionals.

Marc is the 35th individual club executive to be honored through this award. He will be featured in the January/February 2022 issue of Club Management magazine, profiled in a forthcoming edition of the Let’s Talk Club Management Podcast, and honored in person at the 2022 CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA.

2020 The Club Industry
2019 Tony D'Errico, CCM, CCE
2018 Burton Ward, CCM, CCE
2017 Richard L. LaRocca, CCM, CCE
2016 Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE
2015 Gregory J. Patterson
2014 C.J. "Joe" Bendy, Jr., CCM, CCE
2013 Jim G James, CCM
2012 Paul Astbury
2011 Michael Leemhuis, CCM, CCE
2010 Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE
2009 Michael McCarthy
2008 G. Mead Grady, CCM
2007 ***
2006 George Carroll, CCM, CCE
2005 John Crean, CCM, CHA
2004 Larry L. Thompson
2003 Jonathan McCabe, CCM
2002 A. Graham McDeson, MCM
2001 Richard Bayliss Jr., CCM, CCE
2000 John R. Sullivan Jr., CCM
1999 William Schulz, MCM, CCE
1998 Jay DiPietro, CCM
1997 Stan Orr
1996 Robert James, CCM, CCE, CHE
1995 Richard Kolasa, CCM
1994 Melvin Rex, CCM
1993 John Hudson, CCM
1992 Christopher Borders, CCM
1991 Sally Burns Rambo, CCM
1990 James Brewer, MCM
1989 Joe Brem, CCM
1988 E.M. "Mike" Fraser, CCM
1987 Edward Drew, CCM
1986 Donald Hayes, CCM
1985 Laurice "Bud" Hall, MCM, CCE

*** No award due to magazine publishing transition

Idea Fair

The purpose of the Idea Fair is to share ideas with other managers through a visual medium (i.e., display board.) The Idea Fair is held annually in conjunction with the World Conference. Entries are judged on creativity / clarity / content; transferability of idea. Winning entries are recognized at Conference and in other CMAA publications.

Previous Entries

Attendees look at Idea Fair boards on display

2021   2020   2019   2018   2017

Club Events
Amanda Sprenger, Country Club at Mirasol, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Special Holiday Programs: Kelly Caro, CCM, Pittsburgh Field Club, Pittsburgh, PA
Youth Programs or Events: Ben Lorenzen, Champions Run, Omaha, NE
Staff Management: Anne Stryhn, CCM, Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Employee Incentives: Casey Newman, CCM, River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX
Safety Programs and Risk Management: Holly Bilotti, Bay Head Yacht Club, Bay Head, NJ
Club Communications: Beverly Marler, CCM, Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, NC
Membership Development: Michael Nyerges, Baltimore Country Club, Baltimore, MD
Leadership Philosophies and Development: Holly Bilotti, Bay Head Yacht Club, Bay Head, NJ

Renovation Programs
N/A

Environmental Impact
Kyle Hillhouse, Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, Bedminster, NJ
Golf Operations: Quinn Moe, Charlotte Country Club, Charlotte, NC
Alternate Sports & Recreation: Ricky Potts, The Fountaingrove Club, Santa Rosa, CA
Fitness, Health, and Wellness: Brandon Johnson, Farmington Country Club, Charlottesville, VA
Food and Beverage Concepts: Alexandra Sarris, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD
Cost-Saving Concepts: Ranae Frazier, CHAE, Legends Golf & Country Club, Fort Myers, FL
Time-Saving Concepts: Dana DiChiara, CCM, CCE, Idle Hour Country Club, Lexington, KY
Community Outreach: Amanda Sprenger, Country Club at Mirasol, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Breakthrough Ideas: Thomas Preuml, CCM, CCE, Houston Racquet Club, Houston, TX

The Chairman’s Award Winner
Elisha Cicerone, CCM, Chevy Chase Club, Chevy Chase, MD (Food and Beverage Concepts Category)

The Most Innovative Idea Award
Ben Lorenzen, Champions Run, Omaha, NE (Special Holiday Programs)

The Showstopper Winner
Ashly Ryan, Philadelphia Country Club, Gladwyne, PA (Special Holiday Programs)

Idea Fair for Chapters

The purpose of the Idea Fair for Chapters is for Chapters to share innovative ideas with each other in specific categories. This award program is presented at the annual Leadership/Legislative Conference (LLC). Winning chapters are recognized in various ways both at LLC and throughout the year. One chapter’s idea is recognized as "Best in Show" and they are awarded a $1,000 grant sponsored by The Club Foundation.

For further information, please contact Erica Benjamin, director, Member and Chapter Relations, or call 703-739-9500.

Previous Entries

Idea Fair Boards on display

2021   2020   2019   2018   2017

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)/Member Communities
Florida Chapter

Chapter Communications
Oregon Chapter

Education
Florida Chapter

Membership Engagement
Wisconsin Badger Chapter

Community Outreach
Carolinas Chapter

Student Chapter Engagement
Greater Chicago Chapter

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Connecticut Chapter

“Best in Show”
 Georgia Chapter for their idea in "Membership Engagement"

New Member Recruitment Contest

The New Member Recruitment Contest is set up to provide encouragement for CMAA chapters to increase, maintain and preserve their membership. This annual chapter contest awards grants to chapters (in size categories small, medium and large) that surpass, achieve or are closest to reaching their set membership recruitment goals. The goals are determined by taking the average number of each chapter’s new member total for the last five years and adding five percent.

Chapter goals and contest standings are noted every month in Chapter Digest, including an updated list indicating each chapter’s progress toward its goal. The contest runs from January 1 to December 31 of the given year. Grant amounts are as follows: first place - $2,000; second place - $750; third place - $500. Additionally, every chapter that meets their goal is automatically entered in a drawing to win a $1,000 education grant from The Club Foundation. A winner in each size category is announced at the World Conference on Club Management.

2020 Winners

Small Chapters
Dogwood (300%)
Illini (200%)
Alabama (200%)
Evergreen (160%)

Medium Chapters
Virginias (164%)
Upper Midwest (133%)
Pittsburgh (100%)
St. Louis District (100%)

Large Chapters
Connecticut (131%)
Greater Chicago (127%)
New England (104%)

New Member Recruitment Contest for Student Chapters

The New Member Recruitment Contest will recognize those student chapters reaching the highest percentage of total new members recruited within their size category (small, medium or large.) This program will run the length of the academic year, September 1 through April 30 each year.

The winning chapter for each size category will receive five (5) World Conference registrations.

The runner-up in each size category will receive three (3) World Conference registrations.

2020-2021 Winners

Small Chapters
First Place: Iowa State
Second Place: University of New Hampshire

Medium Chapters
First Place: University of Hawaii
Second Place: University of Nebraska Lincoln

Large Chapters
First Place: Northern Arizona University
Second Place: Johnson & Wales University–RI

Student Shark Tank Competition

CMAA students take on Shark Tank! Have an idea or product that you think the club industry could benefit from? Tell us about it! At CMAA's World Conference in San Diego CA, you may get the opportunity to introduce your idea to a panel of "Sharks" (club professionals) and other conference attendees who would like to sit in on your presentation. This competition is for student chapters or individual student members to come up with an outstanding idea and show it off.

Entries due January 17

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