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August 11, 2023


Professional Development

Educate Your Board Members This September

CMAA’s one-day Club Leadership Summits bring together club management professionals and their club’s President Elect/President or Chairman of the Board for cooperative education and engagement on club governance best practices and trends. On September 6, the Summit will be held at the Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase, MD (near Washington, DC). Since 1892, the Chevy Chase Club has provided its members, their families and guests with recreation and refuge from the stresses of daily life in the environs of the nation’s capital. The Club’s remarkable gardens, grounds, athletic venues, and clubhouse facilities offer year-round enjoyment for all ages.

Prepare your club’s elected leadership for success with focused information on relevant strategic topics, including governance, finance, club trends, and legislation.

These highly rated Summits are presented in partnership with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, a CMAA Business Partner.

Learn more and register



Expand Your Wine Knowledge at the 2023 BMI Wine & Food Experience

The BMI Wine & Food Experience, October 15-20, 2023, promises to be an unforgettable opportunity to expand your knowledge of wine and craft beers and build a better program for your club. The rolling hills and picturesque vineyards of Sonoma County provide the perfect backdrop for education, tastings, and exploration. Tap into the expertise of winery owners, winemakers, and viticulturists, and gain insights to enhance your club’s beverage program. 

Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, this CMAA trip to Sonoma is an experience you won't soon forget. Attendees who successfully participate in all education sessions will earn 30 CMI Education Credits.

Registration is limited to 55 attendees, and fewer than 10 spaces remain.

Learn more and access the full agenda!


Membership and Member Benefits

Discover the Power Within to Get More of What You Want at the 2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference

Are you getting all that you want from your career and life? Are there certain goals you're struggling to achieve? Do you desire more “good stuff”—money, freedom, friends, travel, loving relationships? Have you ever wondered why some people seem to receive great opportunities while you're left feeling excluded? The answer and the secret lie within you.

In this interactive, hands-on program led by Cheryl Jones, you will learn the precise, repeatable steps necessary to attract more of what you want. You'll gain insight into the value of contrast, how to actively seek positive evidence, the significance of fostering and maintaining positive energy, and the importance of clearly identifying your desires. This session will introduce you to a proven process for self, team, and organizational recognition. You will walk away ready to take action to shift your culture right away.

Check out this preview from our closing Leadership/Legislative Conference speaker, mindset coach Cheryl Jones.

Annually, the Leadership/Legislative Conference unites aspiring, current, and sustaining CMAA Leaders. Be part of this vibrant and boutique educational and networking opportunity in San Antonio, TX, September 11-13. Enrich your personal and professional development with interactive programs and sessions, informative speakers and presentations, and engaging networking experiences.

Register and reserve your accommodations by August 21!



Honor Extraordinary Club Management Professionals

Help recognize and honor an extraordinary club management professional who raises the bar in club management and within the CMAA community. 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 hard-working, dedicated club management leaders. In 2008, the award was re-titled to mirror the evolution of the role.

Today, the award continues to evolve, focusing on club management professionals who demonstrate mentoring, create a supportive club culture, and sustain ongoing engagement with their local CMAA Chapter.

CMAA welcomes and encourages nominations from diverse backgrounds and work experiences.

2023 Nominations must include specifics on how the nominee fosters and embraces:

  • Mentoring;
  • Creating a club culture that supports the staff team through on-going educational opportunities and crisis assistance; and
  • Demonstrating sustained engagement with their local CMAA Chapter.

All Nominations must be received by September 25.

Review the full criteria, judging process, and notification process



ClubCareers: The Times They are a Changing

To better reflect the club industry's growth in recent years, CMAA has made a change to the salary ranges reflected on the Management Openings List (MOL). The new minimum salary of a job listed to this job board is $100,000. The CMAA Compensation and Benefits Survey shows that salary ranges, while still varied, have increased over the last few years. The variances are due to many factors including club size, location, number of members, and amenities offered. This change is meant to better reflect the growth of the industry and CMAA's membership. The MOL job board is a member-benefit of CMAA and continues to be most visited web page on

Jobs that are listed with a salary range that overlaps the $100,000 mark, such as a range of $90,000 to $105,000, will be displayed on both the Mid-Management Career Opportunities (MMCO) job board and the MOL job board.

If you have any questions about the changes made or on how to list a job on one of CMAA's job boards, contact Karen Woodie.



Apply for the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship

Truly one of the giants of the club industry, Sally Burns Rambo, CCM, served as a mentor and role model and paved the way for the success of countless club industry leaders.

To honor Sally’s loving commitment and dedication to our profession, the Sally Burns Rambo Scholarship was initiated in cooperation with the Texas Lone Star Chapter—and each year the Chapter continues to support the scholarship fund for education/tuition support for female club industry professionals. For more details about the past recipients and application guidelines, please visit The Club Foundation's website application page.

Deadline Reminders

Key to the mission of The Club Foundation are the grants and scholarships awarded each year to CMAA members, students, and faculty. Most of the deadlines are in the fall:

If you have questions regarding these scholarships or any other Foundation work, please complete our contact form or call us directly at 703-299-4284.



Did You Know? The Chapter Transfer Process is Now Online

Have you recently moved to a new club within a new Chapter boundary and need to transfer Chapters? If so, we have some good news for you! The Chapter Transfer process is now all online! Simply fill out the online form and when you submit it, it will go to the correct Chapter and National contacts who will begin processing your transfer.



Private Club Governance: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices, Published for Club Leaders

The National Club Association (NCA) and Club Management Association of America (CMAA) have released Private Club Governance: A Handbook of Principles and Best Practices. Written by a joint committee of experts from the associations, the new publication is a definitive guide to governance of private clubs, designed to be a framework of best practices for clubs at any place on the spectrum of effective governance.  

“Governance is among the most discussed issue at any private club,” said joint Governance Committee Chair Tim Muessle, CCM, CCE, Chief Operating Officer, The Olympic Club, San Francisco, CA. “This new publication was written to clearly define the standard of effective governance, offering best practices for club boards, committees, and general managers/CEOs.”  

CMAA members can access the new resource through the CMAA Connect Library.

The handbook is a comprehensive guide on establishing and maintaining good governance and covers everything from bylaws and articles of incorporation to board policies, committee structure and roles to evaluations and improvement. It also includes a chapter of sample documents every club board should have. 

The handbook was developed by a joint committee of experts from both associations in a partnership structured to benefit the entire private club community. NCA and CMAA will offer continuing education based on it for club presidents, boards, and CEOs/general managers, including at CMAA’s 2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference, and during a joint, online symposium hosted on Monday, September 25.  



Listen: Let’s Talk Club Management Ep. 98—Supply Chain Attacks

In this episode, we are thrilled to welcome back to the podcast our favorite cyber security experts. The team at Pulsar Security, a CMAA Education Partner, answers our questions about supply chain vulnerabilities. Pulsar is a cybersecurity company whose mission extends to protect clubs and their members against malicious attacks. We define what a supply chain attack is and what it can look like, and Patrick and Duane help us understand what measures clubs can take to protect their assets and information.

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Michael Herd Named Head of International Search and Consulting

KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE (KK&W), a club industry benchmark and award-winning executive search and consulting firm, has opened an international office. Primary markets of pursuit include but are not limited to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Mainland Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Managing partner, Thomas B. Wallace III, CCM, CCE, ECM, shares, “Formalizing our expansion into international markets marks a momentous milestone in our company’s journey. We will continue to uphold our core values of integrity, education, respect, relevancy, quality, and fun, ensuring we build lasting relationships with partners, clients, and candidates worldwide.”

Based in the United Kingdom, Michael Herd joins KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE as Head of International Search & Consulting. Michael comes to the team with over a decade of experience in the golf and club industry.

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