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July 14, 2023


Professional Development

Serving Up a Robust Menu of Education at the 2023 Chef Summit

Explicitly curated for club chefs to boost their business acumen in the areas of executive presence and leadership, team and culture building, finance, and governance, the Chef Summit will be held October 8-10 at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, AZ.

Hear from professional and industry experts and share and connect with fellow chefs from around the country on emerging trends in roundtables and panel discussions.

Check out these daily menu highlights:

Monday, October 9

  • Executive Presence with Dr. Suzanne Peterson, Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Never Rest on Your Laurels Roundtable, including topics like thinking like a member, not a chef; hurdles to optimizing your program; today’s social media presence
  • The Chef/CFO Relationship with JulieAnne Brown, CCM, CPA
  • Industry Pitfalls
  • Food and Beverage Trends with Brett Morris

Tuesday, October 10

  • Creating a Culture of Belonging with Carmen Mauceri, CCM
  • This Much I Know for Sure: Top Five Things Panel, facilitated by Carmen Mauceri, CCM
  • Win the Crowd: Beyond the Survey
  • Creative Scheduling: Overcoming Challenges in Today’s Workplace
  • Leadership Lessons with Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE

This in-demand Summit is presented in partnership with Club Procure. 

This event is limited to the first 100 attendees so do not delay, and fewer than 15 spaces remain.

Review the full agenda and register today!



Learn from Karen MacNeil at the 2023 BMI Wine & Food Experience

The BMI Wine & Food Experience, October 15-20, 2023, promises to be an unforgettable opportunity for any wine enthusiast.

Our first day will begin with renowned wine expert, author, and educator Karen MacNeil. MacNeil is the only American to have won every major wine award given in the English language, including the James Beard award for Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year, the Louis Roederer award for Best Consumer Wine Writing, and the International Wine and Spirits award as the Global Wine Communicator of the Year. She is also the author of the award-winning book, The Wine Bible, one of the best-selling wine books in the United States. Her deep global wine knowledge is only part of her story as she is considered one of America’s foremost wine presenters—a speaker who can engage and enchant audiences, from wine novices to wine collectors alike. Her in-person customized TED-like talks are accompanied by delicious wines which she personally selects for the event. She will lead attendees through a sensory experience tasting seminar and a session on the best Sonoma wines for club wine lists. 

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 20 spaces remain.

Learn more and access the full agenda!


Membership and Member Benefits

Learn How to Superglue Your Culture Through Meaningful Connection and Abundant Appreciation at the 2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference

If you had the easiest, fastest, simplest, and no-cost strategy to engage, unite, and retain everyone in your club, would you want to know about it? Many passionate, brilliant, hard-working people want to do their best yet feel unappreciated and overworked. Similarly, there are well-intentioned leaders who wish to show appreciation to their people, but they’re busy and unsure if their efforts will make a difference. How do we bridge the gap between what employees need and what organizations are prepared to do?

Recognition is the answer. And it’s easy! All you need to know are the three universal strategies that work instantaneously. As a result, you’re going to raise trust, boost satisfaction, deepen a sense of belonging, and you will go down in history as the best boss and colleague – ever!

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.

Tap into this universal need that everyone has and isn’t getting enough. Check out this preview from Recognition Expert and Leadership Address speaker, Sarah McVanel.

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.

Learn more and register now!



2023 Club Executive of the Year: Call for Nominations

Annually, Club Management magazine recognizes excellence in club leadership with the Club Executive of the Year Award. Help recognize and honor an extraordinary club management professional who raises the bar in club management and within the CMAA community.

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



Congratulations to Student Chapter Grant Recipients

The Club Foundation’s mission includes supporting students interested in starting a career in the club industry. To that end, The Club Foundation offers CMAA Student Chapters the opportunity to apply for support for the Student Chapter President or his/her representative to participate in the World Conference and Club Business Expo. Each awarded Chapter receives a complimentary student registration to the Conference and a matching-funds travel grant to assist with related expenses.

Seven Student Chapters are receiving the grant award this year to attend the 2024 World Conference and Business Expo in Las Vegas, NV! For more information about the Student Chapter Grant, please visit The Club Foundation’s website Apply page.

Congratulations to the 2023 recipients:

  • East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (Teaneck, NJ)
  • Johnson and Wales University (Charlotte, NC)
  • Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
  • Niagara University (Niagara University, NY)
  • University of Delaware (Newark, DE)
  • University of Houston (Houston, TX)

Do you have questions about these scholarships? Please complete our contact form or call us directly at 703-299-4284.



Meet the 2023-2024 Club Wellness Community Advisory Council

We are thrilled to announce the members of 2023-2024 Club Wellness Advisory Council. This group of esteemed club wellness professionals will support our strategic and programmatic efforts throughout the year. Additionally, they will serve as champions of the Club Wellness Community, sharing the benefits and opportunities for subscribers with the greater club network.



Did You Know? Wine Society Deadlines Are Approaching

Reminder, the deadline is approaching to enter your club’s wine list for the Wine Program Awards. All entries must be submitted by Thursday, September 18. Any CMAA member club is invited to enter!

Also, approaching is the deadline for the Warren Arseneaux Award. This scholarship is awarded to one Wine Society member each year, based on the availability of funds and merit of application to help expand the recipient’s knowledge of wine. Learn more about what the scholarship covers and how to enter by Monday, October 2.



Learn: Join Marion Grobb Finkelstein and Grow Your Communications Skills

We are all leaders who are working on our communication skills. No matter how effective we are, we can always get better. This month we will interact with an expert in Workplace Communications. Bring your questions and challenges as we welcome Marion Grobb Finkelstein to our community. Bring a guest, bring your team!

In this one-hour session powered by CMAA’s Women in Club Management member interest group, Marion will cover a 30-35 minute presentation and the rest is Q&A and interaction with you! Get ready for a powerful hour.

Learn more



Share Your Non-Alcoholic Beverage Photos and Recipes

Members and guests are requesting non-alcoholic drink options that go beyond lemonade and tea. Members are requesting carefully crafted mocktail options. Have you increased your non-alcoholic beverage offerings?

Send us your photos and recipes, and your club could be featured in the September/October edition of Club Management magazine.

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Listen: Let’s Talk Club Management Ep. 97 - All Things to All Members

On this episode of the Let’s Talk Club Management podcast, we explore what is on the minds of club leaders across North America. A Club Leader's Perspective explores the pressing trends and issues impacting the club industry in 2023. GGA Partners has released its emerging trends and challenges research in collaboration with CMAA. On this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Eric Brey and Ben Hopkinson of GGA Partners as we dive a bit deeper into the findings of the latest research and, more importantly, the important takeaways for our listeners wrangling with these issues.

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