June 16, 2023
Learn, Grow, & Taste Together at the 2023 Chef Summit
Designed specifically 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 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Education and activities will take place at Desert Mountain, an award-winning club that has provided its members with one of the world’s finest year-round golf and lifestyle experiences for more than three decades and features a magnificent natural landscape that surrounds the illustrious 8,300-acre property. 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.
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 25 spaces remain!
Explore Sonoma at the 2023 BMI Wine & Food Experience
The rolling hills and picturesque vineyards of Sonoma County provide the perfect backdrop for education, wine tastings, and exploration at the 2023 BMI Wine & Food Experience.
As we make our way through the region, attendees will have the chance to:
- Sample some of the finest wines in the world, from crisp Chardonnays to unique Pinot Noirs. Sonoma County is not only known for its world-class wineries, but also for its thriving craft beer scene, therefore the program will also work in some local beer education.
- Visit numerous wineries, each with its own unique style and approach to winemaking. Some may specialize in small-batch, artisanal wines, while others may focus on more traditional varietals.
- Interact with winery owners, winemakers, and viticulturists highlighting sustainable farming and Sonoma’s environmental stewardship in the wine industry.
Our first day begins with Karen MacNeil, a renowned wine expert, author, and educator. She will lead our group through a sensory experience tasting seminar and a session on the best Sonoma wines for club wine lists.
In addition to a robust agenda, there will be a few free evenings to explore local restaurants and markets, where you can sample the region's delicious cuisine and be able to shop.
Whether you're a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious beginner, this CMAA trip to Sonoma is an experience you won't soon forget.
It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Virtual Club Leadership Summit
Enhance your partnership with your club’s elected leader(s) with CMAA’s Club Leadership Summits. These one-day 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 June 26, the Summit will be presented virtually, enabling attendance from anywhere with a computer and Internet access.
Prepare your club’s elected leadership for success with focused information on relevant strategic topics, including:
- Governance—evaluating organizational health; leading club best practices; board roles and responsibilities; engaging board and committee orientations; and board self-evaluation and efficacy.
- Finance—understanding the link between strategic governance and understanding the financial model of clubs; and how the application of the financial model can improve governance.
- Club Trends—engaging multi-generations of members; club trends in the post-COVID world; and using a strategic model in constantly-changing conditions.
- New This Year! Club Legislation—learn about the political climate and the impact on clubs with the President and CEO of the National Club Association, Joe Trauger
These highly rated Summits are presented in partnership with KOPPLIN KUEBLER & WALLACE, a CMAA Business Partner.
Registration ends June 23, 12:00 noon ET.
Membership and Member Benefits
2023 Leadership/Legislative Conference: Engage, Enrich, and Unite on the Vibrant San Antonio Riverwalk This September
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. Make new connections with CMAA Leaders from across CMAA’s 40 Chapters!
Official programming begins on Monday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. and concludes on Wednesday, September 13 at 12:30 p.m. The city’s historic San Antonio Riverwalk will provide a lively backdrop for the event.
Help Grow Our Association
It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through the year. Do you know someone at your club who could benefit from being a member of CMAA? If so, encourage them to join today! CMAA National dues are $250 ($212.50 for Alumnus) through August 31. The application process is all online!
For more info, send prospective members to CMAA's website and help grow our Association.
Did You Know? E-Z-GO Announces New Green Ambassador Program
E-Z-GO, a CMAA Strategic Partner, announces new Green Ambassador Program as part of its larger commitment for sustainability. To learn more about this program, register to attend the E-Z-GO Green Ambassador training on how to set Greenhouse Gas Targets.
Ask the Experts Webinar: Answering Your Question on Pressing Club Challenges and Trends
Join the GGA Partners’ Research team for this upcoming webinar focusing on the pressing club challenges and trends. This interactive webinar will be presented on Thursday, June 22 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Dr. Eric Brey, Ph.D., Director, and Ben Hopkinson, Director, Client Success and Sales, of GGA Partners will be delving into the findings of A Club Leader's Perspective, research on the trends and challenges impacting the club industry in 2023. They will be tackling your questions, so make sure to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 18 for a chance to hear from these private club experts.
- Learn about the pressing trends and perspectives club leaders share.
- Hear from private club experts on the outlook for the rest of 2023.
- Understand how you can respond to issues your club is facing.
Webinar: Keeping Kids Cyber Safe This Summer
Communication between parents and children is key to keeping your children cyber safe as well as knowing where the risks are and making informed decisions. Get insider perspective and guidance from cyber security experts and CMAA Education Partner, Pulsar Security. From parental controls to passwords and social engineering, learn about all aspects of the cyber experience applicable to all family members of your family.
Trends and News
Black and Hunter Achieve CCM Designation
The Club Management Association of America (CMAA) announces the two newest club management professionals to attain the designation of Certified Club Manager (CCM). Established in 1965, the CCM designation is the hallmark of professionalism in club management. It is a valuable, internationally recognized, and widely respected mark of an individual’s commitment to professional development and the club industry.
The CCM designation indicates that a club management professional has completed a rigorous and extensive course of study and training and demonstrates a dedication to proficiency and expertise in club management. To receive the CCM designation, one must invest time in specified education requirements, attend at least one World Conference and Club Business Expo, and maintain activity within their local chapter. After these conditions have been met, the individual must pass the CCM Exam.
The members of CMAA who attained the CCM requirements in May 2023 are:
- Rachel Black, CCM, Country Club of Buffalo, Williamsville, NY
- Beth Hunter, CCM, Ladera Golf Club, Palm Desert, CA
The Club Management Association of America extends its sincere congratulations to these newly certified professionals and encourages them to continue their professional development in the future. For more information on the CCM designation and requirements, please visit
Modernizing the Tax Code for Golf and Country Clubs
In early May, legislation was introduced to address an issue that first galvanized the club and golf industry back in 2005. HR3124, sponsored by Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), would modernize the US tax code. This legislation corrects language (§ 144(c)(6)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code) that disqualifies any “any private or commercial golf course, country club” from access to various forms of disaster relief and economic stimulus programs that are available to other hospitality businesses, such as restaurants, hotels, and attractions. Advocates at National Golf Day asked their Congressional representatives to consider co-sponsoring this legislation. Since its introduction, Representatives Richard Hudson (R-NC) and Christopher Smith (R-NJ) have also co-sponsored.