The Business Management Institute (BMI)

The Business Management Institute (BMI): The Core of the Lifetime Professional Development Program

In the early 1980s, CMAA’s leaders saw the need for a formal academic program for club industry professionals. Taking into consideration that managers at all phases of their careers need instruction, education or inspiration, the concept of the “lifetime professional development program” was born and nurtured. The vision was realized as a multi-campus-based program that provides tangible career benchmarks by which managers can track their progress and strive for various levels of competency, including a respected certification.

BMI Club Management – was launched at Georgia State University in 1988. There are now multiple programs held at the most renowned hospitality schools in the country, including Georgia State University; California Polytechnic University at Pomona; Michigan State University; Cornell University; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); and the Culinary Institute of America.

Today, CMAA’s BMI program is an in-demand and flourishing series of week-long courses that have produced more than 11,000 graduates and is one of the most respected educational initiatives in the hospitality industry. Each program is an intensive learning experience employing the latest teaching methodology, real-life examples and pertinent collateral information in a structured academic environment. Benefiting from the expertise of professors, industry experts and experienced club managers, students delve into the myriad topics that make club management such a fascinating profession.

CMAA’s BMI programs are designed for managers at every stage of their careers, offering the following courses:

BMI Club Management
BMI Leadership Principles
BMI General Manager/Chief Operating Officer
BMI Tactical Leadership
BMI Strategic Leadership
BMI Golf Management
BMI Certification Review Course
BMI Food & Beverage Management
BMI Wine & Food Experience

Managers Who Participate in the BMI Career Development Program Receive a Host of Benefits:

  • Making contact with industry experts;
  • Networking with fellow managers who manage the most innovative and prestigious clubs across the country and around the world;
  • Discussing new ideas that can be implemented in their own clubs;
  • Receiving instruction from the nation’s finest hospitality educators in 10 club management competency areas
  • Visiting and touring other club operations; and
  • Growing not only as individuals, but as an integral part of the club’s management team.

BMI Participant Testimonials

"The speakers are great. Very high energy and material is well presented."

"The club tours and dinners were great. It’s nice to have some social time to meet other club managers."

"I loved the way the case study at the end of BMI Leadership Principles brought the entire week together. It was fun to work with the others in our group."

"A lot of good class discussion. I liked the way the videos were used as well."

"I’m excited to go back to my club and share so many new ideas with my team."

"The faculty really understand how to apply the material and make it club specific. It’s up to date and they really make you think"