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 - Marc Ray, CCM, CCE, CHAE
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

Prior Honorees

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