Club Executive of the Year

2021 Nominations Are Open and Due by September 30

Access the Nomination Form

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.

The club industry has faced substantial challenges since the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic and club management professionals have been challenged to adapt, evolve, and improve daily. Do you know a responsive and resourceful professional who, over the last year, has stood out as an innovative leader with creative club operations, offerings, and member and staff engagement?

Club Management Magazine January/February 2021 Cover

CEOY 2020 - The Club Industry

CMAA welcomes and encourages nominations from diverse backgrounds and work experiences. Nominate a high-performing club executive and tell us how they embody professionalism at your club and within your community. 2021 Nominations should include specifics on how the nominee embraces:

  • Mentoring;
  • Creating a club culture which supports the staff team through on-going educational opportunities and crisis assistance; and
  • Supporting and impacting their local community.

To nominate a CMAA member, please access the nomination form and submission guidelines. Nominations and supporting materials must be received by September 30

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of CMAA members and past recipients of the award and evaluated based on the enumerated criteria above. The Club Executive of the Year winner will be profiled in a forthcoming edition of Club Management magazine, an episode of the Let’s Talk Club Management Podcast, and honored in-person at the CMAA 2022 World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA.

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