Six Club Industry Leaders Selected for 2021 Class of Fellows

March 8, 2021

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Six Club Industry Leaders Selected for 2021 Class of Fellows

Alexandria, VA — March 8, 2021 — Six club industry leaders have been selected for the 2021 class of Fellows. Created in 2019, the CMAA Fellows Program is an honorary recognition program distinguishing CMAA members who epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of club management professionals. Each of these individuals has made a significant impact toward the betterment of the profession and CMAA throughout their active career.

Announced and recognized at the Opening Business Session of the 2021 Virtual World Conference and Club Business Expo, the Class of 2021 inductees are: 

  • Albert Antonez, CCM, CCE, Club at Las Campanas, Santa Fe, NM
  • Haissam Baityeh, CCM, CCE, Country Club of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC
  • Rick Bayliss, CCM, CCE, Lost Tree Club, N. Palm Beach, FL
  • LuAnn Giovannelli, CCM, CAM, Bay Colony, Naples, FL
  • Paula Kelly, CCM, CCE, Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, PA
  • Dick Kopplin, Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace, Scottsdale, AZ

The Fellows selection process includes nomination by a club management peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership, and commitment to the profession; interviews with the peer-comprised selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly qualified candidates.

In its third year, the CMAA Fellows community is comprised of a total of 24 individuals who serve as thought leaders, mentors, and champions of the Association and the club industry at large. Once honored, the distinction of CMAA Fellow is a lifetime recognition.

For more information about CMAA’s Fellows program, visit

About CMAA

Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at