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who we are The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the oldest and most respected association representing the club management profession. ...
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who we are The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the oldest and most respected association representing the club management profession. With 6,500 members across all classifications, our manager members run more than 2,500 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. CMAA is represented by student chapters on more than 45 university and college campuses across the country, professional chapters covering all 50 states and an international presence abroad.

Who Can Join An objective of the Association is to promote and advance friendly relations between and among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character. In addition, CMAA encourages the education and professional advancement of its members and assists club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations. CMAA recognizes its responsibility to assist students in gaining a better understanding of the club management profession and in selecting a career in this sector of the hospitality industry. Both undergraduate and graduate students studying hospitality management at accredited colleges or universities (two- or four-year hospitality or related management programs) are eligible to apply for CMAA student membership. CMAA grants and maintains charters to student chapters at colleges and universities with four-year hospitality management programs. As chapter members, students participate in educational and professional development programs, network with peers and exchange information on subjects of mutual concern. A complete listing of both chapters and colonies can be found online at



Student membership application forms may be obtained from either the local student chapters, through CMAA National Headquarters, or online at www.cmaa.org/student.aspx. Annual dues for student membership are $50. On college and university campuses where no student chapter has been established, a prospective student member may join CMAA directly through the National Headquarters.

Student Chapters* * As of August 2015

• Auburn University Auburn, AL

• Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ

• James Madison University Harrisonburg, VA

• Boston University Boston, MA

• Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Meyers, FL

• Johnson & Wales University Charlotte, NC

• Buffalo State College Buffalo, NY

• Florida State University Tallahassee, FL

• Johnson & Wales University Denver, CO

• California State Polytechnic University Pomona, CA

• Georgia State University Atlanta, GA

• Johnson & Wales University North Miami, FL

• Cornell University Ithaca, NY

• Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, PA

• Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI

• Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL

• Iowa State University Ames, IA

• Kansas State University Manhattan, KS


Student Chapters* (continued) * As of August 2015


• Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC

• University of Central Florida Orlando, FL

• University of South Carolina Columbia, SC

• Kent State University Kent, OH

• University of Delaware Newark, DE

• University of West Florida Pensacola, FL

• Michigan State University Lansing, MI

• University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI

• University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI

• Niagara University Niagara, NY

• University of Houston Houston, TX

• Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA

• Ohio University, Athens, OH

• University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA

• Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC

• Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

• University of Missouri Columbia, MO

• Widener University Chester, PA

• Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK

• University of New Hampshire Durham, NH

• Pennsylvania State University State College, PA

• University of New Haven New Haven, CT

• San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA

• University of North Texas Denton, TX

• South Dakota State University Brookings, SD

• University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA

• State University of New York, Delhi, NY

• University of South Carolina, Beaufort, SC

What CMAA Offers You Student Chapter Activities Student chapters hold regularly scheduled meetings under the guidance of a faculty advisor and a CMAA liaison manager. Chapter meetings enable students to enhance their careers through activities such as: • professional development programs on the university level; • touring local clubs; • leadership opportunities as a chapter officer or committee member; and • chapter visits by club management professionals. Students are often invited and encouraged to attend senior CMAA chapter meetings in and out of their geographical regions. These meetings offer a plethora of educational, social and networking opportunities for students. Students establish personal contacts at these meetings, which can often lead to internships and employment opportunities in the club industry. Career Services One of the main components of your student membership includes career search assistance and resources. The Career Services Department’s ClubCareers is a complete online career enhancement tool that allows members to search for jobs in all management levels, salary ranges and club types. The ClubCareers website is a valuable resource that allows members to find jobs that meet their specific criteria, making searching for jobs both effective and efficient.


ClubCareers features: • Comprehensive job searches for all management levels; • Coaching opportunities, articles and newsletters; • Résumé critique and re-write services. Take a look at www.clubcareers.org. Career Opportunities at the World Conference CMAA’s World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo is an opportune time for students and managers from around the globe to meet and discuss prospective post-graduate and internship opportunities. CMAA provides outlets for personal and professional development, job searching and consultation and mentoring from club managers. Services include: • Career Opportunities and Mentoring Showcase – a “For Clubs Only” job fair and networking event for students looking for internship and entry-level positions; • Coaching sessions; • Résumé critiques; and • Current career openings with interview opportunities.


CMAA’s Website CMAA’s official website may be accessed at www.cmaa.org, and contains information directly related to the club management profession. Services include, but are not limited to, registration forms for Conference and educational programs, club management blogs, student development information, access to online research archives, industry surveys and access to education credit information. In addition to information related to the club management profession contained on this public site, there are private password-protected, member-only sections. Here, members can communicate with each other, national staff, allied associations and subscribing vendors. The CMAA student site may be accessed directly at www.cmaa.org/student.aspx.

The Club Foundation Scholarship Program The Club Foundation and many of CMAA’s local chapters annually award thousands of dollars in scholarships to outstanding students who have demonstrated interest in the club management profession. Requirements may vary, but usually include at least one year of college study, a satisfactory grade point average and work experience in clubs. To date, The Club Foundation has awarded more than 180 student scholarships totalling more than $320,000. For more information about scholarships, please consult The Club Foundation’s website at www.clubfoundation.org.


CMAA Publications All current members receive a subscription to the Association’s official publication, Club Management magazine. The magazine supplies members with in-depth information on issues affecting the club industry, current and future trends in the industry and information about new products and services. Additional resources include the CMAA Online Member Directory, which contains a complete listing of CMAA members, leaders and member benefits; Outlook, a bi-weekly publication for the CMAA membership distributed electronically; and student e-newsletter with CMAA-related reminders, deadlines and information. Student members also have complimentary online access to the Contemporary Club Management textbook. Professional Development In order to keep up with current industry trends, students need to be aware of new developments and competencies in club management. CMAA’s mission is to advance the profession of club management by fulfilling the educational and related needs of its members. Student members may attend many of CMAA’s education programs at discounted registration rates throughout the year. These programs include workshops, senior chapter meetings and annual conferences, including the National Student Education Conference and the World Conference on Club Management.


World Conference on club management and Club Business Expo Held annually in a major US city, the CMAA World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo is the centerpiece of the Association’s activities and offers more than 75 education programs. More than 2,500 club industry professionals and hundreds of CMAA student members meet to further their professional development through participation in workshops, round-table discussions, forums and education sessions. The discounted student registration fee includes education sessions designated specifically for students, an icebreaker/networking event for all student members for peer networking, an orientation breakfast or luncheon, career showcase (job fair) and admission to all manager education sessions as well as the highly-valued Club Business Expo. Additional information may be obtained from your local student chapter, by contacting the National Headquarters or by accessing www.cmaa.org/conf.


National Student Education Conference Developed by CMAA’s Greater Chicago Chapter, this three-day conference is hosted by a local CMAA chapter each year. Inclusive of education sessions specific to club management, club tours, networking opportunities and social events, the purpose of this conference is to enhance student attendees’ club management education by supplementing World Conference education and university–based learning. The education sessions at the National Student Education Conference offer details and specifics that will better prepare students for a career in club management. For more information, contact the National Headquarters or visit www.cmaa.org/nsec.aspx.

The National Student Education Conference is supported in part by a grant from The Club Foundation.


Advancing to Professional Membership Student membership may be renewed for up to two years after graduation or until a job in the field of club management has been obtained, whichever is first. Once employed by a club, student members advance to Alumnus Membership, a professional membership classification, through application with their local senior chapter. Alumnus Membership is a benefit for former student members at a reduced dues rate for the first two years of professional membership. We encourage all students who have taken postgraduate positions in clubs to continue your professional development by taking this important step from Student to Alumnus Membership.

Your Future You have begun to take steps to further your professional development by contacting CMAA. Your future involvement with CMAA, combined with classroom theories and networking with managers in the industry, will ensure your success in the club management profession. Becoming a CMAA member is great way to jump start your future!


To inquire about membership and CMAA programs or to find the location of the CMAA student chapter closest to you, contact us at:

Club Managers Association of America 1733 King Street Alexandria, VA 22314-2720 (703) 739-9500 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.cmaa.org/student.aspx Twitter: @CMAA Facebook: www.cmaa.org/MyCMAA