Alexandria, VA – February 2, 2010 – The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will host its 83rd World Conference on Club Management, February 8 – 13 in San Diego, CA. The event, a joint endeavor with the Golf Industry Show (GIS), will take place at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and San Diego Convention Center. The Conference offers club managers from around the world an opportunity to take part in educational sessions and peer networking events. The 2010 educational sessions focus on club marketing and finances, retirement planning, food and beverage profitability, strategic planning and the current economy’s effect on the club industry.
CMAA’s World Conference on Club Management and Golf Industry Show is the Association’s most visible event of the year. During the past several years, audiences of nearly 17,000 have attended the event, which is held annually in major cities throughout the United States. While most attendees represent clubs in the United States, the number of attendees from abroad has significantly increased in recent years. CEO James Singerling, CCM, CEC will open the CMAA World Conference at 8:00 a.m. on February 9 with his State of the Association address.
The Golf Industry Show is designed to benefit every member of the club, golf course and facility management team. With more than 600 exhibitors covering in excess of 200,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the Show will be held February 10 – 11. The new two-day schedule is designed to bring an enhanced business environment with fewer competing activities and more dedicated trade show time. This year’s show will also feature new events and networking opportunities to bring attendees and exhibitors together including the GIS Happy Hour which will be held Thursday, February 11, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
New to this year’s Conference is a session with CMAA CEO James Singerling, CCM, CEC. Straight Talk With the CEO, Wednesday, February 10, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., will give members and opportunity to speak directly and candidly with Singerling about his outlook for the club management profession, trends within the club industry, new association and industry initiatives and CMAA’s relationships with its Allied Associations.
This year’s Conference will give attendees immediate access to CMAA’s wealth of career services. The Career Opportunity Showcase will once again be the place to find the next entry-level managers and interns for clubs throughout the country. The job fair, which takes place Wednesday, February 10 at 12:30 p.m., is an opportunity for students to network with established club managers, as well as an opportunity for students to interview for open positions. CMAA will also be offering mock video interviews and one-on-one coaching sessions as well as résumé review services provided by ConvincingRésumés.com.
In addition to various educational opportunities, the Conference includes the International Wine Society’s Silent and Live Wine Auctions, The Club Foundation’s online GIS Silent Auction and Live Auction and The Club Foundation’s annual Run with the Presidents. The annual Wine Auctions puts hundreds of bottles of wine and wine-related items up for bid. The Club Foundation partners with the National Golf Course Owners Association and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America to bring bidders a wide array of items. The Club Foundation Live Auction offers delicious food and drinks, musical entertainment and dancing and exciting items available for bid, from autographed memorabilia to event tickets. The run is a 5K (or 1.5-mile walk) held on February 11 at 6:30 a.m. and benefits The Club Foundation and Tee it up for the Troops. Tee it up for the Troops is a non-profit organization created to help support the fallen and disabled members of our Armed Forces and their families. Adding to the mix, the Golden State Chapter will host the annual Conference golf tournament on February 8 at the San Diego Country Club.
Roger Dow, Chief Executive Officer of the US Travel Association, will speak at CMAA’s closing business session on February 13.
For a complete schedule of Conference programs and events, go to http://www.cmaa.org/conf.aspx.
The Club Managers Association of America is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. CMAA has close to 7,000 members across all classifications. Manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations.
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