Teaming with Club Managers’ Association of America, the Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter is committed to being the premier provider of education for club managers. An integral component of the manager’s path to excellence in club management and, ultimately, certification is local chapter education. We strive to strike just the right balance of sessions for pre-certification managers and those who are already in executive leadership roles. PVCMA hires nationally recognized speakers and club industry leaders to engage our audience right here in the greater Philadelphia area.
Recent speakers include:
- Whitney Reid Pennell, Founder and President of RCS Hospitality Group
- Kurt Kuebler, CCM, Partner at Kopplin, Kuebler and Wallace, recipient of The BoardRoom Magazine’s Gary Player Educator Award in 2011
- Sunjay Nath, creator of “The 10-80-10 Principle”
- Steve McClatchy, Author of Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead by Example
CMAA’s International Wine Society (IWS) is squarely focused on practical and experiential education as it relates to wine and its role in club culture. The Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter’s IWS contingent hosts numerous wine events each year including exquisite wine luncheons and dinners as well as local wine tours.
The chapter was most recently visited by Michael and Kara Dunn of Dunn Vineyards which produces two labels, Howell Mountain and Napa Valley. Both wines are one hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon. Earlier, we hosted Tom Pillsbury, Partner & Director of Sales with DuMol, who shared the history of one of California’s most sought after Pinot Noir producers along with their fabulous lineup of Russian River Valley wines. The IWS group also toured Karamoor Estate in Fort Washington, PA late last year.
An essential component of professional development at the chapter level is interacting in a social setting. Having a network of peers and being able to pick up the phone to learn from their unique experiences is invaluable. Club managers consistently report that these relationships are one of the top benefits of membership. The key to making connections is the chapter’s social programming. The Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter hosts a holiday party and a dinner at CMAA’s World Conference. There are also a number of “pop-up” events throughout the year, which may include golf rounds or lessons, dining out, a ball game, etc.
A new program to PVCMA in 2017, the Young Professionals group hosted golf lessons and a barbecue as well as a progressive happy hour at city clubs in Philadelphia. We look forward to further development and activity within this group of up-and-comers.
Through a partnership with Philadelphia Club Foundation, PVCMA is coming up on its 20th anniversary of hosting the Club Managers’ Golf Classic Benefitting Make-A-Wish® Foundation. The chapter and foundation have raised more than $500,000 for this worthy cause. With the average wish estimated at $6,750, approximately 75 wishes have been granted to very deserving children faced with a life threatening illness.
Toys for Tots are also collected at the chapter’s annual holiday party.