Teaming with Club Management Association of America, the Philadelphia & 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:
- Tom Wallace, CCM, Partner at Kopplin, Kuebler and Wallace
- Julio Ruiz, The Riedel Glass Company representative
- 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 & 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 recently had a summer social which included wine reviews as well as a tasting exercise related to glass selection being as important on taste as the vintage of the wine itself. The event then included a club chef taking the event to the next level with a sample of wine pairings as part of a three-course meal.
This event intertwined various staff members from across a club team - purchasing, serving and meal preparation all working with the club sommelier for the perfect patron meal-experience. It takes a well-educated and informed team for a perfect execution which keeps our club members coming back for more.
The IWS group will also be touring the Karamoor Estate in Fort Washington, PA later this 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 & 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.
Originally launched in 2017 for the PVCMA, the Young Professionals (Yo-Pro) group hosts a wide variety of industry-related events from golf lessons, barbecues, wine tasting as well as a progressive happy hour at city clubs in Philadelphia, to introduce our newest members under 40 years old to club life.
Each year, we look forward to mentoring their development and activities within this group of up-and-comers. They are the future success of the club industry and delivering superior service. One workshop unique to our chapter is a mentoring workshop related to the CMAA certification process. During this workshop, senior club managers have direct one-on-one discussions about the industry, trends and advantages of the PVCMA network with our Yo-Pro's.
Through a partnership with Philadelphia Club Foundation, PVCMA just completed its 21st annual Club Managers' Golf Classic benefitting the local efforts of the 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.