The World Conference

Join club management professionals from the US and around the world for the club industry’s largest annual gathering, CMAA’s World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo. This annual event offers five days of unparalleled professional development and education, networking opportunities, hospitality experiences, and the latest innovations in the industry showcased in the two-day expo.

The Club Business Expo

The two-day Club Business Expo is one of the hospitality industry’s fastest growing shows. Explore the products and services offered by more than 275 companies showcasing industry leading trends and innovations. Nearly every product and service that a club management professional could purchase for his or her club is showcased in the Expo. Meet face to face to discuss potential purchases. Take advantage of exciting activities being held in The Clubhouse segment of the floor as well as the featured Clubhouse Live programming.

Pre-Conference
Opportunities

Pre-Conference Workshops offers full- and half-day immersive experiences on select club management topics, and six CMI Education Credits.

Justify Your Attendance


How to Persuade Your Board and Justify Your Attendance

We know that attending the CMAA World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo is an investment of your time and your club’s financial resources. Here's how you can make your attendance a win-win for you and your club!

  • Make a professional request, with full disclosure of expected costs and time away from the club.

    Download the Sample Memo for Your Board  
  • Focus on specific benefits that you will bring back to your club and the bigger staff team as a return on investment. Beyond networking, it is a great event for recruiting future staff team members, gathering new ideas from the more than 200 shared in the Idea Fair, and gaining valuable insights from industry experts, consultants, and practitioners as well as leading business and brand professionals whose expertise easily translates to success in the club world.
  • Correlate your club’s needs with the available education using the Conference Brochure and session information available online and illustrate how session attendance best fits with your club’s needs.

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  • Prepare a plan that will show your club board/ownership/supervisor who will handle your club responsibilities while you are attending Conference.
  • Explain how you will share your experience. Propose to deliver a short presentation to your colleagues to share what you learned and offer possible applications and recommendations relevant to your club board/ownership/staff team.

Featured Speakers

Opening Business Session

Isaac Lidsky

Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

General Education Session

Curt Cronin

Navy Seal and
Leadership Expert

Awards & Education Session

Cat Cora

First Female Iron Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Closing Business Session

Chip Conley

Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy

Schedule

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Business Session
Isaac Lidsky

Speaker, Author and Entrepreneur

As profiled in Inc. Magazine, “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in business. Over the years, he has been a child television star (he played series regular “Weasel” on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”), a Supreme Court clerk (for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg), and the co-founder of an internet startup. More recently, Lidsky has used his gift for logistics to build one of the fastest-growing construction businesses, transforming an unsophisticated $11 million concrete subcontractor that was hemorrhaging money into an industry-leading $150 million construction services company—in 5 years.” Isaac is a New York Times best-selling author, published in 2017. Attend the Opening Business Session, and learn how to recognize opportunities in a world that can’t see clearly.

Curt Cronin

Navy Seal and
Leadership Expert

Over his 16-year-long career as a Navy SEAL, Curt Cronin deployed thirteen times and spent more than four years overseas. In that time, living and working in an environment where milliseconds made the difference between life and death and winning and losing, he honed his talent as a catalyst for transformation and rose to eventually lead the nation’s premier SEAL assault force. As a SEAL leader, he maximized his team’s effectiveness by forging unique and unlikely alliances. He transformed an offensive unit of Navy SEALs into a defensive Presidential protection unit in the midst of combat and single-handedly created the model for multi-disciplinary counter-terrorism operations out of a widely disparate patchwork of organizations as part of an Embassy team in the Middle East. Curt’s experiences as a SEAL reinforced his fundamental belief that the competitive edge for any organization in the information age is neither technology nor information, but the unparalleled power of an aligned team. Curt addresses the art of leadership, organizational change for the information age, and the talent of harnessing your own courage and heroism to inspire and empower individuals and teams.

In addition to his combat experience, Curt is an entrepreneur and innovator. Currently CEO of Kaizen International, he previously co-founded Mastery Technologies, Inc., a global talent solutions firm. He began his entrepreneurial career with General Stan McChrystal and the McChrystal Group, where he served as a managing partner in transformational consulting for two years with companies including AOL and Hewlett-Packard.

Curt received his MBA at combined programs from the London School of Economics, New York University’s Stern School of Business, and the HEC School of Management in Paris. Curt graduated fifth in his class from the United States Naval Academy, and has been awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, Bronze Star medal, and three Distinguished Meritorious Service Medals.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Awards and Education Session
Cat Cora

First Female Iron Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality, Author and Lifestyle Entrepreneur

Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six. The Jackson, Mississippi native has been captivating audiences since she made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. She went on to host My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, and was one of the featured hosts on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life.

Cat later made television history in 2005 when she became the first-ever female Iron Chef on Food Network’s hit show: Iron Chef America. Since then, she shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the historically male culinary industry. In 2006, Cat was awarded Bon Appetit Magazine’s “Teacher of the Year Award” and was named the Executive Chef of the magazine. Since then, she has blazed her own trail through the culinary world, becoming the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame.

Cat has opened more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally, namely Cat Cora’s Kitchen, located in numerous locations throughout the U.S. Most recently, she opened Fatbird Southern Kitchen and Bar in the Meatpacking District of New York, NY.

Cat continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

Chip Conley

Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy

Bestselling author, hospitality entrepreneur, disruptive business rebel and social change agent, Chip Conley is a leader at the forefront of the sharing economy. At age 26, the founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality took an inner city motel and turned it into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. Inspired by psychologists Maslow and Frankl, Chip’s books, PEAK and the New York Times bestseller EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS, Chip shares his own theories on transformation and meaning in business and life.

Chip was CEO of his innovative company for 24 years. In 2013 he accepted an invitation from the founders of Airbnb to help transform a promising home sharing start-up into what is today the world’s largest hospitality brand. As Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Chip taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries, and created the Airbnb Open that brings thousands together in a global festival of belonging (he transitioned to a part-time role as Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership in January 2017). Chip founded Fest300 in 2013 to share his passion for travel and the world’s best festivals (the company merged with Everfest in 2016 where he is part-time Chief Strategy Officer). Chip has received hospitality’s highest honor, the Pioneer Award, joining industry icons Marriott, Kimpton and Wynn.

He is the founder of the Celebrity Pool Toss, which has raised millions for the Tenderloin neighborhood where he opened his first hotel, and San Francisco’s Hotel Hero Awards that shine a light on the unsung heroes serving hotel guests every day. Chip holds a BA and MBA from Stanford University, and an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University. He serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project and the Esalen Institute.

Housing

CMAA has arranged for a special rate of $269

(single/double) plus applicable taxes at the following neighboring hotels:

Park Central San Francisco

50 Third Street San Francisco, CA 94103

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San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94103

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The deadline to book a hotel reservation is February 7, 2018.

Due to the increasing demand for rooms in the CMAA room block and in a continued effort to keep attendee expenses low, the hotels listed above will require a non-refundable deposit of 1 night’s room and tax, to be charged to the credit card on file on February 7, 2018.

The San Francisco Marriott Marquis and Park Central San Francisco both participate in the Marriott Rewards Program. Not currently a member of Marriott Rewards? Sign up prior to reserving your room to start earning points and a variety of other benefits, including free Wi-Fi during your stay.

Please note: Unauthorized housing companies known as “housing poachers” might contact you and identify themselves as being affiliated with CMAA or the World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo. Lured by highly attractive rates, exhibitors and attendees fall prey to these imposters losing significant deposits, discovering hidden costs, up front charges or being bait and switched to hotel rooms they never booked. CMAA has no affiliation with third-party hotel brokers and hotel reservations should only be made using the Marriott link or phone number provided on this page to ensure guaranteed reservations. 

Registration

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Full Registration

Member Pricing

$995
  • Club Business Expo
  • All business sessions
  • All Conference education sessions
  • CMAA Networking Event

Full Registration

Non-Member Pricing

$1250
  • Club Business Expo
  • All business sessions
  • All Conference education sessions
  • CMAA Networking Event

Education Only

 

$860
  • Club Business Expo
  • All business sessions
  • All Conference education sessions
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