CMAA Honors Two New Master Club Managers



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CMAA Honors Two New Master Club Managers 

Melissa Low
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Alexandria, VA – February 27, 2017 – The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is proud to announce today that two CMAA members have achieved the designation of Master Club Manager (MCM). The MCM designation recognizes the importance of the significant, long-lasting contributions made by club managers to their clubs, their professions and their communities. In addition, the MCM designation in club management provides the means by which experienced club managers can make a significant written contribution to their industry through the research and development of a MCM Monograph.

In 1990, the CMAA Board of Directors delegated the task of developing its MCM designation to its Certification Committee. Since that time the requirements and procedures which comprise this MCM Portfolio have been implemented to yield a meaningful and challenging, but achievable, professional development for CMAA’s membership. To date, only 22 CMAA members have achieved this distinction. 

The MCM designation was officially presented to these two deserving individuals at the recent 90th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in Orlando, FL, February 7-11, 2017:

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  • Carlos W. Cook Jr., MCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of North Hills Club, Raleigh, NC. Cook’s monograph is entitled Aquatic Risk Management and Best Practices for Clubs.
  • MacDonald A. Niven, MCM, CCE, General Manager of Almaden Golf & Country Club, San Jose, CA. Niven’s monograph is entitled GM/COO Board Relations: How Can a Club’s GM/COO and its Board of Directors Effectively Work Together to Accomplish the Club’s Vision and Goals?

The Club Managers Association of America would like to extend sincere congratulations to the newest MCMs. For more information on the MCM designation and requirements, please visit   

About CMAA

The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,700 members throughout the US and internationally. Our managers operate more than 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town and yacht clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote relationships between club management professionals and other similar professions; to encourage the education and advancement of members; and to provide the resources needed for club managers to operate efficiently and successfully. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 44 professional chapters and more than 45 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at