Business Management Institutes Celebrate 30th Anniversary



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Business Management Institutes  

Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Melissa Low

BMI 1995


Alexandria, VA – This year marks a milestone for CMAA’s Professional Development as the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) marks the 30th Anniversary of the Business Management Institutes (BMI). The first course, Business Management Institute I – The Basic Club Management School, was offered at Georgia State University, February 7-14, 1988.

The Business Management Institute is a flourishing, in-demand professional development program that has become the most well-respected education initiative of the hospitality industry. Each program is an intensive learning experience – including both technical instructions on day-to-day and long-term career aspects of club management - taught by highly qualified university faculty, industry experts, and experienced club managers. The multi-faceted BMI program includes five core courses and four electives including BMI International.

Two visionaries helped to bring these programs to fruition – A. Christopher Borders, CCM, who came up with the original idea (at the time the Clubhouse Manager at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Atlanta, GA), and CMAA’s longtime Academic Advisor, Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, the architect and innovator of BMI. From 1988 to 2014, Joe attended more than 300 programs in-person.

Today, programs are held at the preeminent hospitality schools across the country including Michigan State, Cornell, California Polytechnic, and Georgia State. More than 441 week-long programs have been offered, attended by more than 14,502 club management professionals. Participants have come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and 31 foreign countries.

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The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 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 43 professional chapters and more than 45 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at