CMAA Announces Ten Club Industry Leaders to Inaugural Class of Fellows

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CMAA Announces Ten Club Industry Leaders to Inaugural Class of Fellows

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Melissa Low

Alexandria, VA — February 25, 2019 — Ten club industry leaders have been selected for CMAA’s inaugural class of 2019 Fellows. The CMAA Fellows Program is an honorary recognition program distinguishing those living CMAA members who epitomize the leadership, integrity, involvement, and contributions of club management professionals. Each of these individuals has made a significant impact toward the betterment of the profession and CMAA throughout his/her active career.

The Class of 2019 inductees are:

  • Joseph F. Basso, MCM, CCE, Birmingham Country Club, West Bloomfield, MI
  • Kevin E. Carroll, CCM, CCE, Bath & Tennis Club, Palm Beach, FL
  • Jay DiPietro, CCM, Delray Beach, FL
  • J.G. Ted Gillary, CCM, CCE, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, MI
  • Philip R. Kiester, Country Club of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • Pasquale J. LaRocca, CCM, CCE, Lake Merced Golf Club, Daly City, CA
  • Michael G. Leemhuis, CCM, CCE, PGA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Donna Otis, CCM, CCE, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA
  • Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE, Greensboro Country Club, Greensboro, NC
  • Burton Ward, CCM, CCE, Century Country Club, Purchase, NY

The 2019 Fellows class will be the foundation for an emerging group of thought leaders, mentors, and champions of the Association and the club industry at large. Once honored, the distinction of CMAA Fellow is a lifetime recognition.

The Fellows selection process includes: nomination by a club management peer; an in-depth application describing the individual's innovation, leadership, and commitment to the profession; interviews with the peer-comprised selection committee; and selection from among a group of highly-qualified candidates.

The inaugural class was announced and recognized at the Opening Business Session of the 2019 World Conference and Club Business Expo in Nashville, TN. 

For more information about CMAA’s Fellows program, visit

About CMAA

Founded in 1927, the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) is the largest professional association for managers of membership clubs with 6,800 members throughout the US and internationally. Our members contribute to the success of 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 efficient and successful club operations. Under the covenants of professionalism, education, leadership, and community, CMAA continues to extend its reach as the leader in the club management practice. CMAA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with 42 professional chapters and more than 40 student chapters and colonies. Learn more at