Club Executive of the Year

Burt Ward Headshot
CEOY 2018 - Burton Ward, CCM, CCE

Congratulations to Burton Ward, CCM, CCE, the 2018 Club Executive of the Year. 

Each year, Club Management recognizes excellence in club leadership with its Club Executive of the Year Award. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 award. This prestigious honor is presented to the club executive who most embodies the values, vision, and professionalism of the Club Management Association of America.

Originally known as the Club Manager of the Year, this distinction was created in 1985 by Club Management magazine to honor an individual who by his or her achievements best represents the qualities found in all hard-working, dedicated club management professionals. In 2008, the award was re-titled to mirror the evolution of the role of a club management profession. Thirty-three distinguished club management professionals have been honored through this award.

The Club Executive of the Year winner will be profiled in the December 2019 edition of the Let’s Talk Club Management Podcast, the 2020 January/February issue of Club Management magazine, and honored at the CMAA 2020 World Conference and Club Business Expo in Grapevine, TX.

Nominations must be received by August 30.

To nominate a member, please complete the following:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Nominee’s Resumė including Education, Employment History and Community Activities
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from Chairman of the Board, Owner, or Member of the Leadership Team of the Nominee’s Club
  4. A Letter of Recommendation from a Leader in the Nominee’s CMAA Chapter

Please direct all inquiries and nominations (via mail or email) to:

Melissa Low
Senior Director, Communications & Advocacy
1733 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

2018   Burton Ward, CCM, CCE
2017   Richard L. LaRocca, CCM, CCE  
2016   Terra S.H. Waldron, CCM, CCE
2015   Gregory J. Patterson
2014    C.J. "Joe" Bendy, Jr., CCM, CCE
2013   Jim G James, CCM
2012   Paul Astbury
2011   Michael Leemhuis, CCM, CCE
2010   Damon DiOrio, CCM, CCE
2009   Michael McCarthy
2008   G. Mead Grady, CCM
2007   ***
2006   George Carroll, CCM, CCE
2005   John Crean, CCM, CHA
2004   Larry L. Thompson
2003   Jonathan McCabe, CCM
2002   A. Graham McDeson, MCM
2001   Richard Bayliss Jr., CCM, CCE
2000   John R. Sullivan Jr., CCM
1999   William Schulz, MCM, CCE
1998   Jay DiPietro, CCM
1997   Stan Orr
1996   Robert James, CCM, CCE, CHE
1995   Richard Kolasa, CCM
1994   Melvin Rex, CCM
1993   John Hudson, CCM
1992   Christopher Borders, CCM
1991   Sally Burns Rambo, CCM
1990   James Brewer, MCM
1989   Joe Brem, CCM
1988   E.M. "Mike" Fraser, CCM
1987   Edward Drew, CCM
1986   Donald Hayes, CCM
1985   Laurice "Bud" Hall, MCM, CCE
     *** No award due to magazine publishing transition