Alexandria, Virginia, United States: Matthew Murray, Vijaykumar Raj and Steven Thielke are among nine club management professionals from Asia and New Zealand recognised by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) after attaining the designation of Certified Club Manager (CCM).
The CCM designation indicates that a club management professional has completed a rigorous course of study and training and shows a dedication to proficiency and expertise in club management as well as a long-term commitment to professional development.
For more than 50 years, the CCM designation has been recognised as the hallmark of professionalism in club management.
Originating with CMAA, the pathway is licensed and awarded in multiple countries and regions including Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa and South America.
To achieve the CCM designation, one must invest time in specified requirements including more than 300 hours of education, attend at least one World Conference, and maintain activity within their local chapter. After these conditions have been met, the individual must pass the CCM Exam, covering all 10 competencies of club management.
Six candidates attended the recent Joe Perdue BMI Review Course and Exam, presented by the Golf Managers Association of New Zealand (GMANZ). It marked the first presentation of this event in New Zealand.
Candidates also included three professionals from the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) in Southeast Asia – Murray, Managing Director of Singapore’s Champions Golf, Raj, former Assistant General Manager of the American Club, Singapore, and Thielke, Chief Executive Officer at Malaysia’s TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Following the CCM Review Course, the nine professionals who have been recognised for successful completion of all CCM requirements are:
- Michelle Campbell, CCM, Hastings Golf Club, Hastings, NZ
- Travis Gawler, CCM, Hamilton Golf Club, Hamilton, NZ
- Grant Lewis, CCM, Canterbury Golf, Christchurch, NZ
- Ian Litchfield, CCM, Pukekohe Golf Club, Pukekohe, NZ
- Lesley MacDonald, CCM, Auckland, NZ
- Matthew Murray, CCM, Champions Golf, Singapore
- Grant Nicholas, CCM, Remuera Golf Club, Auckland, NZ
- Vijaykumar Raj, CCM, Singapore
- Steven Thielke, CCM, TPC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“We congratulate Steven, Matthew and Vijay on their outstanding achievement,” said Eric Lynge, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. As an International Associate partner of the CMAA, the AGIF is authorised to run Business Management Institute (BMI) programmes as well as Chapter and Association Education, which are part of the pathway to the CCM.
“Since we partnered with the CMAA in 2015, we have run nine BMI courses in the Asian region as well as provided various Chapter and Association credit opportunities via our Club Management Mini Summit and co-operative programmes with various national associations.
“The AGIF has brought more than 35 club professionals into the programme. In achieving CCM status, I’m sure that Steven, Matthew and Vijay have set the benchmark for their peers around the region. In the coming years, we look forward to seeing many more club managers from Asia following in their footsteps,” said Lynge.
The next AGIF-executed BMI course is to be held in Jakarta from August 26-30 and is attracting high-powered executives from prominent clubs in Indonesia and around Southeast Asia. The course is being presented by the AGIF, the CMAA and the Golf Club Managers Association of Indonesia.
Another AGIF-organised BMI course is planned to be held in Delhi, India in November.