By Barbara Young —

Get your golf clubs, black tie and sailing shorts ready because Club Managers Association of America–Stout Student Chapter is sailing into the spotlight this week.

CMAA is an organization focused on involving students in managerial experience with clubs. The org’s focus is on private golf, city and yacht clubs. A networking student organization, CMAA works hard to get future managers in contact with those currently in the industry.

The organization is involved in orchestrating chances for students to interact with business professionals in order “to network, receive hands on experience through internships and volunteering, as well as obtain a job in the club industry after graduation,” said Tim Komaromy, Events Director of CMAA.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18 the organization will be holding a Managers Panel that is open to all students. The event, at 5 p.m. in MSC Ballroom C, will feature top managers from across the Midwest. All are welcome to attend and ask questions about the club industry.

This event is just one example of the many chances the organization provides to UW-Stout students. Throughout the semester the CMAA will occasionally bring in industry managers to meet with members and speak on the industry. Another large event is the seasonal club tour.

“Every year our chapter holds a fall and spring tour,” said Komaromy. “These are student organized tours of private golf, city and yacht clubs through the Midwest.”

The org has several other large socialization events throughout the semester including attending a round table dinner at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club with club managers and students from other chapters.

Perhaps the largest event of the year for CMAA is the annual World Conference and Business Expo and this year the Stout chapter has been chosen to co-host the conference with the University of Houston.

“This year it is in San Antonio, Texas,” said Komaromy. The event is a large networking and learning opportunity for the 2,000 managers and 300 students from 50 schools that will be attending.

“Last year our Stout chapter brought 19 students who all left the conference with an internship or job offer,” said Komaromy.

The event will take place March 7-13 this year and all members of CMAA will be able to attend.

For those interested in joining, CMAA meets every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Heritage Hall, 413A.

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