FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: William Roman
CARNEGIE ABBEY CLUB’S GENERAL MANAGER INDUCTED INTO
CMAA HONOR SOCIETY
PORTSMOUTH RHODE ISLAND – January 11, 2008 – Stephen M. Downes, CCM, General Manager of Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and Immediate Past President of the New England Club Managers Association (NECMA) was inducted into the Club Managers Association of America’s (CMAA) prestigious Honor Society. Stephen joins a select group of managers who have achieved this elevated status.
Mr. Downes earned his way into the Society by fulfilling the following requirements: Achievement of 400 additional credits beyond certification with a minimum of 150 CMAA Education credits; Active membership status for a minimum of seven years; and successful completion of Business Management Institute (BMI) IV or V. Honor Society members are those managers who dedicate themselves to improving the professionalism of the club management industry and demonstrate this commitment by continually pursuing knowledge and advancement.
Downes has been serving as the General Manager of Carnegie Abbey Club since 2005. Prior to his appointment, he was General Manager of New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts (1996-1998, 2000-2005), After joining CMAA in 1995, and was accredited CMAA's Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation, the hallmark of professionalism, in 2002 and was re-certified in 2006, and holds a BTEC Diploma Hospitality Degree from Suffolk College, England, and Concord Diploma from Concord Hotels, England.
Stephen has also been very active on national and chapter leadership levels. He was elected as NECMA Director in 1999 and served as chairman of several NECMA committees during his three-year term before being elected Secretary-Treasurer 2001, 2002 and 2003, Vice President 2004 and 2005, and President 2006 and 2007, and has been active Member of the CMAA International Wine Society.
The New England Club Managers Association (NECMA), the original chapter of the Club Managers Association of America, was established in 1914 and has since been a leader in the advancement of opportunities for private club managers, and foremost, students of the culinary and hospitality industries. NECMA has more than 240 members who manage more than 150 private clubs in the New England area. The purposes of the New England Chapter are to provide education to persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character, to promote and encourage efficient and successful club management, and to advance friendly relations among its members. For more information about NECMA, visit our web site at www.necma.org.
The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. With close to 7,000 members across all classifications, CMAA manager members run more than 3,000 country, golf, city, athletic, faculty, yacht, town and military clubs. The objectives of the Association are to promote and advance friendly relations among persons connected with the management of clubs and other associations of similar character; to encourage the education and advancement of its members; to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations. CMAA hosts the World Conference on Club Management and Exposition annually; maintains a highly trafficked Web site — www.cmaa.org —containing club industry resources as well as a section for CMAA members only; researches, writes and develops textbooks, manuals and white papers on club management issues; and is involved in numerous industry-wide initiatives that advance the profession of club management and enrich the lives of its members.
CMAA’s Club Foundation (www.clubfoundation.org) supports the advancement of the club management profession. The Club Foundation sponsors research, funds industry education programs, provides financial assistance to educational institutions and awards scholarships to outstanding students interested in the club management profession.
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