FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Peter A. Trombetta
STEPHEN M. DOWNES, CCM ELECTED TO CLUB MANAGERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- February 5, 2008 -- Stephen M. Downes, CCM, Immediate Past President of the New England Club Managers Association (NECMA) and General Manager of The Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island has been elected as Director for a three-year term to the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) Board of Directors at the association's annual election during the 81st World Conference on Club Management in Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Downes has been a member of CMAA and its New England Chapter since 1995. He was elected as NECMA Director in 1999 and served as Chairman of several Chapter 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.
Downes has served on several CMAA National Committees including the Club Management Institute (CMI) Committee 2006/2007, Certification Committee 2004/2005, and At-Conference Elections Committee 2007, and has attended the CMAA World Conference on Club Management each year from 1997 through 2008 as well as the CMAA Leadership and Legislative Conference in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Downes hold a BTEC Diploma Hospitality Degree from Suffolk College, England, and Concord Diploma from Concord Hotels, England, and was accredited CMAA's Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation in 2002 and was re-certified in 2006, and was inducted into the prestigious CMAA Honor Society in 2007 (read new release), and is a Member of the CMAA International Wine Society.
Downes began his club management career in 1994 as Club Manager of the Acoaxet Club in Westport, Massachusetts and went on as General Manager of New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts (1996-1998, 2000-2005), and General Manager of the Warwick Country Club in Warwick, Rhode Island (1998-2000) before becoming General Manager of The Carnegie Abbey Club in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 2005. Prior to his club management career, Mr. Downes worked in the resort hospitality industry with The Virgin Group, Ltd. (1988-1993) headed by British celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson.
Mr. Downes resides in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts with his wife, Betsy (a former club manager) and three children, Emma (11) Kate (9) and Caroline (6).
Congratulatory messages may be sent to Mr. Downes at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 230 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 its web site at www.necma.org.
The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is the professional Association for managers of membership clubs. With more than 7,000 members across all classifications, CMAA 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; and to assist club officers and members, through their managers, to secure the utmost in efficient and successful operations. For more information, please visit www.cmaa.org.
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