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Asia’s First Batch of Certified Club Managers

Story published at 15:54, Thursday, June 11th, 2015


accm-gm1With the launch of the Club Managers Association of Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (CMA-Asia), the time has come to recognise a team of general managers who can serve as the “face of the profession” to the world.

To honour them, the CMA-Asia in conjunction with the CMA-Asia e-University has decided to bestow upon a pioneer group of general managers with the Honorary Asian Certified Club Managers certification (ACCM).

The recipients have been selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Length of service in club management;
  • Experience in club general management;
  • Related management experience;

The proud recipients of the Honorary ACCM certification are:

Tang Meng Loon, Group General Manager, Club Operations & Township – Gamuda Land (Malaysia)

Stacey Walton, Managing Director – GLS Asia Limited, Banyan Golf Club, Hua Hin (Thailand)

Peter Goh, General Manager – Orchid Country Club; President – Club Managers Association of Singapore (Singapore)

Pg. Abdul Rahman, Golf Club Manager – The Empire Hotel & Country Club (Brunei)

Harald Elisson, General Manager – Black Mountain Golf Club, (Thailand)

Patrick Bowers, Managing Director & CEO, Laguna Hospitality – Laguna Golf & Country Club (Singapore)

John Blanch, General Manager – Thai Country Club (Thailand)

Conrado L. Benitez II, President & CEO – The Orchard Golf & Country Club (Philippines)

George Chandra, Chief Operating Officer – Royale Jakarta Golf Club (Indonesia)

James Graham Prusa, Director, Golf Courses and Laboratory – SKY72 Golf Resort (South Korea)

The highly respected Stacey Walton, general manager and director of the award winning Banyan Golf Club in Hua Hin reacted by stating, “I feel honoured to be awarded ACCM and will contribute in every way I can to help promote certified club management in Asia.”

The CMAA e-University is currently working to finalise an on-line learning programme to permit club general managers and senior management personnel in clubs to earn their ACCM. “This will be through a combination of credits granted for work experience and the successful completion of a selection number of learning modules based on specific areas of club management competencies,” revealed Mike Sebastian, president of the CMA-A.

According to Sebastian, this programme should be ready for implementation by July 15, 2015. “The primary objective of our certification programme is to help create a level playing field for club management personnel so that they can obtain a professional certification that will recognise them for the job that they are doing,” Sebastian said. “The objective here is not to make busy people jump through hoops to gain professional training – we just want to provide them with learning instruments that will enhance their knowledge levels so that they can do a better job – it’s all about bringing quality education that they can handle at their own time and pace and something that is very affordable.”

Tang Meng Loon, general manager of Kota Permai Golf & Country Club in Kuala Lumpur and the Horizon Golf Club in the Malaysian state of Johor said, “I’m really honoured to be selected by CMAA-Asia to receive this honorary title. I would like to extend my utmost gratitude for your great efforts in promoting the growth of the club manager certification for the Asian Club Industry. ”

The recipients will be formally recognized during the staging of the 2015 Asia Pacific Golf Summit in Singapore on 14-15 October.

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