An area of interest for many JWU College of Hospitality Management faculty and students is the private club industry. Think country clubs, yacht clubs, city clubs, tennis clubs, military clubs, and faculty clubs, just to name a few. JWU faculty and members of the JWU student chapter of CMAA (Club Management Association of America) traveled to Massachusetts for the First Annual Faculty Private Club Immersion Tour on Fri, May 10, hosted by the New England chapter of CMAA.
Professor Matthew J. Samel, Ph.D., CHE, FMP, and CMAA faculty advisor, organized the excursion that featured in-depth educational sessions held at the Dedham Country and Polo Club and The Country Club. On-site was an extensive panel of industry experts that included CMAA President and CEO Jeff Morgan, along with The Country Club Assistant General Manager Kristen LaCount ’03 and the Dedham Country and Polo Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Kenny ‘07. They shared an overview of the current state of the private club industry and a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) analysis. Additional topics included the focus on continued education and certifications, internship programming, and new trends and technology that meets member’s needs and operational costs.
"The immersion tour was an opportunity for students and faculty to see first-hand the many disciplines that converge within the private club industry," Samel noted. "It also allowed our hosts to convey the meaningful careers the industry offers. As JWU deepens its interdisciplinary approach to education, more students will appreciate that careers in this sector offer growth, work-life balance, competitive compensation, and relevance."