The club management profession in Asia is headed for rapid growth and progress on a pathway that is centred on excellence.
This is the vision of a man who should know - and he is James B. Singerling, chief executive officer of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). He has served in this position for more than 25 years and is described as "a visionary, leader, teacher and mentor". He is an advocate not just for the members of CMAA but for the club and golf industries.
He will deliver a major address at the 2013 Asia Pacific Golf Summit to be staged in Jakarta on November 5 - 7 at the plush Shangri-la Hotel Jakarta. The theme for the Summit is "Club Management In The Asia Pacific - The Dawn Of A New Era".
"This is a perfect theme for the club industry at this time as the region continues to grow at a dynamic pace - it is an exciting period also because it marks the start of a brand new chapter - the Asia Pacific Chapter of the CMAA," said Singerling.
Singerling will focus his address on the new opportunities that will be created for the club industry with the launch of the Asia Pacific Chapter.
"Our industry is well-positioned to continue expanding the scope and reach of clubs across the countries covered by the Asia Pacific Chapter while also providing jobs and supporting local small businesses", Singerling explained.
"One area that the Asia Pacific Chapter will be focused on will be the elevation of the professional role of club managers by creating industry-standard development and certification programmes which will include efforts to adopt the general manager/chief operating officer model at clubs in the region which will result in raising the qualifications and quality of club managers," he said.
Singerling played a very prominent role in establishing the Asia Pacific Chapter of CMAA and as he views it, "I see only good things happening for the club industry in the region and I am confident that the Asia Pacific Chapter will serve as a strong impetus for the continued growth of the industry".
Prior to becoming chief executive at CMAA, Singerling was a leader in the golf course design and management companies of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., and also served as vice president and general manager of the Coral Ridge Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Singerling has been recognized as Industry Leader of the Year by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and Michigan State University, in addition to receiving awards from Florida State University, Pennsylvania State University, Oklahoma State University and Sun Yat Sin University - China. He also was elected to the Association Committee of 100 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, widely recognized as the most prestigious organization of chief executives in the United States.
Make a definite date to come and listen to the man who is charting a new pathway for growth and expansion of the club industry in Asia at the 2013 Asia Pacific Golf Summit. On-line registration is open - Act now and book your seat!