FDU CMAA Student Chapter Named Student Chapter of the Year

April 6, 2022 – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Club Management Association of America (CMAA) Student Chapter was named Student Chapter of the Year (small chapter) for the second year in a row by the Club Management Association of America.  The announcement was made at the CMAA World Conference in San Diego, CA on February 20, 2022. Four FDU students were in attendance at the conference to receive the award including Matthew Tomko, Emily Berkowitz, Christian Milano, Rachel Lewis.

Students at CMAA World Conference, San Diego, CA. From L to R: Matthew Tomko, Emily Berkowitz, Christian Milano, Rachel Lewis.

According to CMAA, the Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding work and successful accomplishments of our student chapters.  Each winning chapter will receive a $1,000 World Conference registration grant provided by the Club Foundation.

CMAA Student Chapter Executive Board 2021-2022

  • President – Christian “C.J.” Milano
  • Vice President of  Operations – Emily Berkowitz
  • Vice President of Membership – Matthew Tomko
  • Secretary – Rachel Lewis
  • Food and Wine Experience Event Chair – Theodore Nam
  • Faculty Advisor – Kane Pappas

What is the importance of being recognized by CMAA?

“CMAA is the top association in the club industry. The best managers from around the country belong and are highly active– they look at which student chapters perform well. The fact that CMAA recognized FDU as Student Chapter of the Year means these top managers see FDU as a place that produces the club managers of the future. I am so proud of all our members that made this happen. I am also forever grateful to Professor Kane Pappas, our Advisor; James Creamer, our Student Chapter Liaison; Professor Ryan Brennan, our club management professor; and to the entire New Jersey Chapter for supporting our awesome student chapter.”   C.J Milano, President, FDU CMAA Student Chapter.

“The importance of being recognized by CMAA is a true testament to all the hard work and dedication our chapter has put in over the last couple of years. When our chapter first started out, we were small, but with the growth, we have experienced recently, we are making the FDU Student Chapter known! Being recognized by CMAA National is a huge accomplishment and we are thankful to have won Student Small Chapter of the Year.” – Emily Berkowitz, Vice President of Operations, FDU CMAA Student Chapter.

New Jersey Club Management Association

Our student chapter has been fortunate to participate in numerous New Jersey Club Management Association (NJCMA) sponsored events that provide experiential learning opportunities for our students.  We kicked off the school year by volunteering at the New Jersey Club Foundation’s Annual Golf Outing held at Canoe Brook Country Club.  During the fall semester,  student chapter members attended Memberfest at Upper Montclair Country Club, NJCMA’s Annual Meeting at Manasquan River Golf Club and the chapter visited Beacon Hill Club and Mountain Ridge Club for a field trip.   

Students at Beacon Hill

Students visit Beacon Hill Club, Summit NJ. From L to R: James Nguyen, Mackenzie Trigani, Daria Monti, Emily Berkowitz, Kane Pappas, Matthew Tomko, Theodore Nam, Alexander Cedillo, Juliana Shugar, Nicholas Valvo, Alexa Verderame, Anastasia Vogiatzi, Madisyn Donovan, Victoria Bottalico, Rachel Lewis, Briana Klein, Diana Kowalski, Anandita Guha, Sybil Gonzalez Sanchez, Rachel LaPreta, Rachel McHale.

“We are extremely thankful for the professional development opportunities provided by CMAA and NJCMA. Students in CMAA are extremely passionate about the hospitality industry and it is an honor to mentor them and see them grow as young professionals,” said Kane Pappas, Faculty Advisor, 



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