Carolinas Chapter Announces Patricia Calder, CCM, CCE as New Managing Director


On behalf of the Carolinas Chapter Board, I would like to announce Patricia Calder, CCM, CCE, as our new Managing Director for the Carolinas Chapter of CMAA.  Many of you may already know Patricia.  I personally have tremendous admiration for her many career accomplishments in club management and for her dedicated service to our chapter for the last 24 years.  Patricia will serve our Chapter from her home office near Greenville, SC, and she will begin this new role on Monday, May 9.


Patricia brings a wealth of CMAA knowledge to this position.  She has been a part of the Carolinas Chapter since 1992, and she has served in a variety of roles both on a chapter level as well as on several national committees.  Patricia served on the Carolinas Chapter Board from 1993-1999 and was the Carolinas Chapter President 1998-1999.  She was a Founding Member of the Carolinas Club Foundation, served on the CCF Board from 2011-2014, and was Foundation President 2013-2014.  In 1999, she was awarded the Club Manager of the Year Award, and in 2013 she was awarded the Excellence in Club Management Award.  Before coming to the Carolinas, she was President of the Virginias Chapter CMAA and served on the Virginias Board 1988-1992. 

Patricia has enjoyed a very distinguished career in the club industry.  While a member of the Carolinas Chapter, she served as general manager at Thornblade Club, Coral Bay Club, and the Country Club of Charleston, and has mentored countless young managers in the art of club management.  Prior to coming to the Carolinas, she was a manager at Richmond Country Club and the Commonwealth Club in Richmond, VA.  Since leaving active club management last year, she has been very involved in a variety of philanthropic efforts, pursing her desire to become further engaged in non-profit management.  Not only does this role with the Carolinas Chapter provide her an opportunity to pursue her dreams, but it also perfectly aligns our chapter with a seasoned and talented professional who is already in step with our chapter’s mission. 

She says, “I know that the Carolinas Chapter CMAA is an incredible organization of unique individuals within our industry. CMAA ‘Chapter of the Year’ accolades are not achieved easily, yet we have been awarded this honor year after year.  I am proud to be a member of the Carolinas Chapter and can imagine nothing more gratifying than being able to serve its members as Managing Director.”

In addition to her service with CMAA, Patricia has been very active with charitable and community organizations throughout her professional career.  Patricia’s home is in Greenville, SC, and her hobbies include serving on the board of Vested Partners (an organization that breeds, raises, and trains German Shepherds to work with children with autism and people with physical disabilities), working with the St. Francis Hospital Foundation, travel, and an occasional skydiving adventure.

Patricia has set very clear goals for her new role and promises to provide valuable consistency to overall chapter management. With her 24 years of direct Carolinas Chapter experience, she will also provide a unique historical perspective.  Patricia has proven herself as a mentor to young managers and is known by her previous staff and Boards for being a consensus builder.  Patricia possesses a great deal of talent in strategic planning, projects and event management.  Whether it was building a new clubhouse, working on the CMAA national long range planning committee, or hosting a national golf tournament at her club, she has proven her ability time and time again. 

Through the years, she has helped lay the foundation for building the wonderful relationship we now share with you through our Carolinas Sponsorship Program.  As a former President of both the Carolinas Chapter and the Carolinas Club Foundation, Patricia truly appreciates our Chapter’s important strategic alliance with you.  She recognizes that your support allows us to further enhance the quality of education and programming that we can provide for our members.  As a respected 30-year career club manager, Patricia also brings a unique understanding of how managers and vendors can work together to find exciting solutions for their club’s specific needs.  Please feel free to reach out to her at

I sincerely appreciate the diligence of both Tom Delozier, CCM and Jim Sutton, CCM, CCE, as they worked tirelessly through this entire search process with me.  The Carolinas Chapter Board unanimously agrees that Patricia Calder, CCM, CCE will serve our membership well, and she will keep our chapter moving forward to new levels of excellence. 

I would also be remiss if I did not thank Kelly Dixon, our Chapter Administrator for doing an amazing job carrying our Chapter through this busy transition period.  I am extremely grateful for all of her hard work, and her tireless efforts.  When we first began the search for a new Managing Director, Kelly made it clear that she would do whatever it took to help us through the transition, but her personal desire was to cut back on her Chapter work hours as soon as possible in order to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests.  We sincerely appreciate all she has done, and all that she will continue to do in order to make this a seamless transition for Patricia.  Please join me in extending a sincere thanks to Kelly, and please join me in welcoming Patricia Calder, CCM, CCE as our new Managing Director. 

Best Regards,

David Dew, CCM, CCE


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