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University of Wisconsin-Stout senior Anna Jones, of Wild Rose, has been interested in the tourism field for a long time. As a young person, she worked in bed and breakfasts in Door County and in Rural, a small town close to her home.
As a result of that early interest, Jones looked for a college offering a hospitality degree, and UW-Stout fit the bill. Jones is majoring in hotel restaurant and tourism management with a specialization in golf enterprise management.
In addition to her studies, she is the president for the student chapter of Club Managers Association of America. She is responsible for arranging club tours, meetings and organizing two major conferences — CMAA National Student Conference and the CMAA World Conference — that club members attend.
Jones and 20 other students in the student CMAA chapter attended the world conference in New Orleans in February.
Other student members attending were Troy Henricks, of Waukesha; Christine Kolberg, of Hayward; Ty Moessner, of Rochester, Minn.; Andrew Fricke, of Winona, Minn.; Travis Chadderdon, of Waseca, Minn.; Kayleigh Apel, of Pardeeville; Dustin Green, of Rosemount, Minn.; Bekka Zuehlke, of Apple Valley, Minn.; Emily Montesano, of Golden Valley, Minn.; Ryan Lundgren, of Duluth, Minn.; Scott Albert, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Cody Pitz, of Valders; Cody Davenport, of Bristol; Fei Xie, of China; Alicia Gallo, of Menomonie; Elisabeth Pogue, of Minneapolis; Brittany Hektner, of Bloomington, Minn.; Matthew Herman, of Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Taylor Ashworth, of Fergus Falls, Minn.; and Dylan Evenson, of Galesville.
Jones received an internship from the Club Foundation for the week of the conference. In this capacity she didn’t attend the sessions but learned by working behind the scenes. “I was able to attend all of the managers’ dinners and network with anyone who was in attendance,” she said. “It was a great experience.”
Her behind-the-scenes work included selling raffle tickets to managers and answering their questions, assisting with a silent auction and registering runners for a 5K run that took place during the convention. She also took part in an audit by answering questions on ways the CMAA could improve.
Through her efforts leading the student chapter, Jones said she has “gained a better sense of leadership and hope people are comfortable to come and talk to me whenever they need insight on the club industry.”
She also has had opportunities to tour clubs and in the summer of 2011 to intern at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. These opportunities have come because of her involvement with CMAA, she said.
Jones will graduate in May and is looking for a permanent position in the club industry. “I am still looking for that perfect job, but it will come soon,” she said.
For more information about the program, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/bshrtm.