Clubs & Organizations

There are a number of hospitality-related clubs and organizations that provide student members the opportunity to learn trends in their particular career area from professionals in the field. Student members attend professional events as volunteers, participate in local and national professional conferences, and have frequently meet with industry leaders at local chapter events. Hospitality clubs include:

Club Managers Association (CMA)
CMA strives to support the successful and efficient operation of membership clubs across the country. Its 7,000 members manage over 3,000 private clubs, from country and golf to yacht and athletic clubs.

Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association (CHLA)
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, CHLA represents all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel properties, hotel companies, industry suppliers and student and faculty members.

Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) The CRA’s mission is to represent, educate, and promote a rapidly growing industry that is comprised of 10,000+ restaurant and food service outlets employing more than 230,000 people.

Hospitality Sales & Meeting Management Association International (HSMAI) HSMAI is the organization for hospitality professionals involved in sales, marketing and meeting management. Local, statewide and national meetings and conferences provide participants with the opportunity to network and to sharpen their skills through educational presentations.

International Association of Venue Managers, Inc. (IAVM)
Representing public assembly facilities from around the globe, active members in the IAVM include managers and senior executives from auditorium, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts theaters, and amphitheaters. Member facilities represent huge expenditures of public and private funds. They attract millions of patrons to an astonishing variety of events from football to basketball, from baseball to hockey, from rock concerts to conventions, conferences, ballets — the list is almost endless.

International Special Events Society (ISES)
ISES is the premier professional development organization for the special events industry. Members can learn of critical trends and best practices in the industry and participation in the international conference provides opportunities to meet and network with other event professionals from around the world.

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)
NSMH exists as an interest group on the Denver Campus, but is not yet a fully recognized student group.

Johnson & Wales Hospitality Professionals (JHOP)
This club allows students to attend local and national events to network with industry professionals. Conferences attended by JHOP members include the Governor’s Annual Conference on Tourism, CHLA Annual Conference at the Broadmoor and the Las Vegas Hotel & Restaurant Show. JHOP members often attend monthly luncheon meetings of several of the previously listed hospitality associations.
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