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  • Writer's pictureHeather Arias De Cordoba

Aaron Wagner, Grosse Pointe Yacht Club GM Receives Prestigious Professional Designation

December 13, 2023

Aaron Wagner CCM, General Manager of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI has been awarded with the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation by the Club Management Association of America (CMAA). The CCM designation indicates that a club management professional has completed a rigorous course of study and training and shows a dedication to proficiency and expertise in club management.

Established in 1965, the CCM designation is the hallmark of professionalism in club management. It is a valuable, internationally recognized, and widely-respected mark of an individual’s long-term commitment to professional development and the club industry.

In order to receive the CCM designation, one must invest time (over 6 years of study) in specified educational requirements through the Business Management Institutes, attend the World Conferences on Club Management, and maintain activity within their local chapter. After these conditions have been met, the individual must pass the CCM Exam.

Aaron Wagner was approved by the Certification Committee of CMAA after successfully passing an extensive certification examination on club operations. Through the Certified Club Manager designation, CMAA encourages the education and advancement of its members and assists club officers and members in securing the most efficient and successful club operations available.

About Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

It is hard to miss the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club when driving down Lakeshore. The eye-catching structure and glorious property serve as a second home to many Grosse Pointers during every season.

Offering a variety of membership types, the club welcomes and attracts members of all ages. GPYC General Manager, Aaron Wagner said the club features an active, boating, membership for those who would like to harbor a boat at the club and a social membership for just about everything else.

“The GPYC is a family club, and you don’t necessarily have to be a boater to join,” Wagner said. “In fact, thanks to the vast array of programs, most of our members are social members. The GPYC is also a 12-month club. We don’t shut down in the winter. We are vibrant with activity all year.”

Being open year-round, GPYC’s list of activities spans from boating to bowling to ice skating. Wagner said the club is known for entertainment and enjoyment. “The best part of our club is the culture and community,” he added. “You can have historic and beautiful clubhouses, grounds, and amazing programs, but the glue that holds it all together is the member culture. We are ‘the fun club’ and we are very family friendly.”

In addition to the dedicated team, the club has put more than $10 million into projects and updates during the last five years.

“The Grosse Pointe Yacht Club has an amazing history steeped in tradition and excellence,” he noted. “Our Board of Directors, management team and our general membership are all very aligned with the vision of where the club is headed. There is a real commitment to strive to be the best we can be.” Wagner fell in love with GPYC as a busboy at age 16, and since has been able to watch others do the same. He is proud of GPYC’s positive impact on the community.

To learn more, visit or visit @officalgpyc on Instagram.

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