Arthur I. Barajas
Class of ‘92
Hotel & Restaurant Management
South Hills Country Club
Art Barajas began his club management career during his senior year at Cal Poly Pomona. His student internship at Glendora Country Club evolved into a four-year job experience, and during that time, he transitioned from intern to assistant club manager. Barajas furthered his repertoire over the next two years at private for-profit clubs with the American Golf Corporation.
“Perhaps the most important advice I received as an undergraduate was, ‘Get involved and stay involved,' and I repeat this advice to current students,” he says. “Becoming engaged in campus clubs and university government teaches students to interact with people of all ages and levels of power. Student chapters of professional organizations such as the Club Managers Association teach students to network not only with their peers, but also with key industry leaders and potential employers.”
Since graduation, Barajas has developed a diverse and impressive background in private club management with areas of interest including club operations management, golf shop and golf course maintenance, capital projects management, personnel administration, budgeting and more. He has promoted and managed concerns that post between $3.5 million and $11.5 million in annual revenues. Since his days at Cal Poly Pomona, Barajas has been very active with the Club Managers Association of America. He served as historian and president for the student chapter's executive board and is now secretary of the 2006 Southern California Chapter Board of Directors. Barajas is also the Cal Poly Pomona Student Chapter liaison manager for the same organization. His passion for fine wine has led to his lasting involvement with the International Wine Society. He is on its board of managers and will be its chairman for the 2006 World Conference.
At Cal Poly Pomona, Barajas is an enthusiastic member of The Collins School Alumni Chapter and has been president for three years and vice president for two. He maintains a strong presence at his alma mater, connecting with current students through alumni events such as Dinner with Twelve Strangers, Professor for a Day and the Job Shadow Program.
“Cal Poly Pomona gave me an education, and that education led to a successful career in my industry of choice,” says Barajas. “I feel obliged to return the favor and support the university and its programs, and, most importantly, to help mentor current students. After all, one of these days a student that I helped along the way may turn out to be my new boss.”