Governance

Board of Directors

The Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board’s responsibility is to lead the organization in serving its members by setting direction, overseeing policies, safeguarding the organization, and serving as ambassadors of our mission.

Letter from the Chairman

Michael Meagher

Dear Sommelier and Hospitality Community,

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the home of the Court of Master Sommeliers-Americas, an institution dedicated to setting the global standards of excellence in beverage service.

As the Chair of the Board of Directors, I couldn’t be more excited about the transformative impact our organization provides for individuals aspiring to improve themselves in order to provide amazing hospitality.

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just beginning your journey, the CMS-A is a place where passion meets purpose. Here, you’ll find a vibrant assemblage of inspiring individuals, all dedicated to the art and science of exceptional service.

As the hospitality industry emerges from the struggles of the global pandemic, we are seeing a new dining landscape emerge. The CMS-A is working to ensure that sommeliers, beverage professionals, and all those with a passion for hospitality will be at the forefront of that change.

As you embark on your own remarkable journey, remember that you are not just a student or candidate within our organization—you are becoming part of a community that shares a commitment to raising the bar in the hospitality industry. Embrace the challenges, immerse yourself in the learning experiences, and cherish the camaraderie. Together, we will shape the future.

I raise a glass to you, and look forward to celebrating your success!

Yours in Service,

Michael Meagher MS
Chairman of the Board
Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas

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