Minnesota PGA Leadership Summit
The Minnesota PGA hosted its first ever Leadership Summit featuring five of the most accomplished professionals in the nation at Edina Country Club on November 7-8. The list of guest speakers included Cary Cozby of Southern Hills Country Club, Kurt Kuebler of the Search and Consulting firm Kopplin, Kuebler and Wallace, Scott Nye of Merion Golf Club, Jeff Simonds of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Brendan Walsh of The Country Club.
“We have learned over the years that some of the best learning opportunities come from our peers,” said CJ Meyer, Co-Chair on the Education Committee of the Minnesota PGA.
“Spending two days learning from these accomplished professionals was extremely beneficial to our membership,” added Meyer’s Co-Chair on the committee, Jay Meyerhoff.
The two-day leadership summit provided presentations from each of the aforementioned professionals followed by question and answer sessions where our professionals had the opportunity to learn from the best. The topics discussed ranged from leadership strategies to tips for the interviewing process to operational techniques. Each speaker shared success stories and career advice captivating the attention of the 88 local professionals in attendance.
“Our presenters so generously donated their time and shared an invaluable amount of their wisdom,” said Nathan Ollhoff, Head Golf Professional at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. “They were a great example of some of the best professionals in the country willing to share their thoughts on leadership and best practices. I was so happy to see Minnesota professionals so engaged in an effort to make themselves as well as their operations better.”
This was not only a rewarding experience for the attendees but the presenters as well. Walsh, Head Professional at The Country Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass., was able to reunite with Ollhoff; a former Assistant and pupil of his.
“This was a great experience,” said Walsh. “I met a lot of terrific people who were engaged and truly interested in learning.”
In addition to the five presenters, Kim Burt, Vice President of Golf and Tennis at Ralph Lauren, gave an insightful presentation on merchandising and buying trends and strategies that our professionals could use to benefit their respective facilities. She covered other topics including in-shop presentation and customer service, dressing for success and the importance of industry partnerships as well.
It was a tremendous two days and our professionals left better because of it.
“Our leadership is committed to serving our PGA members,” said CEO Jeffrey Hintz. “We aim to provide our members with the best opportunities possible, so our mission of growing the game remains at the center of everything we do.”