I’ll be in Orlando this week for the PGA Merchandise Show and it promises to be a lot different than what I’ve become accustomed to in the past when I was working at different golf courses.
When I’ve been to the show in the past, I’ve kept a busy and long schedule, but this one is more formal, more buttoned-down. I can’t walk through the show and suddenly decide that I want to see a company’s latest apparel line and make an appointment to do that.
In my new position as CEO of the PGA of Canada, days will start at 7:30 in the morning and we’ll also have meetings at 7 at night. On Thursday, for example, we’ll start at 7:30 and we’ll be at Canada Night at 7-7:30 that evening.
It’s all great stuff and we’ll get a lot done, so I expect it to a fruitful trip. I’ve always seen the show as networking in the past. This is different. It’s still networking, but with a different focus.
There are still plenty of meetings, but with shareholders and partners more than suppliers. I guess you could say it’s the same, only different.
I want to make sure I’m meeting with as many people as possible with so many people gathered in one convention centre at one time, understanding that everyone there has a busy schedule.
I like the fact that we can get a lot of business done. If I’m down there on behalf of the PGA of Canada, I want members to be assured that they’re being well-served while I’m there.
I’ll let you know next week about some of the meetings we have ahead of us in Orlando.