Last week, I mentioned that I would update everyone on some of the meetings we have scheduled at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando.
At various times, we’ll be meeting with members of different PGAs from around the world, from Australia, South Africa and Europe, mostly for idea-sharing and networking.
They’ll all be individual meetings, with so many people gathered in Orlando for the show, whether it be with CEOs or any staff members of the respective PGAs.
They’re on and off informal meetings at the convention centre, but I think valuable because we all learn so much from each other.
One of my first duties after taking the position as CEO of the PGA of Canada was attending the PGA of America’s annual general meeting in November. We’re already working on some projects together and we can expand on that going forward. These meetings can be the start of something.
The PGA of Canada is held in high regard around the world, but it’s give and take when it comes to idea sharing. We not only can offer something, we can also learn from somebody else’s experiences.
On Thursday at the show, we have our PGA of Canada Night at the Orange County Convention Center, but we’re also meeting with the presidents of every zone across Canada.
I know most of them, but not all, personally and this is the first time we’ve had a chance to sit down with everybody at once. Steve Wood, Mark Patterson and Tom Monaghan and I are looking forward to collaboration and communication.
We want to make sure we’re all on the same page. I work for PGA members across Canada, as do all executive directors and, in a sense, presidents.
On that note, we’ll be talking about what’s in the best interests of our members. We’re getting the conversation started.
Since taking this position, I’ve had several calls, touched base and had discussions with our officers of the PGA of Canada, but it’s nice to get everyone in a room. It’s good for everyone to put a face to a name. This is the first time I’ve met with all the zones at one time.
We’ll be discussing items such as education and member services and it’s also a time to discuss best practices across Canada.
Thursday’s meeting is a meet-and-greet and while philosophies that we discuss are a great first step, the next step is to have all of the executive directors in the loop because they’re the ones who execute things.
On Saturday morning, we have out board of directors meeting at a hotel near the convention centre., where we’ll be discussing topics such as member services, education and fiscal responsibility and go through every department at the national office, with updates on national championships, pilot projects and national programs in place or being considered.
We’ll also discuss findings and items brought up at the meetings I mentioned earlier.
Those are just a few of the meetings we’ll be attending while we’re down here and while it may be long days, the experience and results of those meetings should be invaluable.