I’ve always been impressed with Gary Bernard and I think they made a fantastic choice in naming him executive director of the Canadian PGA.
He has such passion for the association and that’s what we need. Our industry is built on passion and we try to be leaders. I don’t think we would be as successful as a group if we weren’t built on passion.
I sit on three committees at the national level and Gary’s a part of all of those, so every conference call we have, Gary joins in and we always have quite a bit of interaction with him.
That passion will help him in the short term, with the annual general meeting coming up next month and the PACE vote a big part of that. He’s had a lot to do with that, with all the rewrites that have been required.
PACE is a big priority and, if it passes, they will have to react quickly in getting it in place and administered. That’s a huge job.
If PACE goes through in March, things have got to be running pretty smoothly because lots will happen very quickly. With Gary being such a good morale guy, he will get the office going and give the program the support it needs.
It will be interesting at the AGM to see what they lay out as their initiatives, what their game plan is because the more you take on, the more employee support you need at the national office. I also believe there are a lot of members who have a great capacity to get involved and work on different committees to help get things done.
As far as other priorities that he will likely face is getting the Canadian PGA Championship back up and running, but I don’t know where that fits in the overall scheme.
Internal communications with the members will be important. Again, that goes back to PACE because, if it is passed, there are going to be a lot of members trying to figure out where they fit in with the program.
Employment is important to both the zones and the national office – that’s also tied in with PACE.
So, the new executive director has plenty to deal with as soon as he takes office. I feel very comfortable with Gary as a pick because of what could be ahead of us in the near future.