I’m off to meetings this week that follow the Canadian PGA Club Professionals Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla., which offers me a rare chance to talk in person with people from across the country.
For me, it’s good because, due to scheduling, I wasn’t able to make the July meetings, so this will be my first national meeting and I’m looking forward to seeing the process, getting a feel for where we’re heading.
I’ll then bring it back to the Alberta PGA board in early December and we can sit down and say, `Okay, here’s what’s ahead of us over the next six to 10 months.’
From the Alberta point of view, we do some strategic planning and look at portfolios to see who’s doing what and then, it will be back to Florida at the end of January for meetings that coincide with the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. That’s when we’ll have our Presidents Meeting.
These meetings offer rare opportunities to talk directly to people across the country. It’s easy to get caught in your own little bubble and that happens in every industry.
Correspondence is good and you get e-mail updates on a regular basis, but there’s something to be said for sitting down and having breakfast in the morning. I don’t often get the chance to see people from out east.
This is the time of year when we have time to be working on things, so the timing is good for digging into issues and seeing what’s working and what isn’t working. I’ve always been a big believer in learning from one another and that partnerships make you stronger.
Unfortunately, in the six intense months that a golf operation is open, you don’t get much of an opportunity. That’s why I’m looking forward to learning on a national scale.
Not only will we have people from different province and zones in Florida, but also people from different types of clubs – public, resort, private – so your ability to share information is pretty substantial.
I think the two levels connect. The stronger we are as zones, the stronger national is going to be and vice-versa.