One reason that I look forward to at our Alberta PGA buying show is catching up with people, hearing who’s doing what, what worked and what didn’t. It’s just networking.
Every year, I say to myself that I’m going to get around and see six or eight other golf courses in the summer, see how things are going and see some different shops.
Not a chance, especially with the weather in this area being such a disaster this year.
When it’s pouring rain, misery doesn’t like company in this case and when it’s nice, we’re busier than usual as everybody is scrambling to catch up.
Throughout the summer, I see people who are close to me. We’ve got our own little network of people in this area who we talk to all the time and I know Edmonton is the same way with networks of people who talk among themselves.
One great thing about being president of the association is that there were a few events where I got to go and hand out the cheque or whatever, so I got to see people there. You’ve also got your core group of people on the board.
However, I think most of us are the same way in that we don’t see many people unless we’re going to a meeting or playing in an event, which I don’t do much of anymore.
What’s neat about the golf industry is that we’re not afraid to share information. That’s what I get the most out of during the show, along with just plain old catching-up with people.
It’s a nice change of scenery. Of course, it’s all about what’s new and the search for that hidden gem and that’s all good too.
It’s also nice to touch base with the suppliers, but honestly, over the summer, I’ll see more reps making sales calls than other golf professionals, who you may talk to on the phone about various topics.
I’ll walk into the show and for the first two hours, I’ll be talking to people. I’ll get a feeling for what the suppliers and peers think about the next year. There’s a lot of knowledge in that room to tap into at the shows.
It’s those break-out sessions when people have a coffee or lunch together when you find out how people’s years went and what they’re seeing on the horizon.