The Bruno Event Team (BET) has announced that Sean Van Kesteren has been promoted to assistant vice president and senior director of its golf division in Canada.
BET currently works with the Manulife LPGA Classic, held each year in Cambridge, Ont., and the Shaw Charity Classic PGA Tour Champions event in Calgary, along with a a variety of other high-profile tournaments.
Van Kesteren joined Bruno Event Team in 2013 as executive director of the Shaw Charity Classic, which has raised $13.7 million to date for children’s charities across Alberta in four years.
“Sean is a strong leader in our company and he has played a significant role in the success of some of our biggest events and the growth we’ve had in Canada,” said Sean Sovacool, president of Bruno Event Team’s golf division.
“Last year was truly one of our best years in the company’s history and while we are grateful for his service, we are even more excited about where he will continue to take Bruno Event Team in the coming years.”
Before joining the Shaw Charity Classic, Van Kesteren held a number of senior leadership positions at Golf Canada, including managing director of professional championships, tournament director of the Canadian Women’s Open and Canadian Women’s Tour and director of rules and amateur competitions.
He was a member of the LPGA’s Tournament Owners Association board and has officiated, attended and conducted more than 150 professional and amateur golf championships.
Van Kesteren attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia on a golf scholarship earning a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management during which time he gained experience working for the American Junior Golf Association and Pinehurst Golf and Country Club.
Moving forward, Van Kesteren will continue his role as executive director of the Shaw Charity Classic, while continuing to grow business efforts throughout Canada.