News Release
Jan. 19, 2016

CEOs to hold roundtable discussion at 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America event focuses on key industry topics

Lawrence, Kan. (Jan. 19, 2016) - Leaders of top golf organizations will join together from 3-4 p.m. Feb. 10 for “CEO Roundtable: Issues and Answers” at the 2016 Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Organized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and presented in partnership with the National Golf Course Owners Association, the annual Golf Industry Show (GIS) is golf course management’s largest trade show and education conference.

The CEO panel will include chief executive officers Rhett Evans of the GCSAA, Peter Bevacqua of the PGA of America, Jay Karen of the National Golf Course Owners Association, and Jeff Morgan of the Club Managers Association of America. Geoff Shackelford, a contributor to Golf Digest and the Golf Channel, will moderate. 

The program will allow these leaders to share their organizations' specific insights on key industry challenges, including water use, player development and delivering profitability. It will also give the golf industry the opportunity to showcase how allied organizations are working together to strengthen advocacy efforts with governmental policy makers and communicate with golfers of all ages.

“We want to take a look at the key initiatives and challenges that are affecting the golf industry and demonstrate that the leading organizations are committed to working together for the long-term success of the game,” said Evans. “We can’t meet our challenges in a vacuum, and we have to understand each other’s concerns and work together to be successful.”

The 2016 GIS, set for Feb. 6-11, will carry the theme “Everything Under the Sun” and will include the GCSAA Golf Championships, followed by four days of an innovative education conference and trade show at the San Diego Convention Center. The nearly weeklong event is designed for the association’s 17,500 members, golf facility owners and managers, and the industries that market to those facilities. 

More than 500 exhibitors are expected, with most coming from the four sectors of equipment, turf applications, golf carts and accessories. The GIS also features marquee events with entertainment, networking and recognition of award winners and industry leaders, including Herbert V. Kohler, executive chairman of Kohler Co., this year’s recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award. 

“This is truly the place to be if you are in the golf course management field, as a golf facility owner or an industry partner,” said Evans.

The show is being held in San Diego for the third time in seven years. It was also held in San Diego in 2010 and 2013.The next events are scheduled for Orlando in 2017 and San Antonio in 2018.

The GIS is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the National Golf Foundation and the United States Golf Association. For more information, visit www.golfindustryshow.com

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring the GCSAA Golf Championships and the GCSAA Education Conference, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders. 

The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The 2016 event will be held Feb. 6-11 at the San Diego Convention Center. Visit www.golfindustryshow.com

Media contact

 
Craig Smith
Director, Communications and Media Relations
800-472-7878
csmith@gcsaa.org