Jason Hiland – What it’s like starting, managing, and growing an OEM in the golf industry, The direct-to-consumer model and why it’s the future of business, What Sub70 does, that sets them apart from other companies in the business. BONUS: the complete design process of a golf club from start to finish – from idea, to concept, design, manufacturing, build, tweaking and finished product.
Suzy Whaley - Successful multitasking, being a role model, and what it's like being the first female President of the PGA of America.
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"I'm proud of the fact I'm the first female President, but at the same time I hope that as we move forward it doesn't matter."
Suzy Whaley (T: @suzywhaley, I: mammawhales, FB: @suzypgapresident) has been successful at everything she’s ever done. In additional to being the President of the PGA of America (and the first female President ever!), she is also the current PGA Director of Instruction at the Country Club of Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as well as the PGA Director of Instruction for Suzy Whaley Golf. Her career is long and distinguished. After playing for the University of North Carolina women’s golf team she quickly moved on to become a member of the LPGA Tour in the early 1990’s. When that didn’t work out, she worked with the Jim Flick Golf Schools before becoming a Head Golf Professional at Blue Fox Run in Avon, Connecticut. She transitioned back into coaching & instruction and has received many awards along the way; 10x Golf Digest State Teacher of the Year, 2x Connecticut Teacher of the Year, LPGA Top 50 Instructor, Golf Digest Top 50, GOLF’s ‘Top 100 Coaches in America’ plus many more.
During her career she somehow managed to juggle raising a family, run a golf business and still play competitively. In 2003 she played so well she qualified for the PGA Tour’s Greater Hartford Open, becoming the first female to play in a PGA Tour event in more than 50 years. After that she maintained her fine play by winning numerous local, state, and regional events, competed in the 2002 & 2005 PGA Professional Championship’s and to top it off, her and her husband, Bill, have raised two great girls that are both fantastic golfers.
How does she continue being so successful and where does she find the time to do it all? In this episode we discuss that, how she views herself as a role model being the first female officer and President of the PGA and a lot more.
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