Virtual Conference Reaches over 500 Industry Professionals
The International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) conducted its first-ever Virtual Conference and Annual Meeting sponsored by Golf Genius. The event welcomed more than 500 individuals representing over 80 associations and industry companies to enjoy three days of networking and education with peers and industry leaders. “Collaboration and learning from others is more important now than ever in the golf industry, and we were thrilled to be able to provide a platform last week for industry professionals to network and engage virtually in 2020. A special thank you goes out to our attendees, speakers and sponsors who made this event possible,” said IAGA Executive Director, Bill Walker.
During the Annual Business Meeting portion of the Conference, it was announced that Jesse Menachem, Executive Director/CEO of Mass Golf, would serve as the 55th president of IAGA.
“I am thrilled to serve as the President of the IAGA and represent our members as we navigate uncertain times in our industry. It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of Mass Golf leaders Richard Haskell, Tom Landry and Joe Sprague, who also served as IAGA presidents. I would be remiss in not thanking the team at Mass Golf for its support, as well as my fellow board members of the IAGA for their confidence.”
Troy Andrew, CEO/ED of Washington Golf (Vice President) and Matt Vanderpool, Executive Director of the Georgia State Golf Association (Secretary/Treasurer) join Menachem as IAGA officers in 2021.
The IAGA also welcomed Chris Montgomery to the Board of Directors as an At-Large member. Chris currently serves as the Senior Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships with the Arizona Golf Association.
“Chris has been a valuable contributor to the IAGA in recent years serving on the Program Committee. We are thrilled to have him involved on our board as a he brings a wealth of knowledge, perspective and experience from his successes both inside and out of our industry,” said Menachem.
Below is a complete listing of the IAGA Board of Directors:
- Jesse Menachem, President (Mass Golf)
- Troy Andrew, Vice President (Washington Golf)
- Matt Vanderpool, Secretary/Treasurer (Georgia State GA)
- Mark Peterson, Immediate Past President (Golf Association of Philadelphia)
- Rob Jansen, Member At Large, (Wisconsin State GA)
- Brian Mahoney, Member At Large (Metropolitan GA)
- Chris Montgomery, Member At Large (Arizona GA)
- Kevin O’Connor, Member At Large (Southern California GA)
- Lisa Overom, Member At Large (Minnesota GA)
About the IAGA
IAGA was formed in 1968 to promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. With those pursuits in mind, the IAGA serves as a medium for golf administrators to exchange information, techniques and other data relating to the game of golf and establish channels of communication among all of the world’s golfing fraternities.
Members are golf administrators of state and regional amateur golf associations and other invited national golf-related organizations. These administrators manage the affairs of their respective golf associations in various capacities. The IAGA has members from the United States Golf Association, Golf Canada, and most of the state and provincial golf associations throughout North America.
The IAGA holds its annual meeting in early November. A host of IAGA members and guest speakers make presentations on golf-related topics. Breakout sessions allow members to interact and discuss specific problems in their fields, and a new Board of Directors is elected during the business meeting.