A “who’s who” of leading club managers, including FSU alums Chris Borders (Atlanta Athletic Club) and Nick Sidorakis (Southern Hills Country Club) will participate in a Founder’s Leadership Summit for the school’s PGA Golf Management Program in the Dedman School of Hospitality.
Florida State University (FSU) will mark the tenth anniversary of its PGA Golf Management Program (PGM) with a two-day Founder’s Leadership Summit, to be held on its Tallahassee, Fla., campus on November 1-2. Six leading club managers, including FSU alums Chris Borders (General Manager of Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga.) and Nick Sidorakis (General Manager of Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.) will participate in the program. Other General Managers invited to participate in the event include Chris Berlin of Oakland Hills Country Club, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; Greg DeRosa, The Olympic Club, San Francisco; Bill Hughes, TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Jordi Tarrida, Turnberry Golf Resort, Scotland.
The Founder’s Event program will provide learning and networking opportunities for FSU students including a roundtable discussion on “Club/Golf Leadership Challenges for the Next Three to Five Years.” A panel discussion on leadership issues will also be facilitated by John Patrick, host of “The Augusta Golf Show” that airs on six ESPN-affiliate radio stations in the Southeast.
To close the Founder’s Event agenda, Ken Creely, co-founder of FSU’s PGM program, will present scholarship awards to program students.
“Our goal is for our students to become general managers of the world’s top golf organizations,” said Bob Brymer, the Cecil B. Day Professor of Management at FSU, and PGM co-founder. “To meet and network with people of such a high caliber lets them see that they can do it, too.”
Housed in the nationally ranked Dedman School of Hospitality, an independent, industry-specific school administered by the FSU College of Business, FSU’s PGA Golf Management program is one of only 19 accredited nationwide by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) that graduates PGA Class A Golf Professionals. The program allows students to acquire business and hospitality skills ranging from hospitality finance to human resource management. It is housed at a championship golf course with state-of-the-art practice facilities, classrooms and a golf shop and restaurant facility.