PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, October 29, 2020 / PRNewswire / – Jim richerson, PGA was elected the 42nd President of the PGA of America today at the Association’s 104th Annual Meeting, held virtually for the first time due to the global pandemic.
Richerson, from Scottsdale, Arizona, is Senior Vice President of Operations for Troon and a member of the Southwest PGA Chapter. He succeeds Suzy whaley, who completed her two-year term as President and is now Honorary President of the PGA. Succeeding Richerson as Vice President is John lindert, PGA, of Grand Ledge, Michigan. Don Rea, PGA, of Gilbert, Arizona, was elected the new secretary of the PGA.
President of the PGA Jim richerson is part of a team tasked to help oversee the day-to-day management of Troon’s expanding portfolio, serving over 35 locations and over 470 golf courses, with properties located in over 40 states and 30 countries.
“Together with the officers and executive directors of the 41 PGA Sections, we are committed to providing resources to help raise and advance PGA members across the country, while continuing to grow the game,” said Richerson. “This year has presented us with many obstacles, but the passion and resilience of the PGA members has helped move millions of people through providing them with an unparalleled experience that only golf can provide. As we step into a new year, our goal is to continue to engage. our members and chapters to ensure that PGA Professionals and Associates have the tools and resources to continue to lead this game … every day and in every way. “
Previously, Richerson was elected PGA Vice-President in 2018. When Richerson was elected PGA Secretary as a member of the PGA Wisconsin Chapter in 2016, he became the first PGA Wisconsin member to be elected as national leader of the Association.
A member of the PGA Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015, representing District 6, Richerson also served on the PGA Wisconsin Chapter as an officer and board member. In addition, he was chairman of the Wisconsin Education Committee and a member of the board of directors of the Wisconsin State Golf Association. During his tenure as District 6 Director, Richerson served as Chairman of the National Properties Committee, as a member of the National Budget and National Investment Committees, and continues as a member of the PGA.com Advisory Board. . He received the 2013 and 2016 Golf Professional of the Year award from the PGA of Wisconsin, the 2011 Section Professional Development Award * and the 2012 Bill Strausbaugh Award.
John lindert, PGA, of Grand Ledge, Michigan, was elected to succeed Richerson as PGA Vice President. A member of the PGA for more than 35 years and inducted into the PGA Michigan Section Hall of Fame in 2019, Lindert is the PGA Director of Golf / COO at the Country Club of Lansing, Michigan. He served on the PGA Board of Directors as District 5 Director from 2016 to 2018. Lindert served as Michigan PGA Chapter President from 2010 to 2011 and served on four PGA National Committees: Group President work on governance (2017); Members (2008-present); Control Board (President 2018-2020; 2009-13); and special prices (2006-07).
Lindert was honored as the 2009 Michigan PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year and also received the Section Professional Development Award (2015) *; Player Development Award (2013); Dealer of the Year Award – Private Installations (2010); and Bill strausbaugh Price (2008).
He has competed in the PGA Professional Championship five times. Additionally, Lindert was the Toledo Chapter stroke play champion and competed in the University of Arizona Golf team.
Don Rea Jr., PGA, was elected to replace Lindert as PGA Secretary. Rea is the owner and general manager of Augusta Ranch Golf Club, a public golf course, in Mesa, Arizona, which was rated “Best Executive Golf Course in Arizona” speak Arizona Republic and selected as “Host Club of the Year” by the Arizona Women’s Golf Association. A member of the Southwest PGA Chapter, Rea served on the PGA of America National Board of Directors from 2016-19. Elected as President of the Southwest PGA Chapter from 2013-2014, Rea was also a member of the PGA Board of Directors. Southwest PGA section, National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) and Arizona Tourism Alliance. On the PGA Board of Directors, he chaired the Junior Golf Committee and worked with the Coaching and Player Development and Community Golf Committees.
Since 2012, Rea has owned Your Course Consulting. Additionally, Rea founded Community Course Rescue Services, LLC in 2017. Rea spent nine years as a minor league baseball umpire, moving to Triple-A. In addition, he has refereed several spring training games for Major League Baseball.
Rea received the 2012 Southwest PGA Section Bill Strausbaugh Award and the 2011 Section President’s Plaque. He resides with his wife, Karen, in Gilbert, Arizona, and has two children, Don III and Katie.
The PGA Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Association and 19 directors. The Trustees include representatives from each of the 14 PGA Districts, three independent Trustees, an At-Large Director and a PGA Tour member. New district directors are elected by their representative sections of the PGA.
* Previously called the Horton Smith Prize
SOURCE PGA of America