Jim Richerson, PGA, Announces Candidacy for Secretary of PGA of America
Experience from all levels of golf industry provide Richerson keen insight and perspective to offer the National Office
KOHLER, Wis. – January 14, 2016 – Jim Richerson, PGA, proudly announced his candidacy for National Secretary of the PGA of America. Richerson, General Manager and Group Director of Golf for Kohler Co. currently oversees Kohler’s global golf operations at Destination Kohler (Kohler, Wis.) – home to Major Championship courses Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run – and The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa (St Andrews, Scotland) – home to the revered heathland course The Duke’s and host hotel for the 2015 Open Championship. Recently completing a three-year term on the PGA of America’s National Board of Directors, Richerson looks forward to the next steps in strategically helping grow the game and the overall business of golf.
“I’ve had the great honor to serve in a variety of leadership roles on the local, state, regional and national levels, and alongside some of the best and brightest in the industry.” said Richerson, “I’m eager to put my experience to work for the organization, further fostering love for the game of golf and serving the dedicated people behind it.”
Learning the game from his father Bill, a college golf coach and professor at Northeast Missouri State University, Richerson grew up with a life-long appreciation for the game that has shaped and guided his 25-plus-year career. Along this journey, Richerson has had the opportunity to work at several different types of golf facilities in nine different PGA sections throughout the country and for and alongside some of the best golf minds in the industry.
In addition, he’s had in-depth experience with managing Major Championships having been on the Executive Committee for four of the last six Majors hosted by Kohler Co. – the most recent 2015 PGA Championship being the highest grossing event in PGA history, breaking records for combined ticket and corporate hospitality sales. He is now intimately involved in the planning for the upcoming 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.
“I have had the privilege of working with Jim on our Board of Directors since his election in 2010. I highly value his opinion as he always has the information to support it,” said Brian Baus, Vice President, Wisconsin PGA Section. “Jim is a leader in every sense of the word. Everything he does focuses on the PGA Professional, the PGA of America, and growing the game. If we all can incorporate a tiny portion of what Jim does for golf into our everyday lives, our industry will be much better off.”
Richerson’s vision for golf and the PGA of America is steeped in growing the game of golf and supporting the members through strong education and development, as well as making strategic fiscal decisions for the future of the organization. Should Richerson be elected as Secretary, he will hold office for two years and then remain on the board in the roles of Vice President and President over the next six years.