Most Memorable moment you’ve had with the SCGA Foundation?
My most memorable moment with the SCGA Foundation was playing a round of golf with a Youth on Course member. This young man possessed all of the traits that the SCGA Foundation hopes to instill: honesty, integrity, character, confidence and impeccable manners. It was an incredible honor to spend the day with him and experience the positive influence of the Foundation’s efforts.
How did you decide to get involved with the SCGA Foundation?
I moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and wanted to give back to my new community. At the time, the SCGA Foundation Golf Tournament was in its infancy. I felt the opportunity to participate and help build a following for this annual fundraising event would be a great way to combine my desire to give back with my love of golf. Fast forward to this coming November 14 and the Foundation will be hosting their 5th annual tournament. I strongly encourage those that have not done so in the past to get involved and start giving back. The tournament is a great way to get started. In addition to playing golf, participants will have the opportunity to meet fellow supporters from all over Southern California, meet a few of the kids and most importantly help raise thousands of dollars needed to support the Foundation’s programs.
How has golf impacted your personal or professional life?
Golf is the most amazing business tool in existence. Golf is the only activity that allows you to have four uninterrupted hours with a client. It’s those times on the course that have helped me develop and secure long lasting relationships that translated in to loyal and long term customers. I go out of my way to encourage young people to take up golf, and explain this invaluable skill he or she will use down the road in their quest to become successful in business.
Like many, I needed to be educated about volunteering. Thankfully, I learned early about the importance of giving back and its importance to the community. I give back because it makes me feel great to see others succeed and achieve their goals for a better life.