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Scott Geary is the CEO of the Georgia PGA section and the Executive Director of PGA REACH Georgia Foundation. Originally from Wisconsin, Scott began his career with an internship at the American Junior Golf Association in 2011. He held multiple roles within the AJGA before starting his current position with the Georgia PGA in 2021.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [2:24] Scott Geary’s background and journey from interning at AJGA to leading the Georgia PGA
  • [6:58] The mission of PGA REACH Georgia and its efforts to impact lives through golf
  • [8:50] How PGA HOPE empowers military members through golf
  • [12:59] Essential leadership principles that guide Scott in his role at Georgia PGA
  • [15:20] The value of fulfilling commitments and maintaining integrity with partners
  • [21:41] How to engage board members and maximize the impact of nonprofit organizations
  • [24:13] Scott’s hope for a changed and diverse future in golf
  • [26:08] Strategies for integrating diversity initiatives into established golf programs

In this episode…

How does a love for golf translate into a powerful movement for change? Can the sport of leisure also become a touchstone for community development and diversity?

According to Scott Geary, a seasoned leader in the golf industry, a passion for golf can drive significant social impact by creating programs that connect the game to broader community goals. He highlights the importance of initiatives like PGA HOPE for veterans and partnerships aimed at introducing young girls to golf. These efforts enhance inclusivity, create career opportunities, and build stronger community ties through the game. By strategically engaging with communities and focusing on impactful programs, golf can transcend its traditional role and become a catalyst for positive change.

In this episode of WRK & WIN, host Corinne Milien sits down with Scott Geary, CEO of the Georgia PGA section and the Executive Director of PGA REACH Georgia Foundation, to discuss leadership, diversity, and growth in golf. They dive into Scott’s journey in the golf industry, his strategies for engaging board members and fostering strong partnerships, and his vision for a more inclusive and vibrant golf community in Georgia.

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Quotable Moments:

  • “Use the wheel, just in a different area, don’t reinvent it.”
  • “Fast pay makes best friends.”
  • “Golf should look different in Georgia after I’m done.”
  • “Development starts with people, and leading means empowering them to make decisions.”
  • “Building relationships in golf is about doing what you say you’re going to do.”

Action Steps:

  1. Create a personal board of directors for guidance: A personal board of directors offers diverse perspectives and wisdom, addressing the challenge of isolated decision-making.
  2. Engage board members with a passion for your mission: Passionate board members invest deeper, ensuring effective governance and successful fundraising efforts.
  3. Empower teams by delegating ownership: Delegation increases accountability and personal investment in success, fostering a more committed and productive workforce.
  4. Implement programs with established success blueprints: Leveraging proven frameworks avoids unnecessary risks and accelerates the impact of new initiatives.
  5. Communicate honestly and act promptly with stakeholders: Timely and transparent communication solidifies trust and strengthens professional relationships, leading to mutual success.

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