What do you enjoy most about recruiting businesses to become Chamber members?
It is interesting to get to talk to all different types, sizes and varieties of businesses from across the state, as well as learning about their needs and issues and how we can help them.
What is the most fascinating thing you have learned from working in your region?
It is very diverse. There is density in the Indianapolis, Evansville and Columbus areas, but there is a wide variation of businesses. It is remarkable to see how these companies can be so different, yet similar.
Evansville is an area that produces plastics and was once considered the plastics capital of the world. I have met with business leaders in that industry, and it has been interesting to know how those companies work and operate.
How was your position at Cummins different from what you do at the Chamber?
At Cummins, I was an account manager, and I was the point of contact between customers and the company. Similarly, at the Chamber I am the point of contact for membership questions for my region.
The one difference is that at Cummins, I only had to maintain relationships for one company. At the Chamber, I could be talking to and growing relationships with multiple businesses at the same time. My position here is broader than what I did at Cummins.
What made you want to be a golf pro?
My dad was a golf pro, so for most of my childhood I was around the golf business. I probably spent an unhealthy amount of my childhood on a golf course. Today, I enjoy golf as a hobby.
Being a golf pro was a great experience, and I learned a lot. As a pro, I learned everything from the relationship side of working with people every day to operations of a multi-million dollar club to the finances. It is a jack-of-all-trades kind of job because you have to do anything and everything to keep the club running.
Which golf course is your favorite?
I have had the opportunity to play at the Pete Dye Golf Course in French Lick. It is an outstanding course, and probably the best course in the state. However, my favorite course is the Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus. I worked there as a golf pro for three seasons, and it is a traditional course that is also challenging and fair. I know the people there, and I like them and the atmosphere.
Favorite movie: Caddyshack
Favorite childhood TV show: Seinfeld
Favorite possession: golf clubs
Favorite book: A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Favorite vacation spot: Bermuda
Favorite food: Papa Roux’s po-boy sandwich