Members of the Golf Consultants Association (GCA) will be out in force next week, passing on their expertise to delegates at Harrogate during one of the busiest weeks in the industry’s calendar.
Both the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) and the Golf Business and Industry Convention (GolfBIC), take place at the Harrogate International Centre from January 17-21. And GCA members are active in presenting seminars, conferences and workshops across both events.
Trainer, performance consultant and motivational speaker Frank Newberry is a busy man at the Continue to Learn educational programme, presenting sessions called ‘Stop Telling Your Team – Start Transforming Your Team’; ‘Appraising Your Mates at Work’; and ‘Problem Solving and Decision Making in Work Teams’.
Meanwhile, Jerry Kilby CCM, a consultant with Kanda Golf Marketing Services, is presenting two workshops: ‘The Business of Golf – A Course Managers’ Guide’, and ‘Managing Upwards’.
And Tom Searle, the managing director of Britrisk Safety, presents ‘Activate the 10 Top Health & Safety Quick Wins at Your Golf Club’.
GCA chairman Howard Swan, an architect with the family practice of Swan Golf Designs – who has been presenting design masterclasses to greenkeepers throughout the UK and Europe for more than 35 years – will present a workshop titled ‘Renovating Your Golf Course’.
He said: “When you look at the number of GCA members hosting seminars and presentations at such events it reinforces what we already know about the association: that it holds a uniquely strong position in terms of golf expertise and what it can offer to the golf industry as a whole. I’m very proud that so many members are seen as the ‘go-to’ experts in their field.”
Members are also active at GolfBIC, from January 20-21, which is hosted by keen golfer and BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty.
Mark Smith, the principal of Smith Leisure, will host a seminar which will advise how clubs can minimise the effects of the forthcoming national business rates revaluation.
And Kilby continues his week by representing his new joint venture, British Putting, in a seminar titled ‘Commercialising Your Putting Green’.
The GCA, formed in 1999, is unique in the UK in its ability to make available a team of highly-respected and experienced golf industry professionals to see any phase of a project through from conception to end.
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