Golf News for Monday, June 27, 2005 | People

John Plaziak named PING National Sales Manager

Phoenix, Ariz. -- John Plaziak, PING southeast regional manager since 2001, has been appointed PING National Sales Manager, effective immediately, according to Pat Loftus, Vice-President of Sales & Marketing for the Phoenix-based company.

Plaziak is a 15-year veteran of the golf industry in which he's held various sales and sales management positions. His new role includes leading and managing the efforts of a 66-member domestic sales team charged with providing the most value-added and professional sales and service in the industry. This role will also include heading up various national accounts.

"In John's time with PING, he's demonstrated an ability to guide and direct field representatives while servicing the needs of our customers and the PING brand in a consistent and professional manner," said Loftus. "Superior service is one of the ways we differentiate our company. John recognizes the tremendous value of that and will continue to lead and grow that effort."

Plaziak resides in Atlanta with his wife and two children.

Company background

PING designs, manufactures and markets a complete line of golf equipment including metal woods, irons, putters and golf bags. The family-owned company was founded in 1959 in the garage of the late Karsten Solheim, a mechanical engineer with an extensive background in the aerospace and computer industries. His frustration with his putting inspired him to design his own putter, which created a "pinging" sound when striking a golf ball. This sound was the source of the name now synonymous with innovation, quality and service throughout the world of golf. Solheim and his company are credited with numerous innovations that became industry standards, including perimeter weighting, custom fitting and the use of investment casting in the manufacturing of golf clubs. His insistence on adhering to strict engineering principles and tight manufacturing tolerances raised the level of product performance and quality throughout the golf industry. Solheim is the only person to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame as a golf club manufacturer. Today, the Phoenix-based company is under the direction of Solheim's youngest son, John A. Solheim. PING game-improvement products can be found in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit

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