Golf News for Wednesday, February 22, 2006 | People

PGA COO Paul Bogin to retire, capping 17-year career with PGA

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Feb. 21, 2006) -- Paul Bogin, who has served as chief operating officer of The PGA of America since 1990, announced today that he will retire at the end of the Association's fiscal year on June 30th, capping a career in which he has overseen the daily operations and expansion of the world's largest working sports organization.

Bogin joined The PGA of America as a consultant in January 1989, and was named the Association's first chief operating officer in April 1990. During his PGA term, Bogin guided the operations of The PGA's Marketing, Communications and Broadcasting, Golf Properties, Tournaments, Membership Programs, Human Resources and Special Events departments. He helped guide the Association's 1998 sale of the PGA Merchandise Show and former PGA International Golf Show (now PGA Fall Expo) to Reed Exhibitions Inc., one of the world's largest trade show owners and operators.

"Paul Bogin's business acumen, leadership and invaluable counsel to The PGA of America enabled our Association to continue its journey of success both in industry growth and prominence, and ensured financial stability in the 21st century," said PGA Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka. "Paul has been both a great friend and advisor."

Bogin has served as the Association's representative to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Administrative Management Association and the Administrative Management Society. He also has served other industry associations and societies throughout his professional career.

Prior to joining The PGA of America, Bogin was a 34-year executive with International Business Machines (IBM) where he helped develop and direct IBM programs in the areas of Marketing, Operations, Administration, Education, Personnel, Recognition, and Data Processing, for both domestic and worldwide markets.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

Contact: Julius Mason