Golf News for Monday, September 21, 2009 | Events

Chris Gardner will lead off final day of '10 Golf Industry Show

The inspiration for Will Smith's character in "The Pursuit of Happyness," Chris Gardner will lead off the final day of the 2010 Golf Industry Show in San Diego.

Author of the autobiography "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be," Gardner will provide his "Start Where You Are" presentation at the Feb. 11 Golf Industry Show General Session, from 8-9 a.m., before the trade show floor opens.

Gardner is the owner and CEO of the brokerage firm Gardner Rich LLC. Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980s left Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son, Chris Jr. Unwilling to give up his son or his dreams of success, Gardner climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom.

Gardner's aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential. His practical guidance and inspiring story promise to make for a dynamic and encouraging message.

The Golf Industry Show is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. The event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners, operators, club managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.

The Golf Industry Show is presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) and the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), along with participating partners the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA). The three presenting partner organizations also hold their annual conferences in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show.

The 2010 Golf Industry Show has an enhanced format. Based on feedback from attendees and exhibitors, the schedule will be modified so that all events (education conferences and trade show) are held on weekdays. Responding to member and exhibitor desires to preserve more of their weekends, the trade show portion of the event will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday (Feb. 10-11), with virtually no competing events. GCSAA, NGCOA and CMAA education will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, with CMAA education continuing through Saturday.

For more information contact:
Jeff Bollig, GCSAA Managing Director of Marketing and Communications, 800-472-7878 ext. 4430
Joe Rice, NGCOA Chief Marketing Officer, 800-933-4262 ext. 222
Gerry Romano, CMAA Senior Director of Communications, 703-739-9500
Paul Foley, GCBAA Executive Director, 402-476-4444
Chad Ritterbusch, ASGCA Executive Director, 262-786-5960
Mike Soper, NGF Member Services Manager, 561-354-1633
Dave Fanucchi, USGA Director of Communications and Public Relations, 908-234-2300