Timely panel discussions, presentations scheduled for PGA of America Industry Stage presented by CapTech

A blue-ribbon lineup of presentations and panel discussions on growth of the game, teaching and coaching, PGA HOPE and other PGA and golf-industry programs will headline the PGA of America Industry Stage presented by CapTech Wednesday through Friday at the 71st PGA Show.

Centrally located within the PGA Hub near the main entrance to the PGA Show floor at the Orange County Convention Center, the PGA of America Industry Stage presented by CapTech will feature a full schedule of programming focusing on timely industry issues. PGA of America Golf Professionals will join industry professionals and business experts provide an inside look at various programs from around the golf world.

“The schedule this year for the PGA Industry Stage is filled with incredible individuals who are leading our industry in topics that PGA of America Golf Professionals and other industry professionals will greatly benefit from,” said PGA of America President John Lindert, PGA Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan.

“The PGA Show is the perfect place every year to not only network with others, but learn from industry leaders in their respective field. We hope that by making these individuals accessible for discussion you will come away with greater knowledge that will help you improve the game and your business.”

The PGA of America Industry Stage, formerly the PGA Forum Stage, was introduced in 2007 by the PGA of America to provide the game’s leaders with an unprecedented opportunity to reach thousands of attending industry professionals on key matters that impact the golf industry.

Here is the 2024 schedule of events at the PGA of America Industry Stage presented by CapTech:


Wednesday, Jan. 24

10 a.m.-11 a.m. — Grow the Game, Grow the Player

Moderated by Roger Steele, Kemper Sports Community Advisor, #MakeGolfCool & Youth Golf Advocate

Joe Smith, PGA, KemperSports, PGA General Manager, Swenson Park Golf Course

Cameron Dinkins, PGA WORKS Leader

Abby Liebenthal, President & Founder, Fore the Ladies, Inc.


11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Recruitment & Retention

John Easterbrook Jr., PGA, Chief Membership Officer, PGA of America

Dr. Rich Ballinger, PGA, Director, Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management

Todd Sammons, PGA, Director, Member Education Programming, PGA of America

Kyle Helms, PGA, Director, Accreditation & University Programming, PGA of America


Noon-1 p.m. – Technology Driven Team Golf

Andrew Macaulay, CTO, TMRW Sports

Scott Armstrong, VP Competition Technology, TMRW Sports

Roberto Castro, Director, CapTech


1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. — Growing Junior Golf – Engaging Customers of Today and Tomorrow

Ryan Dailey, PGA, Operation 36, Co-Founder, GM

Ryan Graff,  First Tee, Vice President, Programs

Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Officer

Steve Tanner, PGA of America, Sr. Director, Player Engagement

Tom Watson, Watson Links Founder

Moderated by Lauren Thompson, NBC Sports Next Media Personality


1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — GameChanger & Player Engagement Awards

Moderated by Lauren Thompson, NBC Sports Next Media Personality


3 p.m.-4 p.m. — We Love this Game, PGA of America Brand Campaign Conversation

John Lindert, PGA of America President, Director of Golf at the Country Club of Lansing

Fahad Zahid, Senior Director, Brand and Digital Marketing, PGA of America

Kristen Herlihy, Head of Marketing, Omaha Productions

Eric Lohman, PGA

David Martin, Founder & President, Catalyst Branding

Moderated by Jeff Price, Chief Commercial Officer, PGA of America


4-4:30 p.m. — 2024 PGA of America National Award Winners

Moderated by Brian Crowell, PGA, General Manager, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point

2024 PGA National Award winners followed by PGA of America Golf Professional Happy Hour 4:30-5:30 p.m.


6 p.m.-7 p.m.– U.S. Kids Golf Awards Ceremony

John Bryan, Vice President, U.S. Kids Golf


Thursday, Jan. 25

8:45 a.m.-9 a.m. — CapTech Kick-Off

9 a.m.-9:30 a.m. — Share Your Story

Moderated by Kennie Sims, PGA, Senior Director, PGA REACH Impact, PGA of America

Jim Beatty, President, Jim Beatty Golf Ventures, LLC

  1. Shawn Summerville, Founder-CEO Ebony Greens, LLC

Stacey Stewart, golfmarie


9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. — Make Golf Your Thing

Michael Williams

Laura Diaz


10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — 2024 Golf Business Trends, Questions & Outlook

David Lorentz, Chief Research Officer, National Golf Foundation


11 a.m.-12 p.m. — Coaching for Success

Moderated by Will Robins, PGA, CEO, RGX

Joey Anders, PGA , Head Teaching Professional, Brookhaven Country Club

Eric Thielsen, PGA, PGA Director of Instruction, X-Golf Columbus

Jake Hutt, PGA, Co-founder, Chief Golf Officer, Dryvebox


Noon-1 p.m. — New Golfer Engagement

Adeel Yang, Co-Founder and CEO, Dryvebox

Ryan Engle, Founder and CEO, Golf+ VR

Damian Cosby, PGA, Executive Director, National Links Trust

Roberto Castro, Director, CapTech


1 p.m.-2 p.m. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Programs

Kennie Sims, PGA, Senior Director, PGA REACH Impact, PGA of America

Judy Alvarez, PGA, Director of Instruction, Monarch Country Club

Chris Nowack, PGA HOPE Ambassador


2 p.m.-3 p.m. — SIRIUS XM Coaches Town Hall

Michael Breed, PGA, Host, A New Breed of Golf

David Leadbetter, PGA, David Leadbetter Golf Academy

Trish Holt, PGA, Head Professional, Fields Ranch at PGA Frisco

Tim Cusick, PGA, Head Coach, PGA of America Coaching Center

Moderated by Debbie Doniger, Director of Instruction, GlenArbor Golf Club & SIRIUSXM PGATOUR Radio Co-Host


3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. — Poster Signing

PGA Show Poster Signing with Lee Wybranski, President of Lee Wybranski Art & Design


3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Pitch Tank

David Leadbetter, PGA, Founder of Leadbetter Swing Aids and Leadbetter Golf Academies

Kevin Herrington, CEO and Founder of Harrington Enterprises

Mike Locker, Co-founder of Locker Innovations

Derek Locker,Co-founder of Locker Innovations

Carolin Pinegger, Social Media Personality & Golf Entrepreneur

Santiago Mari, Product engineer & business development expert

Jay Adya, Managing Partner, Elysian Park Ventures

Moderated by Hally Leadbetter, Host, Commentator, Producer


4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. — Pitch Tank Happy Hour

Friday, Jan. 27

9 a.m.-10 a.m. — Leadbetter Coaching Presentation

David Leadbetter, PGA, World renowned PGA Hall of Fame instructor

Santiago Mari, Senior Leadbetter Certified Instructor

Anthony Netto, Founder “Stand Up and Play Foundation,” Inventor of the “Paragolfer-Vertacat”