You can’t mention this one, but what is the worst job you have ever had?
– I’ve been fortunate enough to have worked in numerous scenarios that I would call “work”. Everything from pruning Christmas trees during the summers (which entitled me to achieving new lifetime highs for getting stung by bees in a given summer), working in Golf Operations for the PGA of America, and selling skiing gear at a ski shop. The one that sticks out as being the worst, and simply because of the monotony of the task, would be painting my neighbor’s house. It took me two consecutive summers, and everything was white. Enough said …
Since there are so many to choose from, in your time at GoVision what has been your favorite show to be a part of?
– You’d think a golf tournament would have to be my answer here, but it’s not. I’d have to say that in terms of an event that will be remembered forever in my mind, it would be the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. But for pure fun, it has to be the Mudstock ATV Races! A three day weekend involving ATVs that cost more than a lot of cars, barbeque cooking, mud and racing. Call me a redneck, but it’s a damn good time when you can work in an environment that promotes getting dirty.
With all of the cities you have traveled to, what is your favorite place to grab a bite after a long day?
– After all of my travels so far, it’s hard to really narrow it down to just one place. There are so many good places across the country that have their own specialties. The one that sticks out the most for me has to be La Taraya. This is a restaurant in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The only seating is under palm trees on the beach. They serve some of the best ceviche I’ve ever had, the beer is cold and cheap, and you watch fishermen bring in their fresh catch as they walk by you on the beach. How can you not enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean, along with some amazing seafood.
Since you are probably due some time off, what would be your dream vacation?
– Everyone in the office knows I am a ski fanatic (and go figure, I live in Dallas where I can’t ski). My dream vacation would be heli-skiing in Valdes, Alaska in the Chugach National Forest. It could be an endless vacation as far as I’m concerned, but in the real world I’d say a week would be more than enough.
Considering you spend a lot of time on legendary golf courses servicing a lot of PGA clients, what is your favorite course to play 18 holes?
– I wish I had the opportunity to play every course that I work at, but at the end of the day, I am just a vendor for the event. My favorite courses I’ve played while working at a tournament have been Medinah Country Club in Chicago and Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I’ll also rest my hat on the fact that my first ever round of golf was played at Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky! Not too shabby.
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