When suppliers have a positive experience in the business of golf and benefit from golf’s economy, they are more likely to participate in the game.
Since golf is a $84.1 billion per year industry, the purchasing decisions that the PGA of America and PGA Professional-affiliated facilities make can be influential in bringing new players into the game. We are committed to including minority-, women-, veteran-, and LGBT-owned businesses in our procurement bidding opportunities and business operations. The inclusion of small, local, and diverse-owned businesses helps drive creativity and innovation in pursuit of our mission. We have committed to inclusive bidding, facilitated through our partnerships with various diverse organizations such as the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA), the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). In addition, we encourage diverse suppliers interested in partnering with the PGA of America to join our supplier database by completing the form below.
In keeping with our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, as well as our commitment to enhancing the economic growth and well-being of communities, the PGA of America hosts PGA Supplier Inclusion events.
We encourage suppliers to participate in our PGA Diverse Business Opportunity Exchanges, and various leadership events throughout the year – check back regularly for updates.
Next up! Our next PGA Diverse Business Opportunity Exchange is October 15, 2018 in support of the 101st PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Long Island, New York. The event is designed to assist PGA Major Championship Prime Suppliers in identifying prospective certified minority-, women-, veteran- and LGBT-owned business suppliers that can provide goods and services in specific categories.
Supplier registration for our PGA Diverse Business Exchange at Bethpage Black is now closed.
“Golf has been a real part of my life. To be so involved in it with the PGA of America, is hard to explain...” Dave Cook, Owner, Americana Foods
Dave became interested in the game of golf at the age of 8 when he began to caddy at a golf course, and has partnered with the PGA of America for nearly 20 years providing food service as a Tier II supplier. Since first working with the PGA at the 1999 Ryder Cup, he served 18 PGA Championships and four Ryder Cups. The key to the successful partnership is his success as a businessman—at his first event he made $70,000 more than expected, solidifying the partnership for years to come. Working with the PGA of America helped grow his business, he says, with fans and even players and their family members seeking him out year after year for his excellent service. His success has inspired other minority vendors, including some who are interested in starting a business that could someday work with the PGA. When he started, he was one of the few minority vendors in the game of golf, so his visible role working in the operations was inspirational for minority fans of golf, as well as minorities working at the tournament in other capacities.
“We show up and perform, especially when we have an organization like PGA advocating for us.” Darrell Searcy, President,Chandler, Campbelle, & Daschle
Chandler, Campbelle, & Daschle (CCD) works with PGA of America’s Prime Supplier, The Convention Store, to deliver uncompromised service and logistics so fans get where they’re going with ease at PGA Championship events. CCD provides centralized and local staffing for shuttles and parking to meet the demands of championships. This can include hiring, training, and mentoring young adults from the inner city to help introduce them to the game of golf, in addition to working with local high schools and universities. CCD attributes their success to being proactive, communicative, and honoring commitments. Their keys to success also include teamwork and empowerment - putting the right people in the right seat on the bus and getting out of the way so they can do what they do best.
“They (CCD) are very hands on, in constant contact, and make sure folks are where they are supposed to be.” Becky Starner, The Convention Store