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 $70 billion per year industry in the United States, 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-, and LGBTQ-owned businesses in our procurement bidding opportunities and business operations. The inclusion of small and diverse-owned businesses helps drive creativity and innovation in pursuit of our mission. We have committed to inclusive bidding on projects, facilitated through our partnerships with various diverse organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC), and the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).
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 Championship Diverse Business Opportunity Exchange events. These events assist our Major Championship Prime Suppliers to identify prospective certified minority-, women- and LGBT-owned business suppliers that can provide goods and services in specific categories.
Dave became interested in the game of golf at the age of 8 when he began to caddy at a golf course, and is now retiring after nearly 20 years of providing food service as a Tier II supplier to the PGA of America. 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.