Up Next, the 2021 PGA Championship and Ryder Cup Merchandise Store Grand Opening VendorMatch
In pursuit of our vision to create a golf industry workforce that mirrors America, the PGA of America is facilitating VendorMatch to assist in identifying prospective Tier II suppliers that can provide products and/or services in the following 3 categories for the 2021 PGA Championship and Ryder Cup:
- Balloon Animal Artists and/or Face Painting
- Disc Jockey
- Selfie Station
PGA Vendor Inclusion Overview
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-, disabled- 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 Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce (CLGBTCC), 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.
Dave Cook, Americana Foods
Dave Cook, the Owner Of Americana Foods, a minority-owned business, Has provided food service, catering and concessions at major sporting events around the United States since 1994. 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 19 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.
“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
Chandler, Campbelle, & Daschle
Chandler Campbelle & Daschle, a minority-owned business, provides shuttle transportation logistics and staffing at PGA Championship events. 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.
“We show up and perform, especially when we have an organization like PGA advocating for us.”Darrell Searcy, President,Chandler, Campbelle, & Daschle
Jon Minor, Zweigle’s
Zweigle’s opened its butcher shop doors to provide the local community with high-quality, great-tasting products such as frankfurts, wieners, sausages and more, inspired by deep-rooted family cultural ties to Germany. The minority-, woman-owned, and family-operated business has been serving the New York area since 1880 and recently paired with the PGA through its VendorMatch initiative. Minor says from the perspective of a small, locally manufactured business, it is a huge opportunity to work with the PGA. The relationship that Zweigle’s is building provides a chance to gain exposure and grow the company. Zweigle’s was able to work together with the PGA’s prime supplier, Levy, to become the vendor of choice for hot dogs and sausages at the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Rochester, New York. As the organization looks to increase future opportunities with Levy and the PGA, it is building upon a foundation of passion embedded within its culture and pride behind its products.
“We have been in business since 1880. We are a fifth-generation owner and local manufacturer out of Rochester, New York. We are a minority- and female-owned organization, and that is key because of the PGA of America’s initiative to put diversity out on the course.”Jon Minor, Director of Sales, Zweigle’s
Imran Haider, Owner of US Limo System, Inc.
US Limo System, Inc., a minority-owned business, is a corporate transportation partner for the PGA. US Limo provides high quality, reliable chauffeured transportation that includes a wide range of transportation options available from luxury sedans, limousines, as well as high-quality busses. They were a vendor of choice for luxury transportation at both the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, in Farmingdale, New York, and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship in Rochester, New York. Imran Haider, owner of US Limo, did not have a background in golf before partnering with the PGA for the VendorMatch initiative, which demonstrates how participants can expand growth within a new industry.. Haider views golf as an elegant sport and strives to reflect that quality in his company and the hospitality service delivered. Imran’s success can be attributed to hard work, starting as an employee at US Limo and working his way to become the owner of the company. He believes strongly in adaptability in the workplace and the importance of being part of a team. Through working as a diverse vendor with The Convention Store in support of PGA major spectator events, Haider is pleased to be contributing to business growth and the continued opportunity to create a loyal customer base.
“You need to wake up every day knowing something new that you didn’t the day before. The industry is expanding, and we have to be able to wake up and be ready.”Imran Hader, Owner, U.S. Limo System, Inc.