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Jane Geddes to Head International Association of Golf Administrators

  BROOMALL, Pa., July 13, 2016 – Jane Geddes, former LPGA professional and industry executive, has been named executive director of the International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA), an organization representing 100 golf associations.

  In this newly created position, Geddes will focus on developing IAGA membership through robust education and training programs to assist association leaders who manage the game and the golfer's experience. She will also drive innovation, lead marketing and communications initiatives, establish business partnerships, corporate sponsorships and position the organization to better represent and advocate for member associations. Geddes will report to the IAGA president and work closely with its board of directors.

  “I am extremely excited to serve as executive director of the IAGA and welcome the opportunity to work with state, regional and provincial golf associations to more formally unite the organization,” said Geddes. “Growing the game of golf is of great importance to all of us who live, love and play the game. I look forward to playing an important role in golf's continuing evolution.”

  Geddes will serve as the association's first full-time executive. In this new role, she replaces a volunteer board of executives from various golf associations that, along with administrative support from a managing office, has led the IAGA since its creation in 1968.

  “The IAGA has changed its organizational structure to align with the evolving needs of an expanding membership and the changing landscape of the golf industry,” said Kevin Heaney, IAGA president and executive director of the Southern California Golf Association. “With Jane's background in business and golf, she is the ideal executive to reshape and reposition the IAGA to provide more value to members and the golf community.”

  In her role, Geddes will strive to increase the IAGA's leadership position in the industry working collaboratively with allied associations, including the United States Golf Association, Golf Canada and the PGA of America. She will also work with Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, World Golf Foundation and the National Golf Course Owners Association. Among her first initiatives will be to establish a membership development function, including an outreach strategy to recruit new member organizations, as well as to create a comprehensive education plan as a resource to members.

  Geddes most recently served as senior vice president, talent relations and live events at WWE, Inc. During her tenure as an LPGA professional from 1983-2003, she won 14 tournaments worldwide including two majors, the U.S. Women's Open and the LPGA Championship. After retiring from competitive play, she earned a law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She then re-joined the LPGA, serving in a variety of executive roles in tournament business, competition and player services.

  In 2011, Geddes was named Chairman of the International Golf Federation and was honored by the Sports Business Journal as one of the “Game Changers…Women in Sports Business.” Just a few years later, she received one of 2013's Most Powerful and Influential Women awards from the National Diversity Council. Jane resides in New Canaan, Conn. where she lives with her wife, Tennis Hall of Famer, Gigi Fernandez, and their twins, Karson and Madison.

The International Association of Golf Administrators (IAGA) is a growing body of golf administrators welcoming amateur golf associations from across the globe.

The IAGA was formed in 1968 to promote and conserve the best interests and the true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions. With those pursuits in mind, the IAGA serves as a medium for golf administrators to exchange information, techniques and other data relating to the game of golf and establish channels of communication among all of the world's golfing fraternities.

Members are golf administrators of state and regional amateur golf associations and other invited national golf-related organizations. These administrators manage the affairs of their respective golf associations in various capacities. The IAGA has members from the United States Golf Association, Golf Canada, and most of the state and provincial golf associations throughout North America. Administrators from several other countries hold memberships as well.

The IAGA holds its annual meeting in early November. A host of IAGA members and guest speakers make presentations on golf-related topics. Breakout sessions allow members to interact and discuss specific problems in their fields, and a new Board of Directors is elected during the business meeting.

How many members are in the IAGA?
The IAGA is composed of 250 members from about 80 golf organizations primarily in the USA and Canada.
What defines an Affiliate Member?
Affiliate Members are employees of national and international golf associations including managers, professionals, superintendents and other golf related professions.

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