Friday, January 18, 2013
Marc Simon Named PGA Merchandise Show Event Director
NORWALK, Conn. - Marc Simon, formerly the PGA Golf Exhibitions Group Sales Director and a member of the PGA Show management team since 1998, has been named Event Director, overseeing the U.S. PGA Merchandise Show, held annually in Orlando in January, and the U.S. PGA Expo in Las Vegas in August.
"Marc's long history with the PGA Shows and his love of the game are matched by his dedication to making PGA Golf Shows the very best business opportunities for our vendors, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders who count on our events to help move forward their business year in and year out," said PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions Senior Vice President Ed Several. "We look forward to Marc's ongoing leadership in his new position as we continue to build value for our participating vendors and industry professionals at the PGA Merchandise Show and PGA Expo."
Simon has been involved in the golf industry nearly his entire life. As a player, Simon progressed from top regional amateur to standout player on the Hamilton College golf team, earning Academic All-America Honors and ultimately election to the Town of Kirkland Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
His golf industry career started out in the pro shop at Skenandoa Golf Course in Clinton, N.Y., progressing to a successful career with Reed Exhibitions on the PGA Golf Shows - beginning in sales and eventually becoming Sales Manager, National Accounts Manager and then Sales Director. Promoted to Group Sales Director in 2010, Simon led the successful effort to bring back all major equipment manufacturers to the Show floor in 2011. Simon has twice been Awarded Reed's Sales Manager of the Year, as well as Reed's "People's Choice" Awards in 2005, 2010 and 2011. Simon was named the Reed Americas Group Sales Director of the Year in 2011 and also was recognized as a 2011 honoree of the Sporting Goods Business 40 Under 40 Awards.