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PDGA Executive Director Resigns After a Decade of Service


The PDGA Board of Directors regretfully announces that it has accepted the resignation of Brian Graham #5861 as Executive Director of the Professional Disc Golf Association, effective December 31, 2016.

Since 2007, Brian has played a critical role in the development and success of the sport and the organization, and while we will miss his leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new position as Director of Corporate Events for Morris Communications Company. On behalf of the members, we thank Brian for 10 years of unprecedented record growth and dedicated service which has involved a number of significant organizational accomplishments under his direction, including, but not limited to:

  • Increase of total PDGA members from 31,570 in 2006 to 90,000+ in 2016 (+285%)
  • Increase of active PDGA members from 11,302 in 2006 to 36,000+ in 2016 (+318%)
  • Increase of PDGA sanctioned events from 732 in 2006 to 3,080+ in 2016 (+420%)
  • Conception and development of the International Disc Golf Center
  • Modernization of organizational business and financial practices
  • Expansion of office staff positions: Events Manager, Technology Director, Media Manager
  • Live streaming and regional cable television broadcasts of PDGA events
  • Development of PDGA Tour Trailer and event support programs
  • Expansion of international program and establishment of a PDGA Europe office

In his message to the board, Brian wrote, “It is with mixed emotions that I leave the PDGA to pursue new personal and business goals. I will be forever grateful to the board, staff, and members who supported the organization during my tenure, and to whom I give full credit for the phenomenal growth of our sport over the past decade. Given the current state of disc golf and the PDGA, I am confident that a new executive director, with the support of the members, will continue our fantastic momentum and lead our association to even greater levels of success in the future.”

The search to identify and hire a new executive director is currently underway by an appointed committee of members under the direction of Dan “Stork” Roddick, #003. Brian Graham will assist the PDGA throughout the process to ensure a smooth transition. During this period, it is our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. We will share the job announcement soon and ask members for their help in identifying candidates who can help PDGA continue along our successful trajectory.

Comments

Very proud to have worked with you over the years, Brian. You will be missed, but I hope to see you again soon!

We have some very big shoes to fill. Thanks Brian for all of the effort you have put in to do the job, to the best of your ability. I'm sure we have not seen the last of your promotions.

Submitted by nebdisc_ on

Appreciate the vision and work in growing the sport. The expansion of courses and tournaments is astonishing.

Submitted by mom21121 on

sorry to hear you are leaving you have done a lot for the pdga. you will be greatly missed good luck to you and your Family you will always be a good friend.

Submitted by speedyinga on

The Disc Golf Hall of Fame wishes you the best of luck in your new endeavors. Your efforts in the Augusta area have been a friendly gift to the disc golf family.
Speedy Guerrero
DGHOF Administrator and Curator

Submitted by jonasgr on

Hate to see you go Brian, I really looked forward to see you hold the opening speech when we host a future pro worlds at Ale Discgolfcenter.
Best of luck with your new job and thanks for everything.

Submitted by 711 on

Was a pleasure working with you during the 4th Deaf national as well as the 15th Deaf national championship. Finding allies that are sensitive to a linguistic and cultural minority is a challenge and pdga has opened doors for the Deaf disc golfers. Thanks for all you have done. Look forward to seeing what you will do. -Kent Schafer #22662

Submitted by wsfaplau on

Thank you for your service.
There is no doubt you have left disc golf in a better place than you found it.
Best wishes in the future

Submitted by daynareed on

Your truly an artist of your craft Brian… been a pleasure knowing you and working together... how exciting the future… thanks again… hope this means we will see you playing some upcoming PDGA events… Dayna

Brian, Thank you so much for an amazing 10 years. I appreciate your love for this great sport, and the hard work that you have done to help us grow to the amazing world wide phenomenon that disc golf is today.
I hope that you would consider, if your schedule allows, visiting us in GR during the '17 Pro Masters. Good luck in your new position!

CP
#61085

Submitted by nealpdga on

Enjoyed working with you, Brian.
Hope you get to play some more now!
All the best. - Neal #200