Kohler Company: PGA General Manager & Director of Golf Jim Richerson joins PGA of America Board of Directors

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jim Richerson, PGA general manager and director of golf for the Hospitality and Real Estate Group for the Kohler Company, has joined the PGA of America’s Board of Directors as District 6 Director.

Richerson was sworn in today at the 96th PGA Annual Meeting in Baltimore, and will represent the Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin PGA Sections.

Richerson is joined by new PGA District Directors Bill Hulbert of Yorba Linda, Calif.; Daniel Koesters of Las Cruces, N.M.; Bob Philbrick of Oklahoma City, Okla.; Bud Rousey of Pensacola, Fla.; and Independent Director Dottie Pepper of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., who will each serve three-year terms. Richerson succeeds Bruce Patterson of Oak Brook, Ill., as the District 6 Director.

Richerson, who joined the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis., in 2007, manages all aspects of the company’s golf business including the world-renowned Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run venues, along with The Duke’s St. Andrews, which is part of the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Richerson is responsible for ensuring Kohler’s global golf business leads the industry in service levels, course aesthetics, guest experience, recognition and profitability. In addition, Richerson serves as the General Chairman for the 2015 PGA Championship, to be conducted at Whistling Straits. He also has previously served in leadership roles for the 2012 United States Women’s Open, 2010 PGA Championship, and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open.

Prior to joining Kohler, Richerson served as PGA senior director of PGA Golf Properties, where he oversaw PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. During the first 18 years of his career, Richerson was affiliated with the Marriott & Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Golf Corporation. He held various executive and management positions at several of the corporation’s upscale golf properties, including PGA Director of Golf Operations at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, as well as PGA General Manager and PGA Golf Professional positions at courses in Georgia, Hawaii, California, Arizona, and Missouri.“To join the PGA Board of Directors is very special for me, especially after previously working for The PGA of America and now for one of the most globally acclaimed names in golf in Kohler,” said Richerson, a PGA member since 1995. “I am excited to join the Board as we expand the concepts of Golf 2.0 to successfully promote the game to a new generation of golfers.”

Along with his duties on the national PGA Board of Directors, Richerson is a current board member of the Wisconsin PGA Section and the Wisconsin State Golf Association. Richerson and his wife, Kristi, live in Kohler, and are the parents of a daughter, Mary-Claire. The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President and 17 Directors, which includes representatives from each of The PGA’s 14 Districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.

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Jamie Carbone
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