2017 Southern Texas PGA Annual Meeting

2017 Southern Texas PGA Annual Meeting

49th Southern Texas PGA Annual Meeting
February 13-14, 2017
Monday: Omni Houston Hotel at Westside 
Tuesday: Royal Oaks CC


Register by Friday, January 27 and receive a personalized Stonehouse Golf notepad.

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Top Reasons to Attend:

  1. Former PGA Champion and Ryder Cup Captain Hal Sutton will kick off the Annual Meeting
  2. Earn up to 12 valuable PGA MSR credits
  3. Celebrate our 2016 Southern Texas PGA award winners
  4. Learn "The Language of Inclusion" with Sandy Cross, CDP
  5. The "Ex-Disney Guy" John Formica will be presenting on Monday
  6. Special Cleveland Srixon guest to lead Tuesday Session
  7. Network with your peers

Stay at the Omni and Receive:

  • An STPGA exclusive room rate of $125/night (standard rate is $208/night); available only until January 23
  • $25 Restaurant Gift Card
  • Special registration on Monday, allowing you to skip the line

Click here to book your room for Sunday and/or Monday now!

In order to be eligible you must book your room at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside using the link above. Room bookings from 3rd party hotel websites will not be eligible for gift card reward.

2017 Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

49th Southern Texas PGA Annual Meeting
February 13-14, 2017
Education & Program Schedule

Monday, February 13 at The Omni Houston Hotel at Westside
7:00—8:00       Registration/Continental Breakfast outside Ballroom
8:00—8:05       Welcome and Introduction of Todd Grassi, Annual Meeting Host
8:05—8:35       Opening remarks from Hal Sutton, former PGA Champion and Ryder Cup Captain
8:35—8:55       Chuck Higgins, Junior League Golf Presentation
8:55—9:00       Sponsor Message (Garia)
9:00—10:30     John Formica, Secrets to Creating a Disney-Like Culture & Empire
10:30-- 10:45   BREAK
10:45—10:50   Sponsor Message (Mark Danton)
10:50—11:35   Linnet Carty, The Language of Inclusion
11:35—11:40   Sponsor Message (Iain Black, IBT Travel)
11:40—12:00   Doug Turner, PGA Employment Services
12:00—1:00     Lunch
1:00—2:00       Paul Levy, President, PGA of America
2:00—3:00       Southern Texas PGA Membership Meeting   
3:00—3:15       BREAK
3:15—4:30       Southern Texas PGA Membership Meeting Continued
6:30—7:00       President’s Dinner Reception outside Ballroom
7:00—10:00     President’s Dinner & Awards
Tuesday, February 14 at The Omni Houston Hotel at Westside*
8:00—8:30       Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30—10:00     Presentation by Tony Ruggerio
10:00—10:15   BREAK
10:15—11:30   Panel/Group Discussion

*Please note the change in venue for Tuesday.


2017 Annual Meeting Speakers


President of PGA of America

PGA President Paul Levy is President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise Company, and also is the CEO and General Manager at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California. Prior to being elected PGA President in November 2016, Levy served as PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary.
Levy earned PGA membership in 1986, and has served in a leadership capacity at both the Section and national levels since 1992. A member of the Southern California PGA Section, Levy brings a deep commitment to enhancing the skills and employment opportunities of PGA Professionals to his role as PGA President.
From 2004-2008, Levy was a member of the PGA Board of Control. Levy has served on several National Committees dating back to the early 1990s.
Levy was president of the Southern Texas PGA Section from 1998-2000, and earned the 2000 Southern Texas PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. He has also been named as a three-time Section PGA Junior Golf Leader recipient (1992, ’93, ’98); the 1999 Section Bill Strausbaugh Award winner; and the 1997 Section Merchandiser of the Year for Public Facilities. Additionally, he chaired every major committee of the Section at one time in his tenure as a Section leader.
From 2007-2012, Levy was elected as an Independent Director on the Southern California PGA Board of Directors.
From 1999-2004, Levy served as General Manager and PGA Director of Golf at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston, and was the Senior Vice President of Club Operations for Sunrise Company (the developer of Royal Oaks Country Club), overseeing properties in Nevada, California, Colorado and Texas. In 2004, Levy moved to Southern California to oversee the development of Toscana. Four years later, he became the President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise.
In 1992, he founded PKL Golf Group Company, a golf management and development company, and served as its President and CEO. He is a Member of the CMAA, NGCOA and NGF.
A native of New Orleans, Levy is a 1983 graduate of Louisiana State University, where he was a three-year member of the Tigers golf team. Earlier in his career, his passion for playing in Section events saw him place third in 1985, and runner-up in 1986, in the Southern Texas PGA Assistant Championship. 
His community involvement includes creating scholarship foundations for employees of both Royal Oaks Country Club and Toscana Country Club. Levy also has served as a member of the Southern California Golf Association Governmental Affairs Committee; was creator and director of the Fort Bend ISD PGA First Swing Program; and a member of Katy (Texas) School District Partners, which presented him with its Education Award of Excellence. Levy and his wife, Heidi, live in Indian Wells. They are the parents of three sons: Nathan, Kristopher and Travis; two daughters: Nakayla and Destiny; and have five grandchildren.


Kick off speaker
Former PGA Champion & Ryder Cup Captain

Winner of 14 PGA Tournaments and the 1983 PGA Championship. He was named PGA Player of the Year in 1983 and Comeback Player of the Year in 1994. Hal now teaches at Big Easy Ranch in Columbus, Texas. The Hal Sutton Golf Academy has a world class par-3 course designed by Chet Williams as well as the ultimate practice facility equipped with the latest technology.



The "Ex-Disney Guy"

Making the Customer Experience Magical! - If Disney Ran Your Business What Would it Look Like?
Have you ever wondered how the Walt Disney World Resort continues to produce a dynamic model on Business Excellence, Leadership, Working Environment and Customer Service? It is not about service. It’s all about creating a memorable Customer Experience. Learn secrets success strategies to attract more customers, build brand loyalty for life, beat out your competition and transform your business into a Disney-like culture. Tailored to any industry, association, business community, staff and leadership levels. A must program if you are serious in having a successful business or organization and survive in today’s challenging economy! If Disney can do it why can’t you?


Tony Ruggiero

Lead Instructor for Dewsweepers Golf School in Mobile, Alabama

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Tony attended St. Mary’s University (1991-93) where he earned two varsity letters in golf and was a member of the Heart of Texas All Conference Golf Team. He transferred to Samford University in Birmingham to be closer to his family, and while attending Samford earned two varsity letters in golf as well as a degree in Public Administration. Tony  won the Edwin Watts Invitational in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2011. His teaching influences include Hank Johnson, Tom Ness, Mark Wood, Mike Adams, Wayne Flint and Tom Patri. Notable students are Smylie Kaufman and Lee Williams.


Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
PGA of America 

The Language of Inclusion
Gain a better understanding of the most contemporary and culturally acceptable language to use when engaging consumers across the many dimensions of diversity, including gender, multicultural, generational, disabled and more.