NGCOA Canada honoured at the NGCOA U.S. annual awards ceremony

NGCOA Canada honoured in U.S.

Jeff Calderwood, CEO, and Mark Seabrook, founding President, presented with Paul Porter Award

Two of NGCOA Canada’s leaders were recognized at the NGCOA U.S. annual Golf Business Conference Celebration & Awards Dinner in San Antonio, Texas on Thursday. Jeff Calderwood, CEO, and Mark Seabrook, founding President and owner of the Canadian Golf & Country Club, were presented with the Paul Porter Award. This award recognizes a NGCOA member who left an enduring mark on a national or international affiliate through the highest level of commitment, service and leadership.

“It’s an honour to be receiving such high recognition from the NGCOA U.S. for our NGCOA Canada success over all those years,” says Jeff Calderwood, CEO, NGCOA Canada. “From that modest beginning 25 years ago to our leadership position today representing the majority of golf course operators and the business side of Canadian golf, it has been a very rewarding experience. Everyone involved, from all our board members, staff, golf course owners, suppliers, allied associations and related stakeholders deserve so much credit for us fulfilling that original NGCOA Canada vision. Mark and I will proudly accept this Paul Porter Award on their behalf and look forward to many more years of serving the Canadian golf business.”

“Associations are indeed about the programs and services provided to a membership, but it all happens because of people with a heart and head for the mission,” says Jay Karen, Chief Executive Officer of NGCOA. “No duo in golf have been more important and impressive than Mark and Jeff, as evidenced by the success of NGCOA Canada. What they built has served as inspiration for all of us in the North American and European NGCOA family for many years.”

This award comes on the heels of the Association’s 25th Anniversary celebrations where both Jeff and Mark were awarded with NGCOA Canada Lifetime Achievement Awards for their dedication and leadership in growing the Association.