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DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS (February 25, 2020) – Gary McCord became one of the most recognizable names in golf even though he never won a tournament in 23 years as a player on the PGA Tour. McCord’s quick wit and honest insights led to success as a golf television analyst, author and speaker.
Attendees of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) 56th Annual Management Conference & 22nd Annual Team Dealer Summit will have the opportunity to experience McCord’s humor and golf knowledge first-hand. McCord will provide the concluding keynote speech on Tuesday, May 19 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona.
“Gary’s optimism for life, no matter what challenges come your way, will be a great message for all of our attendees to take back to their businesses,” said Matt Carlson, NSGA President & CEO. “He brings a unique perspective on the world of golf.”
McCord has said “life is full of ups and downs, good and bad, but it wouldn’t be fun any other way.” He poked fun at his PGA Tour career, where two runner-up finishes were his best in 422 tournaments, by having the license plate “NO WINS” on his car for years.
As McCord put it, he was “trapped in the headlights of bankruptcy” when he suddenly found himself in broadcasting. He only had 15 minutes to prepare for his first TV assignment, but his ability to combine humor and outspokenness established him as one of the best-known golf analysts for more than 30 years.
McCord also showcased his talents as an author. The fourth edition of his best-selling instructional manual Golf for Dummies was released in 2011 and he delighted his fans with his autobiographical collection, Just a Range Ball in a Box of Titleists. He also appeared in the Kevin Costner movie Tin Cup.
At this year’s Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit, McCord joins football legend Herm Edwards, who will be the kickoff keynote speaker the morning of Monday, May 18. There will be more announcements coming about the rest of the speaker lineup and education sessions for the Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit. Speed Networking, which has become one of the most popular features of the event, will return Monday afternoon as retailers and team dealers have the opportunity to talk with manufacturers in a series of short, structured meetings.
Gary McCord and Herm Edwards continue NSGA’s tradition of presenting speakers unlike any event in the sporting goods industry. The list has included another outspoken golf analyst in David Feherty, renowned golf instructor Hank Haney, basketball Hall of Famers Bill Walton and coaches Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Tom Izzo of Michigan State, legendary baseball iron man Cal Ripken, Jr., and world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard. Registration is open for the Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit; register today at nsga.org/events/conference2020/.
The Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will cap off the event on Tuesday evening with the induction of Peter Capolino (Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company), Robert Greenberg (Skechers) and Klaus Obermeyer (Sport Obermeyer). Capolino pioneered the sports replica jersey business, Greenberg was instrumental in re-shaping the footwear industry and Obermeyer was an innovator in the ski industry. For more information on the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame, please visit nsga.org/hall-of-fame/.
The National Sporting Goods Association has served as the leading voice for the sporting goods industry since 1929. NSGA is devoted to providing a competitive edge to sporting goods retailers and team dealers through industry leading research, networking, advocacy, and unmatched customer support. For more information about membership or NSGA’s products and services, please visit nsga.org.
About the NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit
The NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit is the longest-running and most successful leadership event in the sporting goods industry. Top executives and decision makers from sporting goods retailers, team dealers, manufacturers, sales agencies and industry supporting vendor companies gather for education, best-in-class networking, dynamic speakers and industry recognition at the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame induction. For more information, visit nsga.org/events/conference2020/.