John Pierandozzi has been named president, chief operating officer and a director of GolfGear International, Inc. He succeeds Michael Piraino, who resigned in June. Through April 2002, Pierandozzi was president and chief executive officer of Carbite Golf. There he redirected the Company from an emphasis on broad-based telemarketing that was dramatically unprofitable into a company that was focused on the core product line of putters and wedges.
During his more than 20 years of experience in golf and golf-related industries, Pierandozzi was a consultant to Adams Golf; a principal in Applied Golf Technologies; an owner of a Nevada Bob's franchise; and a consultant to Los Angeles County on County-run golf facilities. He began his business career as executive vice president of Pacific Malibu Development, the original developer of the Lake Las Vegas project in Nevada. There he was involved in the land and business planning, including the development and layout of seven golf courses.
Commenting on his appointment, Pierandozzi says, “I am very excited about the opportunity with GolfGear. Our patented forged-face technology clearly is superior to anything out there, with our Tsunami driver receiving the `Best of the Best' rating from Rankmark as the longest driver on the market.
“There is, however, a great deal of hard work in front of us,” he continues. “Our main goal is to return the company to profitability as quickly as possible. To do this, we must dramatically reduce costs while we expand our market share by capitalizing on the technology of GolfGear's patents as well as our portfolio of brands. We will work very quickly to stabilize the Company, rebuild relationships with key customers and focus on the core business of selling the finest woods and irons on the market.”
Pierandozzi is a 1980 graduate of the University of Southern California where he received a degree in business finance. He has been a member of the Southern California Golf Association for 35 years and has competed in many championships, including the U.S. Amateur and the California State Amateur. He resides in Whittier.