David Feherty, the former professional golfer and renowned announcer, will speak at the 51st Annual NSGA Management Conference & Team Dealer
Summit in Austin, TX.
He will speak at a Tuesday session on May 5, 2015. The longest-running
event of its kind in the sporting goods industry will be held May 3-6
at the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa.
David clearly has a
passion for golf and talking about the sport and there is no doubt he is
going to bring a lot of energy to the conference, said NSGA President
and CEO Matt Carlson. He will also bring a lot of expertise about a
sport experiencing many challenges in recent years that are impacting
Feherty, a native of Northern Ireland, had a
successful professional career, claiming 10 victories worldwide and more
than $3 million in prize money. He also spent time on the PGA Tour
before retiring in 1997 to become a golf commentator for CBS Sports. He
has authored three New York Times bestselling books and is a frequent
contributor and columnist in Golf Magazine.
The Golf Channel has
aired four full seasons of Feherty, which is its most popular program.
No topic was off limits in the original series that shared revealing
interviews with personalities such as former President Clinton, Donald
Trump, actor Samuel L. Jackson and basketball legend Bill Russell. One
critic said, Feherty is like the man: brutally honest, funny,
Feherty is also a big supporter of seriously
injured U.S. Troops. Through his Troops First Foundation, Feherty stages
events for wounded Special Forces, Green Berets and other U.S. heroes
involving golf, hunting, bicycling and skiing.
To be able to give
them some of that dignity back is my mission these days, Feherty said.
Its not a charity. Its just us trying to pay back a very small part
of the check that we owe them.
NSGA Management Conference and Team Dealer Summit will feature general
education sessions and sessions geared specifically toward the team
dealer side of the business. The event will include a tennis clinic,
golf tournament, Mr. Newsomes Neighborhood Walk with Sporting Goods
Industry Hall of Famer Mickey Newsome, and new opportunities to connect
in a social setting.
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., who set
the record for consecutive games played with 2,632, will speak to open
the Monday session of the Management Conference on Monday, May 4. That
afternoon, companies that have made significant contributions to the
industry will be recognized at the fourth annual NSGA All-Star Awards
The inaugural NSGA INNOVATIONS ARENA will be held May 4-5
and will give a maximum of 10 companies in both New Sporting Goods
Products and New Retail Technology sections the chance to showcase their
products. For more details go to www.nsga.org.
The 60th Annual
Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will
be held on Tuesday night, May 5. Bill Jackson of Bill Jacksons Shop for
Adventure and David Beckerman of Starter make up the Class of 2015 and
will join more than 150 leaders, innovators and industry icons who have
been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
More details on other speakers
and the educational programs will be announced soon and registration
will begin in January 2015. For more details on the Management
Conference & Team Dealer Summit, go to the conference site at