Colorado PGA News
Colorado Board Elects O’Donnell To Be Its Next Secretary T he Colorado Board of Directors held its election for the position of Secretary during its August 20, 2020, virtual meeting. PGA Master Professional Mike O’Donnell was elected to serve in this position and will take office during the Fall Membership Meeting on Monday, October 19.
“It’s an honor to have been elected by the Board to serve as an officer of the Colorado Section,” expresses O’Donnell. “As an officer, it is a tremendous responsibility to help guide our Section into the future and always ensure that the best interests of our Membership remain the top priority. I am excited to continue to serve alongside my fellow Officers and Board Members and will strive to make a positive difference in the lives and careers of our Membership.” Having worked in varying capacities across public, private, resort and military golf, both domestically and internationally, O’Donnell’s diverse background affords him a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges that confront golf professionals. His experiences serving on various boards and committees at the executive level in both the private sector and government also fits well with the expectations and guidelines for serving as a member of the Colorado Board. When asked what goals he would like to focus on during his time as a Colorado officer, O’Donnell was quick to respond that his priority is to “always represent and advocate for the best interests of our Membership in a transparent and consistent manner.” In addition, his aspirations include the continuous assessment and improvement regarding how our Section grows and develops partnerships across our industry, invests its time and resources, leverages and influences at the National Association level, and promises a robust succession plan that ensures the right people are in the right place as we navigate our future.
O’Donnell believes that “trust is earned and maintained by behavior, not implied by position. I represent each of you, and to do so effectively, I hope that you will reach out and let me know how you believe we're doing and where you believe we may need to improve. Straight-forward, candid, and timely feedback is always welcome!” “Besides all of these ambitions,” smiles O’Donnell, “I hope to have fun, continue to build lasting relationships and create some great stories along the way!” On a more personal note, O’Donnell was born in Texas, grew up in England, has dual citizenship (American and British) and has worked in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States (Texas, California, Illinois and Colorado). He likes to fish, ski, golf and spend time enjoying the great outdoors with family and friends.