It has been five months since former CPGA executive director Steve Carroll left the organization (ending up with the RCGA, strangely enough), and while no one has ever accused the CPGA of moving quickly, the group finally announced they’ve hired someone. It is an internal hire, with Gary Bernard taking the gig after meetings among the CPGA board in Florida. Seems to me the press release wants to make it clear that while this was an internal hire, it wasn’t a done deal from the start. At least that’s the only way I can explain the wording in the lead:
After a lengthy search and intense deliberation, the Canadian PGA announced today that Gary Bernard has been named the Associations new Executive Director. The executive search process conducted with McKinley Solutions Inc., a leader in the corporate hiring world, began in early November and culminated in todays announcement.
It gives me great pleasure to announce to our membership that Gary Bernard has been selected as the Canadian PGAs next Executive Director, said Lindon Garron, President of the Canadian PGA. Gary has always acted in the best interests of the Canadian PGA Members and his intimate knowledge of our Association will ensure that current initiatives will continue in a seamless manner. Canadian PGA Director of Education since 2004 and currently acting in the Interim Executive Director role since October, Gary has clearly demonstrated that he is the right person at the right time for this pivotal position.
What makes him the “right person?” The press release is a little vague, but it sounds like it comes down to this:
[Bernard] holds valuable knowledge of the Canadian PGA and its partners within the World PGA Alliance, as well as with our industry partners in Canada. He has excelled inside and outside of the Canadian PGA and we are confident that he is the right candidate to set the present and future direction of our sport and our organization.
Certainly Bernard has done a lot in the world of golf, most recently as director of education (or at least that’s what the CPGA’s website had him listed as). He served as interim ED after Carroll departed. How the CPGA is involved with the RCGA, especially in the “Golf Canada” initiative, as well as what it does with events like the CPGA Championship, will define Bernard’s tenure in the short term. I’ve only ever interviewed Bernard once, but he seemed like a decent chap. That said, pointing the CPGA in a cohesive, specific direction going forward is going to be a challenge.