Ryan Kern - Head Golf Professional at Millennium Golf Management, LLC, Tempe, Arizona
Apr 17, 2015
Ryan Kern is a 2012 graduate of Golf Academy of America
What do you do as Head Golf Professional?
I'm in charge of lesson programs, merchandising, scheduling, tournament and league operations, food and beverage management, special event planning, employee hiring and training. I also have a side business building and repairing custom golf clubs which has really helped supplement my income.
How did Golf Academy of America prepare you for your current position?
The GAA instructors drove home the fundamentals of the golf swing which has helped me instruct hundreds of my students. Learning the business side of the golf industry from people who have been very successful has really helped my problem solving on the job and also given me creative ideas to boost business.
What were the biggest influences on your career choice of golf?
Going Golf Academy of America was the best move I made in furthering my career.
Tell us about your career accomplishments since graduation.
I started working outside service and within two years I was promoted to Head Golf Professional. Being only 24 years old, I rely on the training and mentoring of the instructors from Golf Academy of America. I am currently going through the PGA apprentice program and am learning more and more each week.
What are your career goals and how do you think your education at Golf Academy of America is helping you achieve them?
My goal is to become a PGA member and get TPI certified. Eventually I want to be the General Manager at a high-end golf facility. I believe GAA gave me the solid foundation to achieve anything in the golf industry.
If you are passionate about something, you will make money at it. I started out making $8.35 an hour only two years ago and I'm now making $45,000-$50,000 a year and looking forward to a raise when I complete my PGA education.