by Jonathan Vatner | December 01, 2005

PGA West in La Quinta

PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.,
hosted Meeting Masters ’05.

Every year, 60 golf tournaments are held for meeting planners, estimates Jo Ann Hoffman, president and CEO of The Golfe, a Bethesda, Md.-based company that unofficially oversees the meetings industry golf circuit. Tournaments include those put on at various associations’ annual meetings, as well as at the Meeting Masters Championship, held the week before Thanksgiving. Below, M&C profiles some of the industry’s top players.
    Kaye Boyer, president of Boyer Management Services in Palm Coast, Fla. Handicap: 11.3. Most distinguished honor: First woman to be invited to play on the Professional Convention Management Association’s golf team. Best reason to learn golf: “From golf I learned integrity and humility two pretty good characteristics to have and use in meeting planning.”
    Walt Galanty, president of Alexandria, Va.-based AIM Meetings and Events. Handicap: 9.7. Reason for attending: “Because I get invited!” Biggest gripe: “Too many meetings industry people cheat.” Best reason to participate: “I go to interact with the person who invited me, and to see the course.”
    Dianne McPherson, director of major events and education at the Atlanta-based Printing Industry Association of Georgia. Handicap: 10. Best prize she has ever won: A 10-day transatlantic cruise for two, worth $10,000. Biggest gripe: “People go to every one of them just because it’s free.” Best reason to participate: “You can learn more about a person in a five-hour round of golf than you can anywhere else.”