BRAIN J. GRAHAM
AMERICAN FOOTGOLF LEAGUE WELCOMES BRIAN J. GRAHAM
Sports Industry Veteran to Assist with Organizational Strategies and U.S. FootGolf Tour Development
American FootGolf League is pleased to announce the engagement of Brian J. Graham to assist AFGL with the development and implementation of growth strategies and a new U.S. FootGolf Tour.
Mr. Graham is an experienced sports industry veteran and has successfully served in key leadership roles with several organizations, including the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) and the National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA). From 2007 to 2016, Brian led the PDGA through a decade of record exponential growth, where member numbers were tripled to nearly 100,000, and sanctioned events quadrupled to 3,000+ events annually. His accomplishments include conception and development of the International Disc Golf Center, creation of new events, media, and technology departments, and successful management of the PDGA National Tour and more than 40 national and world championship events.
“The addition of Brian Graham to the AFGL team is something that we have been working on for awhile now. We recognized his years of experience in the sports world would be beneficial to the growth and expansion of the AFGL and our tournament platform”, stated Roberto Balestrini, Chairman AFGL.
Brian has appeared as a guest panelist at the U.S. Sports Congress, Travel Events And Management of Sports (TEAMS) conference, and SPORTS Relationship conference. In 2014, he was honored by SportsEvents Magazine with an Éclat Award for brilliant performance in the sports industry, and he was identified by Sports Planning Guide in 2016 as one of "10 events rights holders to watch". He serves on an advisory board for the U.S. Sports Congress, and is vice-president of the Georgia Sports Coalition.
“Much like disc golf, pickleball, cornhole, and other emerging sports, the opportunities and potential for footgolf are limitless”, stated Brian. “I am extremely excited to be able to tap into Laura and Roberto Balestrini’s passion for their sport, and in assisting them in attaining their goal of making footgolf the next big breakout sport here in the United States.”
Graham resides in his hometown of Augusta Georgia, where in addition to developing sports facilities and assisting sports organizations, he is the CEO of the Greater Augusta Sports Council.