EVOLVE Business and Professional Magazine May 2019 - Page 31

LGPA Headquarters States), Yani Tseng (Taiwan), Lydia Ko (New Zealand), Ariya Jutanugarn (Thailand) and Shanshan Feng (China) - a veritable United Nations ‘Who’s Who’. “We showcase the very best of women’s golf and we have players from all over the world who have taken their whole lives to make it to this level,” said LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan. “What they really want is to play in a forum where the very best get to play each other week-in and week-out. And they’ve all got individual stories, whether they grew up in South America, North America, Asia, Europe - just to get here is an unbelievable venture.” PHIL MARONEY PRESIDENT & CEO ROOT COMPANY “Last year we had 29 different countries represented by 340 players trying to make it to the LPGA. What’s happening in women’s golf right now is unbelievably exciting because it’s borderless. It doesn’t matter where you grew up. You can have this dream, and there’s probably already somebody who has shown that you can make it out here. If you come out and watch an LPGA Tour event, you’ll see the best female athletes from all over the world. You’ll see flags from all over the world.” Symetra Tour players will be competing this year for total prize money of $4 million spread across 24 tournaments. On the elite LPGA Tour, more than $68 million in total prize money will be up for grabs from 32 official events, an increase of $5 million over 2016. Under the umbrella of the LPGA Foundation, the LPGA is also making a significant impact on growing the game. LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has increased its reach from 4,500 girls in 2010 to 80,000 girls last year, and there are now 500 Girls Golf sites scattered across the world. The LPGA has expanded its women’s program offerings with the launch of the LPGA Women’s Network, the industry- wide #inviteHER marketing campaign and the acquisition and rebrand of LPGA Amateur Golf Association. Additionally, the LPGA Leadership Academy inspires young women to embrace leadership, using golf as a vehicle to further develop confidence, communication and leadership skills. While the LPGA’s global influence is one of the broadest in any sport, its local impact in Florida is also impressive. The LPGA CHALLENGES, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE. Phil Maroney had plenty of challenges in the banking and homebuilding professions. But that prepared him well to lead the Root Company, which is engaged in commercial property development, investment and management. He is a National Association of Realtors® Certified Commercial Investment Member. Phil has served as president, chairman or board member of more than a dozen community organizations. He has been honored by the Daytona Regional Chamber, the Daytona Beach Area Association of Realtors® and its Leadership Council. We are proud Phil serves TVEDC as a Board Level investor. TEAMVOLUSIAEDC.COM 386.265.6332 INVESTOR SPOTLIGHT