PGA Members Elliott, Eshleman, Gutierrez and Howard Elected to PGA of America Board of Directors


Rob Elliott, PGA, resident of the Milwaukee area, was one of four PGA members elected to a three-year term to the PGA of America Board of Directors today at the 105th PGA Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Center. Eric Eshleman, PGA from Birmingham, Alabama, joins Elliott as new board members; Derek Gutierrez, PGA, of Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico; and Barry Howard, PGA of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

In addition, the board renewed Andrea Smith’s tenure as an independent director until 2024. Smith is the executive director of Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has been an independent director on the PGA Board of Directors since 2018. The PGA Board of Directors is made up of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and 19 Directors of the Association. The Trustees include representatives from each of the 14 PGA Districts, one At-Large Trustee, three Independent Trustees and one PGA Tour member. New District Directors are elected by their PGA Locals.

“The PGA of America is led by some of the most talented PGA members in the world, who are elected by their peers and volunteer their time to serve on the PGA Board of Directors,” said Jim Richerson, President of the PGA. “It is an honor to serve alongside these highly respected leaders, whose knowledge, insight and expertise will help lead and guide our association as we raise the standards of our profession and the game of golf. ”

Ward 3

Eric Eshleman, PGA – Birmingham Country Club – Birmingham, Alabama
Sections Alabama-NW Florida, Gulf States and Tennessee PGA

Ward 6

Rob Elliott, PGA – Rob Elliott Golf Academy – Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin PGA Sections

Ward 7

Barry Howard, PGA – Hot Springs Country Club – Hot Springs, Arkansas
Gateway, Midwest and South Central PGA Sections

Ward 12

Derek Gutierrez, PGA – Santa Ana Golf Club – Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
North Texas, South Texas and Sun Country PGA Sections


Andrea Smith – Bank of America – Charlotte, North Carolina
(3-year term renewed)

New PGA of America Board Members

District 3 Director Eric Eshleman, PGA, Director of Golf at Birmingham Country Club, Alabama, received the 2019 National PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award, the highest annual honor bestowed on a PGA Professional. He has held a number of leadership positions, including a two-year term as President and then Honorary President of the Alabama-NW PGA Chapter. Eshleman is also a member of the PGA Auxiliary Faculty, teaching golf to beginners and helping students and staff develop their skills and shape their career paths. In addition, he is co-chair of the National Junior Golf Committee. Well known as a teaching professional for students such as Graeme McDowell, Patton Kizzire, Paul Dunne, and the 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Eshleman has been honored by the Alabama-NW Florida PGA chapter on several occasions. He received the Section’s PGA Golf Professional of the Year award in 2010 and 2017, the Teacher of the Year award in 2000 and 2004, the PGA Bill Strausbaugh Award 2011 and the 2014 Golf Development Award. young players. Eshelman will represent the Alabama-NW Florida, Gulf States and Tennessee PGA chapters.

District 6 Director Rob Elliott, PGA, Founder and teacher of Rob Elliott Golf Academy in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, began working in the golf industry as a sales professional before pursuing his dream of becoming a PGA Professional and becoming a PGA member. in 1993. He was a professional teacher at Missing Links Golf. Course & Driving Range and Assistant PGA Professional at Dretska Park (a Milwaukee County course) before moving to Oconomowoc Golf Club, where he eventually became PGA Head Golf Professional. In 2017, he established the Rob Elliott Golf Academy, offering lessons year round in his indoor studio. Elliott has been an active member of the Wisconsin PGA Chapter for 25 years while chairing five committees. His passion for governance and volunteering led him to serve as Section Officer, most notably as Section President from 2013 to 2015. In 2020, Elliott was honored by the section with the Player Development Award for its contributions to professional education. Elliott will represent the Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin PGA Sections.

Barry Howard, District 7 Director, PGA, General Manager and Director of Golf at Hot Springs Country Club in Arkansas, has been a PGA Professional since 1992. He has held numerous chapter and section level positions, including serving as President of the South Central Chapter of 2018-2020. Currently, Howard serves on the Arkansas State Golf Association Board of Directors, where he serves as Secretary and Chair of the Hall of Fame Committee. Howard has been recognized by his peers for numerous accomplishments in the South Central PGA Section, including Section Golf Professional of the Year (2018), Bill Strausbaugh Award (2013) and six times as a Dealer of year (1999, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015). He is also an accomplished player, winning the South Central Division Senior Match Play Championship in 2018. Howard will represent the Gateway, Midwest and South Central PGA Chapters.

District 12 Director Derek Gutierrez, PGA, General Manager and Director of PGA Golf with Santa Ana Golf Club Inc., has served Santa Ana Golf Club Inc. for over 25 years. He oversees all operations of New Mexico’s largest golf resort and the Sun Country PGA section, including the Santa Ana Golf Club (27 holes per day), the Twin Warriors Golf Club at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa ( 18 holes), Wind Dancer Bar & Grill (casual dining) and Prairie Star Restaurant & Wine Bar (fine casual dining). The golf facility has hosted championships for the PGA of America, including the PGA Professional Championship in 2003 and 2009. The scenic facility will host the 2022 PGA Women’s Cup and the 2022 PGA Senior Professional Championship. plus, the resort has hosted several events for the USGA and the PGA Tour. In 2014, Gutierrez was named Sun Country’s PGA Section Golf Professional of the Year. He also received the Section’s Bill Strausbaugh Award twice (2014 and 2019), as well as the Section’s Merchandiser of the Year-Resorts Award in 2009. He served on the Sun Country PGA Section Board of Directors. , including two one-year terms as president, vice-president, secretary and honorary president. Currently, Gutierrez is vice president of the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame. He has also served as president and member of the PGA of America’s National Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. Gutierrez will represent the North Texas, South Texas and Sun Country PGA Sections.


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