December 26, 2019

Michael Gossie

Here’s how golf has impacted Arizona’s most influential business leaders

It’s almost January, which means the Valley is going golf crazy. Between the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the perfect playing conditions for weekend warriors, Arizona is the place to be for golfers. So it makes sense that the game has had a big impact on the lives of some of the state’s most influential business leaders.

John Alan Doran, member, Sherman & Howard: “The scorecard from the first time I ever beat my father at golf is my most prized possession. It was awesome to beat him for the first time, yet depressing to realize that he wasn’t invincible anymore. That being said, looking back I’m pretty sure he discretely threw the round.”

Amy Hillman, dean. W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University: “When young, I competed in rodeo barrel racing, synchronized swimming, and golf. Believe it or not, what I do now is way more fun.”

Rick Goldenson, CEO, Integrated Healthcare Strategies: “I made a hole-in-one on the wrong hole on a golf course in Ireland.”

Paul Komadina, senior managing director and Arizona market leader, CBRE: “My most prized possession is my grandfather’s golf bag tag with his name engraved on it. I always think back to our golf outings and playing cards with his buddies. My grandfather had a larger-than-life personality and taught me the importance of a handshake and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’”

Joe Snell, president and CEO, Sun Corridor Inc.: “A set of 1922 golf clubs my grandfather owned is my most prized possession. The clubs remind me of his qualities immensely. He was a kind, thoughtful and smart man who influenced me greatly. He was also a pretty good golfer.”

John Wolfe, senior vice president and Southwest region manager, Cox Communications Arizona: “I have what may be an unhealthy love of golf, so I’d say my decades-old Ping Anser 2 putter is my most prized possession. I might need to give up the game if I ever lost it.”