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Sport Executive Series Swings Into Action

Nov. 6, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti

Since 2011, the Sam Houston State University Sport Management Program has brought together leading senior management officials in some of the state’s largest sporting organizations to provide insight into the roles they play and the challenges they face.

The sixth annual “The Mind of a Sport Executive Series” will continue this tradition on Nov. 16, when the CEO of the Houston Golf Association and Tournament Director for the Shell Houston Open, Steve Timms discusses his career at 7 p.m. in The Woodlands Center Room 110.    The Mind of a Sport Executive Forum 2017 Poster

“The Mind of a Sport Executive Series” is designed to introduce those interested in sport management to various intricacies of the up-and-coming field.

“Forum speakers are chosen based on their dynamic impact in many different areas of the sport industry,” said Ryan Zapalac, associate professor of kinesiology and sport management. “In each case, speakers have wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences in rising through the ranks.”

Timms is certainly no exception as his resume demonstrates success in rising through the ranks in the Houston golf industry. As HGA’s president and CEO, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the organization. He also serves as president of The First Tee™ of Greater Houston, which is the largest in a worldwide network of more than 180 chapters.  

In 2001, Timms was appointed by the HGA board to serve as tournament director for the Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR event.

“Steve brings some great perspectives to the event,” said Brent Estes, associate professor of kinesiology and sport management. “In the past, we have primarily focused on professional team sports with our speakers. Steve will be able to give an overview of professional tournament operations, which is very different in many ways.”

David Brady, who is no stranger to the sports industry, will moderate the presentation.  As former Managing Director for Lone Star Sports and Entertainment, an affiliate of the Houston Texans, he’s managed numerous high profile sporting events.

Brady also recently completed his eleventh season as Stadium Announcer for the Texans – an activity he enjoys and plans to continue.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film from SHSU, Brady was the recipient of the 2012 SHSU Sport Management Industry Impact Award.

The “Mind of a Sport Executive Series” is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served prior to the event. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to arrive early. The event also will be simulcast on the web at For more information, contact Zapalac at 936.294.4575 or, and for more information about the sport management program, visit


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