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Richard Goldman, President/CEO at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau



Rick is joined by Richard Goldman this week on “Tech of Sports.”

Goldman is the President and CEO at St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau. A big undertaking for this busy section of Florida.

Hear from Goldman about the successes earned by his team, but also the challenges. He has a lot to be proud of, being in one of the most desirable locations in the U.S.

“A visit to St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra Beach and The Beaches is more than just a getaway. It’s a vacation close enough to home but different enough to make you feel a world away. Experience old-world charm, flavorful dining, art and culture, and an abundance of entertainment after dark. There’s so much to do, you’re going to want to stay one more day.”

In St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach, you are never at a loss for things to do. Discover attractions like the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Dive into history at the Fountain of Youth and Castillo de San Marcos. Visit beautiful beaches, or go fishing or golfing. Plus, the dining, shopping and nightlife. As Goldman states, the possibilities are endless!

Goldman and his team are responsible for marketing tourism to St. Johns County Florida. Conference and travel industry sales, advertising, internet marketing,public relations, new product development and partner relations are managed out of the offices located in St. Augustine.

“From St. Augustine being named by National Geographic One of the World’s Best Places to See Holiday Lights, to the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa being named a Top Ten Golf Resort in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Magazine, our destination has earned the attention of the world and our employees deliver the kinds of experiences that keep visitors coming back for more. Last year, that attention helped to generated $1.1 billion in direct spending by visitors to St. Johns County. And we have new hotels coming to St. Augustine and the Beaches after more than eight years without new properties. Those hotels will have parking for their guests, and that’s something we have needed for some time.”

 


David Reese, President of Florida’s First Coast of Golf



Rick’s guest this week is David Reese, President of Florida’s First Coast of Golf.

Florida’s First Coast of Golf is designed to promote Amelia Island, Jacksonville and The Beaches, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, Clay County and Palm Coast & The Flagler Beaches as the premier destination for Florida golf vacations. We also partner with Jacksonville Aviation Authority, THE PLAYERS, the World Golf Village along with the region’s golf courses and accommodations partners.

David plays an integral role with golf in this region of Florida.

Reese is an experienced sales and marketing professional with over 16 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. Currently, David is the president of Florida’s First Coast of Golf, a golf destination marketing company located in Jacksonville Beach. He oversees the operation of the 501(c)6 organization that is designed to promote golf tourism to the First Coast. The foundation is built on cooperative marketing/public relations efforts for 61 industry partners, 5 counties, and the State under a unified brand. The accomplishments of the organization revolve around solid strategic, marketing/public relations plans and intense volunteer involvement.

David began his career as a convention sales manager for the Jacksonville Convention and Visitor’s bureau. David earned his bachelors degree in marketing with an emphasis on hospitality management from Florida State University.

As an active participant in the community David serves on the Board of Directors for International Association of Golf Tour Operators 2001-present, is a member of the Gator Bowl Association, VISIT FLORIDA’s Board of Directors, Visit Jacksonville’s Board of Directors, member of the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair Association, President of the SKAL Club of Jacksonville and a committee member of Visit Florida.

Great to be joined by David to talk about the state of golf on Florida’s First Coast and the challenges he and his organization face. It was an honor to meet and talk with David while at THE PLAYERS.

David Reese