Jon S. Podany

Chief Commercial Officer at Ladies Professional Golf Association

Jon S. Podany

Jon S. Podany

Chief Commercial Officer at Ladies Professional Golf Association

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Jon Podany is currently Chief Commercial Officer of the LPGA. In this role Jon is responsible for the business/commercial side of the LPGA, including sales and marketing, television, digital media, tournaments/title sponsors, branding and creative services, and licensing. Jon joined the LPGA in March, 2010, after a successful 15 years with the PGA Tour, and was one of new LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan’s first key hires. The LPGA has undergone a dramatic resurgence in the past four years since Mike and Jon came onboard – Ten (10) new tournaments have been added to the schedule since 2011, a season long points race (Race to the CME Globe) has been introduced with $1 million to the winner, a total of eleven (11) new corporate marketing partners have been added and the LPGA’s fan base is up significantly across all key metrics (television viewership, website visitors, social media following, international reach, etc.).

Jon received a B.S. in Finance from Miami University (Ohio) in 1987. He played quarterback on Miami’s football team for two years, was President of his fraternity and President of a junior honorary organization.

Jon resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, is married and has three daughters.

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Chief Executive Officer, the Legends Tour at Ladies Professional Golf Association

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Chief Financial Officer at Ladies Professional Golf Association

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Chief Executive Officer at ClubCorp Holdings, Inc.

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Commissioner at Ladies Professional Golf Association

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Medical Director at Ladies Professional Golf Association

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Jon S. Podany
Chief Commercial Officer at Ladies Professional Golf Association
Education
B.S. in Finance
Class of 1987

Miami University is one of the oldest public universities in the country, made possible by an ordinance signed by President George Washington in 1795. Chartered in 1809, Miami welcomed its first students in 1824. Miami's reputation grew as quickly as its enrollment, and it became known as the "Yale of the West" for its ambitious liberal arts curriculum. Today, Miami consistently ranks among the nation's top public universities for the quality of teaching and overall student experience. One of Miami University's most famous graduates was Benjamin Harrison, who later became a President of the United States. Professor William Holmes McGuffey revolutionized the education of generations of Americans when he conducted research for his Eclectic Readers series while teaching at Miami from 1826 to 1836. The "mother of fraternities," Miami was the founding site of four national fraternities: Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Chi, and Phi Kappa Tau; as well as Delta Zeta sorority.

Career History
Director, Business Development
1995 - 2010

The PGA Tour (officially rendered in all capital letters, as PGA TOUR) is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as the Champions Tour (for golfers age 50 and older) and the Web.com Tour (for professional players who have not yet qualified to play in the PGA Tour), as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. It is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Chief Commercial Officer
2010 - Current

The Ladies Professional Golf Association is one of the longest-running women's professional sports associations in the world. Founded in 1950, the organization has grown from its roots as a playing tour into a non-profit organization involved in every facet of golf. The LPGA Tour and the LPGA Teaching & Club Professionals (T&CP) comprise the backbone of what has become the premier women's professional sports organization in the world today. The LPGA maintains a strong focus on charity through: its tournaments; its grassroots junior and women's programs; and the formation of The LPGA Foundation. The LPGA is under the guidance of Commissioner Michael Whan and is headquartered in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Boards & Committees
Vice Chairman, Board of Directors
Prior - 2018
Political Donations
$150
2005

Founder at Faith and Freedom Coalition, Inc.

$250
2004

Former President of United States

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