In less than three months, we’ll be joining LPGA Tour champions and world-class celebrities in Orlando for the 2020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions – and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the course.
The tournament is the LPGA’s season opener and a true winners-only event, with only LPGA champions from the previous two seasons qualifying to play. Plus, there’s an entertaining twist with a roster of sports and entertainment celebrities playing alongside the pros. It’s unlike anything else fans have ever experienced.
We’re counting down the days.
Recently, I had the opportunity to join CBS Orlando’s “After the Whistle” program to share a story about our tournament’s new Executive Director, Aaron Stewart.
Aaron, who joined me on the program, was promoted last month to our Vice President of Sports Marketing to lead the team who runs this incredible event. He is a good friend of mine, incredibly talented and brings a true passion for golf to this role.
Aaron is the son of late PGA Tour icon and World Golf Hall of Famer Payne Stewart, who won 11 PGA Tour events, including three major championships. Prior to joining Diamond Resorts, Aaron had followed in his father’s footsteps of playing golf at the collegiate level and was Team Captain for the Southern Methodist University men’s golf program.
Upon graduating from SMU, Aaron joined our Diamond Marketing Mentorship Program – a nine-month long rigorous apprenticeship program designed to develop young professionals into marketing leadership positions.
After finishing, he grew with us to serve as a National OPC Program Manager, and then Regional Marketing Director before taking a brief hiatus to travel the world with his new wife. He returned to Diamond in March 2019 as Director of National Partnerships, becoming an integral member of our Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions team, before being promoted.
I am personally excited to watch Aaron continue to grow and know the tournament will see continued growth under his leadership.
You can hear more about his story and what to expect in 2020 by watching the full program clip here.