Friday, May 29, 2015

Toasting to Firsts, Farewells & the Future


Networking, top-notch speakers and cocktails on the patio of The Country Club. What a great first MGA Speaker Series Event!
Firsts are always scary, but they are also the pathway to great opportunity.

Last night, the MGA partnered with First Republic Bank to host the organization’s first-ever MGA Member Speaker Series event. Representatives from the MGA, First Republic Bank and a group of MGA golfers came together at The Country Club.

The goal of the event was to allow Bay State golfers to come together, network with fellow members and learn more about important and relevant issues. The first event focused on the state of the real estate market.

It was incredible! Three outstanding speakers provided us all with the latest market trends. Rene Rodriguez and Eric Shabshelowitz from Cabot & Company joined Deb Taylor – founder & president of LINK – and touched on the history of the real estate market here in Massachusetts, spoke about how the Boston market compares to others and provided helpful hints for those looking to invest or purchase homes and property in and around Boston.

One highlight was an interactive discussion about the future of Boston housing market and the neighborhoods that are undergoing the biggest transformations. It was fascinating to learn about Mayor Walsh’s plans for the city and that more than 72 construction projects are already underway, of which 60% are residential!

Special thanks to Cabot & Company’s Paula Luccio who was on hand (did you know that Paula’s father was the one who was behind the emergence of the condo market in Boston?), Andy Wiles and Lindsay Harlow of First Republic Bank for coordinating the event and The Country Club for being such a great host.

While everyone enjoyed the evening, there was a bitter-sweet component as we took a moment to toast the MGA’s own Erin Engelson, who was enjoying her final day as a member of the MGA staff.

Erin began with the MGA two years ago as a USGA Boatwright intern. She has since been a key player with our member services and communications team. We can’t thank Erin enough for her great work – especially all of her outstanding blog postings – and wish her the best at her new position with the Marathon Sports marketing team.

We also wanted to thank Scott Guild, who also recently left the MGA to pursue some exciting professional opportunities. Scott was the one who was in his car traveling to every part of the state to assist our Member Clubs with the GHIN Handicapping program. We could not possibly begin to count the number of miles he logged over the past eight years or the number of calls he fielded whether it was day or night.

While it’s always sad to see valued staff members leave, we are truly a family at the MGA and family never leaves.

From our staff to our Executive Committee members to our more than 200+ volunteers to our Member Clubs to our huge network of golfers that now number 84,000… we consider us all one big family and we look forward to meeting many of you.

Let’s make a pact to continue to connect whether it be through our weekly emails, our Championship Program, Members Days, The First Tee of Massachusetts and now through this MGA Speaker Series.

We are excited to serve your needs. We are and will always be MGA FAMILY!

Posted by Becky Blaeser, who is missing her colleagues but excited about new adventures to come!