Thursday, November 19, 2009

What's in a name?




RSM McGladrey recently hosted its second Ultimate Golf Experience. Held in beautiful Sea Island, Georgia, the event was, well…the ultimate golf experience!

Dick Noonan, RSM McGladrey regional managing director – northeast, served as master of ceremonies, welcoming a small group of RSM McGladrey executives and prestigious clients to the event during a dinner the evening of Sun., Nov. 15. Client participants included:

• Erik Bloom, Partner, Goense & Company
• Jim Blue, Chairman & CEO, The Bostonian Group
• Gary Domoracki, CEO, Fireman Capital Advisors
• Richard Kaye, Partner, Arnall, Golden & Gregory
• Daniel Kortick, Managing Partner, The Wicks Group of Companies
• William McEnery, Executive Vice President, Gas City
• George Moore, CEO & President, MC Assembly
• Craig O’Neal, Chief Financial Officer, Grain Millers, Inc. .
• Phil Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, Roush Fenway Racing
• Peter Roque, President & CEO, VH Blackinton Co., Inc.
• Jon Stockel, Chief Financial Officer, BWP Distributors, Inc.
• Dennis Willson, President & CEO, Cytokine PharmaSciences, Inc.

PGA Tour Professionals and Team McGladrey Members Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco joined activities the morning of Mon., Nov. 16, after finishing 9th and 14th, respectively at The Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney.

The Ultimate Golf Experience included a golf clinic hosted by Chris and Zach at Sea Island’s Frederica Golf Club, followed by Chris and Zach each playing two holes with the groups. Activities concluded with a dinner at the club’s boathouse, where highlights included a Q&A with Chris and Zach.

Here’s what a couple of our clients had to say about their favorite part of the experience:

“There were many but meeting the people from McGladrey (including clients, spouses and Chris and Zach) was the best part of the experience. I play golf all the time and I eat and stay in some pretty nice places (although this one was really, really nice). However, I have seldom been around such a great group of people. They were intelligent, informative and fun.”

“Words fail but, in a word, incomparable. This was simply the best day I have spent in the last 10 years. Everything about it was first-class – from the people, to the place, to the golf course, to the pros. I expected to have a good time; I had a great time. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

RSM McGladrey’s next Ultimate Golf Experience is scheduled for Dec. 7 and 8 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis will host the event. Check back here next month for an update on that. In the meantime, let us know if there’s anything in particular about Team McGladrey that you’d like to discuss here on our golf blog!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Guest Post by Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson


Editor’s Note: PGA Tour Professional and Team McGladrey Member Zach Johnson is competing this week (Mon., Nov. 9 – Sun., Nov. 15) in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney’s Magnolia and Disney’s Palm Course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Below are a few of Zach’s comments from Disney:

We were all anxiously watching The Weather Channel as Hurricane Ida plodded toward the Gulf Coast with 100 mph winds, bringing the threat of flooding and storm surges. Fortunately, however, it turned out to be beautiful here at Disney so, in spite of my fellow Team McGladrey Member Chris DiMarco’s tardiness (couldn’t let the opportunity to rib a good teammate pass me by!), we were able to play the back nine.

The Children’s Miracle Network Classic is one of my personal favorites – a great cause, beautiful courses and a laid-back setting that provides opportunities for family members to join you for a good time and good food at Disney World. In fact, I met my wife Kim and son Will at Epcot for dinner Tuesday evening, after they spent the day at the park. It’s always a treat to be able to fit in some good quality family time while playing.

One of the interesting things that took place this week was filming and a photo session for an upcoming RSM McGladrey ad, which will feature my caddie Damon Green and me talking about “the power of being understood” on the golf course, and how that understanding can translate into winning results. One of my favorite examples of this was in Augusta in 2007 when Damon and I really leaned on one another to win The Masters. Slipping on that Green Jacket was truly a dream come true, and talking about that experience this week brought back great memories. Damon even re-enacted his famous chicken dance, which he performs after each of our wins. Priceless!

The Children’s Miracle Network Classic is my last PGA Tour event of the season. I’ll be playing twice more in PGA Tour-sanctioned events this year: the Chevron World Challenge in Southern California, hosted by Tiger Woods (Dec. 2 – 6), followed by The Shark Shootout in Naples, hosted by Greg Norman (Dec. 9 – 13). After that, I’ll be taking a break until January, when I’ll begin the season with the Mercedes Benz Championship in Hawaii. Until then, keep an eye out for RSM McGladrey’s “power of being understood” ads featuring Damon and me. Following those ads, you’ll see a version featuring Chris and his caddie Ryan Rue…assuming they weren’t running too late for their filming and photo session…

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Team McGladrey continues to prove that with the right team, anything's possible...

Team McGladrey Members Chris DiMarco, Natalie Gulbis and Zach Johnson continue to make us proud – both on and off the course. All three Team McGladrey members are big supporters of the community – so much so that we can’t highlight all of those activities here. Last week (Nov. 1 and 2), however, Chris DiMarco, along with “The First Lady of Golf” Nancy Lopez, co-hosted the Ninth Annual Norma DiMarco (named after Chris’ late mother) “Tee Up for Life” golf tournament. We wanted to share a few highlights from that special event event with you.

Tee Up for Life, held at the Country Club at Heathrow in Heathrow, Florida, supports Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (ROCK) and cancer research – a cause that’s near-and-dear to Chris’ heart after having lost his mother to the disease years ago.

RSM McGladrey and the New York Stock Exchange sponsor Tee Up for Life, and many other generous supporters contributed to the success of this year’s event by donating auction items and by bidding on those during the event’s live auction. This year’s auction raised about $312,000, bringing the grand total raised for ROCK and cancer research through Tee Up for Life activities to more than $4 million.

For RSM McGladrey Chief Business Process and Technology Officer Bob Gerardi, who participated in this year’s Tee Up for Life tournament, the event was especially meaningful. “I have participated in Tee Up for Life for the last four years, and this year was particularly poignant after having lost my dad to cancer in April,” said Gerardi. “I truly appreciate RSM McGladrey’s support of and involvement in this outstanding event, which raises money to fight cancer and make a positive impact in the lives of the innocent children afflicted with this cruel and indiscriminate disease.”

To learn more about Tee Up for Life, visit www.teeupforlife.com.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The beat goes on...


The 2009 McGladrey National Team Championship is now behind us, but…the “buzz” continues!

We’ve noticed a number of tweets and twitpics posted on Twitter.com by various individuals, including jaysgolftips, latestgolf, PinHighFitness, bestgolfnews, mybestnews, and LPGA Tour Professional and Team McGladrey Member Natalie Gulbis – just to name a few. We’ve also seen coverage of The McGladrey Team Championship by PGA.com, SoloPortfolio Blog, Armchair Golf Blog, Going Concern, The Pilot Online, Forbes.com, Reuters, Hoover’s Online, The Sports Network Online and on major television channels ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX.

We’ve uploaded a brief video to our YouTube channel (McGladreyNews, for those of you who might be interested in checking out other videos on our channel), which shows highlights from our live auction to benefit Special Olympics golf program. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to view it (You’ll be amazed by how much the autographed Peyton Manning jersey and the Sheryl Crow guitar raised!), and to let us know what you think. In the meantime, we’d like to give a special thanks to everyone featured in the video, including:

• LPGA Tour Professional Natalie Gulbis for her opening remarks and overall assistance with the auction,
• The PGA of America’s CEO Joe Steranka for his kind words about the importance of sponsorships and about RSM McGladrey, and
• best-selling author, Golf Channel reporter and host of The PGA TOUR Network’s “Fairways of Life,” Matt Adams, for emceeing the auction.

Particular appreciation goes to Special Olympics Global Messenger Carl Hibbert Jr. Thank you, Carl, for sharing your thoughts about what your personal experience with Special Olympics has meant to you. Your heartfelt words served as a real-life example of “the power of being understood.”

Last but not least, while they weren’t featured in the video, we’d also like to express our appreciation to fellow Team McGladrey Members Chris DiMarco and Zach Johnson for joining us in Pinehurst for The 2009 McGladrey National Team Championship – proving once again that, with the right team, anything’s possible!