ACG San Diego | Golf Industry Symposium 2023

Golf Industry Symposium

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November 14, 2023 3 PM - 6:30 PM PST

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Golf Industry Symposium

Join us this November for an informative and enjoyable dive into the golf industry. This exclusive gathering promises to be a hole-in-one experience for all M&A professionals, industry leaders, golf enthusiasts, and aficionados alike. The symposium will feature two panels, including a roundtable discussion overviewing golf industry trends, and a keynote speaker covering one of the most interesting M&A deals in the game.

Following the panels we’ll enjoy a networking happy hour on the outdoor patio, with cold beverages and delectable hors d’oeuvres, as well as access to the adjacent putting green. You’ll also have the opportunity to partake in a putting contest and raffle with an assortment of industry-related prizes.

Secure your spot now at the preeminent event in golf industry dealmaking! Golf attire encouraged for all attendees. 


The Changing Game of Golf - Industry Trends Roundtable

Golf is quintessential San Diego. The region has a thriving golf scene, with many courses and leading golf brands creating an ecosystem of industry experts and influencers that are creating the future of golf. This panel of market leaders will discuss developments, opportunities, and issues impacting this fast-changing industry.

Discussion Points

  1. How is the demand for shorter format golf impacting the industry?
  2. What are the alternatives golf formats you believe will have a lasting place in the game?
  3. Has the Covid golf wave of 2020 continued, and how has it changed the game?
  4. What are the short-, medium- and long-term challenges facing the Golf Industry in Southern California, the U.S. and internationally?
  5. Have the panelists raised or tried to raise any outside capital? If so, how did that process go?


  • Ronan Galvin, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunday Golf
  • Stephen Gibson, Chief Executive Officer of The Bridges
  • Kevin Hwang, Principal CEO of Aberdeen Young Asset Management


  • Steve Cox, Founder of Golfstix


Keynote Address: Cart Mart, Inc.

From its early days in San Diego as pioneers of the golf cart to its current efforts to formalize and expand the low-speed electric vehicle industry, Cart Mart has always been on the cutting edge of the cart industry. After decades of expansion, strategic transitions, and add-on acquisitions, they are one of the largest electric cart dealers in the nation.

In our discussion with CEO Brian Rott and his trusted external adviser Mark Neilson, we’ll dive into the decision making that powered their successful growth and look at what lies ahead for Cart Mart and the electric cart industry.

Discussion Points

  1. How did Cart Mart identify and execute the market transitions from consumer to commercial and back again – where will the mix be long term?
  2. How has the Company used M&A to drive growth and innovation?
  3. What were the market trends that they identified and capitalized upon as they expanded their business?
  4. How can trade associations be leveraged to drive business?
  5. How has the current capital markets environment impacted their growth through acquisition strategy?


  • Brian Rott, CEO of Cart Mart, Inc.
  • Mark Neilson, Strategic Financial Advisor and Consultant CFO to Cart Mart, Inc.


  • Ted Lord, Vice President, Banker at J.P. Morgan Private Bank
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  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm:  Registration
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm:  The Changing Game of Golf: Industry Trends Roundtable
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm:  Keynote Address: Cart Mart, Inc.
  • 5:15pm - 6:30pm:  Happy Hour Reception



Registration closes at 12:00pm on Tuesday, November 14.

  • ACG Members: $95
  • Non-Members & Guests: $145

You will receive a confirmation email following your online registration. 

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4. Bidding will end at 6:00pm on 11/14 during the Symposium.

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