Catch Brian Graham
Brian J. Graham is a versatile executive who specializes in the development, management, and evolution of businesses and organizations, primarily in the sports, events, and tourism industries.
As Executive Director of the Professional Disc Golf Association from 2007 to 2016, Brian led the international governing body through a decade of record exponential growth, where memberships tripled to nearly 100,000 members and sanctioned events quadrupled to 3,000+ annually. Accomplishments include conception and development of the PDGA International Disc Golf Center, prioritizing the rebuild of a scalable technology infrastructure, and creation of new technology, events and media positions. He co-created and served as publisher of DiscGolfer Magazine (circ. 80,000+), helped develop a charitable event partnership that raised over $420,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and formed strategic alliances with other sports and media organizations to produce, distribute, and broadcast their events to an international audience of 90Mhh annually.
Brian joined the corporate staff at Morris Communications Company in 2017, where he provided managerial oversight for the National Barrel Horse Association, the Augusta Cutting Horse Futurity, and the Hippodrome Events Complex. In 2019 he was named CEO of the Greater Augusta Sports Council, a 501(c3) sports tourism organization, where he helped plan, service, and manage iconic sports events like IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta, the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, and the Augusta Half Marathon.
In 2021, Brian rejoined the Professional Disc Golf Association in a newly established directorate role overseeing the PDGA's memberships, fulfillment, growth, diversity, educational, and international programs.
Brian has appeared as a guest panelist and/or presenter at the U.S. Sports Congress, TEAMS, and SPORTS Relationship conferences. In 2014, he was honored by SportsEvents Magazine with an Éclat Award for brilliant performance in the sports industry, and he was identified by Sports Planning Guide in 2016 as one of "10 events rights holders to watch". In 2010, he received the "Steady" Ed Headrick Award, for continuing the legacy of the founding father of Frisbee, and he was inducted into the Disc Golf Hall of Fame in 2018. He is a member of the Association of Chief Executives in Sport (ACES) and has served on boards for the U.S. Sports Congress, Destination Augusta, and the Columbia County CVB.