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Jay Karen

Jay Karen is the chief executive officer of the National Golf Course Owners Association, where he leads the golf industry’s trade association and initiatives to support the success of the golf course business. In his role at NGCOA, he has chaired the board of the industry-wide advocacy coalition We Are Golf and serves on the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition board, a joint initiative with the PGA of America, and the advisory board of the World Golf Hall of Fame. The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CBS Radio, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Golf Channel, Golf Digest and others call upon Karen for his insights on the golf industry. He also has served as CEO of two associations in the lodging and hospitality industry, and he is a certified association executive by the American Society of Association Executives. Karen volunteers on boards and councils with ASAE, and is an honorary commander for the Joint Military Base in Charleston, S.C. Email: jay@ngcoa.org

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