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Golfzon appoints Smith as regional sales director

Joel Smith, GOLFZON Director of Sales-Northeast Region.

Joel Smith, GOLFZON Director of Sales-Northeast Region.

VIENNA, VA, USA (July 13, 2017) – Joel Smith has joined GOLFZON America as the Director of Sales-Northeast Region for the global leader in the golf simulator industry. Smith, a longtime PGA of America golf professional and business development specialist in the New York area, will be based in New York with responsibilities for a territory stretching from Washington D.C. to Boston as GOLFZON focuses on that region of the United States during its entry into the U.S. marketplace.

“Everything I’ve done in my career has gotten me ready for this role with GOLFZON,” Smith said. “Golf has been my passion since I was a kid and it still is.”

Smith, a Zeeland, Mich., native, attended Ferris State University where he earned a Business degree in 2005. He then moved to the New York metropolitan area and served as a golf professional at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., for eight years. That was followed by time with Nestle Waters North America covering Michigan and Ohio as a Key Accounts Manager and most recently with Landmark Ventures of New York as Director of Business Development. He was recently married as he assumes the GOLFZON role.

“I wake up excited every day to help grow the game I love and develop new opportunities that I only dreamed of before,” Smith said. “GOLFZON gives access and enjoyment to a wide range of golf enthusiasts and excels at drawing in new golfers with its ‘gaming’ style software platform. You can play some of the greatest golf courses in the world or play arcade-style games on the most precise and realistic simulator offered. GOLFZON is connecting golfers around the globe and is leading the way for our sport. I look forward to building partnerships and finding success similar to what has been displayed in South Korea and the other 39 countries where GOLFZON operates. Most of all, I am anxious to grow the game of golf through easy access and incredibly fun experiences.”

Smith was a successful player while an assistant at The Stanwich Club, shooting a 68 to win the Metropolitan Golf Association Assistants Tournament season opener in 2011. He also played the mini-tours in Arizona and Florida to improve himself as a teacher and student of the game.

“Joel has the perfect combination of golf experience, business acumen and area connections necessary to help drive brand awareness and increase sales for GOLFZON in the Northeast, which has historically been a hotbed of golf activity,” said Tommy Lim, CEO of GOLFZON America, which established its headquarters in Vienna, Va., earlier this year. “Joel’s enthusiasm combined with GOLFZON and its technological advancements and versatility are sure to entice more golf fans.”

The Metropolitan Golf Association, located in New York and one of the nation’s oldest and largest amateur golf associations, announced in June that GOLFZON has become an official partner and the “Official Golf Simulator” of the MGA. GOLFZON will have a presence at several MGA championships and other MGA events, as well as provide special purchase opportunities to MGA members. GOLFZON was also honored this year by Golf Digest as an Editors’ Choice award winner and GOLFZON Chairman Kim Young-chan was among 10 top global golf innovators and entrepreneurs “who are reshaping the face of golf” as recognized by Golf Inc. magazine.

To reach Joel Smith, go to or call (616) 886-9376.

Press Release issued on behalf of GOLFZON by Signature Group.
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GOLFZON is a global leader in the golf simulator industry, established in South Korea in 2000. GOLFZON has been trying to overcome the entry barrier to golf and expand the number of golfers under the corporate philosophy, “making golf enjoyable for everyone,” believing that golf should be no longer exclusive for the upper class. With a simulation-based business model consisting of golf, IT, and culture, GOLFZON has the largest market share in the global golf simulator business. In addition, products have been internationally recognized for their high quality and are currently being exported to more than 40 countries in Asia, North America, Europe, and other continents. 

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