Samantha Huff, 31, works in Lincoln, Nebraska, as program and planning manager at Golf Course Builders Association of America. As a 2017 40 Under 40 honoree, Huff discusses her passion for the events industry.
What I do: I’ve had the good fortune of helping our members, comprised of golf course construction companies and suppliers, succeed in business. In addition to the day-to-day tasks every small office has, I try to create opportunities to get our members under one roof to help them network and do business with one another. With our home office in the middle of the country and membership everywhere, I get to travel and plan events in some amazing locations.
How I got here: I grew up in the golf service industry and was exposed to the many moving parts of orchestrating a successful golf tournament. With a sport management degree, I gained more experience through internships in a multitude of sports and high-profile events. Thanks to a former co-worker, I was alerted of the position with GCBAA, and as they say, the rest is history.
My greatest career accomplishment: One thing I’m particularly proud of at GCBAA is our foundation’s Sticks for Kids, a junior golf outreach program that provides clubs, bags and golf instruction to children who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn the game. Since its inception in 2007, we have reached over 390,000 youth participants.