New era on horizon at NGCOA

Published online: Sep 30, 2015 Golf News

Jay Karen begins his new position as chief executive officer at the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) on Oct. 1.

He replaces Mike Hughes, who after 25 years of leading NGCOA, announced in January that he was stepping down.

Karen is returning to NGCOA, where he was director of Partner Relations and Membership from 1997 to 2007.

Also, Mike Tinkey has resigned as the deputy chief executive officer at NGCOA, where he served for 24 years in that position.

Tinkey, who previously served on NGCOA's board of directors, helped NGCOA in business development and spearheaded many allied association relationships there.

NGCOA, under Hughes' guidance, significantly increased membership, and he also served in many areas of the industry, including chairman of the executive committee of GOLF 20/20.