Latin Biz Today’s Tina Trevino sits down one on one with Derek Gutierrez, PGA GM/Director of Golf, Santa Ana Golf Corporation.
Unlike many Latinos, generations ago Derek was exposed to the game of golf. This Mexican-American’s first introduction to golf was in college taking a make up PE course with a buddy. He earned PE credit and was hooked.
In short order Derek began started his first job in the golf industry. His boss, a PGA Professional mentored him in all aspects of the game and the industry. Sadly, Derek lost his mentor in a tragic car accident. Undeterred he recommitted his golf career in the mold of his mentor and thrived.
Lately the PGA of America has been pro-active launching a number of diversity and inclusion programs to expose, involve and employ Latinos. Derek is currently the PGA GM/Director of Golf for Santa Ana Golf Corporation is owned by Native Americans, a number of which appear with Derek in the video.
After Part 1, view Part 2 here