Derek Gutierrez PGA Golf Professional & His Diversity Back Story- Part 1 [Video]

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

Derek Gutierrez close to the pin
Derek Gutierrez close to the pin

Derek and his wife Carolyn
Derek and his wife Carolyn

Derek presenting
Derek presenting

 

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Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino
Tina Trevino, Partner & Director of Community Relations for Latin Biz Today is President & CEO of Tocaya Design under which she does design consulting for major apparel companies as well as designs, manufactures and markets her women’s lifestyle brand, Tocaya. With 25 years of industry experience most recently as Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd., she has managed large creative design teams. Trevino provides insight on upcoming fashion trends for each season collaborating with designers, merchants and product development teams to help develop brand appropriate apparel. She specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. Having previously worked with private label brands for stores like Kohl’s, NY & Co, White House|Black Market, and Ann Taylor to name a few as well as brands like Lee jeans, Wendy Williams, Brooke Shields Timeless, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and Whitney Port, she has the ability to build brands from the design and merchandising process all the way through fitting, production, and marketing.

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