First Tee Network Summit

First Tee – Greater San Antonio staff and seven board members hit the road to Dallas, Texas for the First Tee Network Summit. With this being the first for our team, we were excited for all that the National Chapter had to offer. On Wednesday, the opening reception began with networking with leaders across the nation. Thursday opened with the 43rd president of the United States and Honorary Chair of First Tee, George W. Bush. PGA TOUR Commissioner, Jay Monahan, along with former commissioner, Tim Finchem attended to present retired CEO Joe Louis Barrow, Jr, with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday night’s 25th Anniversary reception. It was truly remarkable to see the impact of what First Tee is accomplishing across the nation.

Our staff shares their experience from a memorable week at the First Tee National Summit.

Watch our recap video here

Carrie Kimbell – Chief Executive Officer “Attending the First Tee National Summit is a great opportunity to share knowledge, best practices and network with colleagues from across the globe who all share in the greater mission to better the lives of the youth in our communities.”

Kellen Kubusak – Chief Operating Officer “The First Tee Network Summit was a great opportunity to meet leaders of chapters across the country and discuss best practices within our organizations, while also focusing on the ability to impact as many kids’ lives as we can through the different programs First Tee – Greater San Antonio offers!”

Gabby Rangel – Program Director “With being in my new position, I learned more about my role within our staff and community. It was great connecting with other program directors nationwide to bounce ideas off of and know who my go-to team is. I couldn’t be more grateful that our team went and experienced the Network Summit together. 😊”

Vincent Kabaso – PGA Program Ambassador “Attending the First Tee National Summit reinforced the impact I believe we are making in the lives of our participants. It was especially encouraging to see how national leadership has created a supporting platform that gives us incredible credibility when approaching donors and sponsors. The extended first tee family is a great resource too.”

MJ Resendis – Program Manager “The National Summit was such a great experience! I got to meet other Program Managers and loved getting to have conversations with people who have the same goals as me when it comes to improving our programs and creating impactful events and experiences for our kids. I also really appreciated getting to learn in the classes they hosted for us. I took a lot away from the “Unique Challenge of Engaging Girls” session that I feel I can apply when I am planning our LPGA Girls Golf session next year as well as our programming classes!”

Charlotte Davis – Marketing Manager Being in my first year at First Tee SA, I have learned so much about what our organization is about. Attending the Network Summit opened my eyes to the number of people dedicated to reaching even more youth and impacting their lives with our 9 core values. I attended the marketing-focused sessions and was able to share my best practices with other chapters that are beginning to strengthen their marketing efforts. I also had the opportunity to speak at the session “Keys to Successful Storytelling” with Sara Henika, Senior Director– Brand Marketing at First Tee, and Adam Loberstein Director– Social Responsibility at PGA TOUR, about our storytelling of the Uvalde Community Golf Clinic. Read more at

The First Tee Network Summit motivated the team to continue to build and grow our program even more so than before. It is because of the network of dedicated professionals that our organization is able to enrich the youth in the Greater San Antonio area.