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Woke up to this interesting tidbit on Facebook this morning from Hogan Founder/CEO Terry Koehler...

 

To all,


My life has moved into the next chapter with the transition at Ben Hogan Golf -- I've relinquished my role as President/CEO and evolved to a "semi-retired" Founder role, where I will not be responsible for day-to-day operations. That work is now trusted to Scott White, a very capable industry veteran who will do a great job. I will stay engaged in product innovation and many other areas, where most of my work can be done from my home in Victoria. I will miss seeing all the great people every day, and being 100% engaged all the time. 


I will not miss the almost weekly 600-mile round trip commute, nor the waking at 3:00 a.m in a near panic about all that I need to get done that day.


My conversations with my wife on the weekends will no longer revolve around work. Yay!!!!


I will no longer be a stranger at my Victoria Country Club. And I look forward to working on my golf game to get it out of complete remission -- there are already signs of hope that it is salvageable.


I will see my Victoria friends much more often!!!

 

I will stay engaged as one of the five-member Board of Managers that provides high-level direction to the management team.
I will not work 70+ hour weeks anymore, and will not fear going from Friday afternoon to Monday morning without working at least some.

I am buying a new little place in Port O Connor that will get a great deal of my time -- new floors, painting, cabinet work, building a deck, etc. And fishing, of course. Oh, it's at 189 Easy Street -- how appropriate, huh?

I'm not going away from this dream I started years ago, not by a long shot. But I am stepping aside a bit to let Scott lead this team to achieve all our goals.

Wish me luck in dealing with all this leisure time.

 

Interesting news -- I spoke with Terry briefly this afternoon, he's already on the golf course, and plan a more in depth conversation with him tomorrow and a discussion with the new CEO next week.  Based on an interview with Terry a couple of months ago, today's news is a little startling...

 

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Wow, but I get where he is coming from considering I have spent the last 48 hours plus in my office including sleep and all meals.  I am a huge fan of the Hogan brand and just hoping that the company continues to evolve and expand its offerings.

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Really surprised by this. That would explain why it was hard for me to get ahold of someone at Hogan last week. I wish him the best, he seems like a nice guy. 

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Wow! I can imagine that grind. he lead the successful relaunch, got it rolling. I wish him luck!

 

 

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I really love his SCOR wedges and if he stays in product development, I think we will still see his contributions in future clubs. Good luck TK. Do you think he plays Hogan clubs? What about driver?

 

 

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Very Interesting - curious how this will affect the vision and direction of the company. Hope the interview goes well - want to hear more.

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Best wishes! His wedges are the best clubs in my bag along with putter. (Despite the number of strokes had with them the other day)

 

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Have to believe the Hogan group will continue to move forward in a positive way! Love all the clubs...like many of you started with the Score wedges! Also lets hope it's TK does well in retirement! I failed it the first time 😝 Time to ⛳️

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Blog post published this morning on Terry's decision to step down...

 

http://www.mygolfspy.com/terry-koehler-leaves-hogan-sort-of/

 

Long and short of it - it was in the plan all along for Terry to build the company, and then find a replacement CEO by the time he turned 65, which happens in March.  Terry freely admits his skills set and temperament is more suited to building a company from scratch as opposed to running an established company in growth mode.  That's a different skill set altogether.

 

Scott White is the new CEO - hoping to arrange an interview with him this week.  White was most recently head of Global Marketing and Brand Management for BowTech.  He does have a long history in the golf business - as Director of Sales and Marketing for True Temper, as well as positions with TaylorMade, Callaway and Spalding/Top Flite dating back to the early 90's.  At TaylorMade, he ran the Burner Iron product development and introduction, which remains TMag's most successful iron launch ever.  

 

So personally, I don't see any conspiracy here - I'm not 65 but I can see it in the coming attractions, so Terry's explanation does make sense. As it says in the blog, when you get to that age and have achieved a certain level of success, you get to make decisions about what you want to do and what you don't want to do.  

 

And a 600 mile weekly round trip commute? No thanks!

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I totally agree with his decision. Life's too short as is. I'm still working too much (because it's fun and profitable still) but I'm on a slow gradual taper-off mode. I don't want to be 65 and still pounding it out day in day out either. Good for you Terry.

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I totally agree with his decision. Life's too short as is. I'm still working too much (because it's fun and profitable still) but I'm on a slow gradual taper-off mode. I don't want to be 65 and still pounding it out day in day out either. Good for you Terry.

 

I started winding down my career when I turned 60, but kept working until last year when I was 68. I enjoyed my work and would have probably kept on for a couple of more years, but each year the excitement dwindled and the golf game call was louder and clearer.  My wife and I did a lot of traveling to play golf, and I am glad I did while I was still reasonably healthy.  I still plan trips because who knows when you can't do that anymore!!

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Nice piece.  it's good to get the scoop directly from the source, as opposed to all the internet rumors.  

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I was a bit surprised as well.  I have been getting two or three emails per week from Terry, explaining the details of the Hogan clubs....

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So after thinking a little more about this and reading the additional information from TK...specifically regarding growing the company...he actually can grow a company...if one is willing to accept the concept of taking SCOR wedges (was a proud owner of these wedges until I went to the Hogan TK wedges) to the next level by applying that technology to a complete line of irons and now hybrids. I am not suggesting that there are any ulterior motives in his stepping down, only that he can grow a company so long as it contains significant rose colored vision (TK's words).  Anyway there is a difference in establishing a business with growth potential and growing an established business.  I think he is making the right conclusions and right decisions for the long time health of the Ben Hogan company.

 

P.S. Thanks TK for bringing Ben Hogan clubs back!

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