Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort team up for 2nd Annual “Business at the Brickyard: Maximizing Golf as a Business Tool”

July 23, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
An estimated $28 billion in annual sales in the United States alone is directly attributed to contacts, conversations and relationships initiated or conducted while on a golf course. Because of this proven potential of golf as a business tool, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort are once again teaming up to bring Indianapolis-area business professionals the “Business at the Brickyard: Maximizing Golf as a Business Tool,” Aug. 2, at the Brickyard Crossing.

Presenting sponsors Office Depot Business Solutions Division and Sterling Creek, along with media sponsors WIBC AM 1070 and WTHR Channel 13, enable “Business at the Brickyard” to bring together both the experienced and aspiring business golfers for a day of skill development, networking and, of course, a good game of golf.

Expanded format allows for more participants
This year’s event has been expanded to accommodate four different “flights”: a morning scramble, with skills clinics and seminars in the afternoon; a morning Golf School, with skills clinics and seminars in the afternoon; an afternoon scramble, with skills clinics and seminars in the morning; and an afternoon Golf School, with skills clinics and seminars in the morning.

All skills clinics and seminars are geared toward any playing level, with topics including Tips from the Tour (taught by a David Leadbetter instructor), Long Drive Tips, 10 Business Golf Commandments, Swing Faults and Fixes, and more.

Foursomes to include business celebrities
Once again, scramble foursomes and Golf School classes will include local business celebrities, allowing attendees to maximize networking. Those already committed include Brian Barnhart, president, Indy Racing League; Bob Beasley, director of sales, IMS; Jeff Belskus, CFO, Hulman Companies; Rickie Clark, publisher, Indiana Minority Business Magazine; Kurt Cohen, CEO, Arni's Restaurants; Bill Dahm, CEO, Mike's Car Wash; Tom Dapp, president, Gradex; John Dierdorf, CEO, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf; Roland Dorson, president, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; Charlie Garcia, president, GM Construction; Andy Gilliland, market sales manager, Sam’s Club; Mike Gorey, CEO, Bridgestone/Firestone Diversified Products; Adam Grant, CEO, Grant Communications; Darrin Gray, CEO, Brandirect; Tim Jebavy, district manager, Office Depot; Bob Kort, president, Kort Builders; Larry Kunkel, COO, Forum Credit Union; Bob Kravitz, sports columnist, Indianapolis Star; Cathy Langham, president, Langham; Randall Lewis, senior vice president, WellPoint, Inc.; Chuck Markey, president, Markey’s Audio Visual; Kevin Markey, principal, Sensory Technologies; Dave Mazanowski, founder and CEO, Mainscape; Zig Mazanowski, CEO, Mainscape; Jeff McKinley, division president, Clear Channel Outdoor; Scott Miller, president, Mainscape; Bill Neale, partner, Krieg DeVault; John Neighbours, partner, Baker & Daniels; Al Oak, chairman and CEO, Paul I. Cripe; Ron Pearson, president, Pearson McMahon Fletcher England; Rich Pegram, president, WTHR; George Pillow, CEO, Pillow Express Logistics; Randy Reichmann, CEO, Old National Bank; Lyn St. James, race car driver; Steve Schenck, CEO, Midwest Region, Regions Bank; Greg Schenkel, vice president, Indiana Pacers; Al Smith, president, Chase in Central Indiana; Dobbie Smith, CEO, Perfect Impressions Printing; Bill Steckel, CFO, Norwood Promotional Products; Steve Sterrett, CFO, Simon Property Group; Steve Stitle, chairman and CEO, National City Bank; and Charlie Waggoner, market manager, Sam’s Club.

Day ends with Brickyard Bash
The day will end with the “Brickyard Bash,” from 4-8 p.m. Attendees will mingle and network, while enjoying the music of Indianapolis singer/songwriter Jennie DeVoe and sampling food and drinks from some of the city’s best restaurants, including Adobo Grill, Dawson's on Main, D'vine A Wine Bar, The Melting Pot, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Ritter's Frozen Custard and many more.

Registration and Information
Registration is $250 for the full day or $75 for the afternoon skills clinics and “Brickyard Bash”. For more information go to or contact Julie Grice at or 317.464.2259 to register.


About the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce: Founded in 1890 by Colonel Eli Lilly and a group of Indianapolis business leaders, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the central Indiana business community. Today, with a membership of nearly 4,000 businesses, the Indianapolis Chamber is still a voice of progress and improvement, bringing together businesses for a thriving community. For more information on the Chamber, visit

About The Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort: The Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort is an 18-hole, championship-caliber public golf course located on the grounds of the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was recently named for the second time to Golf Digest’s prestigious biennial “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” rankings. Reservations for tee times are available online at, or by calling the Pro Shop up to 14 days in advance at (317) 492-6572. Information on golf instruction at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Academy is available at (317) 492-6415 or