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Disc Golf Industry Conference Adds Speakers & Releases Preliminary Schedule

By Charles McCracken
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For Immediate Release: 

 

Disc Golf Industry Conference Adds Speakers & Releases Preliminary Schedule

Andrew Zimmern Added as Keynote Speaker 

January 11th, 2023: The Disc Golf Pro Tour (DGPT) is pleased to announce the addition of several confirmed speakers along with their topics and an updated schedule for the inaugural DGPT Industry Conference announced last month. Full details on the conference, instructions for registration, and a complete list of sessions can be found here

Keynote Speakers Announced

In addition to the regular speaker sessions throughout the day on Thursday and Friday; attendees will have the opportunity to attend keynote sessions on Wednesday and Thursday night, and Friday morning.

Speakers Time Slot Description
Jeff Spring & Guests Wednesday Evening | Alongside Welcome Banquet Hosted by DGPT CEO Jeff Spring, the conference will begin with a banquet accompanied by a multi-part part keynote focused on the industry’s growth featuring a discussion on Women’s disc golf  
Andrew Zimmern Thursday Evening | Before All-Star Draft  Join celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern to hear how he discovered a love for disc golf and his perspective on growth in the industry and media opportunities 
Jeff Spring Closing Keynote | Friday, Mid Day Where we are, where we’re going, and how we grow together

More Speakers Confirmed

A complete list of speaker sessions and descriptions will be updated on the conference event page

Speaker(s)

Topic Session Description
Jeff Spring (Host)

Charlie Eisenhood (Live)


Jonathan Gomez (Post-Pro)

Terry Miller (Talent)

Disc Golf Media Panel Listen to leaders in disc golf media share their insights into what goes into making the highest level media production on Tour, with an eye to future development. Discussions will include equipment, budget, logistics, talent, and delivering a desirable final product. This panel will give each speaker 20 minutes to discuss their journey, perspective, and vision for disc golf media in the coming years, before a Q&A and discussion.
Jeff Spring


Jackie Morris


Seth Fendley

DGPT Events Panel Join DGPT Operations Staff and seasoned DGPT Tournament Directors to hear about the future of DGPT event development. Get insight into what makes events work at the highest level and innovations that we plan to make to reach new heights. The discussion will include base-level requirements for venues, best practices for preparation, and how to pull it all together to execute the event. Panelists will speak for 15 minutes each about their own experiences before a Q&A and discussion with session attendees.
Christina Lee (Jomez Pro Social Media Manager)

Jo Henderson (Paige Pierce Social Media)

Danny Voss (PDGA Marketing Director)

Zac Kuykendall (Host) (DGPT Marketing Director)

Disc Golf Social Media Panel Hear from the PDGA, Jomez Pro, and other social media marketers in the disc golf world. These industry leaders will share their insights on crafting a successful content strategy, managing a brand image on social media, and making a splash in the digital world.
Steve Abreu Intellectual Property Law & Disc Golf A presentation on the many brands, designs, and products in the disc golf industry that are eligible for IP protection and discuss how IP rights can be licensed for money or enforced in the event of an infringement. 
Sean Jack (Host)

Bushnell

Zuca

Non-Endemic Equipment in Disc Golf Panel Adapting non-endemic products to the Disc Golf industry

– Redesigning products to attract disc golfers

– Establishing a new brand for a new audience

– Sponsorship best practices

– Managing the pandemic surge

– The future of disc golf growth

Jesse Stedman – Trash Panda Sustainability in Disc Golf

A conversation about making things worth making and sustainable strategies for disc golf companies investing in the future of our sport.

 

Updated Schedule of Events

Conference: Wednesday – Friday | All-Star Event: Friday – Sunday

Wednesday, February 15th 

Time (MT) Event Description
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM Free Media Day All participants are free to create media on site. 
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Banquet + Welcome Keynotes Hosted by DGPT CEO Jeff Spring, the conference will begin with a banquet accompanied by a multi-part part keynote focused on the industry’s growth featuring a panel discussion on Women’s disc golf
7:00 PM Reception Hosted on site at the resort. Social hour & drinks. 

 

Thursday, February 16th 

Time (MT) Event Description
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakfast Provided to all attendees
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 1 Options: Course Design, Regional Retail, Entrepreneurship in Disc Golf, & Play the All-Star Course
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch  Provided to all attendees
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Session 2 Options: National Retail, DGPT Event Development & Operation, Intellectual Property Law & Disc Golf, & Play the All-Star Course
2:30 – 4:00 PM Session 3 Options: Non-Profits in Disc Golf (DG HOF), DGPT Media, Sustainability in Disc Golf, & Play the All-Star Course
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Andrew Zimmern Keynote Join celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern to hear how he discovered a love for disc golf and his perspective on growth in the industry
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Dinner Not provided
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM All-Star Draft Watch LIVE and in person as the 2023 DGPT All-Star teams are selected for competition
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Reception, Open Mic, etc. Come network and unwind with us

 

Friday, February 17th 

Time (MT) Event Description
8:00 AM – 9:30 Fundraiser Breakfast (extra cost) Recipient organization to be announced soon! Join us in supporting philanthropic work in disc golf
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 4 Options: Disc Golf Social Media, Non-Endemic Equipment in Disc Golf, & Play the All-Star Course
11:00 AM – 12:30 Closing Keynote Where we are, where we’re going, and how we grow together. 
12:30 All-Star Weekend Begins All participants will receive VIP passes for the weekend’s competition
TBA Flymart Meet the pros and shop

 

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For media inquiries, please contact DGPT Communications Director Charles McCracken at charles@dgpt.com