Conor Dillon knows he has big shoes to fill after replacing the ever-present Michael McCumiskey at the helm of The PGA in Ireland. McCumiskey will step down from his role as Manager for the Irish region at the end of April having spent more than three decades helping to grow the game in Ireland.
“I am delighted to have been appointed the new manager of The PGA In Ireland,” said Dillon, who hails from Cork and started his new role at the beginning of March. “I can’t wait until the COVID-19 restrictions ease so I can personally meet PGA Members.
“Michael (McCumiskey) has represented the region exceptionally well over a long period of time and has been very generous in his knowledge sharing within the transition, and for that I’m very grateful.
“I’ve enjoyed close business relationships with The PGA’s marketing and training teams for many years. I was impressed with the people and the vision communicated and therefore felt that it was a very exciting time to be joining.”
Dillon was first introduced to golf at the age of 10 when he caddied for his father. Although not instantly drawn to golf, he soon became a passionate golfer and pursued a career in the game. After completing his PGA training with the help of Garry Nicholson (Douglas Golf Club) and Leonard Owens (Royal Dublin), Dillon soon developed a keen interest in the commercial side of the industry.
“I moved to Germany after qualifying where I had the role of Custom Fitting Manager, Central Europe for Mizuno,” Dillon added. “I then relocated to England to work for Golf Pride, firstly managing sales for UK and Europe, followed by expanding my role to lead sales, marketing and operations for UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.”
Asked what his vision for The PGA in Ireland is, Dillon added: “In my previous roles, I have always had a strong emphasis on servicing my customers with excellence, with my new role, I will strive to increase and improve the quality of member engagement.
“I will draw on the many experiences that I have learnt from, throughout my career, to promote continued success within The PGA. I will of course bring a different style to the role but will continue to actively engage with members, create good content to promote tournaments as well as the business services that our full membership provides.”