When I first interned with the AJGA in the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of working with Kristi Bradley at my second event. In that week and the rest of the summer, I learned so much from Kristi. From my intern tasks to my current full time position as a Communications Coordinator, I'm confident that Kristi helped me do all facets of my job better. I’m excited to share with you our second phase of the AJC Top 100 blogs, an interview with Kristi Bradley, former AJGA Media Relations Manager and current Marketing Coordinator with Sequoia Golf Management.
What makes the AJGA such a special place to work?
Every day you wake up and want to go to work because the end result is something so positive. You are making a difference in the lives of junior golfers and the future generation of golf. There are so many players on the PGA and LPGA Tours who came up from the AJGA so we really are developing the next generation of golfers.
How would you describe the AJGA culture?
You can’t find a culture like this anywhere else. It is the way the AJGA picks people from the internship, people who care about the outcome and the mission. From day one you are taught the mission and you become surrounded by people who care. People who work hard and have fun doing so.
What qualities do you see in the AJGA staff?
AJGA staff members are very hard workers. They are the type of people who can work a long day and still laugh at the end. It is very rare to find people who can work 15 hour days, getting up at 4:30 a.m. in the morning and working until 9 p.m., who can still laugh after. Everyone really cares about each other. It starts from the top, Stephen [Hamblin] cares about developing staff members personally and professionally.
What is your favorite memory from your time at the AJGA?
So many of my greatest memories come from the AJGA internship program. You are out there doing something that no one else is. You drive from city to city, experiencing some of the nicest courses in the country. When I went home after my internship, no one could understand the experience I had. I grew up in a small town and it was hard for me to come out of my shell, but the internship helped me grow and develop as a person. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities it afforded me.
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