Greg Norman Promotes Jim Annese

by MR Magazine Staff

NEW YORK – Jim Annese has been promoted to the new post of golf sales manager of Greg Norman Collection.

Annese has been with Greg Norman for four years and was most recently national account manager handling key retail accounts and NFL and NBA licensees. He reports to Mike Elliott, vice president of golf sales.

“As a result of our ongoing five-year success story, specifically at the green grass level, it was necessary to add another managerial role within our golf sales force, and Jim was the obvious choice for the job,” Elliott said. “His extensive knowledge of apparel, paired with his passion for golf, will certainly complement what our reps have established in the field, and I anticipate our customer relationships will grow even further.”

Annese will manage the firm’s green grass sales force, which recently expanded with the addition of three reps: Alex Glaza (upstate and western New York), Kristin Schultz (south Texas, Houston and San Antonio) and Oliver Thomson (Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, central and western Tennessee).

Prior to joining Greg Norman, Annese had been with Perry Ellis.

The company also named Matt Fleming its 2006 Golf Salesperson of the Year. Fleming has more than doubled his business in northern California and northern Nevada in the past 18 months.

Greg Norman Collection is headed by Suzy Biszantz as president and chief executive. It is a subsidiary of MacGregor Golf Co.