Interview With Joe Massanova Director of Business Development TPC Las Vegas
A Light Hearted Golf Q & A Interview
By Brian Weis
Below is an interview with Joe Massanova, the Director of Business Development at TPC Las Vegas. The following are a few traditional and non traditional golf centric questions that I love to ask influential people in the golf industry.
Can you provide our readers a brief biography?
I have loved golf since the age of 6, even when it wasn't cool......... Moving from NJ to AZ I attended ASU with Phil Mickelson. When I realized I could make a living in the golf industry, I jumped at the chance, selling golf vacations in AZ. After years of selling golf vacations and working at a golf resort, I transitioned to work for the PGA TOUR. Gaining experience as a Tournament Coordinator at the TPC Scottsdale, I was given an opportunity to work as the Sales and Marketing Director for TPC Las Vegas. After years of success, I went to work at TPC Jasna Polana as the National Group Sales Manager for the TPC Network. Successfully launching that new position, I retained my original position and true passion....working as the Director of Business Development at the TPC Las Vegas.
When did you start golfing and who introduced you to the game?
I started golfing at the age of 6 after being given a few clubs that didn't sell from a local garage sale. As a child, miniature golf down at the Jersey Shore was a favorite past time. I have not stopped loving the game since then.
What is your current home course?
TPC Las Vegas
To date, what is your proudest golf accomplishment?
Being recognized as the sales and Marketing Director for the TPC Network in 2005, 2006 and 2014 as well as 40 under 40 Young Professionals Award in Las Vegas 2006. Also........playing Pine Valley...a childhood dream.
What is your biggest golf pet peeve on or off the course?
What is your favorite club in your bag and why?
Hybrid...off the tee, in the rough, from the fairway or around the green. Many uses and new technology makes it a fun club to play.
What is your favorite golf destination?
What course is on your bucket list that you have not played yet?
If you woke up tomorrow and could play one course you played before, where would you play?
Royal County Down
If you could change one aspect, rule or thing about golf, what would it be and why?
Faster Pace of Play...it shouldn't take over 3 hours.
Dream foursome (living)?
Dream foursome (living or dead)?
18 Rapid Fire, Off The Cuff Questions
1) Hitting Long Drive OR Sinking Long Putt?
2) Having Round of Life OR Hole in One?
Hole in one
3) Golfing at the crack of dawn OR twilight?
4) Hit a power fade OR power draw?
5) Beverage cart OR halfway house?
6) Bathroom OR bushes?
7) Hot dog OR wrap?
8) Around the green, being in sand OR thick rough?
9) Walking OR riding?
10) Do you carry traditional 3 iron OR hybrid?
11) Do you prefer long par 3 OR long par 5?
12) Pants OR Shorts?
13) Palmer OR Nicklaus?
14) Beatles OR Elvis?
15) Play for fun OR play for money?
16) Bump and run OR flop shot?
17) Lay up OR gamble?
18) 18 holes OR 36?
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Written By: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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