PDGA Hires New Executive Director

Joe Chargualaf takes the reins on June 1

Joe Chargualaf. Photo: PDGA

The Professional Disc Golf Association has hired Joe Chargualaf as its new executive director, the organization announced last night.

Chargualaf, of San Antonio, Texas, is a 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force who brings an extensive background in military organization and recreation to the position. In addition to overseeing morale, welfare, and recreation activities for the Air Force, he also has experience managing operations that saw him lead more than 1,000 employees and handle a $30 million budget.

Beyond his managerial chops, he also has plenty of disc golf experience. He first started playing in 1991, became a PDGA member in 1999, and has had a hand in planning and installing numerous courses in Texas.

“We are currently at a historical point in our sport where we’re experiencing record growth in membership, tournaments, media coverage, and sponsorship support,” Chargualaf said in a news release. “My goal is to work closely with our members, disc golf industry leaders, and external partners to not only sustain this growth, but also to increase and enhance the quality of our events and overall gameplay.”

Chargualaf fills the vacancy left behind by Brian Graham, who resigned in November after nearly a decade on the job. Graham has since been serving in an interim role and will assist in transitioning Chargualaf to the position, which he will officially assume on June 1. He will be formally introduced by the organization during the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships from June 20-24 in Augusta, Georgia.

  1. Steve Hill
    Steve Hill

    Steve Hill is the editor of Ultiworld Disc Golf. He provides reviews from the perspective of a low-powered player at Noodle Arm Disc Golf, and in the past served as the associate editor for Rattling Chains. Contact him at steve.hill@ultiworld.com or on Twitter.

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