b'OREGON NEWSCommunity, camaraderie, compassionthe game for a lifetimeI n life, you either find your passion or yourlevels), Acquisition (acquiring new members), and passion finds you. For me, I have alwaysRetention (retaining existing members). Due to these loved the intrinsic art of golf, the power ofefforts, the NCGA reversed its 16-year membership DEI, and leading with a moral compass.decline and has increased participation, acquisition, As the Oregon Golf Associations newand retention year-over-year for the last six years. Chief Executive Officer, Im looking forwardSince then, I have relocated from Monterey, Calif. to continuing to enjoy every moment ofto Oregon with my wife Jenna and our twin daughters working within the golf landscape andRick Rangel Sienna Marie and Sofia Raquel. Although we are very growing our community. Nothing is quiteOGA CEO new to the area, we are looking forward to making as satisfying as giving back to the gamethe Pacific Northwest our new home. Also, being avid that has given us so much. outdoor enthusiasts, we look forward to enjoying all Throughout my career and life, I have always beenthe region offers. drawn to the game of golf, which later inspired me to joinThat said, I recognize this is an incredible the OGA after years of supporting the industry. My goalopportunity from all standpoints, and I want to thank is to continue supporting the OGA vision of enrichingthe OGA Executive Committee and the outgoing CEO, lifestyles through golf within Oregon and SouthwestBarb Trammell, for her past 15 years of service to the Washington. I look forward to engaging with the existingOGA. Barb, you have paved the way for an incredible OGA communitymore than 47,000 members, 225association since 2007, and I am humbly honored to facilities, over 90 associate clubs, and more than 200continue pushing these efforts forward.volunteersand working alongside an already establishedOverall, nothing makes me happier than helping and immensely talented team. others exceed their own expectations, and I want to I initially began my career in the financial sector atensure that those across the OGA pipeline have the most JP Morgan Chase upon earning a BA in Political Sciencepositive and constructive experiences they deserve along from Purdue University in 2004. During that time, I hadthe way. From mentorship and organizational scaling, the unique opportunity to hold both banking and financialto spreading just how wellness-rich the game genuinely advisory rolestwo cornerstones that I then took with meis, I take immense pride in elevating a sport that places to join the staff of the Northern California Golf Associationpeople first every time. (NCGA).For 11 years, I upheld various roles in thatIn summary, everyone has the ability to enrich association that were directly responsible for overseeingtheir lives through the spirited beauty of golfand the organizations membership and growth initiatives. Onesometimes, all it takes is the right tools, support, and of the more notable roles was that of Director of Growth,splashes of motivation from an association that values where I managed the entire membership program focusingyour passion for the game.on P.A.R. Principles: Participation (engagement on allI look forward to seeing you on the course.GOOD LINEAGEThe past and present CEO/Executive Directors of the Oregon Golf Association were on hand at the Pacific Coast Amateur Champi-onship, held June 19-22 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Left to right are Rick Rangel, the new OGA CEO who stepped into the role in August; Barb Trammell, who served as CEO from 2007-2022; and Jim Gibbons, who led the association from 1994-2007. (Photo by Vinny Fiorino)2GOLF OREGON|SEPT 2022'