Leadership Changes Announced At Transitions Championship

2011 Transitions ChampionshipFollowing a successful 2011 Transitions Championship which saw Gary Woodland earn his first career PGA TOUR victory over a terrific field, the Copperheads, host group for Tampa Bay’s PGA TOUR event, has announced their new executive lineup.

David Robbins, a prominent local attorney and member of the Tampa Bay community, has succeeded Bob Banks as General Chairman after the latter completed a scheduled two-year term marked by significant growth for the event. Robbins had served as Vice General Chairman the past two years and enters his 9th year as a member of the Copperheads Board of Directors. Larry Morgan, owner of the Morgan Auto Group which owns a number of area auto dealerships and other businesses, assumes the role of Vice General Chairman.

In addition, the Copperheads announced that Kevin Krisle has been named Tournament Director of the Transitions Championship in addition to becoming President of the Copperheads. Krisle is the former executive director of the PGA TOUR event in Memphis – St. Jude Classic - and joined in the success of the 2011 Transitions Championship serving as a consultant and associate tournament director.

As planned, Ron Campbell, who served as interim tournament director, will return to the Copperheads Board of Directors after stepping up impressively last fall in a temporary role.

“With five spring tournaments under our belts and more than 30 years of history, the Copperheads are a growing, vibrant organization, and I am very excited about continuing our growth in the next several years. The great thing about the Transitions Championship is the way it helps generate charitable contributions,” said Robbins. “Bob gave his heart and soul to his time as general chairman and put a lot of excellent pieces in place for continued success. Larry and I will work closely with Kevin to keep everything moving forward.”

Prior to his role with the tournament in Memphis, Krisle, 39, worked at IMG for 11+ years as a vice president of events where he coordinated more than 60 events on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tours including the LPGA Tour Championship, Skins Game, Battle at Bighorn/Bridges, and Tavistock Cup. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, he is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“With the support of the Copperheads, Transitions Optical, the PGA TOUR and the Tampa Bay community, I am excited to join the Transitions Championship team.” says Krisle. “I have observed the tremendous growth of the tournament the last few years, and I look forward to working with our partners to continue making the Transitions Championship a special place for the players, fans, sponsors and charities.”


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