McGladrey Inks Deal with PGA TOUR Veteran Davis Love III Makes Team McGladrey a Foursome
Leading accounting firm also extends existing endorsement agreements with PGA TOUR Professionals Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco and LPGA TOUR Professional Natalie Gulbis
CHARLOTTE, NC – Today McGladrey, one of the nation’s leading assurance, tax, and consulting firms, officially announced the signing of renowned PGA TOUR professional golfer Davis Love III to a multi-year sponsorship commitment. As a result, Love III became the fourth member of its Team McGladrey roster of elite professional golfers, joining fellow PGA TOUR Professionals Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco, and LPGA TOUR Professional Natalie Gulbis, all of whom had their existing sponsorship contracts with McGladrey recently extended.
“It’s an honor to add a PGA TOUR champion like Davis Love III to our Team McGladrey roster and extend our sponsorship deals with Masters Champion Zach Johnson, Natalie Gulbis and Chris DiMarco,” said RSM McGladrey President and COO C.E. Andrews. “Davis and the rest of our Team McGladrey Foursome demonstrate the values of integrity, excellence, understanding and teamwork – values that mirror our company’s approach to serving and understanding our clients. It was a natural fit for us to sign Davis due to his leadership and involvement in our new McGladrey Classic PGA TOUR event in October.”
Love III, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner and the 1997 PGA Championship winner, first donned McGladrey’s new logo at the 2010 U.S. Open played at Pebble Beach, where he finished an inspiring sixth. The terms of all four deals were not disclosed, but all four are multi-year in nature further illustrating the brand’s growing marketing commitment to the sport of golf.
Today’s announcement marks the third agreement between Love III and McGladrey in the first half of 2010. In January, as part of the announcement of The McGladrey Classic as a new PGA TOUR Fall Series event, the Davis Love Foundation was announced as the host organization for the tournament. This spring, McGladrey also announced that proceeds from The McGladrey Classic will benefit the Davis Love Foundation charities and Special Olympics.
“Following the great work McGladrey has done with the Davis Love Foundation, it was a natural progression for me to join Team McGladrey and proudly support their brand in the way they’ve supported my Foundation,” said Davis Love III. “It was great to kick off my new sponsorship with McGladrey in style with a good showing at the U.S. Open, and I look forward to continued success on and off the course as a member of Team McGladrey.”
As part of the new agreement with Love III, McGladrey will continue to support the Davis Love Foundation, which contributes to the well being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families.
As part of the player partnerships, Love III, DiMarco, Johnson and Gulbis will wear the McGladrey logo on their outerwear during all PGA/LPGA tournaments and events. They will also support and participate in McGladrey-sponsored events and initiatives throughout the year, and will be featured in the firm’s internal and external communications and marketing materials.
“McGladrey was one of my earliest supporters and I’m excited to continue to represent them on and off the course,” said Johnson, a seven-time PGA TOUR winner who earlier this year posted a final-round 64 to win the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth, TX. “We share Midwest roots and values, which makes this partnership a great experience. I am proud to represent McGladrey and look forward to our continued relationship.”
The McGladrey Classic will take place October 4–10, 2010, at the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons, Georgia. McGladrey is the title sponsor of the event. Davis Love III, Zach Johnson and Chris DiMarco are all scheduled to play and represent Team McGladrey at the event.
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