The TPC Leadership Team and Executives
TPC executives represent decades of rich experience in professional golf. We’re proud to introduce our organization’s leaders:
Chief Financial Officer & Chief Administrative Officer
Ron is responsible for overall strategy and operations of the PGA TOUR. Ron oversees Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Board Governance, Facilities, Master Land Planning and Information Systems as well as Golf Course Properties, Championship Management and THE PLAYERS Championship.
Ron graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining the PGA TOUR, he was a partner with Ernst & Young and had overall management responsibilities for the firm’s North and Central Florida tax practice. He provided extensive consulting services to the PGA TOUR in his role with Ernst & Young, beginning in 1989. Ron joined the PGA TOUR in 1994 as Senior Vice President – Finance.
Ron is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of CPAs. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Bolles School and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for Jacksonville Country Day School.
Chief Operating Officer, Golf Course Properties
Jim Triola joined the PGA TOUR in 1990 with an impressive background in corporate and private law, including a post at Marriott Corporation and positions with leading Washington, DC-based law firms.
In his current role, Mr. Triola oversees the legal and business affairs associated with the development and operation of TPCs. He also manages the full scope of documents associated with TPC development and operations, including business formation, financing, conveyance agreements, and management and license agreements.
Mr. Triola is a graduate of the University of Dayton and the National Law Center at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He is also a member of the District of Columbia and Virginia Bar Associations.
Senior Vice President TPC Operations
Golf Course Properties – TPC Management
John Hugghins has more than 20 years of leadership experience and has played a major role in the strategic development and growth of the organization. John’s on and off the course experiences offer a unique blend of practical and operational strengths.
Mr. Hugghins joined the TPC at Sawgrass as an Assistant Golf Professional in 1984 and was quickly promoted to Head Golf Professional at TPC Plum Creek, After serving as General Manager/Director of Golf at MetroWest Country Club and the Bay Hill Club, John returned to the TPC Network as General Manager/Director of Golf for several TPC properties including TPC Eagle Trace, TPC Southwind, TPC at Sugarloaf, and TPC Sawgrass. Mr. Hugghins has also served as a Regional Director of Operations and in TPC development. He assumed his current responsibilities in 2004.
Mr. Hugghins is a graduate of Auburn University, and has been a Class A member of the PGA of America since 1985. He and his wife Mona have three children, Leanne, Thomas, and Karlin.
Senior Vice President, Agronomy
Cal Roth joined PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, Inc. in 1983 as Golf Course Superintendent at TPC Plum Creek; he is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in the areas of golf course agronomy and maintenance. He subsequently served in the same role at TPC Scottsdale, where he hosted several TOUR events – including the FBR Open, the largest spectator golf event in the world.
In 1989, Cal was promoted to Director of Golf Course Maintenance Operations for the TPC Network, where his responsibilities included orientation, training and employee development programs for all TPC golf course maintenance employees; oversight of each golf course’s maintenance budget and agronomy program; and standardization of all record keeping, operating procedures, reporting, and inventory control. In this role, he also developed the TPC Golf Course Maintenance Operations Manual and established national contracts, course construction specifications, and maintenance building plans for all new TPCs.
In March 2006, Cal was promoted to Senior Director, Agronomy, PGA TOUR; in July 2006 to Vice President, Agronomy, PGA TOUR; and in March 2008 to his current position as Senior Vice President, Agronomy, PGA TOUR. In this role, Cal oversees course conditioning for more than 120 golf courses that host professional tournaments annually on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour, as well as several of the PGA TOUR’s prestigious World Golf Championship events. He also has overall responsibility for the TPC agronomy program, encompassing 28 premier private and resort TPC clubs throughout the United States.
In addition to his work at the TOUR, Cal’s experience also includes eight years as a golf course superintendent at various golf clubs in Colorado and Illinois. He began his career in the golf industry after earning a Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University. He has been a member of the GCSAA since 1978, was a Certified Golf Course Superintendent for nine years, and is a member of several regional turfgrass associations. Cal is a sought-after guest speaker at national conferences, and has been honored with numerous industry accolades – including the Turfgrass Man of the Year Award from the Rocky Mountain Turfgrass Association.