2014 ACG Utah Intermountain Growth Conference

Jan 27, 2014, 12:36 ET from ACG Utah

Mark King of Taylor Made

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Deals happen in Utah. So it's no surprise that sourcing deals will be the focus of the 2014 ACG Utah Intermountain Growth Conference in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Mark King, CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, will be the keynote speaker at the Conference held at the Grand America Hotel The title of his address will be "Market Conditions Don't Determine Growth . . . You Do!" 

Mark King began his career in 1980 when he took a position selling a dramatically different new product called a "metalwood" for TaylorMade, back when the company was a start-up based in an abandoned TV factory in McHenry, Illinois. Over the years, he rose in sales and marketing management to become president and then CEO as TaylorMade-Adidas Golf evolved into an industry-leading powerhouse that produced products in every category, including drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, putters, balls, footwear, apparel and outerwear.

The 30+ years King has spent passionately immersed in the golf industry have given him an extraordinary understanding of his customers and consumers. He's toiled in the trenches as a salesman and motivated the masses as a member of middle-management. Yet his most powerful contribution has been as CEO – in that role he's presided over a steady surge in company sales during the past 12 years from $300 million to $1.7 billion despite a frequently challenging economy and a slow-growing industry.

King admits to owing a portion of his success to his own personal passion for the game. Currently a two-handicap, he's been honored as the golf industry's Executive of the Year and served as chairman of the National Golf Foundation. He has been the subject of the television show "Undercover Boss" and appeared on "The Apprentice" as a business role model.

When King speaks, he captivates his audiences, drawing on a combination of business experience, amiable personality and golf anecdotes. 

New at the Conference is "Deal Link" Thursday afternoon. This is not deal speed dating. Private Equity Groups and Intermediaries active in the intermountain region can schedule meetings in private executive suites for 30-minute blocks to discuss real deals. Corporate executives, Private Equity Groups, and all of our other conference attendees will be able to meet and mingle at the ACG Utah Capital Connection® social and buffet after the afternoon programs and Deal Link.

For more information about the ACG and the 2014 ACG Utah Intermountain Growth Conference, including registration, please visit www.acg.org/utah.

2014 ACG Utah Intermountain Growth Conference sponsors include Title: Zions Bank Platinum: Diversified Insurance Group, Grant Thornton, Parsons Behle & Latimer Gold: CHASE, Parr Brown Gee & Loveless Diamond: Sorenson Capital In-kind: Cornerstone Technologies, Economic Development Corporation of Utah, The Enterprise, Fluid Advertising, Governor's Office of Economic Development, KUER, PR Newswire/Vintage Filings, Utah Business Magazine. 

Media contact: Linda Baker, 801-359-8613, admin@acgutah.org