Saginaw, TX (PressExposure) April 15, 2008 -- Mark Andrew Zwartynski (Mark Andrew), CEO of Mark Andrew Group, Inc., has joined the IPT management team as Senior Vice President of Sponsorship Development, and will be responsible for developing sponsorship relationships for the IPT in local markets, nationally, and ultimately internationally. "Markâs decision to join our management team raises the IPT to an entirely new level,â IPT founder and President Ron Beaman said. âHis vast experience and extensive relationships will prove invaluable to IPT, and enable us to significantly enhance our players experience and our relationships with non-profit organizations. Ultimately, it will raise the prize money for our players beyond anything available in our niche of the golf industry.â
Markâs multi-faceted career includes specialties in producing television and radio, business development, marketing, sports and entertainment, retail sales, and internet technology systems and automation. Mark has over 27 years experience in all aspects of event management, radio, television, signage advertising, and corporate sponsorships.
He oversaw all aspects of the business side of sports and entertainment for 13 seasons with the Indiana Pacers and then the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association.
Commenting on his new role with IPT, Mark said, âI am thrilled that Ron Beaman has given me an opportunity to be a part of the International Players Tour management team. The IPT is a fantastic opportunity for golfers of all skill levels to come together and compete for impressive prize money. There is a tremendous amount of growth potential in the IPT and I am honored to be able to enter at this stage of its development and contribute to its inevitable success.â
Mark has also co-authored the popular best seller âTwo on the Aisleâ with Dale Ratermann and numerous other articles regarding sports marketing and technology. He is a longtime television, radio and internet producer in the NBA, The IHL and the Lone Star Film Festival of Fort Worth, Texas, and has sold over $800 million dollars in gross sales of sponsorships.
Beaman also added, âWe're very excited to have Mark join IPT and express his commitment to our vision for avid golfers around the world. His presence, relationships, and experience further validates our long term commitment to provide the highest quality program possible for our great members.â Visit the Mark Andrew Group website at http://www.markandrewgroup.com for more information about Mark and his team.
About International Players Tour (IPT)
International Players Tour, operated by prior management of Champions Golf Tour (CGT), was launched in January 2008 for the purpose of bringing PGA style competition to avid golfers everywhere. Operations began in April 2002 under the banner of the Champions Golf Tour, which was founded by Ron Beaman in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area. Ron developed a business model that would provide avid recreational golfers a chance to play in an environment similar to major tour events â âinside the ropesâ for significant prize money â utilizing a proprietary handicap system.
After conducting its first event in June, 2002, CGT followed with 17 tournaments in 2002 and awarded nearly $60,000 in prize money. Significant and sustained growth has occurred in subsequent years in player participation, number of events, and prize money. With over 1200 players in their system, IPT management conducted over 150 events in 2007 within ten state and twelve metropolitan city areas with payouts exceeding $570,000. In 2008, the IPT will conduct 200+ events in fifteen different metro areas, culminating in the Tour Championship at the Horseshoe Bay Marriott Resort in Texas, with the winner taking home $20,000 in GUARANTEED first place prize money!
âThe Model that Worksâ is now being adopted effectively and implemented successfully in multiple cities, with projected expansion into 5-10 new markets each year â including international locations - through a unique licensing rights program.
In addition, IPT has expanded its 2008 Senior Tour Division schedule to include 10-12 new 54 hole events across the USA. The Senior Tour Division provides playing opportunities for seniors with competitive aspirations on the PGA Champions Tour or maintaining their level of competition for significant purses. See [http://www.ipgtour.com] for further details.