By Elizabeth Liberatore
Photo by James Patrick
Pomp Braswell’s golf story began with a high school dare – the professional golfer was dared by his friends to take a swing at the sport in 1986. Upon hitting 125 yards at Los Angeles’ Rancho Park driving range, Braswell became hooked.
Braswell continued to play golf at San Jose State University in California. After graduating, he moved to Arizona in 1994, which is when his career as a professional golfer took flight.
While playing the sport full time, Braswell was also an instructor at Golf Digest from 2004 to 2008, and he continued instructing at the Jim McLean Golf School and made Golf Tips magazine’s top 30 instructors list. Braswell is also a former Harlem Globetrotter.
“Golf has opened up so many opportunities for me,” Braswell says. “All I can say is that I’m very fortunate.”
His latest venture will be the PGA Tour Champions, a worldwide tour that brings together PGA Tour veterans who are 50-plus years old, where the players will compete for the Charles Schwab Cup.
“I’m nervous and excited,” he says. “But those are good feelings to have.”
With more than 30 years of golf experience, Braswell offers advice to all the newcomers out on the greens:
“Too many youngsters get caught in the glamour of getting far without control,” he says. “The best players have strong shorter games. That’s where attention should be focused – on the mini games.”
What other things did you do in the Valley? When I lived in Arizona, I was on the golf board at UMOM. I also helped raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project since, as a veteran, the organization is close to my heart. What’s your favorite golf course in the Valley? It’s a tie between Mesa Country Club and Paradise Valley Country Club. Are your two children golf prodigies? Ironically, they hate golf. I always tell them, “Daddy can teach you,” but they could care less!
By Brittany Maroney
Photo by Claudia Johnstone
David Cogan was born an entrepreneur. At just seven years old, he went door to door selling trinkets from his family junk drawer out of a little red wagon. Ironically, years later, he would interview the CEO of Radio Flyer on his locally broadcast radio show, Eliances Heroes (Money Radio 1510 AM and 105.3 FM), a facet of Eliances, a local entrepreneur’s organization started by Cogan.
“The idea was to create a way to showcase a community of entrepreneurs who want to help one another build their businesses,” Cogan says. “It’s my belief that everyone has a unique skill they can provide to help one another. Our contributors consist of inventors, celebrities, mentors, startups and entrepreneurs – on both a local and national level.”
After a successful career at IBM, Microsoft and eBay, Cogan was inspired to create a radio show where local leaders could tell their stories alongside industry titans like Tim Cook.
“There are tremendous opportunities now for entrepreneurs,” he says. “It has never been easier to start a business, find resources, do research and make money. I love telling the story of how a core idea is created and how entrepreneurs are able to wrap a business around it.”
Learn more about Eliances and catch the radio show at www.eliances.com.
You use your children in the broadcasts as examples of intuition and ingenuity – why is that? There is so much we can learn from children and the experiences our kids are having. It’s not just about teaching children; it’s about learning from them. Who are some of the most memorable leaders you’ve had on the show? The president of the United Nations had a great answer to the meaning of life, and you have to catch the broadcast of John Edward, the psychic from Crossing Over. I also enjoyed Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo) and Curt Jones (founder of Dippin’ Dots). What is one piece of advice that has always resonated with you? imply put, always be kind. was shown that by my parents and see it within my own family.