Thursday, August 18, 2011

PERSONAL: A New Chapter for Me - LPGA Here WE Go!

Working with one of my favorites - Charlie Rymer
   Hi there!  The last few months have been quite busy and a bit stressful I must admit, but the end result is one of the most exciting opportunities that could have come my way.  For those who follow this blog, you know that I've been a longtime employee at Golf Channel, hosting shows and reporting on the various professional tours. Last night was my last show as I have left for a new opportunity (see below.)

   Here is the link to my Golf Channel goodbye - which was hardly easy.

KRAIG KANN GOODBYE

   Wondered all day if I could get that out in a coherent matter.  I can't tell you how much the Golf Channel has meant to me, my family and my career.  Gave me the chance to talk about one of my favorite sports, gave me a chance to meet people I'd never dreamed I could, and it gave me the chance to take my career beyond television as well.

   Truth be told, for the last few years I have been doing a lot of thinking about where my career path had taken me and what I might like to be doing in 5 years or 10.  In March of 2010, I decided to launch HTK Media - a media communication/consulting company.  The goal was to take 25 years of television and media experience and put it to work for sports franchises, athletic departments, athletes and corporations and help them to create a better message and deliver it in a way that sells the individual, the team and the brand.
  
  It's taken me around the country delivering seminars and has also

Speaking at Mississippi State University
 given me the opportunity to grow beyond just being "The Golf Channel guy."  This year I've been to Starkville, MS talking with athletes and students, and later this month I'll be in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona.  Later this fall I'll speak at the Golf Business Network Summit and there are other opportunities waiting as well.

Don't get me wrong, none of this would be possible without The Golf Channel and the great people I have worked with over 17 years.  I fully realize that.  It is more than just a niche network devoted to golf.  It's a "brand" and it's been a thrill to have people watch with such a passion.  The Golf Channel is headed for even bigger things and I'm so fortunate to have been a part of it.  I hope that in some small way I've made it a little bit better by being there.

   And now, it's a new chapter.  To be called upon by a major professional sports organization like the LPGA is flattering.  To be wanted for my media experience and communication skills is uplifting.  And I can't wait to take on the new challenge that has been offered to me.  No question, HTK Media (www.HTKnow.com) has helped me to gain this opportunity.  Here is the release sent late last night by the LPGA regarding my new position.

KRAIG KANN NEW POSITION  

   To all of those who have supported me over the years, I can't thank you enough.  To all of those I'll soon be working with  - I can't wait.  More to come on this blog site.  Folks, I feel blessed and fortunate - great things are happening at the LPGA and I'm ready to take it to the next level and beyond!