For the first time in its 128-year existence, the USGA is set to elect its first black president to the table in 2023.
Fred Perpall has been nominated as president-elect for 2022. This position was created by the USGA to help with the transition of leadership on the Executive Committee.
He will be in line to become president in 2023 and he will take over from current serving president Stu Francis when he finishes the third year of his three-year term.
The 47-year-old is the CEO of The Beck Group which is a company that provides architecture, construction and real estate development, as well as finance and technology services.
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Perpall is a native of the Bahamas. He played basketball and he was in the athletics team at the University of Texas in Arlington. He was a member of the 1994 Bahamian national basketball team.
He now lives in Dallas and he has served on the USGA Executive Committee since 2019 and he chairs the Championship Committee and works on the Amateur Status Committee.
"I’m excited to work with Stu, Fred, and all the members of the USGA Executive Committee. I’m grateful for their support of the organization and our mission and their commitment and passion for the future of the game," said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA.
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Perpall is also on the Board of Trustees that helped build Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Perpall is one of 12 of returning members to the Executive Committee of 2022.
It will be a historic moment when Perpall takes up the reins as president of the USGA in just over 12 months time and it will certainly be a special moment for Perpall and his family.