9th January 2023 - By: alda09x024

James Brown Swings Into BD Role

Hi, I’m James Brown (ooowww, I feel good!) and I’m excited to be joining Nifty Comms as the Business Development Manager.  

I am no stranger to sport, in my early days I competed in tennis, badminton, cricket and swimming before golf took its hold. This lead me to turning professional a few years later at Tewkesbury Park Golf & Country Club. 

With sport being an interest from an early age, I ended up studying Sport & Leisure at Hartpury College, becoming a qualified water sports instructor for campus centres (PGL), teaching school parties in France and Spain. While in college (when I wasn’t studying of course) I was either playing football for the college team, hitting golf balls or out on the course.  

Although I thoroughly enjoyed participating in sport, I decided to pursue the business side of the industry. In 2002 I moved to Hong Kong where I worked as a Golf Instructor for John Jacobs Golf Schools Asia and Central Golf, my clients were many of the rich and famous canto stars and business moguls.  

In 2008 I moved to Shanghai, China as Director of Golf for the world famous Sheshan Golf Club. Here, I was able to develop the club’s facilities, operations, and revenue, and during the 2008 & 2009 WGC HSBC Champions I supported the tours and IMG to host the world’s top 50 tour professionals, which included none other than Tiger Woods. 

 Then, in 2010, I started my own golf management and instruction company in Singapore to run the operations and support the 18,000 members of Singapore Island Country Club. During my time there, I provided the latest 3D motion capture teaching technologies and latest golf hardware and clothing labels.  After all the amazing destinations I was lucky enough to visit and work in, I decided to return to the UK, joining The Professional Golfers Association as its Regional Manager, covering the Midlands.   

I would still like to say I can get around the course and look forward to showing Team Nifty my skills. I also can’t wait to get stuck into all thing business development and help this amazing agency in its goal of becoming the UK’s leading sports marketing agency by 2025.