We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrina King and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrina, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always been an out of the box thinker. So when I initially entered the workforce, I felt that it was like one big place where everyone was expected to do the same thing. No one could be creative nor have any input into how things already were. That feeling escalated and entrepreneurship became attainable when I looked around one of the companies I was working for with different lenses. The company was almost 20 years old, but it looked and operated like a startup. That’s when I knew I could do it.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Golf Women Mean Business is a membership-based organization where we put “Business First and Golf Second”. Our priorities are what sets us apart from other golf organizations. Our goal is to not train our members to compete at the highest level, our goal is to train our members on the standard goal rules and etiquette so that they can enjoy a game of golf for the purpose of building solid business relationships. I am most proud of our growth. Our growth represents the increase of interest in golf with women (and men) in business golf. Getting to where we are today was not easy by any means. Being an organization with a focus on business and golf with partners from the golf industry as well as the non-golf business sector, finding the balance for the members and our partners was a little challenging. We did not have any other golf organizations doing what we do, so we just had to figure it out as we went. However, the Founding Members and my mentor really helped the process along. The number one lesson I learned is that you must keep good people who want to see you and your business succeed. These good people will challenge you and not always agree with you. I would like the world to know that I have been playing golf since the age of 5. I learned from an extremely competitive person, my father. Learning golf from someone like my father and business from someone like my mentor gave me the balance that I have with business golf. I am able to take it as serious as I need to. But also understand the business side of golf, the golf industry, as well as the recreation component.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Believe it or not, I am an introvert. I would only want to see someone for 2 days max. lol During the time my friend was visiting, we would probably go to the Commerce Club for dinner and drinks on one of the evenings. The next day, we would go play golf at Eagles Landing and have lunch and drinks afterwards. I would let them know other spots in town that they would enjoy. But I probably wouldn’t accompany them to those places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Nancy J. Lewis, my mentor Larry Dunn, my father Founding Members of Golf Women Mean Business