GCSAA Sunrise Celebration
(formerly Opening Session)

 presented in partnership withsyngenta

Wednesday, February 8

8-9:45 AM (Doors open at 7:30 AM)
Valencia Ballroom

Grab a cup of coffee and head to the GCSAA Sunrise Celebration to reconnect, celebrate successes of the association and officially kick off the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show!

Lauren Thompson will return as host to share achievements of members and recognize award winners who have done so much for the industry including an introduction of the 2022 Board of Directors, the Outstanding Contribution Award, and the Colonel John Morley Award. You will also hear from GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans and honor GCSAA President Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, during a State of the Association address. Plus learn about living life with "No Excuses" from Kyle Maynard.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Be in your seats promptly at 8 a.m. so you don’t miss entertainment. Light snacks and beverages will be available for purchase in the Valencia lobby. Participation is free for All-Access and Full-Pack registrants but during the registration process, please let us know if you will be attending so we can plan accordingly. Admission tickets are not required.

Read the full list of 2023 awards winners from GCSAA and the GCSAA Foundation.

Kyle Maynard

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Kyle Maynard is an entrepreneur, speaker, best-selling author, award-winning extreme athlete, and the first man to bear crawl to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Aconcagua.

Born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on to live life independently and without prosthetics. Maynard thrives on physical challenges and is a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive Mixed Martial Arts fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

He is on a mission to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. He travels across continents, speaking to thousands of executives and students, athletes and warriors, to share his "No Excuses" philosophy. He is a humanitarian who passionately supports numerous charities, and commits time and resources to work with wounded and recovering U.S. military veterans.

Maynard is the New York Times best-selling author of his life story, “No Excuses,” and the focus of the moving ESPN documentary, “A Fighting Chance.” His story has been featured in countless television programs and editorials, which have been viewed by millions around the world.



Lauren Thompson 120x160Lauren Thompson, Media Personality for GolfNow and Clubhouse Solutions


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Kevin BreenKevin P. Breen, CGCS, President, GCSAA