As president, Nager, 53, will lead the USGA’s 300-plus professional staff and nearly 1,400 volunteers who serve on more than 30 committees.
“Given the opportunities and challenges confronting the game, this is an important and exciting time to become president of the United States Golf Association,” said Nager. “I am honored and privileged to receive this nomination, and look forward to working closely with Executive Director Mike Davis and his talented staff to conduct the very best championships in golf and to advance the USGA’s mission.”
Nager is in his third year as a member of the USGA Executive Committee and second as vice president. He served as general counsel to the USGA from 2006 to 2008. Currently, Nager chairs the USGA’s Commercial, Compensation and Rules of Golf Committees, and serves on the Equipment Standards, Joint Equipment Standards, Management and Joint Rules of Golf Committees.
Nager is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Jones Day, an international law firm, where he chairs the firm’s Issues and Appeals Practice. He has argued 13 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has tried cases and argued appeals in subject areas such as antitrust, civil rights, employment, environmental law, government contracts and intellectual property, representing clients such as General Electric, CBS, IBM and Sodexo.
Nager also serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught administrative and constitutional law. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law Review. Among his clerkships was service in 1983 for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives in the District of Columbia.
Four other current members of the Executive Committee have also been nominated to serve as officers. They are: Thomas J. O’Toole, Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., and Daniel B. Burton, of Lititz, Pa., as vice presidents; Geoffrey Y. Yang, of Menlo Park, Calif., as secretary; and Christie L. Austin, of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., as treasurer.
The other six current members of the Executive Committee nominated to continue their service are: William W. Gist, IV, of Lincoln, Neb.; William L. Katz, of Essex Fells, N.J.; Gene McClure, of Atlanta, Ga.; Edward G. Michaels, III, of Cashiers, N.C.; Diana M. Murphy, of St. Simons Island, Ga.; and James B. Williams, of Orinda, Calif.
There are four newly nominated candidates for the Executive Committee for 2012: Karen S. Ammerman, M.D., of Webster, Mass.; William E. Fallon, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mark P. Reinemann, of Pewaukee, Wis.; and Gary R. Stevenson, of Lafayette, Calif.
Ammerman, 56, is a board-certified staff physician at Reliant Medical Group in Worcester, Mass., where she specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She holds a medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and conducted her residency at West Virginia University Hospital. Ammerman has served on a variety of hospital and corporate boards, including Fallon Clinic, Central Massachusetts Insurance Company and Massachusetts Assurance Company.
Since 2010, Ammerman has served on the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Committee. She has also been a member of the Women’s Golf Association of Massachusetts since 1993, serving on the organization’s Rules Committee since 2000. For the past 25 years, Ammerman has been a member at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton, Mass., where she has been women’s club champion five times.
Fallon, 57, is executive vice president for PNC Bank responsible for commercial credit decisioning, including corporate finance, healthcare, business credit and capital markets. He serves on the board of directors of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium with assignments on the executive, finance and strategic planning committees. Fallon holds a bachelors degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University.
Fallon is a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, and is a Rules official for the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. He previously served as general chairman of the 2003 U.S. Amateur, group chairman of the 2007 U.S. Open and vice chairman of the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open. Fallon is a member of Merion Golf Club, site of the 2013 U.S. Open; Oakmont Country Club, site of the 2016 U.S. Open; and Ballybunion Golf Club in County Kerry, Ireland.
Reinemann, 54, is vice president of global sales for ManpowerGroup, responsible for the largest and most complex client relationships in the company. Active in his community, Reinemann has served on and chaired the board of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Foundation, and currently chairs the board of the Wisconsin Lutheran High School Foundation. Reinemann earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
Reinemann is a member of the USGA Regional Affairs Committee, and served on the 2011 U.S. Amateur Committee. He is first vice president of the Wisconsin State Golf Association, where he has been a board member since 1997, and also chaired the board of the U.S. Bank Championship. Reinemann is a five-time club champion and former Wisconsin public links champion. He is a member of Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wisconsin and The Country Club of North Carolina.
Stevenson, 54, is a senior-level sports and entertainment marketing executive whose career spans 30 years. Currently, he serves as president of PAC-12 Enterprises. Previously, he served as chairman and CEO of OnSport, a leading sports marketing and television consulting firm, which was acquired by Wasserman Media Group in 2007. Prior to founding OnSport, Stevenson served in a number of executive roles, including: president, NBA Properties Marketing and Media Group; and chief operating officer of Golf Channel. Stevenson earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University and an MBA from George Washington University.
Stevenson is a member of the President’s Council for the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst Resort, and serves on the board of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has also served on the Gator Bowl Committee, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce NFL Task Force and the Duke University Athletics Advisory Board.
Four current members of the Executive Committee will retire at the 2012 Annual Meeting: James B. Hyler, Jr., of Raleigh, N.C.; Brigid Shanley Lamb, of Mendham, N.J.; Christopher A. Liedel, of Vienna, Va.; and Steve Smyers, of Lakeland, Fla.