Markham is named tournament chair for the 2017 WMP Open

 Andy Markham is named WMP Open tournament chairman for 2017 (Submitted photo)

Andy Markham  (Submitted photo)

The Thunderbirds named Andy Markham as tournament chairman for the 2017 edition of “The Greatest Show on Grass,” which will be played Jan. 30 – Feb. 5, 2017, at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale.

Hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Thunderbirds also named Carlos Sugich as assistant tournament chairman for the 2017 event. He will lead the Thunderbirds in planning and executing the 2017 tournament, including meeting with current and potential sponsors, recruiting PGA Tour players to the event and developing new on-course venues, according to a press release.

Carlos Sugich

Carlos Sugich

“Our goal this year is to not only continue the tremendous success of the tournament, but also to find new and intriguing ways to make it better,” Mr. Markham said in a prepared statement. “We have to be constantly aware of new trends and technologies in order to grow our event and raise the bar for community involvement. We’ve got some great new things we are working on for 2017 and can’t wait to unveil to the public.”

Mr. Markham has more than 18-years of experience in commercial real estate, specializing in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of industrial real estate in Arizona. He works at the real estate firm, Cushman and Wakefield. He earned the SIOR designation, a professional achievement for highly-qualified commercial real estate practitioners with a strong transactional history in brokerage, and was selected by his coworkers to serve on the National Industrial Council Board and National Industrial Project Leasing Leadership Group, according to the release. An active Thunderbird since 2005, Mr. Markham lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children.

Mr. Sugich, a partner with the Snell and Wilmer law firm, is a member of the firm’s real estate and commercial finance practice group and chairs the firm’s Cross-Border Business Practice. He is chairs the US – Mexico Bar Association. Since 2013, Mr. Sugich was selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law and was named a “Leader in the Field” in Real Estate by Chambers Latin America. A Thunderbird member since 2013, he also lives in Phoenix with his wife and three children.

The Waste Management Phoenix Open has legendary status for being the most unique stop on the PGA Tour, according to a press release. Last year’s tournament broke three attendance records, including a PGA Tour record 618,365 fans for the week. The 2017 edition marks the 82nd playing of the event, which is among the five oldest events on the PGA Tour, and the eighth as the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 250 “life” members. In 2015, they raised a record $9.06 million for charity and have eclipsed $102 million in charitable giving since its inception.

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