U.S. Congressman Visits GAA San Diego

Jul 7, 2011

L to R: Steve Kaese, GAA Director of Golf; Milton Anderson; Rep. Bennie Thompson; Henry Salgado, GAA Director of Admissions; Richard Iorio, GAA Campus Director; Jim Nicolaisen, GAA Academic Dean; Lanier Avant; and Mike McKay, Empire Consulting.

Congressman Bennie Thompson (D–MS) recently visited Golf Academy of America in San Diego and addressed the student body of more than 250 aspiring golf professionals—including about 50 military veterans.

Even though he doesn't play golf, Thompson extended his scheduled stay to three hours, touring the 20,000 square–foot facility and visiting with students, Campus Director Rich Iorio, Avy Stein (chairman of the board, Education Corporation of America), Milton Anderson, Campus President of Virginia College in Jackson, Miss. and others. Jackson is located in the Second Congressional District which Thompson represents.

Rep. Thompson (holding banner) met with former military alums and students of GAA including (left to right) graduate George Barreto (USMC) and current students Courtney Cumberbatch (USMC), Aswad Browning (Army), and John Harber (Navy).

"I am very impressed with the amazing facility here at Golf Academy of America, but I am even more impressed with the passion each student here has for the game and the business of golf," said Rep. Thompson. "It is inspiring and assuring to know that the future of golf lies in the bright ideas and skills of these talented golf professionals. "

Golf Academy of America, with other campuses in Orlando, Phoenix and Myrtle Beach, is owned by Education Corporation of America (ECA). ECA also owns and operates Virginia College, Ecotech Institute, Culinard and online programs of Virginia College.