On this week’s Members Corner blog, we’re excited to introduce Tyler Doherty of On Par Golf Networking. Tyler is an active member of the Avontage community. He loves connecting local business owners and playing golf. Matter of fact he loves doing both so much that he founded On Par Golf Networking (OPGC) to combine both of his passions.
On Par Golf Networking is a monthly 9-hole scramble that connects local small business owners and decision-makers over a shared love of golf. Avontage is proud to be sponsoring the next OPGC event at the recently redesigned Phoenician Golf Course on Aug 29th. Click here to reserve your spot while it lasts.
In addition, Tyler has his own insurance agency, Doherty Insurance Group. They offer auto, home, business & commercial, and life & health insurance. Doherty Insurance Group is a one-stop-shop for all your insurance needs plus golf 🙂
Check out the following offers Tyler has posted on Avontage. Log in to say hello and welcome Tyler to our community.
To learn more about Tyler, we asked him the following questions:
Tell us about your background, hometown, family, hobbies, passions?
Born and raised in a Chicago, I was unable to golf during the winter, so after moving to Arizona I wanted to take full advantage of the year-round golfing season as well as growing my fledgling business since I had no friends in Arizona.
What do you love about Arizona?
There’s no big network of “good ol boys”. The barrier to entry for new businesses and ideas has never been lower here in Arizona.
Tell us about your business. How long ago and how did you get started? What service(s) or product(s) do you offer?
Founded in 2016, On Par provides a friendly “best ball” format that’s forgiving and the key to forging friendships on the course. We provide a casual way for people to meet and connect over Golf.
Who’s your ideal client? What’s the biggest problem you solve for them?
Our ideal client is a small local business owner or decision-maker that doesn’t have time for a traditional 18 holes of golf or is tired of sitting in a restaurant for 4 hours talking to the same people each time and wants to grow their business on the course.
How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?
Right now we mostly market to players that have been to an event, mostly referred by their friends or coworkers. Word of mouth is huge for us. Spread the word!
Tell us some of the challenges and lessons you’ve learned since you started your business.
The Arizona heat is a big challenge in the summer, so we go to top-rated courses with amazing amenities in the summer months.
To what do you attribute your success?
Mostly just consistency and determination. I have never skipped or missed an event, and plan to keep going strong even if we have a low turnout (unlikely, given that we have sold out the last 4 events in the summer).
Whom do you seek advice from for your business? Whom do you like to follow in the business world? Why?
I listen to NPR “How I Built This” podcast and try to live vicariously through other people mistakes in business.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Don’t give up, keep at it. The biggest thing is that time is on your side. Everyone else quits, outlast your competition!
How do you achieve work-life balance?
Systems. We have automated texts, reminders, and a consistent marketing plan. We leverage technology to the fullest extent. If you are still putting in 10 hours as people did years ago, you’re in trouble.
Favorite quotes or book recommendations
E-Myth, Profit First
Again, don’t forget to check out Tyler’s offers on Avontage.
And don’t forget to join us for a round of golf and networking on Aug 29th at 3 PM.