Ping Golf with John Solheim, Karsten Manufacturing
Question the status quo
3:19 | Play Now Karsten Solheim started this business with his son, John, because he believed he could help golfers like himself play better and have more fun.
Phoenix, Arizona: This episode of the show is an American classic. These are truly today's pioneers and quiet heroes. Yet, like so many who redefine an entire industry, they were outlawed within it. They broke the rules. They created something totally new. Some people thought they were just crazy, until they began winning within their game. These renegades persevered. They negotiated and today they are leaders within their industry. Now they're on their way to becoming a billion dollar business that began in a California garage in 1959.
Innovators, by their very nature, are constantly going up against existing systems, The Establishment. Sometimes their insights do not come by small increments, but by large leaps and then renegades become outlaws!
If you are a golfer, you know Ping. It ranks with Titleist, Spaulding, Calloway, Taylor-made-Adidas. But there's a difference; here the business is privately-held; and though the patriarch has died, his son, John, continues to build on all the lessons he learned from his father as his engineering apprentice when they first started this business. So come now, and meet John Solheim.
You will learn one of the most fundamental truths about what it takes to grow a business. You will look at family business where the word family becomes all-inclusive. With boldness and a singular vision, you will see how a business constantly strives for a higher perfection.
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