Joe White

President / Founder

Sports Group International – Executive recruiting for proven leaders in the sports industry

 SGI LEADERBOARD – Executive coaching and leadership development

Board Vice President of Development – Gene’s Dream Foundation

 Favorite Core Value: Perseverance

“To persevere is to remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in spite of obstacles. The obstacles we all face can come from external sources, but many come from within ourselves. For me, perseverance is that spirit within that enables me to face disappointment, deal with the loss of a loved one, or fail to stay committed to my purpose, dreams, tasks, or duty. It is knowing that there is hope in staying committed to goodness.”

 On Mentoring:

“Mentoring means listening, asking questions that give insight to the young person, offering encouragement, and being the best role model that I can. Good mentoring requires The Nine Core Values and selfless service.”

“I met Gene at Thistle GC and he recruited me to raise money and awareness for the CSPYGF TFT through golf manufacturers. We became friends immediately through the love of golf, sports, family, reading, and US Navy experiences.”


Joe White is the President and Founder of Sports Group International , a boutique executive search firm serving manufacturers of sporting goods, sporting goods retailers, and sports related organizations. Since 1989, SGI has served a variety of small to mid-sized sporting goods manufacturers, including, family businesses, private equity, capital funds, and publicly traded corporations. Mr. White recruits proven leaders in the golf industry and golf related businesses.

Joe is also President of SGI LEADERBOARD, an executive coaching and leadership development service committed to addressing company culture, personal leadership development, or career planning within the sports industry.

Among his many volunteer efforts is The Carol S. Petrea Youth Golf Foundation (First Tee of The Grand Strand), where Mr. White has been active since 2013. During that time he was a Committee Member for The Todd Welden Invitational (today the Future Generations Tournament) in 2013 and 2014. He served as Committee Chairman in 2014.