Trade the corporate life for a career as a golf instructor

July 2012 — Fifteen years ago Nancy Harvey traded in her briefcase and business suit for a chance at second career in the golf industry and she has never looked back.

After coming out of Syracuse University with an engineering degree, Harvey landed a job in Manhattan for a large industrial distribution company with near $20 million in annual sales. By the time she was in her late 20s she was a branch manager for the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Then, she walked away.

At age 33, Harvey sold her condo, quit her job and headed for Orlando, one of the five locations nationwide for the Golf Academy of America (GAA), which offers a the largest and longest-running two-year college program designed to place students in the golf industry. It has a placement rate of better than 81 percent and has five campuses nationwide.

“If someone would have told me 15 years ago that I’d be a golf instructor now, I’d have told them they were crazy,” says the 47-year-old Harvey. “But now I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”

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