Paul Herber is a golf industry veteran of more than 30 years having started as an Assistant Golf Professional in Topeka, KS. To date, Paul has helped launch 4 of the most successful companies in the golf business. Paul was an original employee of TaylorMade Golf Company working closely with the founder, Gary Adams, he was the company’s top salesperson all 8 years he was with the company. As the Vice President of Sales for Langert Golf he helped drive that company to become one of the premier golf companies of the early 90’s. From their Paul launched his own company, La Jolla Club Golf Company. La Jolla Club became the largest junior golf company in world and was named the “2nd Fastest Growing Private Company in Southern California” by the San Diego Business Journal. Paul still owns many of the patents he was awarded while at La Jolla Club and many of these will be used to help develop new products for the Harry Taylor Golf Company.
In 2010 Paul accepted the role of Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Sky Golf where he helped guide the company to dominance in the Golf GPS market. It was at Sky Golf that Paul learned the value of membership programs and direct marketing as he built one of the largest membership-based businesses in the world. Paul continued to consult to Sky Golf while he built a substantial golf accessories business with his son, H2 Golf Company. H2 Golf launched Offpricegolf.com and created a direct to consumer model featuring a large database of golfer specific emails. This asset has become H2 Direct, an integral part of the business model.
In each role Paul has been the driving force behind both the product development and the marketing plan. He is uniquely qualified to combine the skills of creating game changing, easy to use golf equipment and marketing directly to the golfing consumer to build H2 Golf.
Will Cropper has been in the golf industry for over 30 years including 6 years working with Paul Herber on building La Jolla Club Golf Company. During their time together La Jolla Club grew from a pure start-up to $12 million in annual sales, launched 8 new products, two that were nominated for Sporting Goods Product of the Year, and created what would become at the time the bestselling Junior set of all time. (The set was Jordan Spieth’s first set of golf clubs.) After La Jolla Club, Will joined the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company where he was an original member of the adidas Golf sales organization and helped grow the division from $5 million to $150 million. He worked as a sales representative and a regional manager and was awarded “Sales Representative of the Year”, given the adi-Dasler Award as “Employee of the Year”, ran the largest region for the adidas Golf division, and was 3 times the “Eastern Regional Sales Rep of the Year”. Will has also launched the apparel brands LPGA and St Andrews, managed the golf divisions of Crocs and PopSockets, and built the Sporting Goods division of the eyewear company Foster Grant.
Harry Taylor was a PGA Tour player during the decades of the 80’s and 90’s. He was also the Vice President of Design for 3 of the most successful golf brands in the industry.
Harry was recruited by the founder of TaylorMade Golf, Gary Adams, to join his company as the Vice President of Design and for 11 years he helped design some of that company’s most successful products. When Gary Adams left TaylorMade to launch Founders Club he asked Harry to join him and continue to design Gary’s products. He agreed and even brought along his protégé and design partner from Taylor Made to help in club design and player promotion, Bob Vokey, another successful designer in the wedge business.
Gary Adams became ill during Harry’s years at Founders Club and retired. Without Gary’s presence in the company Harry eventually sold his interest and left. In 1994 Harry was recruited by Jack Curran, the President of Mizuno USA to join the company as the Vice President of Golf Club Design. Given a blank slate from which to work, Harry helped establish Mizuno as an elite iron company, incorporating Mizuno’s own grain flow process into his designs and thus creating the #1 iron on the PGA Tour; a title Mizuno held for eight straight seasons. (Mizuno were the irons Tiger Woods played in college and during his early years on the PGA Tour.) Under Harry’s guidance many classic brands have been developed including the TaylorMade Burner Series, the Founder’s Judge, and the Mizuno T-ZOID and MP Series Irons.
When Harry turned 50, he left Mizuno and joined the Champions Tour. He competed successfully on the Champions Tour for three years from 2008 to 2010 and then left the tour to eventually become the Director of Golf Operations at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee, the climax of a 25 year membership in the PGA of America.
Harry has spent the last few years working on perfecting his wedge designs. The Harry Taylor Design wedges are a culmination of design experience gathered from his time at TaylorMade, Founders Club, and Mizuno combined with Tour experience on both the PGA and the Champions Tour. The result? Premium, precision designed product with a heritage that is second to none.