The Power of Golf

Fort My­ers golf ex­ec­u­tive rec­og­nized for char­i­ta­ble works

Times of the Islands - - In The Community - BY JOHN ROBERTS

Be­fore set­tling in Fort My­ers, Jim Siev­ers had launched his ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sales and es­tab­lished him­self as an avid am­a­teur golf ad­vo­cate who saw the sport as a way to raise money for char­i­ties. This past April, Siev­ers, a grad­u­ate of the class of 1963 at Pied­mont College in De­mor­est, Ge­or­gia, and mem­ber of the Pied­mont College Board of Trus­tees, was pre­sented the college’s Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award dur­ing an awards lun­cheon that high­lighted Pied­mont’s Alumni Week­end.

Siev­ers, who grew up in At­lanta, was re­cruited to Pied­mont to play base­ball but was also a mem­ber of the golf and bas­ket­ball teams. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, he moved to Chat­tanooga to be­gin a long ca­reer in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sales. To be­come con­nected with the com­mu­nity, Siev­ers be­gan vol­un­teer­ing with a ju­nior golf pro­gram. The work sparked a life­long pas­sion for am­a­teur golf and char­ity work. He was later elected pres­i­dent of the Chat­tanooga Dis­trict Golf and appointed to the United States Golf As­so­ci­a­tion. He also served on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees of the U.S. Am­a­teur and the Cur­tis Cup teams.

“Golf has raised more money for char­ity than all of the other sports com­bined,” Siev­ers said, dur­ing his brief ac­cep­tance speech. “I am so proud of my in­volve­ment in that.”

Siev­ers, who re­tired from Bris­tol-My­ers Squibb, Nu­clear Medicine-Di­ag­nos­tics Divi­sion, also spoke of his days as a Pied­mont stu­dent and his cur­rent work as a college trus­tee. “I am work­ing through my fourth term as a Pied­mont Trus­tee and it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “Look­ing at it from the in­side, I can tell ev­ery­one here that Pied­mont is on the rise.”

Jim Siev­ers, hold­ing his Dis­tin­guished Alumni Award, and his wife Samira K. Beck­with (left) are sur­rounded by fam­ily at the award lun­cheon at Pied­mont College.

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