David R. Maraghy, visiting distinguished practitioner in residence
David Maraghy is Chief Executive Officer of Sports Management International, LC, a professional sports management and marketing firm specializing in golf.
Maraghy served as the General Chairman of the PGA Tour Tournament, the1986 Greater Greensboro Open (GGO), which realized that year a record profit for charity in excess of $600,000. Following the GGO, Maraghy managed the affairs of PGA Tour professionals including Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins, Davis Love, III, and Justin Leonard, and oversaw the Virginia State Open and its television broadcast.
Maraghy was the driving force behind the 1995 Hyundai Motor Golf Classic in Seoul, for which he brought to Korea for the first time PGA Tour professionals John Daly, Curtis Strange, Craig Stadler and Justin Leonard. He packaged that event for ESPN. Maraghy returned to Korea in 1996 for the Ssang Yong Securities Challenge, bringing Tom Watson, Corey Pavin, Sandy Lyle and Sam Torrance. Maraghy ran the 1996 Pepsi LPGA Skins Challenge in Richmond, VA. He created the Crown Royal Golf Championship in 1998, a televised event reaching over 10 million households and drawing players from several countries.
In 1999, Maraghy co-founded the VCU SportsCenter at Virginia Commonwealth University, a graduate program offering a Master's Degree in Sport Leadership. He served as Executive Director of that program until 2002 when he returned full-time to the world of sports.
Maraghy's company, SMI Productions, produces the live television broadcast of the SunTrust State Open of Virginia. Maraghy earned his bachelor’s degree from Williams College and his juris doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.