David Maraghy is Chief Executive Officer of Sports Management International, LC. (Williams College, BA 1974; Wake Forest University School of Law, JD 1977). Upon graduation from Wake, David clerked for Chief Justice Susie Sharp of the North Carolina Supreme Court. He then practiced law in Greensboro, NC until he served as the General Chairman of the PGA Tour Tournament, the 1986 Greater Greensboro Open (GGO), which realized that year a record profit for charity in excess of $600,000. Following the GGO he joined the sports management firm of Pros, Inc where he managed the affairs of PGA Tour stars including Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins, Davis Love, III, and Justin Leonard, and oversaw the Virginia State Open and its television broadcast.
David went on to create the Hyundai Motor Golf Classic in Seoul, Korea, bringing to that country PGA TOUR stars such as John Daly and Curtis Strange. Maraghy returned to Korea the following year for another event bringing Hall of Famer Tom Watson. Over the years David created the televised Crown Royal Golf Championship, and managed the PGA TOUR Nationwide event in Richmond, The Henrico County Open, televised on Golf Channel to an international audience.
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. Beginning in 2011 Dave served for three years as a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Elon University School of Law where he taught both Sports Law and Entertainment Law.