Who We Are
Robert D. Kain
Robert D. Kain, of Gates Mill, Ohio, is in his fourth year as a member of the USGA Executive Committee.
Kain retired as president and co-CEO of IMG in 2006 after a 31-year career at the global sports management company. He began his career in tennis management, representing elite players and each of the Grand Slam events. He was the chairman of IMG’s Academy business, and also created and built IMG’s figure skating business, as well as IMG Fashion. In 2007, Kain was vice chairman of the Cleveland Browns, and helped Randy Lerner buy and reorganize Aston Villa Football Club. From 2010-14, he served as a senior advisor to CAA Sports.
In 2000, Kain co-founded and served as chairman of the nonprofit Greater Cleveland Sports Commission. In its first 10 years, it generated approximately $300 million in economic impact for northeast Ohio and was voted by its peers as the No. 1 sports commission in the country. He also served on the board of trustees of The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
An accomplished amateur golfer, Kain played in the 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2013 U.S. Senior Amateur Championships and the 2006, 2007 and 2013 British Seniors Open Amateur Championships. Kain is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
In 2019, Kain will chair the Championship (ITS) Committee and serve on the Rules of Golf (JRC) Committee.