Since 2013, Quincy R. Heard and R.A. (Rich) Freedman have used their expertise to develop a wide range of services in golf and fitness to support all age levels and abilities, both amateur and professional. Now we’re offering a low-cost franchising opportunity with our BESS™ Box portable fitness workstation.
What We Do and Why We Do It
Both of us have a passion for what we do and a never-ending quest for improvement and innovation. Over the years we have learned that our combined skills in golf instruction, coaching, fitness, and nutrition are powerful tools — helping you to lower your golf scores and improving your health and the quality of your life.
Originally from Montgomery AL, I have been in Oregon since 1988. Married to Liisa, I am a United States Navy veteran. I entered the PGA Professional Development Program in 1998 and was elected to membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) in 2006.
I served on the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau Golf Advisory Committee for 10 years. I also served on the Oregon Chapter PGA Board of Directors and currently serve on the PGA Committee for Coaching and Player Development.
Almost my entire career I have worked exclusively with junior golfers through the Portland Youth Golf Association, that later became The First Tee of Portland. I was the head golf coach at Warner Pacific College for six years and am currently the head golf coach at Alabama State University. Throughout this time I maintained a select few of adult students. I invest a lot in my students. Lessons are over when the student gets it.
- Oregon Golf Association as Golf Professional of the Year
- Oregon Chapter PGA as Junior Golf Leader of the Year
- Oregon Chapter PGA as Director at Large
- Golf Coaches Association of America as NAIA Director at Large
- Featured in PGA of America/CBS Special Turning Passion Into Profession
Summit Golf Foundation
As the CEO/Founder of Summit Golf Foundation (SGF), I also spend time providing a welcoming and learning environment to youth ages 8-18 who want to have fun while learning and playing the game of golf. Our Breaking Par golf and Caddie programs teach participants life skills through the game and thus they become successful contributors
Now, I’m excited to be involved with helping to use my experience and “Mindbender” coaching strategy to help our franchises succeed.
R.A. (Rich) Freedman
Master Fitness Trainer R.A.(Rich) Freedman is certified by the International Sports’ Sciences Association (ISSA). A graduate of Rutgers University, Rich had a 32- year career with Shell Oil Company and subsidiaries before retiring in 2000. He held a variety of executive positions including Assistant General Auditor, VP Finance and New Business Development for Billiton Metals, Inc., Managing Director of Billiton Commodities, Inc., and Controller, Coral Energy, Inc. as well as serving on several Board of Directors.
Master Fitness Trainer
Rich was introduced to the world of professional fitness training by former Washington Redskins’ and Houston Texans’ Strength and Conditioning Coach, Dan Riley. In 2003, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest where his wife finished out her working career with the Portland Trail Blazers and he obtained additional insight into professional sports training. In 2006, Rich received instruction under U.S. Olympic Coach, John Schaeffer, and received his ISSA certification.
Since then Rich has also become a certified specialist in Fitness for Older Adults, Sports’ Nutrition, Exercise Therapy, Youth Fitness, Advanced Sports’ Conditioning, Body Building, and Golf Fitness. In November 2011 he was awarded the title of “Master Trainer” by the ISSA. In May 2013, he became certified by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) as a golf fitness instructor.
For the past 15 years, Rich has trained members and consulted with the staff at the Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Washington. From 2012-2018 he served as Strength and Conditioning Coach and Assistant Golf Coach at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. He has also served as a consultant to The First Tee of Portland and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Summit Golf Foundation which seeks to promote academic and life skills through the game of golf for children under state care in the Portland metro area.
Public Speaking and Publications
Rich also speaks and writes about health and wellness. He continues to write quarterly articles for the Royal Oaks