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NORMAN, Okla. – Thomas M. Sterner, the founder and CEO of The Practicing Mind Institute, will speak at the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) National Conventions December 2-5 in Las Vegas.

As a successful entrepreneur, Sterner is considered an expert in Present Moment Functioning or PMF tm. He is a popular and in demand speaker who works with high performance individuals including, athletes, coaches, industry groups, and individuals of all ages freeing them to operate effectively within high stress situations so that they can break through to new levels of mastery.

As an expert Present Moment Functioning Coach, Thomas has brought clarity to thousands regarding how they can achieve their goals with less effort, in the least amount of time while enjoying the process. Top media outlets such as NPR, Fox News and Forbes have sought his advice. He is the author of the best seller The Practicing Mind; Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life (New World Library 2012) and Fully Engaged; Using The Practicing Mind In Daily Life (New World Library 2016).

Prior to founding The Practicing Mind Institute he served as the Chief Concert Piano technician for a major performing arts center preparing instruments for the most demanding performances. During his 25 year tenure as a high level technician he personally worked for industry giants such as Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Andre Watts, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis, and many more. This provided him with a unique opportunity to converse one on one with some of the most disciplined minds on how they approached the process of “practicing”.

Aware of his undisciplined personality as a youth, Sterner set out on a quest in his late teens determined to understand the nature of a disciplined mind, the elements of productive practice regardless of the application, and how to transform his own weaknesses into personal strengths. Decades of research in eastern thought, sports psychology, and neuroscience, combined with hundreds of hours of individual coaching, have given him an inspiring and transformative story to tell, one filled with simplicity, practicality, and humor. In his down time he is an accomplished musician, private pilot, avid golfer, sailor, and target archer.


About the GCAA:
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA's mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.

About the WGCA:
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association, founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization representing women’s collegiate golf coaches. The WGCA was formed to encourage the playing of college golf for women in correlation with a general objective of education and in accordance with the highest tradition of intercollegiate competition. Today, the WGCA represents over 600 coaches throughout the U.S. and is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes they represent.