National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) CEO Michael Hughes will step down as CEO of the organization at the end of 2015 after 25 years of service.

“I’ve enjoyed working with the NGCOA staff and volunteer leaders immensely over the years,” Hughes said. “I am very proud of what we have accomplished to improve and protect the business of golf course owners and operators all over the world.

“The association is in great shape, and I have decided it’s a good time for me to pursue a new challenge,” Hughes added. “Although I have no definite plans at this time, I look forward to leading the NGCOA for 2015 and being a part of the golf industry for many more years to come.”

Hughes began serving as executive director of the NGCOA in 1990. Under his guidance, the NGCOA increased its membership from 250 to more than 6,500 worldwide.

“On behalf of the NGCOA Board, I’d like to thank Mike for his years of dedicated service to the association,” said NGCOA President Matthew Galvin. “During his tenure, Mike has displayed the vision and leadership to propel the organization to the stature it holds today. Given where the NGCOA currently stands, Mike is leaving the organization at a high point, and we’re confident that he will ensure a smooth transition.”

In collaboration with Steve Mona, former CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, he led the formation of the Golf Industry Show, the second-largest and fastest-growing trade show in the golf industry.

Hughes served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Golf 20/20, on the Board of Governors of the National Golf Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the World Golf Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the selection panel for the PGA of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was recently appointed as the 2015 Chairman of the We Are Golf Coalition.