Mike, Amiee & Pat,
Thank you all so much for your involvement in Kurt’s golf outing. It was so great having your golf ball launcher there raising us more funds!
Definitely will recommend you all to others!
Chicago City Treasurer
Wanted to say thank you again for helping us out and making our event such a success!
We truly would not be able to do it without your guidance and support, so thank you!
Can’t wait to try some more of your creative ideas and games for next year!
You are the best!
Finance/ HR Manager
Soccer Enterprises, Inc.
I could hear the cannon noise for most of the day. As always, it was fun for our golfers. Our volunteers staffing the hole had a terrific experience with your representative.
Thanks again to SMT Events for helping make our event a success.
Benefits Insurance Group
It sounds like everyone who played hole #12 where the golf ball launcher spoke highly of it and had fun.
Also, I need to add that Katie was awesome on Friday, and everyone enjoyed her. She always had a smile, was friendly, professional, and had a unique pitch to get everyone to play. I wish we were able to give her a tip because she deserved it! I just wanted to let you know that her amazing attitude didn’t go un-noticed.
Thanks again for everything, you guys were great…
Hampshire Lions Club
Golf Committee chairman
Thanks so much Mike for sharing your fundraising knowledge and skills. You seem to know all the obstacles for fundraising and have the perfect solutions. Can’t wait to use you for the next fundraiser to make our lives easier and less stressful. Thanks for helping with the last one too! I like how you think. You’re the Best!
Executive Director ~ D230 Foundation
Thanks Mike, Everyone was extremely impressed.
Thanks Again, PHIL
Phillip J. Faso
Senior Account Manager
Combine a high intellect, boundless energy, humility, creative thinking in a world where there is little, dedication, a powerful work ethic and integrity. Those are some of the ingredients in the recipe of Mike Tait. There was an immediate connection when Mike and I met. We knew it, yet never questioned it. It was like peas and carrots. I was convinced that nothing he promised was anything he couldn’t deliver. His clients get both excited and possibly more important, they get educated when they work with Mike. He doesn’t only work very hard to get the business. He works even harder for the business he gets.
There are unique thinkers and there are forward thinkers and those who can think and solve on a dime. All describe Mike. If you are looking for someone who can help you understand how to get those extra dollars in your fundraiser – he’s your man. And it’s a relationship that spreads to your guests to help you with your relationships. Win – Win is such an overused phrase in business. However, it is the case when working with Mike Tait
Rick Pipal ACPI, OCP
Human Resources Specialist, Career Transition Expert – Clients: Graduates in first job search to Retirees in transition
I wanted to thank you again for your support of our annual golf classic again this year. Please mark your calendar for our 2017 event.
Dennis J. Gano, CAE
Thanks for the help with the outing on Friday. We had a great event thanks to SMT’s help.
Director, Market Development
Leeco Steel, LLC
Thanks to Mike Tait of SMT Golf Events for setting up the Silent Auction. He always has an awesome showcase. Anyone interested in his services, please let me know.
Heather N Haynes
Communication & Events Director
Chicago Southland Chamber of Commerce
I’m incredibly grateful to have met you and to have had SMT join us for our Inaugural Golf Outing yesterday. I can’t wait to reflect on the other ideas we have up our sleeve to further our impact and community engagement through fundraisers as an organization. I’d love to talk more about the fundraiser you had mentioned you were leading this summer when you get a chance. Don’t ever stop doing what your doing, and on behalf of all of the students we work with, thank you for playing a part in our story. You’re the man!
Founder & Executive Director
Want to set up a meeting to start planning for next year. Everyone that I have spoken with said it was the best golf outing that they had been to and can’t wait to come back next year. That’s all the feedback I need to know it was a success!
Thanks again for all your knowledge and helpful information.
Finance/ HR Manager
Soccer Enterprises, Inc.
Thanks again for everything at yesterday’s Mayor’s Cup Golf Outing to benefit Open Lands of Orland Park. It was a great day and you/your staff were wonderful!
Michelle Panico, Special Events Manager
Village of Orland Park | Recreation and Parks
Thank you so much again for everything yesterday and leading up to the day! It was truly a great event and the golfers loved the games. It was also so nice to meet your son!
Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to do it all again in 2016 😉
Melissa Pinkney, Imerman’s Angels
Development Associate of Events
Thanks again, you and group really do a great job, We ended up profiting a little more than $2600 for the day from SMT
Thanks again Mike, we will be in touch for next years 4th Annual Duke Classic.
The Duke Classic Foundation NFP
Your guys did an awesome job on Friday!
Again, thank you so much for making our event great and we even had a hole in 1 out of your Golf Ball Launcher. It was pretty awesome.
Heather Powen | Marketing Coordinator
REX Electric and Technologies, LLC.
The Exchange Club of Speedway just concluded its 30th golf outing, raising funds for the prevention of child abuse. Using SMT Golf has enhanced the experience for our players for the past 4 years. The on course games have become something that the players look forward to and have added thousands of dollars to the events bottom line.
Both the silent and live auctions items have both added revenue and saved untold hours of volunteer time searching for auction items.
Mike Tait and his staff create a fun and festive atmosphere with the utmost professionalism. We highly recommend SMT for your fund raising event.
Exchange Club of Speedway
DEEM Golf For Kids
I can’t thank you enough for your help. The canon shot was a HUGE success and so were the scratch off cards. We will definitely be doing those games again next year.
Cathy Kirin, Executive Vice President
Lauren and I just came back from our free trip to Las Vegas, and thanks to you we had a wonderful time at the Tropicana. Thank you so much to you and SMT Events for making the reservation and making it possible for us to have 2 free nights in Vegas.
Here’s a picture we took with some of our friends at the Hard Rock Cafe the first night we were there. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the 90 degree weather 🙂
Dustin and Lauren
Thanks again for another great event on 9/8. I’m glad we were able to work together again and am proud to report that the event raised $40,000 for Operation Finally Home. Thank you for being a part of it. Look forward to doing it again!
Best Wishes, Rose
Rose DiPetro – Rosy Events
Great event! You’re team was awesome and we are excited that we have found you to work these events in the future.
Michael Clarke – Midway Building Services Inc.
Dear Mike, Thank you for your help & guidance on the Cushman & Wakefield Charity Golf Outing last month. I feel so lucky to have run into you at that other outing! Because of the efforts of SMT we were able to meet C&W’s fundraising goal of $50,000! Guests had a great time with the games & I couldn’t believe we sold all but a couple silent auction items! You really know your audience! I look forward to working with you again soon! Best, Rose
Rose DiPietro – Owner, Executive Producer Rosy Events
I was given Mike’s name by an event coordinator at a golf course. I was thinking about putting together a charity golf event, but had never done this before and needed guidance. Mike was very knowledgeable about the process and was very available to always answer any questions I had and/or offer advice. Prior to the event starting, Mike provided me with his scratch off golf game to sell to anyone and everyone. The person with the lowest score won a 3 day/2 night stay at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Being able to sell this game prior to the actual golf event was an amazing tool to raise money. I liked being able sell these cards to raise more money and also use it to publicize the event. The golfers loved the SMT games that we chose to play the day of the event and many said it was one of the best events they have ever attended. Mike also brought 10 silent auction items and 1 live auction item that everyone loved. I would highly recommend having Mike help with your next event.
Rachael Reyna – Coordinator of the “FORE”-Ever Loved Golf Outing
Tony Fowler – Village of Woodridge
“Swing Like Mike Golf Classic”
for the Connie and Walter Payton FoundationHi Mike,
Just wanted to send you a quick thank you note for all your help on USG’s Giving Back Charity Golf Outing. This event was the most successful event in our 8 years of hosting the outing, helping us raise a record amount for three great charities – Breast Cancer Research Foundation, JDRF, and Special Olympics – Young Athletes. In addition to the money we raised, the comments and feedback I received from the golfers were overwhelmingly positive, with many pointing to the fun they had participating in the games on the course. Your staff was a great addition to our event and kept things light and fun, which is a tough thing when you have 180 golfers on the course for a 5-hour round (which, by the way, is probably the fastest round this group has had).
We are already working on next year’s date and plan to have your team on hand to help us surpass this year’s record.
Thanks again for all your help.
Phil Ciesiulka – Director, Business Development Performance Flooring, USG
Thanks Mike. It was a wonderful outing and financially, our most successful yet. Over the past two years since we first partnered with SMT, we have seen the success of our golf outing increase immeasurably. Financially, our net profit has increased significantly as a result of our partnership with SMT. Your on course games and scratch cards are instant money makers for our foundation. Money isn’t everything when it comes to our outings and SMT has added tremendously to the fun of our outings also. People that have fun at our outing remember Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and our fight against epilepsy.
Thanks Mike for helping increase the awareness of epilepsy, increasing the funds generated by our outing and making our golf outing a lot of fun.
Kurt W. Florian, Jr.
Interim President and CEO
Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago
SMT Golf was a HUGE hit! Everyone was amazed by the Golf Ball Canon and how many different games and prizes were available. I have already referred you to 3 different outings coming up, and I recommend that this kind atmosphere should be mandatory at every outing. I can’t wait to have you guys back next year!
Thanks again,Tom Dwyer, John Geary “Fight It” Memorial Golf Outing
Mike’s knowledge and helpfulness made our 1st Annual Golf Outing a huge success! He’s very helpful day of the event and the games he brings to the course add a new level of competitiveness for golfers! Being this was our first outing, Mike was very resourceful leading up to the event as well! Job well done!
Jarrett & Trisha Payton The Jarrett Payton Foundation
This was the first year we have used SMT to run games on the course. I have had excellent feedback from golfers. The SMT staff is professional and easy to work with. At the end of the day we made more money with the help of SMT!
Matt Hanson – Lieutenant, Elburn Fire Dept.
Thanks to the SMT team for all of their efforts to help our golf outing be successful! We heard lots of good comments again this year about the different type of games we had available. We have tentatively booked our 2013 outing for the first Monday in June, See you there!
Norma Lansing , Effingham Chamber of Commerce
Thank you, Mike, for getting the SCS annual golf outing to the next level. Already a profitable golf outing, SMT helped us to increase our attendance by nearly 60%. Everyone was talking about the golf ball launcher and other new contests, prizes, and most of all – FUN! We couldn’t have done it without you and the creative twist you add to the typical outing.
Kelli Cody – Executive Assistant, SCS Inc.SMT Golf lives up to their mission statement. They made our golf event more fun and more memorable.
Their representatives were helpful, attentive and a delight to work with.
I look forward to what they will have “new” for next year!
Mike McGrath, President, Exhibit Marketing Partners, Inc.
You and your team provided a great departure from the normal “run of the mill” outing.The different games brought a lot of positive comments from our golfers and the additional income generated, was certainly a bonus!Thanks,
Bill Novak, Easter Seals Board of Directors
Mike, Thank you again for making the 2nd annual Cure It Foundation golf outing a huge success. Daren and Tina were so helpful and just great with the golfers on the course, many compliments about them. The auction items you sent were a hit, the Toews Blackhawks piece, St. Andrews pictures and the framed Michael Jordan went quickly and we ended up getting more money than anticipated. Save the date for next year!!! THANK YOU! –
Rick Chaloupka, The Cure It Foundation
On behalf of our entire Board of Directors and Golf Committee, I thank you for helping us achieve a very successful “first ever” golf outing. As you know, when you step out to do something that you have never done before, it is a little scary. You and SMT Golf helped to remove some of the “first time” risks. We had 73 golfers and raised more money, with your help, than we could have done on our own.As our committee chair said at the end of the night, “ SMT did what they said they would do”.Thank you and we are looking forward to working with you next year”.
Bill Johnson, Executive Director- Facing Forward to End Homelessness
I have to admit that I was skeptical. No one on our planning committee had ever attended an event that SMT coordinated. You want to believe the testimonials, you want to believe that you really can earn money for your charity and the cost be seem-less. After a number of conversations we knew we needed help and decided to give SMT the chance. Our event was a great success and we owe it to you and your team. Your professionalism, hospitality, and ability to fit in as if you were the charity made our event memorable. The test of a great golf event in my opinion is in the memories provided. Yes we had perfect weather, and yes we played on a great track. But every person I spoke to had unanimous praise of the games, laughed about how fun they were, and commented on what a great day they had. We provided some great memories today! At a time when people rarely meet our expectations, SMT exceeded ours.
Many thanks to everyone on your team that made it happen for us. We look forward to many years of working together”.
Bruce Daugherty-Connie’s Naturals
This being the first year we ever did a golf outing, SMT was exceptionally helpful with all the details. The long drive cannon and blackjack went over really well. Everyone involved had a great time! The prizes were a big hit and can’t wait to do it again.
Tony Ficaro-Beverage Manager/Banquet Coordinator -Champps Americana Lombard
I just wanted to say thank you to you and SMT Golf for hosting our event for the Geneva Chamber Golf Outing! This was the second year that we decided to have SMT Golf host our event for us. In this economy and all the golf outings that you do, it was great that your company made our event so much fun for the golfers and a money maker for the chamber.
I liked the way that you actually “hands on” called the golf course and made sure that everything was all ready to host our event and the follow up with our committee too!
The scattered flags game was one that we chose and to have 100 flags in the fairway that represent over $60,000 in prizes that golfers can win was EXCITING! One of our golfers won a gas grill! Not to mention the 2 free vacations and golf clubs that your company provided too!
I would definitely recommend your company to anyone who wants to make money for any organization.
Lynn Pranga – Chair for Geneva Chamber Golf Outing
I just wanted to say thank you to you and SMT Golf for hosting our event for Literacy Volunteers of Fox Valley. This was our first year to host this event and we really appreciated your expertise and ideas on hosting an event.
I have been chair for several golf outings and your company really has it down! Your follow up to make sure our event will be a money maker for our cause helped us achieve what we needed and more.
We received compliments from the golfers on the fun games that you had at the holes and the scratch cards for winning a trip was a hit! Everyone can not believe how you can give away the trips and have the staff involved for what you charge not to mention the other free items your company provided.
It was really hard to figure out what games to choose from your 24 or so game’s but we decided to choose the Golf Ball Launcher! Players actually got to shoot their own golf ball out of a one of a kind creation! Fun! I would definitely recommend your company to anyone who wants to make money for an organization.
Lynn Pranga – Chair for Literacy Volunteers/Fox Valley
Mike & Company; the SMT team helped make the day very memorable for the participants of the outing. The on-course games added an additional layer of fun and profit to our charity outing. We look forward to working with SMT again next year!”
Jon Schroeder, CFMA Golf Outing Chairman
Thanks again for you and SMT Golf coming out and helping UPS have another very profitable outing for the 2nd year in a row. Your staff was very helpful in getting us prepared before the outing and running the putting & chipping contest. We will be looking forward to have SMT come out again next year and raise more money”!
Jeff Simonic Illinois District, OR, PM Gateway Manager
“Thank you for all your help. It is great working with SMT. SMT Golf is always coming up with new and innovative ideas. You really made our golf outing something to remember. All the golfers were talking about the golf ball launcher and how much fun it was to operate”.
Dan Murphy – Dennis J. Murphy Memorial Golf Outing
“To all at SMT Golf,
I want to thank you for your services at this year’s outing. Although the weather dampened the golf we were still able to make this year’s event our most successful to date. After expenses we raised just over $21,000 for the Kidneeds Foundation. We appreciate your team’s hard work and dedication to help make our event so successful. I have no doubt that, had we been given a full day of nice weather, we would have raised substantially more.
Thank you for everything and we look forward to working with you at the 4th Annual Kidney Classic”.
Dave Yates – Director, Wind Energy Group
“My committee and I would like to thank you and your staff for being part of our World Gospel Outreach golf charity event on Friday, August 12, 2011 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge, Il. It was a wonderful day and we thank you and your crew who all were so helpful, knowledgeable, and very NICE.
The addition of SMT Golf to our event added lots of fun plus more revenue for our mission in Honduras. We received encouraging comments from many of the players.
It has indeed been a pleasure to organize the event with you and we look forward to working with you again next year”.
Marilyn Straub – World Gospel Outreach
“Mike and SMT Golf helped us with our Exceptional Children’s Charities Golf Classic for 2011. Mike and his staff are very professional. We made more money than we have in a long time. and the “Fun Level” of the Golf Classic was off the charts! I received many compliments on the outing! We will have SMT Golf back next year! Thanks Mike”!
Bob Diamond – President, Exceptional Children’s Charities
“I have had the pleasure to work with SMT for the last two years in providing an all new golf event experience. In our first year we were very successful meeting our targets and making some friends of the Y happy. This year we grew again and have continued to experience a growth in our teams wanting to be a part of it! Mike is a true professional and takes a great interest in your event to make sure you have all the tools to exceed expectations. Mike brings passion and enthusiasm with his team and represents the essence of fundraising. Mike has tremendous knowledge in creating a fun filled atmosphere that will bring back more golfers the following year. I would highly recommend SMT Golf Outing Services for your golf outing if you want to experience the new style in best practices and make more money for your charitable cause.
Mike will steer you in the best direction.”
Brent R. Finlay, Oswego Family YMCA Executive Director
“SMT Golf added greatly to our outing. The participants enjoyed the games on the course and contributed substantially to our fundraising efforts. Your staff was personable and engaging to all the players. Cash Bags was a definite highlight”.
Doug Friedman, Marmion Sports Boosters
“Our golf outings had always been pretty successful but we were never able to break the $100,000 barrier until 2011. Based upon a recommendation from a friend, I attended one of SMT’s free seminars and learned a few new ideas that, with the help of Mike Tait and his crew, helped catapult us well beyond the barrier to over $125,000 at one single event! SMT Golf will be involved with all of our outings from here on out”.
Tom Sutter, President, Cal’s All-Star Angel Foundation www.calsangels.org
“Just days before our event, a friend recommended I contact SMT Golf. I did so and was cautiously optimistic. They were great! All the golfers enjoyed the games and it added significantly to the money we were able to raise. It was an easy and profitable partnership. Hope to use them again”.
Bob Martin, Chicago Fire Department
“I have organized our charity golf outing for the last 8 years. This is the first year we used SMT Golf. They brought new and exciting games to the event that everyone enjoyed. It brought new life to a regular old golf outing”
Pete Chiampas, Event Organizer for the Larry Poplawski Memorial Outing benefiting the Melanoma Research Foundation.
The games/holes that your team brought to the scholarship outing added a whole new dimension to the golf outing. It made the “non-golfers” enjoy the game and participate and a critical part of the team. The awards also were very recognized and appreciated as the players received them at the awards table. I have heard all good things from this as well as from people planning on utilizing you for their upcoming outing.
Brian Krzyaniak, Caterpillar Inc. Manufacturing Strategy Manager, Aurora, IL.
“There is no doubt that SMT Golf made our annual outing more fun, easier to manage and definitely more profitable. Thanks Mike and staff“.
Tim Giglio, Co-Chair-Providence Catholic’s Men’s Club Golf Outing
“This year our outing experienced its’ 10th year and without a doubt it was the best ever! With over 275 golfers we needed to set a new high water mark and SMT delivered. The Scattered Flags, Golf Ball Launcher and Blackjack games provided some unique and memorable moments for our golfers. Then, to bring it all home, Mike Tait and his crazy trick shots with a hammer, shovel, etc were just too much! Our outing was already interesting – SMT Golf made it unforgettable! Thank you, my friend. You really helped us create another unique and very fun day”
Tom Latourette – Founder, Beat Tom and Bill Golf Outing
“Collaborating with Mike Tait and the entire SMT Golf crew during our annual fundraiser was a benefit not only to our staff and committee but to the outing’s participants. The compliments on the professionalism of the SMT staff and the good times had playing the games on the course were too many to count”.
Amanda Bos, Eastern Illinois University, Assistant Athletics Director for Development
“As the 25th anniversary of the Exchange Club of Speedway’s annual “Golf for Kids” approached, we wanted to add something special to the event. Like everyone else we had fallen into the rut of running the tournament the same way year after year.
I met the SMT folks at a golf show and listened as they explained how their program worked. I was skeptical of all the things that they said they would bring to the table, because it was almost too good to be true. Our club decided to give them a try.
Let me just say that Mike Tait and his staff did everything they said they would do and more. The trick shots, the skill holes and the prizes far exceeded our expectations. We had our most successful event ever, both in terms of money raised and enjoyment of out participants.
I would highly recommended SMT Outing Services to any group looking to truly add a value-added feature to their outing.”
Bob Butte, Tournament Chairman, Exchange Club of Speedway
“SMT Golf had two representatives at our Chiefs of Police outing last year and everyone had a blast! Besides that, these two guys raised almost four grand for Special Olympics. They are coming back this year for sure!”
Dwight Baird, Chief Of Police, Oswego, Illinois
“SMT Golf provided our outing with a delightful source of revenue. The games that were held by SMT peaked everyone’s interest in the outing, were fun (everyone participated) and absolutely made our outing more profitable. The games were the talk of the dinner, and the silent auction pieces were magnificent. We highly recommend SMT for your outing”.
Rich Blackwell, Chapter Administrator, CFMA Golf Outing
“I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your team at SMT Golf for helping to make our annual golf outing fundraiser a huge success. Our attendance was up over the previous year thanks to your marketing suggestions and of course, the innovative games you brought to the event were a fresh and welcome change for our golfers. Your professionalism and desire to help us succeed is certainly appreciated”.
Steve Hatcher, Director, Oswego Chamber of Commerce
“This is EXACTLY what our golf outing needed. We already have more people registered for our 2010 golf outing as a result of your groups talents and expertise. We just wanted to say thanks for breathing new life into our event. BTW, the $2,200.00 you gave us wasn’t too bad either!”
Maria, Big Brothers Big Sisters
“These guys made our clients feel like celebrities! There is no way that we could have ever imagined the response would have been as positive as it was. We had Mike and David on the course and every single player commented on how much fun they had watching and participating in their games. We are looking forward to next summer. Thanks guys.”
Mark, Architects Society For The Arts
“We were skeptical when we heard that it wouldn’t cost us anything to have SMT Golf come out to our outing to raise monies for Downs Syndrome… We were shocked at how well they did at our outing! They gave everyone gifts in excess of $150.00 per player, and at the end of the day, they also dropped $1,100.00 on the table for us! We still have people asking if they will be at this years event, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks Mike!”
HH, St. Charles Golf Outing For Downs Syndrome
“Mike is an amazing guy with a huge heart and an incredible skill set. He’s been successful in multiple environments and has successfully re-invented himself throughout his career. You would be hard pressed to find a more talented, creative and caring person in the golf business.”
Walter Lis, Managing Editor, Chicago Golf Report
“Mike is an “out-of-the box” thinker. He has great ideas and works tirelessly to accomplish the goals of what he starts.”
David Brinker, President, Mid America Golfing Events, LLC
“I love working with Mike! He has helped so many golf outings make more money for their cause. His proven and fun ideas bring success to those who work with him. Mike has become a trusted friend. I recommend Mike to any golf outing looking to take their outing to the next level of success.”
Lisa Lutz, Director of Tournament Sales, Ruffled Feathers Golf Club
“SMT Golf is a great addition to any golf outing looking to raise money and have exciting games during your golf outing. I’d highly recommend giving SMT Golf a chance at your next golf outing!”
Chad Johansen, PGA Head Golf Professional, Chad Johansen Golf Academy
“Finally!!! Someone who gets it. Someone who understands that golfers are increasingly getting bored with a ‘Standard’ golf outing…mulligans, a long drive contest, and a couple of lame giveaway gifts for a $100+ per person entry fee. As an outing coordinator, if that’s all you have to offer, if you’re still running the same event you were 5 years ago, if you’re starting to see your participation and revenues decrease, or you simply want to breathe new life (and new revenues) into an already great outing, call these guys today!!!
Don’t blame it on the economy…there are plenty of people who are willing to pay for a good golf outing. But you need to be different…you need innovative games to raise money, you need contests that ANYONE can play and ANYONE can win, you need great prizes and great giveaways…SMT provides the WOW factor so many outings are missing.
I’ve personally witnessed Mike ”take over’ an event and raise participation, raise the energy of the event, raise more money for the associated charity, and watched as golfers left the course raving about the quality of the event. The part that really blows your mind is that there’s really no cost or extra work involved. I, too, was skeptical until I saw them in action. Hundreds of satisfied customers last year and nearly 100% retention rates don’t lie, however. They’re AWESOME!
Whether you’re starting up a new outing or you’ve been running one for years, you owe it to yourself to check out Mike’s revolutionary product offerings. The buzz and excitement they create for an event is truly remarkable.”
Brandon Evans, General Manager/Head Golf Professional, Village Greens of Woodridge