Frank and Patti Kadkhodaian, owners of Golf Rider, brought the Fayette Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award back to their golf cart dealership in Peachtree City last week.
One of the organization’s most prized annual awards, small businesses make up about 90 percent of the Chamber’s members. A panel of judges from SCORE and the Small Business Development Center review the applications and select the winner.
Frank and Patti and their young sons moved from Chicago to Peachtree City where they started their business from scratch more than 20 years ago. Golf Rider began as a one-man operation when Frank opened his doors in a 900 sq. ft. vacant cafe on December 7, 1997.
Today, Golf Rider is Peachtree City’s only factory authorized dealer and service provider for E-Z-Go, Cushman, and Yamaha brand golf carts. The Golf Rider team brings more than 80 years of experience to golf cart buying and service, with more than 20 team members ready to help customers at the new location opened in June of 2018.
Golf Rider’s new location features a beautiful indoor and outdoor showrooms, including a pavilion where customers are protected from rain and sun while exploring Golf Rider’s inventory.
The indoor showroom features comfortable seating areas, refreshing drinks and free wifi for customers while they are purchasing or waiting for service or repairs.
Charging stations for golf carts are also available to the community free of charge.
The Kadkhodaians believe in reinvesting in the community as a way to reflect the overwhelming generosity and support they have received from customers for more than 20 years. Golf Rider supports foster care, education, cancer care, and research and the work of many local nonprofits and has generously donated to families and individuals in need. Over the years, Golf Rider has provided numerous golf carts for fundraisers across the nonprofit community.
The award was presented by Christian City’s CEO, Keith Horton.