Emily was one of the first females to participate in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii in 1981, Emily moved to Hawaii when she was recruited to be interim race director of the Ironman in 1986. She moved from downtown Detroit where, as the creator and producer of the Emily Detroit Run with thousands of participants and fifth largest run in the country in its heyday of early 80’s.
She was the co-creator with her partner Herb of the “Say Nice Things about Detroit” movement from Emily’s Across the Street in downtown Detroit in 1979. Proud to have been a Michiganian of the Year recipient and proud of the continued support from many as we continue the “Say nice things about Detroit” way of life.
After moving to Hawaii, it wasn’t long before the world class golf courses along the Kohala Coast drew her back into the game of golf she had dabbled at professionally many years ago.
Her business life in Hawaii has included promoting the Kohala Coast Resorts as a destination as well as PR and Marketing Consultant for the Mauna Lani Senior Skins, Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai (formerly MasterCard) and sports- and resort-related events she has co-created including the very popular Hilton Waikoloa Dolphin Days Celebrity event in the 1990’s.
In 1998 the Kona Board of Realtors awarded her with the Civilian Community Enrichment Award, the same year she received her real estate license.
Emily is the host and producer of the Emily T Gail Show on espnhawaii.com where she enjoys connecting Detroit and Hawaii. She and her guests talk about all the challenges and opportunities that are available in both communities to deal with what she sees as sociological opportunities through sports and recreation.
Emily T Gail Talk TV is seen on Na Leo O Hawaii Channel 53 & 54 or at naleo.tv. Emily is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and a frequent print columnist.
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