Hole in One

Jane Spicer of Daphne's Headcovers

NB|AZ helps golf club cover company thrive in niche market

There is nothing stronger than a mother’s unconditional love and eternal support. Just ask Jane Spicer, owner and CEO of Daphne’s Headcovers, a custom golf club cover manufacturer in Phoenix.

“Without my mom, who I named the company after, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she says.

Spicer caught the entrepreneurial bug at the tender age of 10, when she asked her mother for a sailboat. Rather than giving in to her daughter’s pleas, Spicer’s mom encouraged her to “think of a business and earn it yourself.” Not one to turn down a challenge, Spicer began to make stuffed animals, which led to puppets, which then led, six years later, to golf club covers.

“I was 16 years old and I went out giving a lot of bad sales pitches,” she laughs. “I can proudly say I’ve been thrown out of some of the finest resorts and golf clubs in the Valley.”

Eventually, Spicer got the hang of the sales game and, admittedly, got quite good at it. Thirty-eight years later, Daphne’s Headcovers is still going strong, producing golf club covers for some of the top touring professionals in the PGA and LPGA, including Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Lydia Ko. Their products are available worldwide, spanning 75 countries all over the globe.

Witness to this tremendous growth is Kate Van Driel, vice president and executive banking relationship manager at National Bank of Arizona. Spicer’s banker since 2011, Van Driel has seen first-hand the opportunities Daphne’s Headcovers has experienced and has been there to assist them with their financial needs.

“Jane exemplifies everything we look for in a client,” she says. “She’s a business owner who is passionate about quality and service, and has a strong brand. When we joined together, Jane was at a point where she was interested in a full banking relationship with someone who could be her financial advisor and trusted partner, and assist her with her unique needs so she can focus on her business.”