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Leadership Academy shapes future of the industry
GCSAA hosted 25 superintendents from around the nation in the second annual Leadership Academy presented in partnership with The Toro Co. and Syngenta last week at GCSAA headquarters in Lawrence, Kan.
Those who attended the two-day session were nominated by their GCSAA-affiliated chapter based on their potential to serve as volunteer leaders in the near future. The program addressed current issues and future trends impacting the golf course superintendent profession and association management, and helped the attendees begin building a professional network of peers who share best practices and innovative ideas.
The sessions included Steve Keating, selling skills manager for The Toro Co., and his presentation “The 360 Degree Leader.” Bryan Stromme, Midwest regional director of agronomy for Billy Casper Golf, presented “Taking the Lead in Environmental Issues in Golf.” GCSAA CEO Mark Woodward, CGCS, spoke about association management.
Both sponsor companies continue to stress the importance of getting more people actively involved in their associations at the local and national levels, as well as in the industry.
Todd Bohn – Creekmoor Golf Club, Raymore, Mo.; Heart of America GCSA
Steven Chernosky – Deerwood Country Club, Kingwood, Texas; South Texas GCSA
Robert Coffey – Cimarrone Golf & Country Club, St. Johns, Fla.; North Florida GCSA
Jeff D. Couwenhoven – Woodcreek Golf Club, Roseville, Calif., Sierra Nevada GCSA
Douglas Dykstra, CGCS – White Mountain Country Club, Pinetop, Ariz.; Cactus and Pine GCSA
Sean Flynn – Great River Golf Club, Milford, Conn.; Connecticut Assoc. of GCS
Eric Frazier – Willow Oaks Country Club, Richmond, Va.; Old Dominion GCSA
Jim Gernander – Kwiniaska Golf Club, Shelburne, Vt., Vermont GCSA
Jonathan Heywood – Cape Cod National Golf Club, Harwich, Mass.; GCSA of Cape Cod
Adam Ikamas – Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Mich.; Michigan GCSA
Stephen Karsh – River Crossing Golf Club, Spring Branch, Texas; Central Texas GCSA
Matthew O. Krukiel – Chester River Yacht & Country Club, Chestertown, Md., Eastern Shore Assoc. of GCS
Steven Link – Broadmoor Golf Club, Seattle, Wash.; Western Washington GCSA
Robert Martin – The Wilshire Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif.; GCSA of Southern California
Neil Mayberry – New Orleans Country Club; Louisiana-Mississippi GCSA
David A. Miloshoff – Briar Ridge Country Club, Schererville, Ind., Michiana GCSA
Craig Moore – Marquette (Mich.) Golf Club; Northern Great Lakes GCSA
Ron Padilla – East Lake Woodlands Country Club, Oldsmar, Fla.; Florida West Coast GCSA
D. Wayne Phillips – Rocky Bayou Country Club, Niceville, Fla.; Gulf Coast GCSA
Jacob A. Ryan – Northland Country Club, Duluth, Minn., Minnesota GCSA
Casey Schlepp – Butte (Mont.) Country Club; Peaks & Prairies GCSA
Joshua Tolman – Salmon (Idaho) Municipal Golf Assoc.; Idaho GCSA
Phillip Vaughan - Pine Valley Country Club, Fort Wayne, Ind.; Hoosier Turfgrass Association
Jason Wingate – Country Club of Little Rock, Little Rock, Ark., GCSA of Arkansas
Toby Young – Val Halla Golf & Recreation, Cumberland, Maine; Maine GCSA