Golf Course Management

AUG 2018

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74 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 08.18 (industry news) to govern the association. The mission of the Washington, D.C.-based trade association is to protect, defend and advance the interests and well-being of private, social and recreational clubs. The NCA's new officers are chair Frank J. Vain , president of McMahon Group, in St. Louis; vice chair Terra S. H. Waldron , CCM, CCE, ECM, chief operating officer of Greensboro (N.C.) Country Club; and secretary Christine Pooler , CCM, ECM, director of operations, Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club. Malcolm MacColl , president of the board of governors, The Westmoor Club on Nantucket, Mass., was re-elected treasurer. The immediate past chair is Kevin P. Vitale , general manager and COO of Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. Directors re-elected to the NCA board for three-year terms are Ted M. Benn , partner at Thompson & Knight LLP in Dallas; Michael Bruni , board of directors, Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club; Thomas A. Lenz , partner at Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo in Pasadena, Calif.; and Michelle F. Tanzer , chair, residential, resort and club section at GrayRobinson in Boca Raton, Fla. PBI-Gordon an- nounced that Chris Williamson, Ph.D. , has joined the company's research team. Based in Defiance, Ohio, Williamson will be responsible for coordinating all research protocols, technical as- Solitude Lake Management of Virginia Beach, Va., announced recent milestones achieved through the company's dedicated community-outreach program, The Solution. Solitude's team has completed more than 10,000 volunteer hours in its local communities since the program's inception in 2012. The Solution is a company-wide program that encourages staff volun- teerism, activism and education in the communities in which it lives and serves. As part of the program, Solitude supports volunteering during company hours and provides rewards, company-wide recognition and donations to the charities of each participating employee's choice. The team is able to increase impact and rewards by donat- ing time to water-related causes and inspiring friends, family, vendors and clients to join in their efforts. Since the program began in 2012, Solitude has donated more than $286,604 in goods and in-kind services to local communities across the country. In 2017, the Solitude team helped support more than 11,000 families through an array of charitable events, educational opportunities and fundraisers including lake, river and creek cleanups; native vegetation and tree plantings; and invasive species removal. In total, the Solitude team tallied 310 volunteer hours (a 40 percent increase from Earth Day efforts of 2017) and collected over 9,500 pounds of trash from roads, neighborhoods and local waterways (a nearly 60 percent increase from the previous year). The National Club Association (NCA) recently held its annual meeting in Los Angeles in conjunction with its National Club Conference, where it elected new officers The Western Washington Golf Course Superintendents Association hired Bill Ackerley as its new executive director. Ackerley is a University of Washington alumnus and earned his MBA at Cornell University. He trained as a financial analyst with American Airlines before becoming a lead executive at a variety of sports and media companies. Some of those companies include the Seattle SuperSonics, KJR Radio and Horizon Broadcasting. Executive DIRECTOR Community outreach

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