Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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62 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 FOR PRESIDENT Rafael Barjas, CGCS Rafael Barajas, CGCS, is the director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Golf and Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla., a position he has held since 2015. Before that, he served as the golf course superin - tendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., for over 20 years. He also was superinten- dent at Palm Desert (Calif.) Country Club; director of golf course maintenance at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz.; and superintendent at various courses for American Golf Corp. He has a certificate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside. A 33-year member of GCSAA, Barajas has served on the national Board of Directors since 2011. He is the current vice president and also serves as the chairman of the Research Proposal Review Committee and the Equipment Managers Task Group. Barajas is a member of the Palm Beach GCSA, South Florida GCSA and Central California GCSA. He is a former president of both the GCSA of Southern California and the California GCSA. Statement I am truly grateful and honored to have served during the past eight years on the GCSAA Board of Directors. I'm sincerely appreciative to the members of GCSAA for the privilege of serving you at the national level. Your support and trust are greatly appreciated. The prospect of continuing my service leading this great organization as president is an opportunity that I will treat with the dedication that the position requires and deserves. The enthusiastic support and guidance from the many chapters that have supported me over the years remains the catalyst of my efforts and a primary driving force behind my passion and motivation to continue serving our association and industry. My sincere appreciation to the Florida GCSA and all the Florida chapters; my local chapter, the Palm Beach GCSA; the South Florida GCSA; Central California GCSA; and the Sierra Nevada GCSA and their respective boards of directors for the nomination. Their faith and support in my ability to lead our national association at the highest level is a tremendous privilege and a great honor. My tenure of over 33 years as a member of GCSAA has afforded me an opportunity to participate in many committees at the local, state and national level. Now, with the additional experience gained as a director for the past seven years, an officer of GCSAA the past two years (secretary/treasurer in 2016 and vice president this year), and the knowledge gained from those with whom I've served, I am more excited and prepared than ever to help grow our profession and industry. The involvement at the national level has given me a keen understanding of the organization's finances and priorities. The economic challenges of recent years are still present, thus the need to bal - ance our desire for fiscal prudence with the responsibility of advancing our core values, mission, vision and goals. In my opinion, the vitality of the local chapters and the members within those chapters remains the lifeblood of our organization. The national association must stay committed to supporting the local chapters and ensuring the ongoing and effective communication across the various states and throughout the nation. As an association, we derive great strength and vitality from the local chapters in our orga - nization, but national can provide the synergy that brings us together and makes us stronger. The association's commitment to remaining at the forefront of technology, education and professionalism is an initiative that I whole - heartedly support and will work hard to preserve. Additionally, as an association, we must remain proactive in educating legislators and the public about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of our industry. With the plethora of issues before us — not the least of which are water scarcity, environmental regulation and labor issues — we must remain proactive in ways that continue to promote our image as leaders and change agents in our industry. Having served as a chapter delegate for several years in addition to 19-plus years serving on numerous GCSAA committees, I have a unique perspective and keen understanding of the attributes necessary to lead this association into the future. To serve as a GCSAA officer, one must be passionate, knowledgeable, personable and objective, among other things. These are the values that continue to guide me in my ongoing commitment as a leader within GCSAA. As I've acknowledged on many occasions, although I have committed many hours of service to the association, the rewards that I have received — both personally and professionally — have always far exceeded the efforts. My strong belief in volunteerism and giving back remains, and I would encourage my fellow members to do the same. I remain grateful for the unfettered support of the board of governors, membership and staff of Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club. I'd also like to thank my family for always supporting me and encouraging me in my personal and professional endeavors. It is a great honor to serve you and this association. I look forward to listening to your concerns and ideas, and to working hard to ad - dress them. I look forward to assisting our national staff and elected leadership in advancing our profession into 2020 and beyond. Thank you for your consideration and your continued support in 2019. CANDIDATES

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