Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

Golf Course Management magazine is dedicated to advancing the golf course superintendent profession and helping GCSAA members achieve career success.

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66 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 FOR SECRETARY/TREASURER Kevin P. Breen, CGCS Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., since 2011. Previously, he served as the director of maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, Calif., and the superintendent at Los Alamos (N.M.) Golf Course. He has a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a bachelor's degree in horticulture/turf manage - ment from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. A 28-year GCSAA member, Breen has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2015. He cur - rently serves as the chairman of the Assistant Superintendent, BMP Resource and International task groups, and is vice chairman of the Communications/Outreach, Employer and GCSAA Scholars Competition task groups. Breen is a member and past president of both the California GCSA and Sierra Nevada GCSA. He also previously served as a superintendent representative on both the California Alliance for Golf and the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance. Statement Serving as a director on the GCSAA board the last four years has been a rich experience. My service has led to invaluable growth on both professional and personal levels, benefitting me and my cohorts on every committee, task group and working panel that I have been privileged to participate in. This growth results from challenging myself to listen, learn and make decisions in an altruistic manner. To serve our association is a great privilege, and I am constantly reminded of the great respect our association has gar - nered because of the dedication and hard work of superintendents. It is a high standard that I take very seriously when representing GCSAA. The most exhilarating and challenging facet of the GCSAA board has been our place in a changing world. Our association originated in 1926 with the intention of helping to collectively improve our craft and advance our profession. We continue to explore new ways of doing business while remaining true to who we are as an association; together we accomplish more than we can singly. We are poised to handle the challenges to our resources through our Government Relations priorities agenda and the BMP ini - tiative. Our shortage of people embarking on our profession is a problem that will be met by proactively promoting it through First Green and advancing the career of assistant superintendents with the newly formed Assistant Superintendent Certificate Series. GCSAA's newly formed membership category for equipment managers has brought those valued employees' education and inclusivity into our association. As time goes on and the GCSAA vision to be "the global leader in golf course management" evolves, our association will diversify and be stronger. My role as a board member is to continually evaluate new op - portunities to move us ahead, because I know that we can and must do better into the future. Our association as a whole is about people and relationships. For a singular person on an association board, the things that can be accomplished are minor compared to what can be done when engagement and inclusivity are priorities. Our profession will thrive through everyone participating toward common goals. That participation can be nationally, locally or even at your own facility, because when one of us succeeds, we all succeed. As a GCSAA director, I aspire to bring relevance to every member, so that we all accomplish more and thrive personally and professionally. I am passionate and dedicated to this ideal, and wholeheartedly want to serve as GCSAA secretary/treasurer. I thank you for your past support and respectfully ask for the opportunity to represent you as GCSAA secretary/treasurer. CANDIDATES

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