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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01.19 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 67 FOR SECRETARY/TREASURER Mark F. Jordan, CGCS Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, is the director of golf course operations at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. He has been with the club since 1993, previously serving in roles as natural resource manager, general manager, club manager, superintendent (South Course) and assistant superintendent. He also has been an assistant superintendent at both Winding Hollow Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, and Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati. He has a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Ohio State University in Columbus and an associate of applied science degree in turfgrass management from Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. A 32-year member of GCSAA, Jordan has served on GCSAA's Board of Directors since 2014. He is cur - rently the chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and GCSAA's Political Action Committee, as well as the Rounds 4 Research and Technology task groups. He is also vice chairman of the Certification Committee and the Assistant Superintendent Task Group. Jordan is a member and past president of the Northern Ohio GCSA. He is a former president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and a board member with the Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regu - lation. Statement It is an honor and a privilege to be considered for the office of secretary/treasurer for GCSAA. My ex- periences since becoming a board member in February 2014 have been invaluable and provided the oppor- tunity to build and strengthen relationships with chapter leaders, members, current directors and GCSAA staff. I have truly enjoyed my time on the board and believe the wisdom gained through this experience has prepared me for the next step. As I look to increase my responsibilities as secretary/treasurer, I have evaluated how the GCSAA mis - sion statement applies to my personal motivation for serving. The mission statement reads: "GCSAA is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession, and enhancing the enjoyment, growth, and vitality of the game of golf." I affirm my motives for serving our members and industry when I insert my name in place of the GCSAA and re-read the statement: "Mark Jordan is dedicated to serving our nearly 18,000 members, I am dedicated to advancing our profession, and I am dedicated to enhancing the enjoy - ment, growth, and vitality of the game." I am sure the same can also be said for many other superintendents throughout the country who continue to move our profession in a positive direction. There is tremendous value in being a part of a forward-thinking organization, one which challenges all involved to be the best they can be by striving for excellence and inspiring a culture that motivates our members for personal and professional development through continuing education and engagement at the local, state and national level. I truly feel the GCSAA is in the midst of exciting times, and I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of this direction. Short- and long-term strategies are aligned to ensure viability for our industry, organization and, most importantly, our members and their facilities. Work continues on important strategic initiatives like BMPs — 50 States by 2020, governmental advocacy, and building relationships with industry partners. This work brings us a holistic perspective of the game of golf and the industry while setting the foundation for GCSAA to be the "Global leaders in golf." I sincerely thank the GCSAA affiliate chapters in Ohio, particularly the Northern Ohio GCSAA, for their support of my nomination. I also appreciate the continued support of my employer, staff and, most importantly, my family. Thanks to the GCSAA Nominating Committee for their consideration of me as a candidate for the office of secretary/treasurer. San Diego 2019 CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE.

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