Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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For Secretary/Treasurer Peter J. Grass, CGCS Peter J. Grass, CGCS, has been the superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., since 1991 and has been employed at the club since 1975. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Montana College in Billings. A 29-year member of GCSAA, Grass has been on the GCSAA board of directors since 2009. He currently serves as the chairman of the Member Relations and Environmental Programs committees and is vice chairman of the Assistant Superintendent and Government Relations committees. Grass is a member and former president of the Peaks & Prairies GCSA. Statement Candidates I am honored to again be nominated by the Peaks and Prairies GCSA to serve as the secretary/treasurer of GCSAA. I appreciate the trust and support that members bestow upon not only myself, but also upon the entire board and our staff to work and advocate on their behalf. I have always been a proud member and supporter of GCSAA but now even more so, because I know what our association does for each member, their facility and the game of golf every day. What I have learned during the frst fve years as a director has prepared me to assume greater responsibility as an offcer. As I gather with superintendents and their staff members locally, regionally and some at a national level, I hear about and see the dedication and passion that these men and women have for providing their players a great golf experience, protecting the environment and using our natural resources wisely. GCSAA must continue to help our members be recognized as the professionals who are key to the success of their facilities both in course experience and fnancially. In 2013 we made a substantial investment in our largest balance sheet asset, our headquarters building in Lawrence, Kan. Repairs to the infrastructure were needed and upgrades to many other areas were completed. Some of those improvements were to help what I feel is truly our greatest asset, our staff. The work done provides them a more comfortable and productive work environment. The men and women who work for "us" do an exceptional job and are truly dedicated to serving the needs of our membership and the golf industry. For all of us, relationships within our facilities are a vital part of the success of that facility. The same is true of GCSAA within the world of golf; our relationships within the allied associations of golf are extremely important. I am very proud of the work we all have done to encourage the joint efforts that have resulted in the increased recognition of our profession, greater player participation and enjoyment of the game. I understand GCSAA's past and current fnancial situation, budgeting process, business plan and strategic direction the board of directors has set. Balancing budgets to equal the reduced revenues has been challenging, just as our members experienced in their own lives. Luckily things continue to improve for most. It is my pledge to continue being conservative in our spending but supporting as many direct member and chapter services as we possibly can. With all decisions and expenditures, our base question needs to be, how will this help the member, the industry and the game? It is essential that what we do with our limited resources is making a positive difference. Showing value for your membership dues and industry investments is of great importance. Working toward and always being guided by the mission, vision and values of GCSAA is my job as a director. I take great pride in this position and the responsibility that comes with it. I again thank the members for allowing me to serve them. This year I have an even greater motivation to help the profession and game of golf thrive. My son, Stephen, is attending the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School. After fnishing his bachelor's degree in business management, he decided that he wanted to continue working in the turfgrass industry as he has done in the summers since he was 15. I will close by thanking my employer, the Hilands Golf Club, for their support of my GCSAA service. Thanks also to my wife, Charlene, and my family for their help and understanding along with my grounds staff for keeping things going while I am attending to GCSAA business. 120 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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