Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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For Director Rafael Barajas, CGCS Rafael Barajas, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., since 1995. Previously, he was superintendent 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 certifcate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside. A 28-year member of GCSAA, Barajas has served on the national board of directors since 2011. He is currently the chairman of the Government Relations Committee and is vice chairman of both the Strategic Communications and Environmental Programs committees. Barajas is a member and former president of both the GCSA of Southern California and the California GCSA. Statement Candidates I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to serve my association this past three years as a director on the GCSAA board. I am sincerely excited about the prospect of continuing my service for an additional two-year term if given the honor and privilege of once again receiving the support of my peers. The enthusiastic support and guidance over the years from the following chapters remains the catalyst of my efforts and a primary driving force behind my passion and motivation for our industry — the GCSA of Central California, Sierra Nevada GCSA and California GCSA. The boards of directors for the aforementioned chapters have continually expressed faith in my ability to lead our association at the highest level, and for this I am truly honored. I have enjoyed the past 28 years as a member of GCSAA and the numerous chapters I've had the privilege to call home, including the GCSA of Southern California, Hi-Lo Desert GCSA, GCSA of Central California and California GCSA. Now, with the additional experience gained over the past three years as a national director, in particular the knowledge gained from those with whom I've served, I am more excited and prepared than ever before to help grow our profession and industry. 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 organization, but the national association 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 are initiatives that I wholeheartedly support and will work hard to preserve. Additionally, as an association, I believe we must remain proactive in educating legislators and the public about the environmental, economic and recreational benefts 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 at the precipice of our industry. By serving as a chapter delegate, in addition to 18-plus years on several 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 director, one must be passionate, knowledgeable, personable and objective, among other things. These are the qualities that I am committed to as a director and leader at the national level. As I've acknowledged on many occasions, although I have committed many hours of service to the association, the rewards, both personally and professionally, have always made my efforts pale in comparison to the benefts. I believe strongly in volunteerism and giving back, and I would encourage my fellow members to do the same. I remain grateful for the unfettered support of the board of directors, membership and staff of Hacienda Golf Club. I'd also like to thank my family for always supporting me and encouraging me in my personal and professional endeavors. 124 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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