Golf Course Management

JAN 2014

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For Director Mark F. Jordan, CGCS Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, has served as the natural resource leader at Westfeld Group Country Club in Westfeld Center, Ohio, since 2007. He has been with the club since 1993, previously serving in general manager, club manager, superintendent (South Course) and assistant superintendent roles. He also previously served as assistant superintendent at both Winding Hollow Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, and Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati. He has a bachelor of science 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 27-year member of GCSAA, Jordan is currently a member of the Conference Education Committee and has previously served as a member of the Government Relations and Strategic Communications committees. Jordan is a member and past president of the Northern Ohio GCSA and has represented the chapter at the annual Chapter Delegates Meeting. He is a former president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and a board member with both Play Golf Ohio and the Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation. Statement Candidates It is an honor and a privilege to be considered a candidate for the GCSAA Board of Directors. I thank the Ohio GCSA chapters, particularly the Northern Ohio GCSA, for their support of my nomination. As most of you know, this is not my frst campaign in running for a director position with GCSAA. I truly feel my 2014 candidacy magnifes my desire and commitment to serve GCSAA and all of our members. The following quote from Hal Borland, which hangs in my offce, is part and parcel of my philosophy on life and of my candidacy: "In knowing trees I understand the meaning of patience, knowing grass I can appreciate persistence." That being said, I am very appreciative of the opportunity to run for the GCSAA Board of Directors again. The past experiences were invaluable and provided me the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with chapter leaders, members, current directors and GCSAA staff. I have been involved with GCSAA committees serving as a chapter delegate and participating on the Strategic Communication, Government Relations and, currently, the Conference Education Committee. This experience has given me an appreciation for the time, energy and effort the current board and offcers dedicate to our organization. Additionally, it has provided insight to the tremendous amount of work the GCSAA staff puts forth to support the association. This November, I will celebrate 25 years of service with Westfeld Group Country Club. Throughout the years, I have served in a variety of capacities, which has given me perspective on all facets of the club operation. My experience has provided the framework for my collaborative and servant leadership philosophy that drives a consensus decision-making process. This philosophy has engrained in me the ability to ask tough questions, listen to responses and voice my opinion, which results in decisions being made for the good of the whole. Regarding the association and industry, we need to continue to provide industry support for legislative issues to ensure member and GCSAA engagement at the national, state and, most importantly, local level. I also feel we need to maintain a continued industry focus with a global perspective, but without sacrifce to the principles Col. John Morley founded our association on 90 years ago in Northern Ohio when he helped establish the Cleveland Greenkeepers Association and, three years later at Sylvania Country Club, the National Greenkeepers Association. We need to protect and respect his guiding principles of education, benevolence and camaraderie regardless of whether it is in Cleveland or Beijing. In order to continue the success of our industry, we need passionate, engaged people representing our best interests. Rest assured, GCSAA has my commitment, and the support of my family and employer to execute whatever endeavors I would become involved with as a director. I look forward to the possibility of serving GCSAA, our members and the industry. I truly appreciate your consideration as a candidate for the GCSAA Board of Directors. 126 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.14

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