Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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

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Candidates 01.17 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 105 FOR VICE PRESIDENT Darren J. Davis, CGCS Darren J. Davis, CGCS, has served as the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples since 1992. Prior experience included two stints at Augusta National Golf Club, the first as an apprentice superintendent and the second as an IPM specialist. Davis also served as the assistant superintendent at The Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University and a turfgrass management certificate from Penn State University. A 27-year GCSAA member, Davis has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2012. He currently serves as chairman of the Research Proposal Review Committee, Certification Committee and Conference Educa - tion Task Group, and as vice chairman of the BMP Grants Task Group. Davis is a member and past president of both the Everglades GCSA and Florida GCSA. He is also a past presi - dent of the Florida Turfgrass Association and a current director for the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. Statement Thank you for the confidence you have placed in me to serve on the GCSAA Board of Directors for the past five years, and as your secretary/treasurer for the last year. Your support has been overwhelming and humbling. It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with my fellow directors, GCSAA staff, chapter leaders, commit - tees, task groups and countless other dedicated and talented individuals around the country. From the onset of my GCSAA board service, I was committed to serving each and every member of the association to the best of my ability. Today, I remain steadfast in that commitment. I also remain devoted to enhancing the perception of the golf course superintendent and promoting the signifi - cant value he or she provides to the game of golf and to the environment. During my time on the board of direc- tors, we have achieved a tremendous amount of success in this area. Our enhanced media presence, our productive working relationships with allied golf associations and the "Thank a Golf Course Superintendent" campaign are just a few examples of GCSAA's member advocacy efforts. I am equally devoted to enhancing the association's governmental advocacy efforts. Our leading role in the We Are Golf coalition and National Golf Day, the hiring of a Washington, D.C.-based director of congressional and federal affairs, our environmental profile surveys and our Grassroots Ambassador program are also just a few examples of GCSAA's efforts in governmental advocacy. There is "strength in numbers," and I am very proud of the efforts the association has made in both retaining members and in membership growth. In a time when many professional associations are dwindling in numbers, GCSAA has made strides to increase membership. The equipment manager member classification is one area that GCSAA has seen membership growth. In addition, the recently created position of a senior director of member programs holds great promise in membership retention and growth. I also remain committed to ensuring the association continues to provide our members with the same excellent educational opportunities, professional development programs and networking opportunities that have helped me become the superintendent I am today. Obviously, the needs of GCSAA members are ever-evolving, and I am ex - cited to assist in providing our members with improvements in the technology we offer and the evolving methods of communication. I am truly blessed to be able to do what I love — to work as a golf course superintendent and enjoy the many benefits that come with the job. Serving GCSAA has allowed me to give back a fraction of what I have received working in this great profession. Thank you for nominating me for the position of vice president. I would consider it a privilege to continue serving the members of GCSAA in this capacity. I am extremely appreciative for the support and letters of nomination for this position provided by the Florida, Calusa, Central Florida, Everglades, Florida West Coast, North Florida, Palm Beach, Ridge, South Florida, Suncoast and Treasure Coast chapters of GCSAA. My employer, my team and the members at Olde Florida Golf Club continue to strongly encourage me to serve GCSAA, and I am extremely grateful for their unwavering support of my efforts to give back to the golf industry and the golf course superintendent profession. Finally, I am grateful for the encouragement, advice and support of numerous GCSAA past presidents, chapter leaders, GCSAA members and so many others in the industry. Thank you again for placing your trust in me by electing me to serve, and for your continued support. I am eager to build on past momentum and continue advancing the mission of GCSAA.

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