Golf Course Management

JAN 2017

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118 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 FOR DIRECTOR Jeff L. White, CGCS Jeff L. White, CGCS, is the superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Prairie Village, Kan., where he has worked since 2013. He previously held superintendent positions at Lake Quivira (Kan.) Country Club and Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Lenexa, Kan., and assistant superintendent positions at Lake Qui - vira CC and Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan. White earned a degree in horticulture/turf manage- ment from Iowa State University. A 26-year GCSAA member, White has been a Grassroots Ambassador since 2014, and currently serves on the Conference Education Task Group. He is a five-time representative of the Heart of America GCSA at the Chapter Delegates Meeting. White is a member of the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation along with the Kansas GCSA and Heart of America GCSA, serving as president of the latter in 2005. Statement I am truly honored to be nominated for a position on the GCSAA Board of Directors. I must first thank my fellow members and peers of our local chapter, the Heart of America GCSA. It would be a privilege to represent them along with all the other men and women who make GCSAA an exceptional organization. I am proud to call myself a member of this association because it is so unique. The fact that we are all com - petitors in a business sense but still have each other's back truly sets our profession and association apart from others. I have been a member of GCSAA for 26 years. As a young assistant and superintendent, I wouldn't have dreamt of volunteering the time and effort it takes to represent the membership. I can remember saying to myself, "What can a large organization like GCSAA really do for or offer me along my career path?" Those thoughts and statements couldn't be further from the truth as I navigate my 18th year as a golf course superintendent, the past 14 as a certified superintendent. What changed my views and opinions of GCSAA? I've taken the time, made a commitment, and become involved at both the local chapter level and on national committees and task groups. Working alongside fellow peers, members, colleagues and staff has opened my eyes as to why we all should not just belong to but be an active participant in our association. We have such an outstanding staff at headquarters who work diligently behind the scenes to provide a multitude of quality member services, advocate and lobby to keep our opposition and challengers at bay, and provide meaningful and affordable education. My career path has not taken me further than a 45-minute drive from our national headquarters. Even working at a club just blocks away to begin my career, I didn't understand how much GCSAA had to offer and how it truly strives to meet and exceed our member expectations. Being involved as a chapter delegate and task group member has furthered my respect for GCSAA and the board members who've led us to where we are today. I have been motivated by many past board and committee members to become and stay active in the association. As the economy ebbs and flows and the golf industry continues to contract, our previous leaders have had to make very tough decisions. Most of these decisions were made in order to sustain and improve upon the value and returns of membership. I believe GCSAA is stronger and more fiscally sound than ever. Just as all of us look for ways to increase efficiency and control costs while continuing to meet and exceed our employer's expectations, so have the GCSAA Board of Directors and staff. I now wish to aid in the process and progress going forward as a member of the GCSAA board. I would feel honored and blessed for your support in gaining a seat on the 2017 GCSAA Board of Di - rectors. I wish to be a part of helping GCSAA and the next generation of golf course professionals conquer whatever surprises and challenges lie ahead. Thanks in advance for your consideration and support.

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