Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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42 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 The senior management team at the Country Club of St. Albans (from left to right): Joe Schwent, director of golf; Laura Hodges, director of special events and board liaison; Maynard; and David Derfel, former general manager. Taking care of business If you ever needed proof of the trouble with first impressions, the case of Bill May - nard would offer plenty of lessons. Because, at first blush, the 30-year GCSAA member might seem like the last person you'd ever expect to invest himself so deeply into in - dustry service and championing the cause of his fellow golf course superintendent. By his own admission, Maynard is usu - ally the outgoing, fun-loving life of the party. He cracks jokes. He can be irrever - ent. He can be loud. He absolutely loves the tight-knit camaraderie of the golf course maintenance facility and the good-natured give-and-take that comes with it. He busts chops with the best of them, and can take it when those barbs are turned in his direction. But as those who know Maynard best will tell you, his character goes much deeper than that. He's intensely serious about his career, about doing his best for his employer and his employees. He's dedicated to life - long learning, to education and to sharing that passion with his colleagues in the busi - ness. And he's committed to giving back, to serving GCSAA and the golf course man - agement industry, both at the local and the national levels. "One of the things I think first attracted Bill to getting involved was the social aspect of it, the collegial part of being involved with GCSAA," says his wife of 31 years, Darla. "And I think that's OK — he's funny, he can be loud, he's high-energy. That's who he is. But as he's moved along on the board, I think he's really learned that in everything he does, he represents GCSAA's members — that when people see him, they see all superintendents, and that what he does mat - ters. It's made him a better superintendent and a better person." Maynard himself says, "I have learned to think before I speak, which hasn't always been my strong suit. Serving on the board and being involved as I have been over the years has, I think, helped round out who I am. I look at things from a much broader perspective and a much more thoughtful perspective. No doubt I still like to have fun, but thanks to all I've been lucky enough to do and experience, I'm much better at iden - tifying the time and the place for all of that." One of Maynard's right-hand men at St. Albans, Greg Burdiek, the superintendent of the club's Lewis and Clark Course, adds, "Bill really has honed that skill to be 'the president.' But other than that, he's still the same guy. High-energy, enthusiastic — the guy that cares about people, about seeing them do well for themselves. None of that's changed." Morgan Gonzales (left) joined Maynard and the rest of the senior management team as the club's new general manager in January.

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