Golf Course Management

MAR 2017

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48 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.17 And those closest to him in the business clearly see how much those educational ex - periences have meant. "Bill's professional demeanor, his communications skills, his teamwork mentality and his connections within the golf community really set him apart from any other superintendent I've worked with," says David Derfel, the gen - eral manager at St. Albans during May- nard's tenure there, who recently moved to the Chicago area to take a new position as the general manager at Northmoor Coun - try Club. Giving back If there's anything that rivals education and teaching in revving Maynard's profes - sional engine, it may be the charge he gets out of giving back to an industry that has given him so much. And he credits two su - perintendents in whose footsteps he is now following with giving him that first shove in the direction of volunteer service: for - mer GCSAA presidents Dave Downing, CGCS, and Mark Kuhns, CGCS. "Those guys were both very instrumen - tal in encouraging me to get involved while I was in the Carolinas at Champion Hills," Maynard says. "It was Dave at a Carolinas GCSA Conference and Show urging me to get involved, and then Mark doing the same thing a little while later at the na - tional conference. I decided to take their advice, ran for the Carolinas in the late '90s, made it, and the rest is history." That history continued to unfold after Maynard made his move to the Kansas City area. He quickly engaged with the GCSAA chapter there, the Heart of Amer - ica GCSA, and made his way onto its board of directors. During his decade-plus at Mil - burn, he served as a chapter delegate for the Heart of America GCSA for five consecu - tive years, and rose to the rank of chapter president in 2005. His experiences as a chapter delegate and a longtime instructor for GCSAA piqued his interest in transitioning his ser - vice from the chapter to the national level, and in 2010, Maynard made the leap when he was elected to the national board of directors. When asked about his long involvement with GCSAA — both at the local and na - tional levels — and what it's meant to him, Maynard takes a big-picture approach. "There's a maturing process that takes place when you serve," he says. "You take away a broader perspective of the golf in - dustry and the role the superintendent plays in it. For me, I think I became a bet - ter superintendent because you interact with other superintendents and with others in the business who are doing great, inno - vative things." The year ahead As Maynard enters his year in GCSAA's presidential seat, his to-do list contains many items you'd expect to see from some - one so driven by education and service. He's focused on the continuing evolu - tion of the association's certification pro- gram, most notably in exploring ways for equipment managers and assistant superin - tendents to pursue certificate programs spe- cific to their careers. He also wants to keep the ball rolling on GCSAA's burgeoning ad - vocacy and government affairs efforts, and will be paying special attention to GCSAA's BMP initiative that got its official unveiling last month at GIS in Orlando. But as important as those particu - lar GCSAA programs and services are to Maynard, his true goal for his year in of - fice is much broader, and it's one he hopes will touch association members at all levels of the game — levels he's seen firsthand as he's made his own way through a career in golf course management. "All my friends have told me, 'Man, don't forget where you came from,'" May - nard says. "So it's going to be important to me that I represent the entire membership — the guy from the nine-hole course to the guy at a 72-hole facility. "I think our professional image contin - ues to grow and more of the golfing public realizes the role we play. But I want that recognition to continue, and I want ev - eryone in GCSAA to feel that. I represent them, and GCSAA represents them." Scott Hollister (shollister@gcsaa.org) is GCM 's editor- in-chief. Maynard (second from right) leans on a veteran team at the Country Club of St. Albans, including (from left to right): Aaron Lorenz, the assistant superintendent on the Tavern Creek Course; Ryan Hanlen, the assistant superintendent on the Lewis and Clark Course; and Greg Burdiek, the superintendent on the Lewis and Clark Course.

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