Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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66 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR VICE PRESIDENT Rafael Barajas, CGCS Rafael Barajas, CGCS, is the director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Plantation and Coun- try Club in Boca Raton, Fla., a position he has held since 2015. Before that, he served as the golf course superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif.; superintendent at Palm Desert (Calif.) Country Club; director of golf course maintenance at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz.; and superintendent at various courses for American Golf Corp. He has a certificate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside. A 32-year member of GCSAA, Barajas has served on the national Board of Directors since 2011 and is currently secretary/treasurer. He is currently the chairman of the Technology, Melrose Leader - ship Academy and GCSAA Scholars Competition task groups, and is vice chairman of the Equipment Managers Task Group. Barajas is a member of the Palm Beach GCSA and is a former president of both the GCSA of South - ern California and the California GCSA. Statement I am truly grateful and honored to have served during the past seven years on the GCSAA board. I sincerely appreciate the support and trust the members of GCSAA have placed in me to serve at the national level. The prospect of con - tinuing my service as the vice president of this great association is an opportunity that I will treat with the dedication that the position requires and deserves. The enthusiastic support and guidance from the many chapters that have supported me over the years remains the catalyst for my efforts and a primary driving force behind my passion and motivation to continue to serve our association and industry. I must offer my sincere appreciation to the Florida GCSA and all the Florida chapters — including my local chapters, the Palm Beach GCSA and South Florida GCSA — as well as the Central California GCSA, the Sierra Nevada GCSA and their respective boards for the nomination. Their faith and support in my ability to lead our national association at the highest level is a tremendous honor. My tenure of over 32 years as a member of GCSAA has afforded me an opportunity to participate in many committees at the local, state and national level. Now, with the additional experience gained as a national director over the past seven years — in particular the knowledge gained from those with whom I've served — I am more excited and prepared than ever to help grow our profession and industry. The aforementioned involvement at the national level has given me a keen understanding of the organization's finances and priorities. The economic challenges of recent years are still present, so there remains a need to balance our desire for fiscal prudence with the responsibility of advancing our core values and mission. In my opinion, the vitality of the local chapters and the members within those chapters remains the lifeblood of our organization. The national association must stay committed to supporting the local chapters and ensuring ongoing and effective communication across the various states and throughout the nation. As an association, we derive great strength and vitality from the local chapters in our organization, but GCSAA at the national level can provide the synergy that brings us together and makes us stronger. GCSAA's commitment to remaining at the forefront of technology, education and professionalism are initiatives that I wholeheart - edly support and will work hard to preserve. Additionally, as an association, we must remain proactive in educating legislators and the public about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of our industry. With the plethora of issues before us — not the least of which are water scarcity, environmental regulation and labor issues — we must remain proactive in ways that continue to promote our image as leaders and change agents in the golf industry. Having served as a chapter delegate for several years in addition to 19-plus years of service on several GCSAA committees, I have a unique perspective and keen understanding of the attributes necessary to lead this association into the future. To serve as a GCSAA of - ficer, one must be passionate, knowledgeable, personable and objective, among other things. These are the values that continue to guide me in my ongoing commitment as a director and leader at the national level. As I've acknowledged on many occasions, although I have committed many hours of service to the association, the rewards — both personally and professionally — have always made my efforts pale in comparison to the benefits I have received. My strong belief in volunteerism and giving back remains, and I would encourage my fellow members to do the same. I remain grateful for the unfettered support of the board of governors, membership and staff of Boca Grove Plantation. I'd also like to thank my family for always supporting me and encouraging me in my personal and professional endeavors. It is a great honor to serve you and this association. I look forward to listening to your concerns and working hard to address them. I look forward to assisting our national staff and elected leadership in advancing our profession to 2020 and beyond. Thank you for your consideration and your continued support in 2018. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 CANDIDATES

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