Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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

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01.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 69 FOR SECRETARY/TREASURER Mark F. Jordan, CGCS Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, is the director of golf course operations at Westfield Group Country Club in West- field Center, Ohio. He has been with the club since 1993, previously serving in natural resource manager, general manager, club manager, superintendent (South Course) and assistant superintendent roles. He has also been an assistant superintendent at both Winding Hollow Country Club in Columbus, Ohio, and Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati. He has a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Ohio State University in Columbus and an associate of applied science degree in turfgrass management from Ohio State's Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. A 31-year member of GCSAA, Jordan has served on GCSAA's Board of Directors since 2014. He is currently the chairman of the Research Proposal Review Committee and the BMP Grants, Equipment Managers and Student task groups, and is vice chairman of the Government Affairs Committee and the Rounds 4 Research and Technology task groups. Jordan is a member and past president of the Northern Ohio GCSA. He is a former president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and a board member with the Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation. Statement It is a privilege and an honor to be a candidate for the office of secretary/treasurer and to continue to serve GCSAA and our members. My experiences since becoming a board member in February 2014 have been invalu - able, and have provided the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with chapter leaders, members, current directors and GCSAA staff. I have truly enjoyed my time on the board, and believe the wisdom gained through this experience has prepared me for the next step. As I look to increase my responsibilities as secretary/treasurer, I have evaluated how the GCSAA mission statement applies to my personal motivation for serving. The mission statement reads: "GCSAA is dedicated to serving its members, advancing their profession, and enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf." I affirm my motives for serving our members and industry when I insert my name in place of GCSAA and re-read the statement: "Mark Jordan is dedicated to serving our 17,500 members; I am dedicated to advanc - ing our profession; and I am dedicated to enhancing the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game." I am sure the same can also be said for many other superintendents throughout the country who continue to move our profession in a positive direction. There is tremendous value in being a part of a forward-thinking organization such as GCSAA — an orga - nization that challenges all involved to be the best they can be by striving for excellence. I believe that GCSAA inspires a culture that motivates our members for personal and professional development through continuing education and engagement at the local, state and national level. I truly feel the GCSAA is in the midst of exciting times, and I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity to be a part of this direction. Short-term and long-term strategies are aligned to ensure viability for our industry, organization, and, most importantly, our members and their facilities. Work continues on important strategic initiatives such as BMPs, government advocacy, and building relationships with industry partners. This work brings us a holistic perspective of the game of golf and the industry while setting the foundation for GCSAA to be the global leader in golf. I sincerely thank the GCSAA affiliate chapters in Ohio, particularly the Northern Ohio GCSA, for sup - port of my nomination. I also appreciate the continued support of my employer, staff and, most importantly, my family. Thanks to the GCSAA Nominating Committee for their consideration of me as a candidate for the office of secretary/treasurer. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018

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