Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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01.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 71 FOR DIRECTOR Kevin P. Breen, CGCS Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, has been the golf course superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., since 2011. Previously, he served as the director of maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, Calif., and the superintendent at Los Alamos (N.M.) Golf Course. He has a bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor's degree in horticulture/turf management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. A 27-year GCSAA member, Breen has served on the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2015. He currently serves as the chairman of the Certification and Government Affairs committees and the Conference Education Task Group, and is vice chairman of the Assistant Superintendent, BMP Resource and GCSAA Scholars Com - petition task groups. Breen is a member and past president of both the California GCSA and Sierra Nevada GCSA. He also pre - viously served as a superintendent representative on both the California Alliance for Golf and the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance. Statement Being a GCSAA board director the past three years has been a rich experience that has led to invaluable growth on both professional and personal levels, and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that the GCSAA membership has granted me. This growth has come from challenging myself to listen, learn and make decisions as a GCSAA director in a selfless manner. To serve our association is a great privilege, and I am con - stantly reminded of the great respect our association has garnered because of the dedication and hard work of superintendents. It is a high standard that I take very seriously when representing GCSAA. The challenges that the golf industry has faced and continues to face are enormous and force us to look at ourselves critically and spur the evolution of our profession. Those challenges include maintaining a sustain - able number of employees within golf course maintenance facilities to meet the challenging expectations of our employers. Listening to superintendents across the country, it is clear that this is a major problem. Assistant superintendents, equipment managers and seasonal laborers are all opportunities for our association to improve and be relevant. Our greatest strength, according to GCSAA member satisfaction surveys, is our government relations program. In my time on the board, I have seen this grow and become more relevant. It is imperative that GCSAA stay diligent in allocating resources to programs and initiatives that are tangible and that members identify as important. Our association as a whole is about people and relationships. As a singular person sitting on an association board, the things that can be accomplished are miniscule compared with what can be done when engagement and inclusivity are priorities. As a GCSAA director, I aspire to bring relevance to every member so that we all accomplish more and thrive personally and professionally. I am passionate and dedicated to this ideal, and I wholeheartedly want to serve. I thank you for your past support, and I respectfully ask for the opportunity to continue to represent you as a GCSAA director. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018

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