Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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72 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.18 FOR DIRECTOR Nelson J. Caron Nelson J. Caron has been the director of grounds at The Ford Plantation Golf Club in Richmond Hill, Ga., since 2008. He previously served as the assistant superintendent at The Honors Course in Chatta - nooga, Tenn., and on the Rivers Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. He earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy with a concentration in turfgrass management from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. An 18-year GCSAA member, Caron is a member of the Georgia GCSA, and has previously served that chapter as the Research and Scholarship/Rounds 4 Research chairman and the Government Rela - tions chairman. Statement I am truly humbled to have been nominated for the position of director on the GCSAA board. I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for their support, and the Georgia GCSA for advocating for me as a candidate. As a long-time board member of the Georgia GCSA, I truly understand the time, devotion and responsibility involved in serving our professional association, and I look forward to giving back to an organization that has done so much for me. I am energized and excited to have the opportunity on a na - tional level to build on our past successes. Throughout my career, I have had the great fortune of working in several different states, including Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and now Georgia. I have also been truly fortunate to have some great mentors along the way. Through these experiences, I have had the opportunity to learn from several different state associations and their superintendent leaders. My interactions with these mentors, peers and facilities have helped me understand the idiosyncrasies of the entire golf market and how we as superintendents fit into it. I love my job and, like you, I love what I do for a living. Over the years, as my golf course management career has progressed, my professional role away from the club has also grown. Outside of the office, I have had the opportunity to become an educator on many different platforms. These opportunities have taken me all over the United States to speak on various topics related to golf courses and club management. Over the years, I might have met you at a seminar during the Golf Industry Show, where so many of my great friendships have been born. In my home state of Georgia, I have been an environmental advocate for golf courses, superintendents and owners. I regularly speak at the Georgia Environmental Conference, the Southeast's most comprehen - sive environmental educational event, about cutting-edge technologies for golf course maintenance and best management practices. Crossing boundaries and stepping outside my comfort zone by engaging oth - ers — and sometimes adversaries — can be difficult. However, keeping our profession relevant, respected and responsive is important work, and it's important to me. I have thrived in that role and look forward to bringing this same zeal to the national board of directors. I have been fortunate to be part of the Georgia GCSA board that has identified, addressed and con - quered many challenges. No man is an island, and I am truly blessed to have been able to work with many of my peers for the betterment of our industry. These experiences, the continuing education GCSAA provides, and the numerous professional friendships that I have developed have prepared me well for the challenges that lie ahead for the association. I welcome the opportunity to work alongside my fellow GCSAA board members, and the membership at large, in helping to build a brighter future for superintendents everywhere. I am truly humbled to have been considered and request your support and endorsement in serving on the GCSAA board. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support. CONNECT. DISCOVER. ELEVATE. San Antonio 2018 CANDIDATES

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