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1st Quarter 2016
Golf Industry Show Highlights from San Diego With another Winter Meeting behind us, the GCBAA office has much to reflect on and plenty to look forward to. The San Diego weather did not disappoint, and the same can be said for the week we had at the Golf Industry Show. If you were one of the few that couldn’t make the trip, let us share the excitement with you. After seeing Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl win, we were off and running the rest of the week. Monday was unique. Typically, staff spends that day unpacking the meeting shipment and making any last minute adjustments. Instead, we were running back and forth between the Hotel and Convention Center preparing for the construction of a 13,000 square foot fairway and green known as Electric Avenue.
Over 500 GCBAA Members and guests gathered at the 2016 Opening Reception – Golf Industry Show San Diego
After the dust settled (literally), our focus turned to Tuesday and the lineup of events that were underway right off the bat, including the Board of Directors, Board of Governors and Membership Committee meetings. Each group escaped just in time for the start of the GCBAA General Membership Meeting, which gave the group a chance to thank outgoing GCBAA president Rick Boylan and board member Allan MacCurrach III. On the Foundation side, we said thank you to outgoing president Rick Lohman and goodbye to Foundation board members Christine Faulks and Joe Di Rienzo. Both the Association and Foundation are in a better place because of their service. New GCBAA president Scott Veazey and Foundation president Tom Shapland were introduced, along with incoming board members Mark Creighton, Mike Crone and Joy Ramos. This meeting was unlike any other as we unexpectedly welcomed our 49th and 50th GCBAA Charter Members, Fleetwood Services and Lepanto Golf Construction. Advanced Drainage Systems and Hartman Companies were honored with their commitment as GCBAA Charter Members as well. What a great momentum builder leading into the Opening Reception that evening! It’s no secret that the highly anticipated GCBAA Opening Reception & Rossi Ceremony made for a special evening. Over 500 GCBAA and ASGCA members, along with industry leaders and guests gathered to honor USGA’s Jim Moore with the coveted Rossi Award. To quiet the crowd and signal the start of the ceremony, we were privileged to have the Sea Cadets from Fort Fisher with us to present the colors. For the second consecutive year, GCBAA member Paul Granger captured the room’s attention with his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Attendees were then treated to a special introduction from Jim’s son, Travis Moore. Travis shared a heartfelt welcome along with a couple stories about his dad before introducing him as the newest Rossi recipient. Having Jim in San Diego to accept the award on stage was priceless! Wednesday dawned even brighter for the start of the 2016 Golf Industry Show. Convention Center aisles were jammed pack with over 12,000 attendees. The GCBAA COVER STORY CONTINUED ON PAGE 6
INSIDE 2 President’s Perspective 3 Executive Director Notes 4 Foundation Update 8 Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle 10 Electric Avenue 15 New Charter Members 16 Human Resources 18 Developer’s Guide 20 Allied Associations 24 New Members 25 Movers & Shapers 30 Advertisers
President’s Perspective Nobody told me I’d have to be writing articles as President. While I contemplated doing away with that requirement as my first order of business, I’ve decided to take a different approach.
Scott Veazey GCBAA PRESIDENT
CHARTER MEMBERS ACC GOLF CONSTRUCTION ADS/HANCOR, INC. ASPEN CORPORATION BOYD IRRIGATION, INC. BRYANT TAYLOR GORDON GOLF CAL OLSON GOLF ARCHITECTURE CATERPILLAR, INC. COLORADO LINING INTERNATIONAL, INC. DUININCK GOLF DYE DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS EWING IRRIGATION FLEETWOOD SERVICES LLC FLOWTRONEX FORWARD GROUP GLASE GOLF, INC. GREENMAN MACHINERY COMPANY HARCO FITTINGS HARTMAN COMPANIES, INC. HENDERSON & COMPANY, INC. HUNTER INDUSTRIES ISCO INDUSTRIES J L PIERMAN INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATES, INC. JACKLINGOLF LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC LANDIRR, INC. LASCO FITTINGS INC. LEEMCO INC. LEPANTO GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. MACCURRACH GOLF MCDONALD & SONS, INC. MEDALIST GOLF MID-AMERICA GOLF & LANDSCAPE, INC. NMP GOLF CONSTRUCTION, CORP. PROFILE PRODUCTS LLC QGS DEVELOPMENT, INC. RAIN BIRD CORPORATION – GOLF DIVISION RYAN INC. CENTRAL RYANGOLF CORPORATION SHAPEMASTERS, INC. SITE ONE LANDSCAPE SUPPLY SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC.
I have some big shoes to fill as President of GCBAA and I cannot say thanks enough to those that have served on the board and in leadership roles ahead of me. I especially would like to thank Rick Boylan for his past two years of devotion as President of the GCBAA, for his dedication to the association’s vision for the future and for his personal friendship. I appreciate the opportunity to serve and look forward to the next two years working hand in hand with the board, staff and our allied associations to carry on the mission of GCBAA. In recent years, our leaders have stressed the need for the GCBAA to be a “member driven” organization. They have also emphasized the importance of promoting our ‘Buy from Within’ initiative. I could not agree more! I look forward to helping expand upon those goals. I also hope to continue strengthening our allied relationships. From the various seats I have held around the boardroom table, I have seen firsthand how these relationships have grown. Part of this is because of our support of allied initiatives, but more comes from the willingness of our membership, board, and staff to have an open-minded approach to working with all of the stakeholders that are part of the game of golf. I am excited to see these partnerships continue and I look forward to representing the organization at allied events. The late Jim Kirchdorfer Sr. once said that GCBAA should be anywhere golf is being talked about. I remember sitting on the board years ago when Justin mentioned this quote from an interview he had conducted with Jim. I remember thinking not only how right he was, but also how impossible that task would be to accomplish. Now I look back on that moment and realize, considering where golf is today, GCBAA has done a great job! GCBAA has flourished because of the support of our members, as well as support from our friends in the organization. Your association is more involved today with allied groups than at any other time in its 45 year history. When you step back and look at what we as an organization can do in the next two years— or even 45 years—we have a strong game plan to keep this organization nimble and effective. If we continue to be involved where golf is being talked about, continue to use our ‘Buy from Within’ model, keep membership healthy, which in turn supports the association, all while being a member driven organization that makes sure decisions made in the boardroom are a result of grassroots support from our membership, we can keep this organization growing. I personally became involved with GCBAA because of the late Bob Pinson. He strongly encouraged me to join GCBAA and get involved. I have never regretted his advice. Now I’d like to present each of you with a challenge: help me recruit one new member each time you read my quarterly President’s message. If a handful of you help bring in three or four new members each year, it will make a tremendous difference in the viability and influence of this organization.
SPORTZMIX – WAUPACA SAND & SOLUTIONS SUNBELT RENTALS TDI INTERNATIONAL, INC. TEE-2-GREEN THE CART PATH COMPANY THE TORO COMPANY WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WEST COAST TURF
Last but not least, special thanks to my fellow board members and to the GCBAA staff. We have the best team in Lincoln. They represent our group in a truly professional manner. I am extremely proud of the staff we have in place and look forward to working with them and each of you in the coming year. Scott Veazey
Executive Director Notes “Time flies when you’re having fun!” That was my initial reaction when Rick Boylan and Scott Veazey jumped on stage with me during the General Membership Meeting last month and presented me with a ten-year recognition plaque. It certainly caught me off guard and I appreciate the recognition very much. We quickly moved on to the rest of our program and then kicked off the GCBAA Opening Reception and Don Rossi Award program. Through it all, I kept reflecting on how quickly these ten years have passed. I am extremely humbled by how difficult the last decade has been for many of you, as well as the golf industry as a whole. The recession hit many in golf extremely hard. The industry has faced countless challenges from natural disasters to government regulations. Needless to say, it has not been fun! Fortunately, many of you have pulled together and worked through it with partnership and collaboration, all the while supporting the Association and its Foundation. I have unique memories of all 10 Golf Industry Shows under my belt. I can honestly say each show, each meeting and each year gets better and better. A big part of me thinks that the fun is just about to begin. If that is the case, 2026 will be upon us before we know it! This newsletter is bursting at the seams with content. Fortunately for me that lets me cut back on the length of my article to save space. In all seriousness, business has not been as usual for GCBAA. We have so many headlines to cover, and when I say headlines, I mean the true meaning of the term: we are not just filling space with news. We launch into the great news with the goals we have reached, thanks to many of you. We sold out of Harley tickets, sold out of Charter Memberships, had a standing room only attendance at our Opening Reception, recognized Jim Moore with the Don Rossi, took a record setting selfie, constructed a 7,500 square foot exhibit space, and managed to get it cleaned up in record time! GCBAA is excited by the momentum we are seeing in 2016. We are happy to hear about your projects underway and look forward to finalizing plans for the Summer Meeting. We are also working on a number of regional meetings and will have details on dates and locations very soon. We will keep working with our allied organizations to carry forward the golf player development initiatives that are showing success. This, along with the growth of our Foundation and its successes, are making huge investments in the future of the game. I want to extend a special thanks to Rick Boylan for his tremendous service as our Association President and a warm, Southern welcome to Scott Veazey as he is ushered in as our new leader. We have a strong Executive Board with the addition of Judd Duininck as Treasurer and we’ll retain our tenured leaders Dennis Wagner and Ellen Davis while Pat Karnick begins the process of becoming our next President. We welcome new board members Mark Creighton, Joy Ramos, and Mike Crone as they are coming on at an exciting time.
Justin Apel GCBAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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The Foundation has exciting news as well. Lots of new names appeared on Harley tickets and thanks to the support of Doug York of Ewing Irrigation CONTINUED ON PAGE 5
Tom Shapland GCBAA FOUNDATION PRESIDENT
The golf construction industry has certainly become more sophisticated in the 45 years since the first GCBAA meeting held in Washington DC. The initial meetings where vendors shared news of improved technologies and contractors told war stories of difficult projects have evolved into much more. Our gatherings, while continuing to nurture relationships, began to emphasize the importance of professional behavior and the science of running a successful business. In the midst of this transformation, some of the more prescient members realized that there was another responsibility that we, as a group, needed to address â€“ how to give back to the game that provides us with so much and how the Association might nurture its growth. In response to that need, the Association established Sticks for Kids, and, in concert with that program, the GCBAA Foundation. I have recently been given the opportunity to serve as the next President of the Foundation, following the dedicated service of outgoing president Rick Lohman. It is an honor to follow in his footsteps, along with that of the late Brad Schmidt, Steve Shoemaker, and Bill Kubly. Due to the leadership of the past presidents and the organizational skills of Justin Apel, Samantha Huff and Lori Romano, the Foundation is structurally strong. Due to the support of the entire Association (particularly the GCBAA Board of Directors) and extraordinary fundraising efforts led by Dennis Wagner and Ellen Davis, the Foundation is financially sound.
BOARD MEMBERS MARK ARRIMOUR TOTAL TURF SERVICES JIMMY KIRCHDORFER ISCO INDUSTRIES BILL KUBLY LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC KUN LI FORWARD GROUP RICK LOHMAN THE TORO COMPANY RON STEPANEK COMMUNITY GOLF SERVICES DENNIS WAGNER HUNTER INDUSTRIES DOUG YORK EWING IRRIGATION
Our biggest challenge going forward is to find the most effective and efficient way of applying those assets to grow the game and further develop our industry. No organization in the game of golf has done a better job than your Foundation in minimizing the percentage of administrative costs related to the operation of its programs. We will continue to operate in this manner while, at the same time, expanding our charitable efforts. We will embark on this quest without the services of several people who have been instrumental in the success of the Foundation. Christine Faulks and Joe Di Rienzo are leaving the Board after years of yeoman service. Staff member Lori Romano is leaving the organization to pursue other opportunities. All will be missed. But we are pleased to be adding Jimmy Kirchdorfer of ISCO Industries and Doug York of Ewing Irrigation to the Foundation Board, both of whom will undoubtedly bring new ideas to our table. Ultimately, the Foundation and its programs belong to the members of the GCBAA. As such, we welcome input from anyone regarding how we might achieve our goals, whether through expansion of existing programs or completely new initiatives. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and look forward to hearing from you. One last thought â€“ we constantly push the idea that growth of the game is essential. The National Golf Foundation recently published a report that we are getting record numbers of people to try the game but still have a declining number of total rounds played. We need to take a personal responsibility in solving this problem. First, take time to play. Second, encourage someone to take up the game and take the time to play with them. Golf is the greatest game. Tom Shapland
GCBAA FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION
Executive Director Notes (cont.) — along with many of you who purchased multiple tickets—we hit our goal of selling out this year! 500 tickets sold means that much more support for our Sticks for Kids Program. During the show we held a half-dozen meetings with allied golf associations to discuss partnerships and ways to expand the program, all with the goal of introducing more youth into the game! The Foundation board will be voting in April on some new appointments and its leadership has a lot of plans underway for growing the Foundation. It goes without saying, please get involved. Send us your ideas and keep this member driven organization alive! Check out our exciting new partnership with Caterpillar and use it as a platform to initiate your own unique and creative ways to grow the game and support the association. On the flip side, I urge you to ‘Buy from Within’ and support those that support GCBAA. We have endless opportunities for you to grow your company within our network, so give us a shout and let us come up with ways we can help you! Make your membership a two way street and get involved! Finally, we want to thank Lori Romano for helping the Foundation and Association for the past two years. As we fill her seat in the next few months, please do not hesitate to contact Samantha or me. We are eager to keep operating our business “not as usual!” Justin Apel
Record setting selfie with Executive Director Justin Apel, Rossi Recipient Jim Moore, GCBAA president Scott Veazey, and 500 of our closest friends
Platinum Level (OVER $100,000)
GOLF COURSE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (GCBAA) WADSWORTH GOLF CHARITIES FOUNDATION/WADSWORTH GOLF CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
Gold Level ($50,000 - $99,999)
CATERPILLAR, INC. LANDSCAPES UNLIMITED, LLC THE TORO COMPANY AND FOUNDATION UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION (USGA)
Silver Level ($10,000 - $49,999)
BANDON DUNES D.H.R. CONSTRUCTION, INC. DUININCK GOLF EWING IRRIGATION FORWARD GROUP GCSAA HERITAGE LINKS HYDREMA U.S. INC ISCO INDUSTRIES, INC. JACKLINGOLF JACOBSEN, A TEXTRON COMPANY JIM KIRCHDORFER SR. MEMORIAL JOHN DEERE LANDSCAPES MCDONALD & SONS, INC. MID-AMERICA GOLF AND LANDSCAPE, INC RYANGOLF CORPORATION SOUTHEASTERN GOLF, INC. SUNBELT RENTALS WEST COAST TURF
Bronze Level ($1,000 - $9,999)
ACC GOLF CONSTRUCTION AQUA AGRONOMIC SOLUTIONS, INC. ASI GOLF/KLAUS AHLERS ASPEN CORPORATION ATLAS TURF INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AUDUBON INTERNATIONAL BEST SAND CORP. BETTER BILLY BUNKER BOBCAT COMPANY/DOOSAN INFRACORE CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT CENTRAL FIBER LLC COURSE CRAFTERS, LLC DENNIS WAGNER DESERT REFLECTIONS, LLC DYE DESIGNS INTERNATIONAL EAGLE GOLF & LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS FEDEX FINISH LINE YOUTH FOUNDATION FLEETWOOD SERVICES LLC FRONTIER GOLF GENESIS GOLF BUILDERS, INC. GLASE GOLF, INC. GOLF COURSE CONSTRUCTION, INC. GOLF COURSE INDUSTRY MAGAZINE GOLF CREATIONS HARTMAN COMPANIES, INC. HUNTER INDUSTRIES KEEPERS OF THE GREEN KINDER PORTER SCOTT FAMILY FOUNDATION LANDIRR INC. LASCO FITTINGS, INC. LEPANTO GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. LES HILL MEDALIST GOLF, INC. MOTOR CONTROLS INC. NIEBUR GOLF PAIGE ELECTRIC CO., LP PGA OF AMERICA PRINCE PROJECT EVERGREEN SAM FERRO (FAIRMOUNT MINERALS FOUNDATION) SANDTRAPPER SCHILLER GROUNDS CARE, INC. SHAPLAND GOLF CONSULTANTS, LLC SMITH TURF & IRRIGATION SPORTZMIX SOLUTIONS - WAUPACA SAND & SOLUTIONS STAHLMAN ENGLAND IRRIGATION, INC. SUN GRO HORTICULTURE SYNGENTA TERRY & KAREN GWINN THE PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION THE TURF COMPANY THOMAS TURF SERVICES, INC. TOMMY SASSER TOTAL GOLF CONSTRUCTION INC. TOTAL TURF SERVICES, INC. TRIEST AG GROUP, INC. UNITED GOLF, LLC VM GOLF SERVICES WATERTRONICS, INC.
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Standing room only at the GCBAA Opening Reception
San Diego Sea Cadets, Fort Fisher
Jim Moore sharing a story during his acceptance speech
and Foundation were represented in their own booths, while a group of Harley Ambassadors clad in signature HarleyDavidson shirts worked the crowds and sold tickets for the Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle. As activities wrapped up Thursday afternoon, total tradeshow attendance was projected at more than 12,000. Towards the closing of the Show, we received an unexpected surprise from GCBAA member Doug York of Ewing Irrigation. With 30 of the 500 Harley tickets remaining, Doug graciously purchased every last one of them to give the Foundation its first ever SOLD OUT raffle. We can’t thank Doug enough, along with everyone who chipped in to make the raffle an overwhelming success. At the closing of the Show, outgoing GCBAA Foundation president Rick Lohman – accompanied by ASGCA member Mark Voss and Eric Boedeker of GCSAA TV – drew the lucky winner of the 2016 Harley Raffle, Mr. Greg Diloreto of West Palm Beach, Florida. While Greg was unfortunately not at the GIS, he does owe his buddy a beer for putting his ticket in the raffle wheel. More on the success of the raffle on page 8. On behalf of the Meetings Committee and GCBAA Board of Directors, thank you for your support of the Winter Meeting and this organization. GCBAA would like to recognize the following members for their generous sponsorship of the Association’s events during the 2016 Winter Meeting:
Eagle Level Birdie Level Par Level Ewing Irrigation Caterpillar, Inc. Rain Bird Corporation Jacobsen, A Textron Company LASCO Fittings, Inc. Sunbelt Rentals The Toro Company Make plans now to join us in Orlando! Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida, scheduled for February 4-9. See you there!
ASGCA Members Gary Brawley, David Dale, Greg Muirhead, and Rick Phelps
Melanie Tetil, Brenda & Rosa Adkins, Karen Gwinn, & Leah Habicht
GCBAA Board of Directors hard at it in San Diego
Myrna Kubly, Eric Christiansen, & Bill Kubly
GCBAA Board of Governors pause for a quick photo
GCBAA Golf Industry Show Week in Review SUNDAY
• Electric Avenue Set Up for the Trade Show
• MORE Electric Avenue Set Up
• Even MORE Electric Avenue Set Up
• Opening Day of the Trade Show
• Final Day of the Trade Show
• New this year, Electric Avenue proved to be a great experience for attendees wanting to test drive turf utility vehicles on live grass
• 150 tons of sand/ gravel mix delivered to Convention Center
• 13,500 square feet of Platinum TE (seashore paspalum sod) delievered for install
• Attendees enjoyed 250,000 square feet of experience on the trade show floor
• Total attendance at 12,600 with qualified buyer attendance at 6,000
• 550 Exhibitors
• GCBAA Foundation Harley Raffle - First time in the program’s history to have SOLD OUT of all 500 tickets. Congratulations to Greg Diloreto on his brand new bike!
• Sunday was spent assembling 520 feet of drainage pipe and fittings to create the inside border of the green/fairway area. 13,500 square feet of liner laid out to form the base.
• GCBAA Members shaped the area in preparation for sod delivery
• GCBAA Board of Directors Meeting
• GCBAA Executive Board Meeting
• GCBAA Board of Governors Meeting
• Board of Directors Dinner with special guest and 2016 Don Rossi recipient Jim Moore and his wife Kay
• GCBAA Membership Committee Meeting for Upgrades
• More on Electric Avenue on page 10
GCBAA Board Members John McDonald, II & Terry Gwinn working the door. Karen Gwinn (Center)
• GCBAA General Membership Meeting • GCBAA Opening Reception & Rossi Award Ceremony
GCBAA President Scott Veazey, Cabell Robinson, and GCBAA past Don Rossi Recipient Rees Jones
GCBAA Foundation Board Member Dennis Wagner presenting outgoing President Rick Lohman a plaque of appreciation Dave Rogers, Andrew Johnston, Tim Denton, Tina Neuzil, & Paul Hoffman - Wesco Turf
• Debut of Electric Avenue • Both the GCBAA and Foundation were represented in their own booths, with staff and member volunteers working feverishly to sell Harley tickets and raise awareness of the Association
Cindy Sasser with Shannon and Stephanie Christman
GCBAA Foundation President Rick Lohman presenting Pat Karnick, Wadsworth Construction and Wadsworth Foundation Platinum Recognition as a Friend of the Foundation
• Closing Celebration featuring the talented impressionist and comedian Frank Caliendo
GCBAA President Scott Veazey with 2016 Don Rossi recipient Jim Moore
GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel with Trent and Robert Trent Jones, II
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2016 Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle With all 500 tickets sold, the 2016 Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle is officially the most successful Foundation raffle in the program’s history. Greg Diloreto of West Palm Beach, Florida was this year’s winner, and he elected for the 2016 Heritage Softail Classic in lieu of a $10,000 cash prize. As part of the raffle, an additional 50 tickets were drawn for a $100 cash prize, and the following individuals generously donated their winnings back to the Foundation. Thank you so much for your generosity and support! The GCBAA Executive Staff would also like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the GCBAA members and supporters who ordered tickets to pre-sell in the weeks leading up to GIS. And a special thanks to our team of Harley Ambassadors who proudly donned Harley shirts and sold tickets to the GIS attendees. You all helped to make this our most successful Harley Raffle in history!
Adam Adkins John Babe Cary Bickler Steve Booher Thomas Brown Mark Burrows Shannon Christman Patrick Duggins Pam Fleetwood Bill Hardy Doug Hellman
Daniel Hunter Brian Huntley Sean Hyduk Frank Kensey Andy Larned Michael Liebe Scott McDougall Keith Owens Justin Paineer Oscar Rodriguez Scott Scamehorn
GCSAA’s Eric Boedeker (left) and Foundation past president Rick Lohman (right) watch as ASGCA’s Mark Voss pulls the winning ticket
Past Harley Winner Eddie Clark increasing his odds of winning
Greg Solomon Scott Veazey Dennis Wagner Johnny Walker Jimmy White Mike Wooten Tom Works Doug York Stephanie Zimmerman
The coveted Harley-Davidson front and center in the Foundation booth
Past Harley Winner Sean Duffy also increasing his odds of winning
Riding Forward! GCBAA Member Eddie Clark with Texasbased Professional Turf Products was the 2014 winner of the GCBAA Foundation Chuck Cloud Memorial Raffle. Since that time, Eddie has continued with his generosity to the Foundation by supporting our annual raffle as well as our live and silent auctions. His generosity extends beyond supporting golf; he recently donated his 2014 grand prize to support another great foundation: The Gatehouse in Grapevine, Texas. The Gatehouse community will house up to 96 families and also includes a community/ conference center, in-neighborhood counseling centers, general store, walking trails and commercial space. This community, which allows members to stay up to 2½ years depending on their individually tailored program, provides safe refuge and creates the environment for women and children in crisis to walk the path toward permanent change. Thanks to Eddie’s donation, the generosity keeps “riding forward.” The Gatehouse is an initiative of the 501(c)(3) project HandUp, whose mission is to offer women a practical hand up with life’s challenges. Check out their website at www.gatehousegrapevine.com.
GCBAA Charter Member Flowtronex Shares in Harley Raffle Excitement Flowtronex helps GCBAA Foundation set record sales Dan Gregg and Richard Stolpman with GCBAA Charter Member Flowtronex offered a unique opportunity out of their tradeshow booth during the Golf Industry Show that helped the GCBAA Foundation hit their goal of selling 500 tickets. Dan was instrumental in the idea of having their sales team purchase a block of raffle tickets. As customers learned about the products and new technologies in the Flowtronex booth the sales team would take potential customer business cards and put them into a drawing. Just before the raffle the sales team pulled out the names of 12 winners who each got their name put on one of the tickets for a chance to be entered into the raffle. Special thanks to the team at Flowtronex for offering this unique opportunity and congratulations to their customers: Mike Hartley – Turf Equipment Thomas Brown – Miramont Johnny Walker – Bentwater Yacht & CC John Babe – Forest Ridge CC
GCBAA Members Capitalize on Partnership Programs
Sean Hyduk – Aqua Turf International
During the recent GCBAA General Membership Meeting, the Association recognized those members that are utilizing the incentive programs offered through GCBAA Partners. Representatives from ADS/Hancor, Eagle Golf & Landscape Products and Paige Electric Co., LP were all given a GCBAA engraved (and highly coveted) YETI Rambler Colster ™ as a thank you for supporting our partners, who in turn support GCBAA. Those lucky folks will be enjoying their beverages refreshingly cool even hours after opening—although that’s not a likely scenario for this group! This is one of many programs that supports the Association’s ‘Buy From Within’ campaign. Thank you for participating and supporting your organization while taking advantage of saving your company shipping costs. For more information visit the Partners page at www. gcbaa.org.
Keith Owens – Pro Pump
Patrick Gentile – Valley Hi Matthew Mikuci – Golf Water Michael Liebe – Bailey Ranch GC Mike Wooten Frank Kensey Justin Paineer
Electric Avenue Debuts at Golf Industry Show Regardless of the industry, all trade shows constantly evolve in order to remain relevant in this changing world. Fortunately, the Employees from Heritage Links and other Golf Industry Show volunteers laying sod partners understand the importance of listening to exhibitors and attendee feedback, and each year they offer more opportunities to make the Show a memorable and successful event. San Diego was no exception and to demonstrate the new technology of electric equipment – used both in maintenance and for the players – the tradeshow offered a test track area to move from booth carpet to a simulation area, which gave users a hands-on GCBAA Member Mike Perez, VM Golf being look and feel, ride/ interviewed by GCSAA.TV drive experience. While you might think this is easier said than done, when you bring together the collective interest and open-minded team of GCBAA and GCSAA staff and members, anything can be accomplished. With a planning window of only a few months, we got to work studying a blue print of a tradeshow map filled with exhibitors, Show Attendees get hands-on demonstrations of plus the space’s electric golf equipment and products weight and height dimensions, and the logistic limitations of a convention hall. The team collected wish lists from potential exhibitors, which described what kind of functionality was needed. Then it came time to rally the troops! A team of dedicated members created a test track for single rider and golf carts, as well nearly 10,000 square feet of green space. Suddenly it seemed that the goal of providing an area to demonstrate these
new technologies was within reach! It took a small army and companies willing to help us out, but fortunately everyone was up for the challenge! The GCBAA was tasked with assisting show staff in creating West Coast Turf Platinum TE (seashore paspalum) the greens area. Based on our previous experience with building golf features on tradeshow floors, we suggested building the demonstration area. Just like on a golf course, it’s what’s below the surface that makes the green perform. Weight was one concern, as the area of the convention center identified to be the bookend of the show floor for Electric Avenue sat above the convention parking garage. Creating enough room for driving electric mowers was another challenge. GCBAA experts identified a sand and gravel mix that, if blended properly, would set up a rigid enough base for the sod to handle the traffic. With the goal of having an area ranging from four to ten inches thick, 12 dump truck loads of mix would be needed. Additionally, the show floor would need to be protected and the basin of liner would need a perimeter to contain the mix until properly compacted. Everything was possible, and all Final touches on cleaning of the products and volunteers up 150 tons of product that needed were quickly identified. created the exhibit space With less than a month before the show, a 20-page master document was created, detailing each moment of the construction project. From the volunteers’ shirt sizes to the delivery drivers’ cell phone numbers, the chaos was lassoed into sheet music and GCBAA maestros Oscar Rodriguez, Jason Sloan, and Mike Perez took over. Most of you who are reading this will understand the level of attention that is needed to pull off a feat like this. Rather than going into all of the detail we will let you enjoy some of the photos of the process and make sure we have plenty of room to send out the thanks to all of those who had a hand in the success of Electric Avenue.
This first year of offering a functional area for live demonstration is something that could be the future of golf tradeshows. There is something magical about moving off of carpet onto a usable space, in order to witness product performance firsthand. If there is a need and desire for future demonstration space, we are ready to rise to the challenge. This was an exciting opportunity for GCBAA and a great way to collaborate with industry partners and our allied associations. Check out the construction video and interviews with GCBAA Members – visit gcsaa.tv 2016 Golf Industry Show: Building of the green in the video selection.
Peat Inc. Sunbelt Rentals The Toro Company Turf Star VM Golf West Coast Turf
Volunteers & Consultants Bill Hardy – VM Golf Services Mike Perez – VM Golf Services Chris Harz – ACC Golf Chris Hill – Course Crafters, LLC Jason Sloan – Frontier Golf Mike Garbs – ADS/Hancor Oscar Rodriguez – Heritage Links
Product & Equipment Donations
A very special thank you to Oscar Rodriguez, Mike Perez, and Chris Hill for going above and beyond to make sure this project was not only constructed and presented on time, but also for loading up the last shovel of 150 tons of mix before turning the hall back over to the convention center. The attention to detail and willingness to put in the extra volunteer hours was shown in the success of the area. GCBAA appreciates your willingness to step-up and complete the project!
ADS/Hancor Atlas Turf International Best Sand Corp. Caterpillar, Inc. Colorado Lining International Course Crafters, LLC Ewing Irrigation Frontier Golf Gail Materials Heritage Links Jacobsen
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GCBAA 2016 SUMMER MEETING Networking • Family Fun • Education • PGA Championship
JERSEY CITY, NJ • AUGUST 1-3, 2016 Monday, August 1 Sticks for Kids Golf Outing & Opening Reception
Tuesday, August 2 Full Day Education Program with Awards Dinner & Auction
Wednesday, August 3 Irrigation Symposium & Board of Directors Meeting
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JULY 28 - 31 SPRINGFIELD, NJ
REGISTRATION MATERIAL COMING SOON
Certified Renovation Builders
The purpose of the Certification Program is to identify competent and experienced golf course builders and ensure uniform quality standards in the industry. To be eligible for certification, a company must submit an application and secure the necessary letters of reference and supporting documentation. A company representative is then required to pass the written certification exam, which is offered annually at the Golf Industry Show.
Formost Construction Co. Mike Roach, Inc.
Please contact the GCBAA office to learn more about the Certification process. Congratulations to all GCBAA Certified Members.
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Benson Construction George E. Ley Co. Hartman Companies, Inc.
Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractors
Note: All Certified Builder members also carry the designation of Certified Renovation Builder. Additionally, many have also gone through the process to acquire the designation of the newly adopted Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractor category. The GCBAA office and Board of Governors is finalizing the criteria and conducting post show follow ups to complete this process. Please contact the GCBAA office for a comprehensive listing â€“ (402) 476-4444.
GCBAA Members Achieve Upgrades
E R ACC Golf Construction E Aspen Corporation Course Crafters, LLC C U Duininck Golf OU RSE B Frontier Golf Glase Golf, Inc. Golf Creations Golf Development Construction Heritage Links Landirr, Inc. Landscapes Unlimited, LLC Lepanto Golf Construction Inc. MacCurrach Golf McDonald & Sons, Inc. Medalist Golf, Inc. Mid-America Golf & Landscape, Inc. NMP Golf Construction Corp. QGS Development, Inc. Ryangolf Corporation Shapemasters, Inc. Southeastern Golf, Inc. TDI International, Inc. Total Golf Construction Inc. Total Turf Golf Services, Inc. United Golf, LLC Wadsworth Golf Construction
GCBAA is pleased to share that the below mentioned companies have been recertified as either Certified Builders, Certified Renovation Builders, or Certified Golf Course Irrigation Contractors for 2016. Each of these companies completed their renewal application last fall. Applications were reviewed and approved during the annual GCBAA Board of Governors meetings held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in San Diego.
2016 GCBAA Certified Members Announced
The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA) continues its path of professionalism within golf construction through the upgrade process of its member categories. The GCBAA membership committee recently approved the following companies for upgrades. Congratulations to all!
Winterberry Irrigation LLC Associate Irrigation Contractor
Midwest Irrigation LLC Associate Irrigation Contractor
Green Tee Golf, Inc. Associate Builder
VM Golf Services Renovation Builder
Fleetwood Services Associate Builder
GCBAA Welcomes New Charter Member – Hartman Companies The GCBAA is pleased to welcome Hartman Companies, Inc. as the association’s 48th Charter Member. Hartman Companies is a Certified Renovation Builder, and has been renovating golf courses for over 35 years. They have extensive experience in all aspects of golf course renovation including tee boxes, bunkers, greens, and practice areas. Hartman Companies has a reputation throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin for outstanding work, and have done Jeff Hartman and Tom West receive their Charter Membership Plaque from GCBAA business with President Scott Veazey the best. Their projects include courses designed by some of the finest golf architects in the world including Seth Raynor, A.W. Tillinghast, Donald Ross, and Robert Trent Jones Sr. Hartman’s unique methods of construction preserve the design integrity of these remarkable courses and keep disruption of play to a minimum. Hartman Companies has grown and flourished over the years and has evolved into a fullGolden Valley Country Club drainage service company offering professional landscape and irrigation systems to some of the Twin Cities top commercial and residential developers and contractors, as well as a full service garden center and residential landscape design and gardening service. The company is committed to maintaining high standards of excellence developed by the Hartman Family and supported by friendly and knowledgeable staff.
irrigation contractor. Their particular equipment and advanced technology puts them on the cutting edge in their field. They install or service systems of any size and have the ability to install a complete irrigation system and keep it running smoothly for years to come. Please join us in welcoming Hartman Companies as GCBAA’s 48th Charter Member. Charter Membership is reserved for GCBAA members who demonstrate a strong interest in continuing the success and growth of the organization and express their support by making a one-time minimum Brackett’s Crossing greens #1 contribution of $10,000 in addition to annual membership dues. With a cap of 50 Charter Members, the last two remaining spots have been committed. Read more on the 49th and 50th Charter Members in the next issue of Earth Shaping News.
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So You Want to Review Your Employees’ I-9s? BY JACK L. SHULTZ & KRAMER L. LYONS, LAW CLERK - O’NEILL, HEINRICH, DAMKROGER, BERGMEYER & SHULTZ, P.C., L.L.O.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office (“ICE”) recently published an article titled, “Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits.” While an official Form I-9 audit is performed by the Department of Labor (“DOL”), employers should periodically review their employees’ Form I-9’s to check compliance. The article provides guidance on structuring Form I-9 audits in a manner consistent with the employer sanctions and anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). A major concern for employers regarding Form I-9 audits is avoiding discriminatory practices when determining the scope and performing the audit. According to the guidance, an employer may choose to review all Forms I-9 or a sample of Forms I-9. Employers should use careful consideration to avoid discriminatory or retaliatory audits, or the perception that such audits are being conducted in a discriminatory or retaliatory nature. This includes avoiding audits based on an employee’s citizenship status and national origin. The timing, scope, and selective nature of the audit should also be considered so the audit does not appear to be discriminatory or retaliatory. Before conducting the audit, employers are encouraged to be transparent with employees regarding the reason for the audit and what employees can expect from the Form I-9 review. Processes for fielding and answering questions, documentation of communications, and dealing with concerns should be well thought out and in place before an internal audit is commenced. If, when reviewing an employee’s Form I-9, the employer finds an error in Section 1, which contains the employee’s basic personal information and attestation of work authorization, the employer should ask the employee to correct the error. The suggested best practice for correcting an error in Section 1 is to have the employee draw a line through the incorrect information, enter the correct or omitted information, and initial and date the correction or omitted information. If the employer is no longer working for the employer, the employer should attach to the existing Form I-9 a signed and dated statement identifying the error or omission and explain why corrections could not be made.
An employer may, however, make corrections on Sections 2 and 3 of the Form I-9. Section 2 deals with documentation verifying the employee’s authorization to work, while Section 3 deals with reverification or rehiring an employee. In order to make corrections in these sections, the employer should draw a line through incorrect information, enter the correct information, initial the correction and date the new information. An employer should never erase text, use white out, or backdate the Form I 9. If it is discovered that a Form I-9 was never completed or an entire section was left blank, a current version of the Form should be completed as soon as possible. The employer should also promptly complete either Section 2 or 3 if it was originally left blank. An employer should attach a signed and dated explanation of the corrective action taken. The employer should not backdate when the Form was completed, but should clearly mark the date in which actual employment started. However, an employer should not obtain new Forms I-9 from its existing employees without regard to whether a particular Form I-9 is deficient or without reason to believe that systematic deficiencies in verification process raise questions about all previously completed Forms I-9. Doing so may raise discrimination concerns. When reviewing Section 2, employers should not assume documentation is insufficient because it does not satisfy the current rules or appear on the list of acceptable documents currently in effect. As the list of acceptable documents verifying employment eligibility has changed over the years, the employer should determine whether the documentation was acceptable at the time the Form I-9 was completed. If, however, it is discovered that an employee’s Form I-9 did not contain sufficient documentation to meet employment eligibility requirements upon hire, an employer should ask the employee to present documentation sufficient to meet the requirements of the current version of the Form I-9. The employer should not ask for a specific document as the employee should be permitted to present his or her choice of documents as long as they are acceptable for employment eligibility verification purposes. Under the INA, it is unlawful for an employer, after hiring an alien for employment, to continue to
employ the alien knowing that the alien is, or has become, unauthorized for employment. The word “knowing” not only includes actual knowledge, but also knowledge which may be fairly inferred through a notice of certain facts and circumstances that would lead a person, through the exercise of reasonable care, to know about an individual’s unlawful employment status. However, an employer may continue, upon completion of a new Form I-9, to employ an employee who was previously not work-authorized but currently is. The new Form I-9 should be attached to the previous Form I-9 with a signed and dated explanation. If questions are raised about an employee’s work authorization, an employer should provide a reasonable amount of time to address any deficiencies associated with their Form I-9. An employer should recognize that some documents could take more than 120 days to obtain. This reasonableness of a timeframe is determined on a case-by-case basis. The guidance from the ICE emphasizes that when conducting internal reviews, it is important to be transparent and perform the reviews without discrimination or retaliation. The process of the audit and how to handle errors and omissions should be in place before the audit commences. If, through that process, an employee is discovered not to be workauthorized, it is unlawful to continue to employ that person. Editor’s Note: This article is not intended to provide legal advice to our readers. Rather, this article is intended to alert our readers to new and developing issues and to provide some common sense answers to complex legal questions. Readers are urged to consult their own legal counsel or the authors of this article if the reader wishes to obtain a specific legal opinion regarding how these legal standards may apply to their particular circumstances. The authors of this article, Jack L. Shultz and Kramer L. Lyons, Senior Certified Law Student, can be contacted at 402/434-3000, or at O’Neill, Heinrich, Damkroger, Bergmeyer & Shultz, P.C., L.L.O., P.O. Box 82028, Lincoln, NE 68501-2028, jshultz@ ohdbslaw.com.
GCBAA Involved in China Golf Show Golf course development, construction, and renovation in the Peoples Republic of China tend to be a bit mysterious; no one quite knows what’s going on! But you wouldn’t know it if you had attended the recent China Golf Show in Beijing. Once again, the tradeshow featuring golf course simulators, new player equipment, and the latest fashion was abuzz, as more and more citizens want to improve their game as golf develops throughout Asia. Members of the Golf Course Builders Association of America—along with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America—provided classroom education for those attendees interested in maintaining and managing their existing golf courses. Those representatives of golf associations in attendance understand that any golf course project must be designed, constructed, and maintained sustainably to ensure success. Having the experience and resources to create these facilities—as well as the opportunity to educate developing countries with that experience— has proven beneficial to our international members and international allied golf associations. GCBAA International member Martin Moore presented Design & Construction Practices for Golf Course Renovation on behalf of the GCBAA. He then participated with a panel of experts on the topic of proper maintenance of facilities. Globally, golf faces the challenge of overcoming the stereotype of being an over-user and poor user of land and resources. In fact, today we possess the data and knowledge to prove that, when implemented and maintained correctly, golf can be a land improvement resource. It is an uphill battle, but through partnerships with our allies and manufacturers in golf, we can continue to see progress and demonstrate how this great game is a positive use of land and resources around the world.
Five Big Ideas BY HENRY DELOZIER, GLOBAL GOLF ADVISORS
Golf course builders still standing have weathered the storm it seems. The question now is “How will you build a new prosperity model for your company?” Here are five ideas that should help in sorting through your options.
1. Problem-Solving Most developers and operators of existing golf courses – especially private clubs – need informed guidance. There are opinions galore from those who have never built a golf course. To build demand for your golf course construction business, make yourself a problemsolver. GCBAA members have the distinct and favorable position to serve as an independent third-party that can consider multiple options for differing factions and provide solutions where there is confusion. Builders who can draw upon years of experience are credible, reliable and neutral. To make your firm known as a trustworthy problemsolver prepare several case studies or whitepapers in which you tell of past experiences in sorting through complex – to amateurs – options and describe the solutions that you delivered with specific reference to problems solved and the amounts of money that you helped your clients to save.
2. Organizing Many private clubs and some privately owned courses have begun to loosen their purse-strings in anticipation of renovations and new features for their courses. In many cases, the potential client of your firm doesn’t know for sure where or how to begin. GCBAA members can organize the project flow and provide guidance on sequence, capital deployment, and project and budget management. Many clubs – and particularly club committees – require guidance in developing congruent and logical process mapping for how a renovation or reconstruction should be undertaken. All too often, the builder is left out of these discussions until the
mistakes have been made, approved and memorialized. Then, it is tough to make corrections. Use your organizational skills as a door-opener to provide clubs with a no-strings-attached review and guidance session so that the committee and club leaders can see your experience and expertise in action.
3. Financial Modeling Even experienced club accountants, superintendents and club managers will benefit from a trained expert who can help them to prepare a thorough, sequential and defensible renovation plan and / or capital budget. Golf course builders are fluent in the terminology and process. This fluency makes builders valuable members of the project team. What do you know that club executives, owners and operators need? You know unit costs and standardized units of measure. You can cite construction estimates from one designer to the next based upon prior experience and your understanding of each designer’s preferences and tendencies. Will you be accurate to the last dollar? Of course not! You are helping your potential client to understand the business and showing them that you can look after their interests. Think of the many bid packages you have seen that are inaccurate and incomplete. See that your clients – and prospects – have good information so that they can achieve desired outcomes. They will thank you for your knowledge.
4. Expanding Your Reach In the depths of the recessionary cycle many builders expanded into categories that continued to have funding. Highway landscaping, building sports fields, and executing small local projects. The primary motivations at the time were survival, keeping the lights on and keeping your people working. Those tough times showed the way to new opportunities. As golf course construction work continues to rebound, keep your hand in those
ancillary categories. They are small jobs usually with little real sophistication required…and they still contribute to overhead. Expand and sustain your reach in your primary market areas to harvest small-project opportunities and to make new friends. One never knows where those small-time projects may lead.
5. Specific Targeting The military marksmen are trained to “Aim small. Miss small.” The point is to be precise with your intentions so that even misses are effective. Golf course builders do well to adapt the same thinking. Be deliberate in your intentions. If you prefer to specialize with certain designers or in certain market segments, dedicate yourself to recruiting heavily within those target areas. Do not diversify, as suggested above. Be THE expert in your chosen segment. Specific targeting reduces the breadth and depth of your market and requires rigorous communication and customer relationship capabilities. If you can meet the strict demands of a narrow market niche, you can make your firm a category-of-one for the occupants of your niche. GCBAA members have new but different opportunities in the immediate market cycle. These five ideas serve to bring focus, purpose and new business to those who can and will capitalize on the current needs of those who need a proven and reliable golf course builder. Your brand as a member of GCBAA is important to your future success. Henry DeLozier is a principal at Global Golf Advisors, the largest consulting company in the world specialized in golf-related businesses. www.globalgolfadvisors.com
GCBAA Elects Board Officers at Winter Meeting The Golf Course Builders Association of America board of directors elected its new executive officers Feb. 9 at its Winter Meeting in San Diego, at the Golf Industry Show. Scott Veazey of Southeastern Golf Inc. was ushered in as the board’s new residing president. In addition to Veazey, the board of directors officers include: Pat Karnick, Wadsworth Golf Construction (president-elect); Dennis Wagner, Hunter Industries (vice president); Judd Duininck, Duininck Golf (treasurer); Ellen Davis, Waupaca Sand & Solutions— SportZmix Solutions (secretary); and Rick Boylan, Mid-America Golf & Landscape Inc. (immediate past president). All officers serve two-year terms and will preside over the board of directors, which consists of the officers and 10 directors. Newly-elected directors are Mike Crone, Landirr Inc., and Joy Ramos, D.H.R. Construction. Also being appointed to replace outgoing board member Ed Eichmann is Mark Creighton, Ewing Irrigation. Directors continuing to serve on the board include: Ronnie Adkins, Aspen Corp.; Terry Gwinn, Best Sand Corp.; John McDonald II, McDonald & Sons Inc.; Frank Warden, The Toro Company; Rick Williamson, LASCO Fittings Inc.; Tom Works, Landscapes Unlimited LLC; and Stephanie Zimmerman, ADS/ Hancor Inc.
USGA Elects Diana M. Murphy as 64th President Diana M. Murphy, of St. Simons Island, Ga., today was elected to serve a one-year term as the 64th president of the United States Golf Association, which together with The R&A governs the game worldwide. The election of officers and the 15-member USGA Executive Committee also took place today during the USGA Annual Meeting. As president, Murphy assumes the leadership of the more than 300 professional staff and nearly 1,200 volunteers who serve on more than 30 USGA committees. “Although golf will always face challenges, the great golfers – such as Bob Jones, Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and my dear friend Louise Suggs – had one trait in common: they were optimistic about their games and the game,” said Murphy after her election. “It is a time for all of us, together, to be positive about golf and act accordingly.” Murphy has been formally associated with the USGA since 1996, when she began a 12-year tenure on the USGA Membership Committee. She joined the Executive Committee in 2011, and has chaired several committees, including the Championship (2015), Commercial (2012-13), Compensation (201415), Finance (2012-14) and U.S. Senior Amateur Championship (2014) committees. She was elected treasurer in 2013 and vice president in 2014 and 2015. Murphy, 59, is the managing director of Rocksolid Holdings, LLC, a private-equity firm focused on small business and real estate in the Southeast. She is also managing director of the Georgia Research Alliance Venture Fund, which supports the state’s public and private research universities. Past appointments include managing director of Chartwell Capital Management Company, a private-equity firm in Jacksonville, Fla., for 11 years, and senior vice president of The Baltimore Sun Company for 15 years.
An active community supporter, Murphy has served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia since 2006, spearheading the establishment of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center in 2008, among other activities. She is a member of the executive committee of the College of Coastal Georgia, and played an instrumental role in developing its master plan as it moved from a two-year to a four-year institution. She is the non-executive chairman of Landstar System Inc. and a board member of CTS Corporation, both public companies. Murphy earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University in 1978, and holds an advanced executive business degree from Northwestern University. She is the second woman in the association’s 121-year history to serve as president, following Judy Bell, who was president in 1996 and 1997. Two other current members of the Executive Committee have been elected to serve as officers. They are: Sheila C. Johnson, of Middleburg, Va., continuing as secretary, and George J. Still Jr., of Atherton, Calif., as treasurer. The other 10 current members of the Executive Committee who are continuing their service are: William E. Fallon, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; J. Stuart Francis, of Hillsborough, Calif.; C. Malcolm Holland III, of Dallas, Texas; G. Thomas Hough, of Atlanta, Ga.; Robert D. Kain, of Gates Mill, Ohio; Martha J. Lang, of Birmingham, Ala.; Gregory B. Morrison, of Duluth, Ga.; Asuka Nakahara, of Merion, Pa.; Mark E. Newell, of McLean, Va.; and Mark P. Reinemann, of Pewaukee, Wis.
CMAA Elects 2016 Association Leadership Newly elected or re-elected as Directors are: • Mitchell S. Platt, MCM, CCE, General Manager of the Cosmos Club, Washington, DC (Elected to a Three-Year Term); • Randall J. Ruder, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Beach Point Club, Mamaroneck, NY (Re-elected to a Three-Year Term); and • Michael D. Seabrook, CCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Belle Meade Country Club, Nashville, TN (Elected to a Three-Year Term). Alexandria, VA — February 29, 2016 — The Club Managers Association of America is pleased to announce its 2016 Officers and Board of Directors. Voting for officers and directors was conducted online and in-person at the CMAA 89th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo in San Diego, CA. The election results were announced at the event’s Closing Business Session on Thursday, February 25. The 2016 CMAA Officers are: • President Jill R. Philmon, CCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte, NC; • Vice President Robert C. James, CCM, CCE, CHE, Chief Operating Officer of Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY; • Secretary–Treasurer Robert J. “Bobby” Crifasi, CCM, CCE, CPA, General Manager of New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans, LA; and • Immediate Past President Tony D’Errico, CCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Westwood Country Club, St. Louis, MO.
Directors continuing to serve on the CMAA Board are: • Mark A. Bado, MCM, CCE, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of The Kansas City Country Club, Mission Hills, KS; • William E. Langley, CCM, General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of Quail Ridge Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL; • Brian R. Kroh, CCM, General Manager of John’s Island Club, Vero Beach, FL; • Todd D. Marsh, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, IL; • Richard D. Spurlin, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Eugene Country Club, Eugene, OR; and • Christina A. Toups, CCM, CCE, General Manager of Ridglea Country Club, Fort Worth, TX. The CMAA Board of Directors is comprised of 13 club management professionals who are passionate about the long-term vision of CMAA, and work respectfully with staff, committees, members, partners and the greater industry to advance the profession of club management.
NGCOA Golf USA Tee Time Coalition Welcomes Jared Williams
Golf Facilities in the U.S. – 2016 Report Released
Jared Williams has been selected to run the daily operations of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition, a joint initiative of the PGA of America and the National Golf Course Owners Association.
As of year-end 2015, the United States had 15,204 facilities with 14,288.5 open and operating 18-Hole equivalent (18-HEQ) courses, according to the NGF’s 2016 Edition of its annual Golf Facilities in the U.S. report. The final 2015 count showed a net reduction of 148.5 courses, or a 1% contraction from 2014.
“We are excited about Jared coming on board, because this is the industry putting full-time support behind an issue that has caused a great deal of angst,” says Jay Karen, CEO of the NGCOA. “Our hope is that, with Jared’s help, we will be able to facilitate fair play and beneficial practices in the tee time distribution practice.” The coalition, formed last year, provides education for golf course owners, operators and PGA members, and serves as an industry monitor for compliance of thirdparty online tee time providers. It engages companies that publicly support Tee Time Guidelines unveiled last June by the NGCOA and endorsed by the PGA of America, which provide a framework for owners and operators that deal with online agents providing tee times. “I’m really excited to have the opportunity to be back in the golf industry,” says Williams. “I am very passionate about growing the game and I truly understand the importance of this role. I plan to work tirelessly to find an equitable solution to the issues regarding tee time distribution practices.” Williams comes to the coalition from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, where he served as director of administrative and legal affairs. Prior to that he was the compliance services coordinator at the Southwestern Athletic Conference. He has also worked as a legal intern at the LPGA and at golf courses in Louisiana. Williams began working for the coalition on March 2. To reach him, email email@example.com.
2015 golf course “stocks and flows” included the permanent closure of 177 (18-HEQ) courses, and the opening of 17 new ones (up from 11 in 2014). Other supply and demand movement comprised courses that either closed temporarily for renovation or re-opened from one, and a small number that unexpectedly emerged from prolonged closures to entertain golfers again.
It is important to note that the cumulative reduction in golf course supply since the trend started in 2006 represents only a 5% pull back from the high-water mark set that year, which pales in comparison to the 40% growth that occurred in the two decades preceding 2006. In large part due to that unprecedented expansion, the U.S. is home to roughly 45% of the world’s courses and remains the world’s best supplied golf market with a great variety of options in nearly every city. Daily fee, lower-priced and 9-hole courses continue to be the segments that are disproportionately represented among the
closures. Roughly two-thirds of the (18HEQ) courses that closed in 2015 had greens fees of $40 or less. “NGF continues to view the net reduction in U.S. courses as a natural economic response to overbuilding,” said NGF’s Chief Business Officer Greg Nathan. “We expect the walk back toward equilibrium to remain slow and continue for several more years. Unfortunately, some will continue to view this gradual supply reduction as a negative when, in fact, it is a healthy rebalancing of supply and demand.” For the second consecutive year, golf course renovation and reconstruction was the largest source of course development activity in the United States. More than 90 (18-HEQ) courses reopened from renovation in 2015 (roughly half of them closed and then reopened during the 2015 calendar year). A total of 17 new 18-HEQ courses opened during the year. NGF’s outlook for 2016 is in line with recent years. It expects to see approximately 15 to 25 new course openings and 50 to 100 major renovations. Closings are expected to remain in the 150 to 175 range. The Golf Facilities in the U.S. Report—2016 Edition summarizes the nation’s total supply of daily fee, municipal and resort golf courses, as well as private clubs. The data is broken out by state and region. The report also includes detailed information on golf course openings and closures in 2015, as well as the number currently in planning and under construction. For a complete look at U.S. facility supply, download the full report atwww.ngf.org/ pages/golf-facilities-us (free for members), or call 866 275-4643.
Grass elected 2016 president of Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 11, 2016) – Peter J. Grass, golf course superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) at the association’s annual meeting Feb. 11, held in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show in San Diego. Grass, a certified golf course superintendent (CGCS), Photo Courtesy of GCSAA served as vice president of the association in 2015 and has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 2009. A 31-year member of GCSAA, Grass also is a member and past president of the Peaks and Prairies Golf Course Superintendents Association, one of 98 GCSAA regional chapters. A native of Mankato, Minn., the 56-year-old Grass earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Montana College in Billings. He succeeds John J. O’Keefe, CGCS and director of golf course management at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., who served as president for 2015. O’Keefe will continue on the board as immediate past president. “A lot of people have told me how cool they think it is that someone from a 9-hole facility can serve on the board of directors and become president of the association,” Grass said. “But if I can convince others that they too can benefit from being a GCSAA member, than I’ll consider my year in office to be a success.” Other elected officers were Bill H. Maynard, CGCS and director of golf course maintenance operations at Country Club CONTINUED ON PAGE 24
of St. Albans near St. Louis, as vice president, and Darren J. Davis, CGCS and superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., as secretary/treasurer.
National Golf Day 2016 Set for May 18 in Washington, D.C.
Kevin P. Breen, CGCS and golf course superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., was elected to the board after serving in 2015 as an appointee. He was elected to a two-year position along with Rafael Barajas, CGCS and director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Plantation in Boca Raton, Fla. John Walker, director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas, was appointed to complete the one-year remaining on Davis’ two-year term. Others continuing service on the nine-member board are John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS and grounds and facilities manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club; and Mark F. Jordan, CGCS and natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. In addition, delegates voted to approve revisions to the Class A members standards and passed 11 changes to the bylaws, which included a new definition of Class A and renaming the Superintendent Member class to Class B.
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Group Photo 2015 National Golf Day – Capitol Steps
The ninth annual National Golf Day is set for Wednesday, May 18, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Joining GCBAA will be leaders from the Club Managers Association of America, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association, United States Golfers Association, Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA TOUR, the PGA of America, World Golf Foundation and others. National Golf Day celebrates the game’s nearly $70 billion economy, $4 billion annual charitable impact and many environmental and fitness benefits. Industry leaders will meet with Members of Congress, the Executive Branch and federal agencies on Capitol Hill to discuss golf ’s 15,000-plus diverse businesses, two million employees, tax revenue creation and tourism value. National Golf Day is a great opportunity to see government at work and offers an opportunity to call upon your national leaders to share the positive impact golf has on our economy, environment and health. If you have never attended a National Golf Day on behalf of GCBAA, we encourage you to consider it for a future year. Contact the GCBAA office for additional details.
MOVERS & SHAPERS Jacobsen Expands and Enhances Legendary LF Line of Mowers The all-new LF557/LF577 is the industry’s only Tier 4 Final, seven-reel mower Charlotte, N.C. (January 29, 2016) – Jacobsen®, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the launch of the all-new LF557/LF577™ seven-reel mower, in addition to enhancements to its current LF550/ LF570™ mower series. The all-new LF557/LF577 is the industry’s only Tier 4 Final, sevenreel mower, offering unrivalled productivity. The LF557 is equipped with five-inch reels and the LF577 is equipped with seveninch reels, with both mowers boasting a massive cutting width of 139 inches, allowing the ability to mow up to 11 acres per hour. “Since the 1980s, our LF line of mowers has been the gold standard for sports fields and golf courses that want smooth, pristine-looking turf,” said Lee Frie, Product Manager for Jacobsen. “The new LF557/LF577 takes that legendary history and adds more than three feet of cutting width, allowing turf managers to significantly increase productivity without sacrificing quality-of-cut.” The five-reel models (existing LF550/LF570) and new seven-reel models (LF557/577) both feature technology that makes operation and service much easier. A new AdaptiThrottle automatically manages engine speed based on demand, thus reducing fuel consumption and noise. The mowers’ InCommand™ Control System delivers pass code-protected, programmable max transport and mow speed settings to control cut frequency, removing tools and operator input from the equation. A new nine-bladed reel is also now available for all 5-inch reel LF models (LF510/ LF550/LF557).
“Anytime turf managers can get mowing completed faster, it means there’s more time for crew members to work on other things,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “Until now, the trade-off has been productivity over quality-of-cut, but the new LF557/577 offers the best of both worlds: giving turf managers the opportunity to present beautiful turf and save valuable time.” The all-new LF557/LF577 will be available in February.
Finchem named chairman of the World Golf Foundation Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA Tour, has been named chairman of the World Golf Foundation (WGF) for 2016. He succeeds Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America. During his 26 years with the PGA Tour, Finchem has overseen more than $1 billion given to charity by the organization, and he has also worked to form the International Federation of PGA Tours and WGF. Finchem has also been an instrumental leader of The First Tee, which has established 200 chapters and reached 6.5 million youth in a decade. “As a caretaker and ambassador of the game, I look forward to leading the World Golf Foundation’s Board as we take the game to new heights in 2016,” Finchem said. “With the Olympics on the horizon, it is an exciting time for the industry as we introduce golf to new audiences around the world.” Steve Mona, CEO of the WGF, added that Finchem has elevated golf ’s global profile. “We are in store for an historic year and Tim’s leadership of WGF brings further promise,” he said.
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In addition, the new mower series features maintenance reminders that are displayed automatically on-screen and scheduled intervals to aid in proper service and increased up-time.
movers & shapers FUTURE MAJOR GOLF EVENTS
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA 2016 – April 7-10 2017 – April 6-9 2018 – April 5-8
New Home in West Palm Beach for GCBAA Member Florida Coast Equipment
2016 Oakmont Country Club Oakmont, PA – June 13-19 2017 Erin Hills Erin, WI – June 12-18 2018 Shinnecock Hills Golf Club Southampton, NY – June 14-17
2016 Royal Troon Golf Club July 14-17 Scotland 2017 Royal Birkdale Golf Club July 20-23 England 2018 Carnoustie Golf Links July 19-22 Scotland
PGA Championship 2016 Baltustrol Golf Club Springfield, NJ – July 28-31
2017 Quail Hollow Charlotte, NC – August – TBA 2018 Bellerive Country Club St. Louis, MO – August – TBA
GCBAA set to hold next Regional Meeting in April Mark Your Calendars! This year the GCBAA is hosting smaller one-day meetings throughout the country. The first scheduled regional meeting is set for April 13 near Carrollton (Dallas) Texas. With a large renovation underway at Maridoe Golf Club, this venue offers a unique opportunity for contractors, superintendents, architects, and anyone interested in golf construction and development a chance to hear about the latest technologies and news on the golf market in the south. Architect and past ASGCA President Steve Smyers and golf course superintendent Shawn Westicot will provide information on the renovation project, for which GCBAA members Fleetwood Services LLC and Heritage Links are providing the construction. In fact, many members of the GCBAA are involved in the project. The meeting will also expand beyond the renovation by offering some irrigation education from Tony Altum and GCBAA manufacturers. From drainage to multiple course ownership issues, this regional meeting will offer the latest trends in construction in the Texas and regional markets. Visit www.gcbaa.org to sign up and watch for more details on a similar event in Phoenix later this spring.
movers & shapers GCBAA Member Dave Wolfard of SiteOne Landscape Supply, to Retire April 1 Dear SiteOne Golf National Account Customer, This announcement is to let you know that after Friday, April 1, 2016, I will be retiring from SiteOne as Manager, Golf National Accounts. It has been my honor and privilege to have you as a customer for many years and I want to thank you for your business and partnership during that time. This is an exciting time for me but it is a more exciting time for SiteOne Golf as we move into a new era within this company – an era of focusing on the golf market and our golf customers. We are building on a very successful year of growth in 2015 as we move to increase our coverage of the market and our service level. If you had a chance to visit with us at our booth during the Golf Industry Show, you know how excited we are to become SiteOne for the golf market and of our dedication to golf. As we move into 2016, you will notice more and more of our presence and efforts in golf. Jim Slomka, Vice-President of National Accounts and Erich Slider, newly appointed Manager, Golf National Accounts will be working with you and will be communicating these changes to you as we move forward through 2016. Jim is also in charge of our newly formed golf council and will be heading up our overall golf efforts during this building process as well as working with Erich to bring a new focus to our Golf National Account business. It is, as I said, an exciting time. There are several things for me to do before I leave, and I hope to speak with you before that time. If that is not possible, please let me say again how much I have enjoyed the relationships that we have built and the business that you have been so generous in giving to SiteOne. May the future bring you only joy and more success. As a longtime friend of mine in this business always said to me, “Sunshine to you!” Dave Dave Wolfard SiteOne Landscape Supply Manager, Golf National Accounts Phone: 918.629.3913 Fax: 888.449.8932 Email: dwolfard@SiteOne.com
IN MEMORIUM David J. Truttmann David John Truttmann passed away surrounded by family in Green Bay on Sunday, January 24, at the age of 67 years old. David was born in Green Bay on April 30, 1948, and graduated from DC Everest High School, in Weston, WI. His professional career revolved around golf course design and development in several states. He was dedicated to his career and love of the golf industry which gave him the opportunity to travel the world. David was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting and fishing. He also had a private pilot’s license. David is lovingly remembered by his sons, GCBAA Member Jon (Renee) Truttmann, of Mequon; Paul (Barb) Truttmann, of Freedom; and Jordan (Shannon) Truttmann; parents, Warren and Doris Truttmann, of Green Bay; grandfather, Peter Stary; grandchildren, Brent, Vincent, Rachel and Riley; sisters, Sandra (Bill) Neumeyer; Debra Herman; Sharon (Tom) Kennedy; and many nieces and nephews.
GCBAA MEETINGS CALENDAR 2016 Summer Meeting
August 1-3, 2016 Hyatt Regency Jersey City - Jersey City, NJ
2017 Summer Meeting
August 8-10, 2016 Omni Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
Future Golf Industry Show Sites
February 10-11, 2016 San Diego Convention Center - San Diego, CA February 8-9, 2017 Orange County Convention Center - Orlando, FL February 7-8, 2018 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center - San Antonio, TX MAY 18, 2016 National Golf Day - Washington, D.C.
Caterpillar, Inc. Partners with the GCBAA and Foundation Caterpillar Inc., and the Cat dealer network through their Cat Rental National Accounts Program has created an incentive program to further Caterpillar’s commitment to supporting the GCBAA, its Foundation, and the game of golf. This program will recognize the collective rental volume of GCBAA Members and reward a rebate of one half of one percent (0.5%) rental volume of our membership to the GCBAA and Foundation. “For nearly a decade we have been working with our corporate headquarters, dealership network, and members of the GCBAA to create this program and support the organization and Foundation,” said David Zipps, National Accounts Manager, Caterpillar Inc. “We are excited to see it to fruition and start the sign-up process.” “The GCBAA has a number of partnerships to help our members run their businesses day to day,” said GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel, “the uniqueness of this partnership with Caterpillar and the Cat dealer network is their willingness to offer the rebate back to the GCBAA without affecting the operations of our members or the process by which they currently rent from their local dealers.” “This is a partnership in the true essence of the word,” says Scott Veazey,” GCBAA President.
How to participate? You simply rent machines from a participating Cat dealer and all will be taken care of. The GCBAA will identify the names of eligible members, subsidiaries or divisions for participation. These names will be loaded into the Cat tracking system and all eligible rentals will be combined and the rebate paid on the aggregate number. There is no additional effort required on your part and this program does not increase your rental
fees. Eligible machine rentals will be from a Cat machine dealer or Cat dealer Rental Store only and not include other dealer divisions such as SITECH, Cat Power, Cat Marine, etc. Additionally, the rebate will be based on the rental amount only and will not include transportation, fees or taxes. Caterpillar and the participating dealers will automatically track rental volume. For additional information, or if you have any questions regarding the program, please contact Chris Caccavale at 570-647-9157 or David Zipps at 713-299-7609.
GCBAA Executive Director Justin Apel & GCBAA Charter Members David Zipps & Chris Caccavale, Caterpillar, Inc. presenting the program during the 2016 General Membership Meeting, San Diego
Cat Dealers and their Cat Rental Stores have nearly 800 locations where you can rent a full line of Cat machines including attachments, work tools and even non Cat equipment such as pumps, utility carts and other golf course related equipment to complete your projects. The GCBAA strives to offer a tool box of opportunities for our members and their businesses. Partnerships such as this ensure the success and growth of the organization and allow the Foundation to continue to invest in the future of the game. We appreciate your support! Please contact the executive office with any questions.
TRADE SHOW | ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER | FEBRUARY 8-9, 2017 The Golf Industry Show trade show is the game’s premier learning and networking marketplace. No other single event attracts more key decision-makers from every aspect of the golf course and facility management industry under one roof.
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