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Bill Maynard elected GCSAA president

Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, became GCSAA’s 81st president at the association’s annual meeting Thursday at the Golf Industry Show.

Maynard is the director of golf course maintenance operations at St. Albans (Mo.) Country Club, where he has worked since 2013. He addressed the assembly on the importance of sparking involvement in the association among GCSAA members of all classifications, both at a local and national level. “This association needs us to need each other,” Maynard said of fellow golf industry professionals, adding that the person one encourages to become an active participant in association matters may someday end up at the helm of the whole operation. That was the case for Maynard himself, who was spurred into service by those who mentored him early in his career.

Maynard is a native of Nashville, Tenn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He has been at his current job since. He was previously the superintendent at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park, Kan.; Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, N.C.; and The Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The 30-year GCSAA member served as vice president of the association in 2016, and has been a member of the association’s board of directors since 2010. Maynard is a member of the Mississippi Valley GCSA. He also previously served as president of the Heart of America GCSA and on the board of directors of the Carolinas GCSA.

Other officers elected during the meeting were Darren J. Davis, CGCS, superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., as vice president, and Rafael Barajas, CGCS, director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Plantation in Boca Raton, Fla., as secretary/treasurer.

Elected as directors were John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, grounds and facilities manager at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club; Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, natural resource leader at Westfield Group Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio; and John Walker, director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas. Kevin P. Sunderman, director of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in Saint Petersburg, Fla., was appointed by the board to a one-year term as director.

Continuing to serve the second year of his two-year term is Kevin P. Breen, CGCS, superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif. GCSAA 2016 President Pete Grass, CGCS, director of golf course management at Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, N.J., will continue on the board as immediate past president.

Earlier in the meeting, members passed a proposed increase in dues — from $375 per year to $380 for Class A and B members, and from $190 per year to $195 for Class C members — as well as a change to the bylaws that removed the reference to “golf industry” from the definition of an equipment manager.

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