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October 11, 2017
Six Questions on Career Development with a Golf Industry Standout
WE ARE GOLF recently asked Bill Maynard, President of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) about his career growth in the industry, important mentors and the future of the game.
How did you get your start in the golf industry?
I started as a seasonal employee at my neighboring country club. My father, who taught me a great work ethic, was friends with the golf cart mechanic. Hence, I interviewed with the superintendent one summer and the rest is history.
Who was your best mentor or supervisor?
My pop comes to mind as my first impression of the value of hard work. His common-sense approach to life continues to aid in my development.
Tells us about your favorite people, companies or organizations in golf.
GCSAA for sure. The common bond we share in managing golf courses all over the world is the same. We all help one another through all the things in our world of influence. Col. John Morley founded GCSAA on this same thought. He said, "No life is, or can be, self-existent. We depend on each other.”
What do you love most about your job?
Enhancing the beautiful property called a golf course. It has truly been the love of the job. On the human side, I enjoy trying to change someone's life for the better, one small act of kindness at a time.
Where do you see the industry in 10 years?
I see local governments meeting with GCSAA's Grassroots Ambassadors to help them understand and support our industry. That chain reaction will lead to Federal and State governments embracing proper legislation that is good for the entire industry.
What is your one piece of advice for newcomers trying to work in golf?
Study the game from every single aspect and think outside the box. From architecture, business and the environment. Truly understand more and more of what drives player satisfaction. New ideas are not only necessary, they are critical to today's success. It's more than "just grass growing" now.