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FIVE ACHIEVE CERTIFIED SPORTS FIELD MANAGER STATUS

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) announces that the individuals listed below have completed all steps to achieve the Certified Sports Field Manager designation. This Certification Program was developed and is coordinated by STMA to denote those individuals who have gone above and beyond the requirements of job performance and have demonstrated a superior level of competence. They include:

  • Richard D. Bold, CSFM, superintendent of parks, Glencoe Park District, Glencoe, Ill.

  • Chris Calcaterra, CSFM, sports complex supervisor at the Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.

  • Alan Siebert, CSFM, maintenance coordinator at the Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.

  • Darin Budak, CSFM, parks and landscape supervisor for the City of Peoria, Ariz.
  • James Sanders, CSFM, facilities manager at the Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District, Eagle, Colo.

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In order to qualify for the opportunity to test for certification status, you must achieve (and document the achievement of), a minimum of 40 points earned through a combination of education and experience.

SURVEYS SAY SUPERINTENDENT PROFESSION IS ADVANCING

Two recently-conducted surveys reveal the golf course superintendent profession has strengthened its position in the marketplace.

Earlier this year, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) commissioned one study on its members' compensation/benefits and another of avid golfers' attitudes/perceptions toward golf course management. Both surveys were follow-ups of ones previously conducted. Among the key findings were:

  • 91 percent of avid golfers believe that golf courses are in better condition than they were 10 years ago, compared to 84 percent in 1996.

  • Unrepaired ball marks and poor bunker conditions remain the most cited problems in 2002, just as they did in 1996.

  • In 1996, 22 percent viewed the superintendent as “the person who mows the greens” compared to only five percent in 2002.

You can access the survey's top line findings at: www.gcsaa.org/media/special/NGF.asp.

GCSAA contracted with Survey Research Associates LLC to compile its “2003 Compensation and Benefits Report.” Again, the results were encouraging. The average salary for golf course superintendents in 2003 jumped 10.5 percent to $63,065 from $57,057 in 2000. For certified golf course superintendents, salaries rose 9.8 percent to $77,023 from $70,134 in that same time frame.

The typical employment profile shows the median budget for maintenance, capital equipment and payroll increased 4.7 percent to $584,500 in 2003 from $558,000 in 2000.

FREE SEMINARS AT EXPO 2003 GIVE LANDSCAPE PROS THE EDGE

Lawn and landscape professionals have a free opportunity to gain valuable knowledge from top professionals in their field at the International Lawn, Garden & Power Equipment Expo (EXPO 2003), which takes place Oct. 18-20 in Louisville, Ken. EXPO is sponsored annually by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI).

The topics covered by EXPO's free seminars for landscape professionals will include: managing a profitable contracting business, effective marketing, inspiring employees and entrepreneurial success. The seminars will be held on Sunday, Oct. 19, and Monday, Oct. 20.

For details on attending EXPO, Oct. 18-20, check www.expo.mow.org or call 800-558-8767.

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