Leadership Profiles

To help familiarize you with GCSAA's elected and executive leadership, these leadership profiles provide a quick overview of each individual's professional and educational background, as well as a look at the role each person plays in the organization.

GCSAA Board of Directors

President

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Rafael Barajas, CGCS, was elected GCSAA president at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees for The Environmental Institute for Golf (the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA).

He was first appointed to the board at the 2011 annual meeting in Orlando, was elected to the board at the 2012 meeting in Las Vegas, and re-elected at the 2014 meeting in Orlando.

Barajas is the director of golf course operations at Boca Grove Golf & Tennis Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Previously, he was the superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif. In addition, he served as the superintendent at Palm Desert (Calif.) Country Club, the director of golf course maintenance at Desert Lakes Golf Club in Fort Mohave, Ariz., and as a superintendent at various courses for American Golf Corp. He has a certificate in turfgrass management from the University of California, Riverside.

A 33-year GCSAA member, Barajas has served on a number of association committees and task groups. He has also been a representative for the GCSA of Southern California at the chapter delegates meetings.

Barajas is a member of the Florida GCSA, South Florida GCSA, Palm Beach GCSA, Central California GCSA and California GCSA.

He and his wife, Yolanda, have one daughter, Veronica, and three sons, Daniel, Rafael Jr. and Marco Antonio.

Vice President

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John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, was elected GCSAA vice president at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He was first elected to the board at the 2013 annual meeting in San Diego.

Fulling has served as the superintendent at Kalamazoo (Mich.) Country Club since 1993. Previously, he served as superintendent at Berrien Hills Country Club in Benton Harbor, Mich., and as a course superintendent at Medinah (Ill.) Country Club.

He has a turfgrass management degree from Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., and previously studied music performance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

A GCSAA member for 29 years, Fulling has served on numerous GCSAA committees, including the Chapter Relations, Nominating and Strategic Communications committees and the International and Technology Innovation task groups. He has also previously served on the Board Policy Oversight Task Group.

Fulling is a member and past president of the Michigan GCSA and is also a past president of the Western Michigan GCSA. He is former president of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and has served as a committee member for the Michigan Golf Alliance.

Fulling, his wife, Susan, and their two children, Ali and Emily, reside in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Secretary/Treasurer

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Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, was elected GCSAA secretary/treasurer at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego.

He was first appointed to the board at the association's 2014 annual meeting in Orlando, and was elected to the board at the 2015 meeting in San Antonio.

Jordan is the Natural Resources Leader at Westfield Country Club in Westfield Center, Ohio. He assumed that position in 2007, although he has been with the club since 1988, previously serving as general manager, club manager, superintendent and assistant superintendent.

A 32-year member, he previously served as assistant superintendent at Winding Hollow Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio, and Hyde Park Golf and Country Club in Cincinnati. He is a past president of the Northern Ohio GCSA and the Ohio Turf Foundation. He is also a board member for Play Golf Ohio and Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation (OPARR).

A native of Nova, Ohio, Jordan graduated from the Ohio State University – ATI in Wooster, Ohio, with an associate’s of applied science degree in turfgrass management; and the Ohio State University in Columbus with a bachelor of science degree in agronomy. He and his wife, Melinda, have four children: Nate, Alaina, Janelle and Mckenna. They reside in Westfield Center, Ohio.

Immediate Past President

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Darren J. Davis, CGCS, completed his term as GCSAA’s 82nd president at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He was first appointed to the board of directors at the 2012 annual meeting in Las Vegas, and was elected to the board at the 2013 meeting in San Diego.

Davis has been the golf course superintendent at Olde Florida Golf Club in Naples, Fla., since 1992. Previously he was an assistant superintendent at the Loxahatchee Club in Jupiter, Fla. Additional professional experience includes two stints at the Augusta National Golf Club, the first serving as an apprentice superintendent in 1990 and returning as the IPM technician in 1991.

A 29-year GCSAA member, Davis is a past president of the Everglades GCSA, Florida GCSA and Florida Turfgrass Association. He is currently a director with the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation. In 2004, the FGCSA honored him with its Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011 the FTGA presented Davis with the Wreath of Grass - the association’s highest award.

A native of Tallahassee, Fla., he earned a turfgrass management certificate from Penn State University in 1991, graduating with highest distinction. He also obtained an associate in arts degree from Tallahassee Community College in 1987, and in 2007, Florida Gulf Coast University conferred upon him a bachelor of arts degree in communication (summa cum laude).

Director

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Kevin Breen, CGCS, was re-elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting Feb. 8, 2018, in San Antonio. Breen was first appointed to the board at the 2015 annual meeting in San Antonio and elected in 2016 in San Diego.

Breen has served as the superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club in Los Gatos, Calif., since 2011. Prior to that, he served as the director of maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club in Truckee, Calif., and as the superintendent at Los Alamos (N.M.) Golf Course. He has bachelor's degrees in horticulture/turf from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and in meteorology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

A 28-year member of GCSAA, Breen has served on the Environmental Programs, Nominating, Research Proposal Review and Strategic Communications committees, as well as the Board Policy Oversight and Competency task groups.

Breen is a member and past president of both the Sierra Nevada GCSA and the California GCSA. He has also previously served as a superintendent representative on the California Alliance for Golf and the Nevada Golf Industry Alliance.

Director

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Kevin Sunderman was re-elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting Feb. 8, 2018, in San Antonio. He was appointed to a one-year term in 2017 in Orlando.

Sunderman is the director of grounds at Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he has worked since 2005. He previously held superintendent or assistant superintendent positions at TPC at Prestancia in Sarasota, Fla.; Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.; East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Fla.; and Whetstone Golf Club in Caledonia, Ohio. He is a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in turfgrass science.

Sunderman is a 18-year GCSAA member and has served on the Government Affairs Committee and the BMP Task Group. He has attended the Chapter Delegates Meeting seven times, representing either the Florida GCSA or Florida West Coast GCSA.

He is a current member and past president of the Florida West Coast GCSA, as well as a past president of the Florida GCSA. He was also previously an Environmental Research and Education Foundation board member.

Director

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Jeff L. White, CGCS, was re-elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He first was elected to the board in 2018 in San Antonio.

White is the superintendent at Indian Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, Kan., where he has worked since 2013. He previously held superintendent positions at Lake Quivira (Kan.) Country Club and Falcon Ridge Golf Course in Lenexa, Kan., and assistant superintendent positions at Lake Quivira CC and Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence, Kan. White earned a degree in horticulture/turf management from Iowa State University.

A 28-year GCSAA member, White has been a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador since 2014, and is a seven-time representative of the Heart of America GCSA at the Chapter Delegates Meeting.

White is a board member of the Kansas Turfgrass Foundation. He also belongs to the Kansas GCSA and Heart of America GCSA, serving as president of the latter in 2005.

Director

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T.A. Barker, CGCS, was re-elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego. He first was elected to the board in 2018 in San Antonio.

Barker is the superintendent at Fore Lakes Golf Course in Taylorsville, Utah, where he has been since joining the grounds crew in 1995. He has been superintendent since 2006.

A 15-year GCSAA member, he is a member and past president of the Intermountain GCSA. He has served on several GCSAA committees and has been Intermountain’s chapter delegate since 2013.

A third-generation superintendent, he became exposed to GCSAA at a young age when his father, GCSAA member Todd Barker, would take the family to the Golf Industry Show each year.

He has an advanced turfgrass certificate from the Penn State World Campus.

He and his wife, Natalie, have three sons and live in Taylorsville, Utah.

Director

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Paul L. Carter, CGCS, was elected to the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting Feb. 7, 2019, in San Diego.

Carter is the superintendent at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay in Harrison, Tenn., and also serves as director of agronomy for the Tennessee Golf Trail, a division of Tennessee State Parks. He previously served as director of agronomy for the Tennessee Golf Trail and as golf course superintendent at The Medalist at Avalon.

A 26-year GCSAA member, he is a member of the Tennessee GCSA and a members and past president of the Tennessee Turfgrass Association. He has served on several GCSAA committees and has as a chapter delegate.

Carter is well-known the environmental programs at Bear Trace, including its popular “eagle cam.” He was the overall winner in the 2013 GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards and in 2015 was honored with GCSAA’s President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship.

He graduated from Auburn University in 1993 with a degree in agriculture sciences.

He lives in Apison, Tenn., with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Hannah.

To contact board members, please email gcsaaboard@gcsaa.org.

Executive leadership

Chief Executive Officer

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J. Rhett Evans is the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s chief executive officer. Evans joined the GCSAA team in July 2009 as chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in January 2011. He is the eighth CEO since the association’s founding in 1926.

Evans is focused on expanding GCSAA's reach and influence to become the global leader in golf course management. Under Evans, GCSAA has elevated the superintendents’ and industry’s voices through advocacy efforts at the national and grassroots levels. In addition, through Evans’ leadership of GCSAA and its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, the discussion of sustainability has progressed from theory to action at golf facilities. GCSAA is spearheading the development of centralized best management practices, tools and templates to enhance environmental progress while improving facilities’ bottom lines.

GCSAA's enhancement of the vitality of the game of golf has been strengthened through Evans’ work with allied and industry organizations. Evans was instrumental in helping establish We Are Golf (WAG), a coalition of golf’s leading organizations working together to communicate the game’s economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits to congressional leaders and local lawmakers. He served two terms as chairman of the board and is currently serving on the executive board of WAG as well as serving on the executive board for Golf 20/20. Evans represents the association and profession on the Golf Channel, Sirius XM Radio and other national media outlets.

Prior to arriving at GCSAA, Evans was director of the parks, recreation and commercial facilities division for the city of Mesa, Ariz. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in business, and a master’s degree in recreation management and leadership with an emphasis in public administration from Brigham Young University. He is also a graduate of the Public Assembly Facility Management School.

Evans is a native of Prescott, Ariz. He and his wife, Colleen, have a daughter, Caite, and son, Seth. Evans is a four-time Ironman Triathlon finisher and an active adventurist.

Chief Operating Officer

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Bob Randquist, CGCS, is the chief operating officer for GCSAA. He joined the executive staff on May 29, 2018. Randquist will be responsible for managing a broad and complex array of functions and facilitate multiple projects to meet the objectives of the association. While he will represent GCSAA and maintain relationships with industry and allied partners, his main focus will be on internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the headquarters’ culture.

Randquist came to GCSAA after 20 years serving as director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Prior to Boca Rio, he spent two decades as superintendent at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., where he hosted the 1982 and 1994 PGA Championships and helped secure the 2001 U.S. Open.

No stranger to GCSAA and its members, Randquist served as the association’s president in 2011. He has been a GCSAA member for 41 years and became a certified golf course superintendent in 1985. Randquist served on the USGA Green Section Committee for 27 years and has been honored by the USGA with its Ike Grainger Award, which recognizes 25 years of volunteer service.

A native of Cordell, Okla., Randquist graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering. Randquist and his wife, LaVada, have two daughters, Jennifer and Laura, and a granddaughter, Scout.

Chief Financial Officer

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Cam Oury is the chief financial officer for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). Oury joined the GCSAA staff on June 30, 2003, and has served in that core financial management capacity throughout his tenure at GCSAA while adding other programmatic responsibilities.

Oury is responsible for developing and executing on sound business principles that are key to providing the resources necessary to carry out the numerous member programs and services for GCSAA and the EIFG. He serves on the association’s executive team and is responsible for all finance and accounting-related operations, including overseeing the investment portfolio; all legal matters; forecasting and business analytics; risk management; and the annual plan and budget process.

Oury has served in executive management positions for many companies and industries during his 34-year career in financial management. He also has more than 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit arena. Under the guidance of Oury, GCSAA has managed its finances in a responsible manner and has enhanced its strong financial position and future business outlook.

Oury graduated from Colorado State University in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. After passing all four parts of the Certified Public Accountants exam in 1989, Oury enrolled at the University of Colorado where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1992.

Oury is originally from Colorado. He and his wife, Shannon, moved to Lawrence in 1999 and have two grown children. Active in community organizations, Oury and his family are also outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy biking, kayaking, backpacking and skiing among other interests.