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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Bill H. Maynard, CGCS, was elected GCSAA president Feb. 9, 2017, at the association's annual meeting in Orlando. He also serves as chairman of the board of trustees for The Environmental Institute for Golf (the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA).

Maynard was first elected as a director to the GCSAA board at the 2010 annual meeting in San Diego, re-elected in 2012 in Las Vegas and again at the 2014 meeting in Orlando. He was elected secretary/treasurer at the 2015 annual meeting in San Antonio.

Maynard is the director of golf course maintenance operations at The Country Club of St. Albans (Mo.). Previously, he was the golf course superintendent at Milburn Golf and Country Club in Overland Park, Kan.; Champion Hills Club in Henderson, N.C.; and the Virginian Golf Club in Bristol, Va. He has served as a board member for both the Carolinas and Heart of America chapters, including service as president for the Heart of America GCSA. He has served on a GCSAA national committee every year since 1999. He is also a member of the Kansas Turfgrass Association.

A 30-year GCSAA member, Maynard first achieved certification in 1998. He is active in his community as a board member of the Friends of Santa Claus, and participates in Boy Scouts, coaching youth sports and various school volunteer activities.

A native of Nashville Tenn., Maynard earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1986. He and his wife, Darla, have three children: a daughter, Maygan, and sons Will and Matthew.

Vice President

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Darren J. Davis, CGCS, was elected vice president at the association's annual meeting Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

Darren Davis, CGCS, was elected secretary/treasurer at the association's annual meeting Feb. 11, 2016, in San Diego.

He was first appointed to the board of directors at the 2012 annual meeting in Las Vegas, was elected to the board at the 2013 meeting in San Diego, and re-elected at the 2015 meeting in San Antonio.

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 27-year GCSAA member, Davis is the past president of the Everglades GCSA, and a past president of the 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).

Secretary/Treasurer

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Rafael Barajas, CGCS, was elected secretary/treasurer at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

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 Plantation and Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. Previously, he was the superintendent at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights, Calif., since 1996. 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 31-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 Hi-Lo Desert GCSA, a member of the Central California GCSA,

Barajas resides in Boca Raton, Fla., with his wife, Yolanda, their daughter, Veronica, and three sons, Daniel, Rafael Jr. and Marco Antonio.

Immediate Past President

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Peter J. Grass, CGCS, completed his term as GCSAA's 80th president Feb. 9, 2017, at the association's annual meeting in Orlando. He will serve on the GCSAA Board of Directors as immediate past president until the 2018 meeting in San Antonio.

Grass was first elected to the GCSAA board as a director in 2009, and re-elected in 2011 and in 2013. He was elected secretary/treasurer in 2014, and elected vice president at the 2015 annual meeting in San Antonio.

He has been the superintendent at Hilands Golf Club in Billings, Mont., since 1991. Previously, he served as the assistant superintendent at Hilands for nine years. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Eastern Montana College in Billings.

A 32-year member of GCSAA, Grass is also a member and past president of the Peaks & Prairies GCSA. He serves on several local community and school committees as well.

A native of Mankato, Minn., Grass and his wife, Charlene, have five children: Jason, Jennifer, Erica, Stephen and Katie.

Director

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John R. Fulling Jr., CGCS, was re-elected to the GCSAA board of directors at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

He was first elected at the 2013 annual meeting in San Diego, and was re-elected at the 2015 meeting in San Antonio.

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 27 years, Fulling has served on numerous GCSAA committees, including the Chapter Relations, Nominating and Strategic Communications committees and, most recently, on 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 currently serves as a committee member for the Michigan Golf Alliance.

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

Director

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Mark F. Jordan, CGCS, was re-elected to the GCSAA board of directors at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

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 Group 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 30-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.

Director

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Kevin Breen, CGCS, is serving the second year of a two-year term on the GCSAA Board of Directors.

Breen was first appointed to the board at the 2015 annual meeting in San Antonio.

Breen, CGCS, 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 26-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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John R.Walker was re-elected to the GCSAA board of directors at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 2017, in Orlando.

Walker is the former director of golf course maintenance at Bentwater Yacht and Country Club in Montgomery, Texas. Previously he served as superintendent at Blackhorse Golf Club in Cypress, Texas; Shadow Hawk Country Club and Houstonian Country Club in Richmond, Texas; Inwood Forest Golf and Country Club in Houston; and Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear, Texas.

He has a bachelor of science degree in agronomy from Texas A&M University.

A 29-year member of GCSAA, Walker has served on numerous GCSAA committees and task groups. He is a member and former president of both the South Texas GCSA and the Lone Star GCSA. He is also a member and serves on the board of directors of the Texas Turfgrass Association.

Walker and his wife, Sharon, have four grandchildren, Haley, Blayne, Clay and Presley, and reside in Katy, Texas.

Director

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Kevin Sunderman was appointed to a one-year term on the GCSAA Board of Directors at the association's annual meeting, Feb. 9, 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 16-year GCSAA member and currently serves 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.

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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J.D. Dockstader is the chief operating officer for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). He joined the executive staff in January 2014 as chief business development officer and has since transitioned into the COO role.

As COO, Dockstader is responsible for developing, implementing and executing key member programs that support the achievement of the association's mission, vision and operational goals, as well as those of GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG). He directs the marketing and brand-building initiatives for the association with an emphasis on increasing greater awareness of GCSAA's critical role among the professional community, the industry and the general public. He also directs international initiatives, as well as new partnerships and business development opportunities for the association

Dockstader has more than 17 years of experience in strategic business development, most recently serving as director of commercial facilities for the city of Mesa, Ariz. Among the facilities under his leadership were Dobson Ranch Golf Course, Mesa Convention Center, Hohokam Stadium (Chicago Cubs), the City Cemetery, and the Mesa Amphitheatre. His past professional experience includes Sprint, UCCU Center and The Grand America Hotel during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. His key roles in notable projects such as the Chicago Cubs' new spring training stadium and decision to remain in Mesa, Ariz., and the 2002 Winter Olympics, demonstrate his leadership skills in negotiation, communication and commitment to inspire others to achieve.

Golf has always been part of Dockstader’s family history and one of his true passions. He spent many summers as a kid helping his grandfather, a golf course superintendent at Preston (Idaho) Golf and Country Club. Dockstader has a bachelor's degree in marketing from Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Originally from Sandy, Utah, Dockstader, his wife, and their four children reside in Olathe, Kansas. He enjoys road and mountain bicycling, golf and camping with family.

Dockstader, an Eagle Scout, has served in several leadership positions within the Boy Scouts of America and held various volunteer coaching positions with youth soccer, basketball and softball. 

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 capacity throughout his tenure at GCSAA while adding other programmatic responsibilities.

Oury is responsible for developing, implementing 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 28-year career in financial management. He also has more than 13 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 maintained its strong financial position. In his role as CFO, Oury has negotiated many advantageous partnerships on behalf of GCSAA with allied golf associations and leading golf industry companies. Oury also provided judicious financial leadership throughout the great recession as expenses were reduced to match lower revenues in a manner that minimized the impact on member programs and services.

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, born Feb. 25, 1962, is originally from Colorado. He and his wife, Shannon, moved to Lawrence in 1999 and have two teenage daughters, Emma and Kate. Active in community organizations, Oury and his family are also outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy biking, kayaking, backpacking and scuba diving among other interests.