Chief Operating Officer
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.