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Dane Wilson, son of a superintendent, hones his craft at Medinah #2

Posted 07 August 2017 · 837 views

Host John Reitman chats with Dane Wilson, superintendent at Medinah #2 near Chicago, about his internships, career goals, development of his own personal golf course management strategies, and wisdom instilled by his father, Mark Wilson, former superintendent at Valhalla Golf Club and host superintendent of many professional tournaments and events.

 

"My father always told me, 'you can only do better than what your father did'" - Dane Wilson

 




Sam MacKenzie, CGCS: The Value of Different Points of View

Posted 22 June 2017 · 731 views

In this episode of The Ladder, presented by STEC Equipment, John Reitman chats with Sam MacKenzie, CGCS, director of grounds at Olympia Fields Country Club (Olympia Fields, IL), about Sam's career path over the 38 years he has been in turf management.

 

MacKenzie, the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year in 2008, reflects on people who have influenced him and the value in being exposed to different points of view in both turf maintenance and people management... as well as the current state of the industry as a career choice.

 

 




Tom Zoller of Tehāma Golf Club: Fortunate career breaks

Posted 03 March 2017 · 1,726 views

In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Tom Zoller, longtime superintendent and now Managing Director at Tehāma Golf Club (owned by Clint Eastwood) in Carmel, CA.  Zoller relates his experiences growing up and through the ranks of the greenkeeping profession to his current position.

 




The Ladder, with Justin Sims of The Alotian Club

Posted 29 November 2016 · 1,886 views

In this episode of The Ladder, John Reitman chats with Justin Sims, golf course superintendent at The Alotian Club in Roland, AR, about Justin's career path (from college to East Coast Sod in NJ, The Club at Cordillera in CO, The Olympic Club in CA, Victoria National Golf Club in IN, Augusta National Golf Club and finally to Alotian) -- and his quest for varying experiences along the way.

 

Recorded at the recent Northern California Golf Association Assistant Superintendent Boot Camp.

 

Presented by Penn State World Campus.

 




Gavin Dickson: Newly promoted supt at Tehāma Golf Club, Carmel, CA

Posted 10 November 2016 · 729 views

In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Gavin Dickson, newly promoted superintendent at Tehāma Golf Club in Carmel, CA, while at the recent Northern California Golf Association Assistant Superintendent Boot Camp.

 

Topics include when it's time to move on from one position to the next, decision factors involved in making the next career moves, and interviewing tips for securing the job you want.

 




As the Ryder Cup dust settles: Ryan Moy of Hazeltine National Golf Club

Posted 06 October 2016 · 2,398 views

Just days after the Ryder Cup was held at Hazeltine National Golf Club, Peter McCormick chatted with Hazeltine assistant superintendent Ryan Moy, arguably the most famous assistant superintendent in the world this week.

 

Topics ranged from his experience working for Chris Tritabaugh in the years, months and weeks leading up to staging the Ryder Cup event. making the volunteers feel welcome, a few agronomic strategies, fun with coyote decoys and a pink hat, and what's next for Ryan Moy.

 




The Ladder, with Scott Bender, CGCS, of Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort

Posted 21 September 2016 · 1,284 views

 

In this episode of The Ladder, Scott Bender, CGCS, director of engineering and grounds at Marriott's Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington, KY, discusses his keys to career success... ranging from finding a mentor to personal habits and hygiene, learning how to speak well, and always putting on a professional appearance.

 

Hosted by John Reitman, presented by Penn State World Campus.

 




Mike O'Keefe: An international internship is a key differentiator in a tight job market

Posted 19 August 2016 · 1,398 views

In this episode of The Ladder, presented by Penn State World Campus, John Reitman caught up with Mike O'Keeffe, program manager of Ohio State's international internship program, while at the 2016 OSU Turfgrass Field Day.  They chatted about the value of an overseas internship in a tight job market.

 

 

 

 




Dr. Pat Vittum: UMass Green School and Winter Short Course

Posted 13 July 2016 · 1,601 views

 

In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Dr. Pat Vittum of the University of Massachusetts about two "winter" programs offered by UMass/Amherst: the bi-annual 12-day Green School (coming up in October) and the six-week Winter Short Course for turf managers offered in January/February of 2017.

 

Find out how this type of program (among others) can springboard your career in turf management.

 

 

 

 




Amy Wallis, PhD: Leading Across Generations

Posted 16 June 2016 · 882 views

In this episode of The Ladder, presented by Penn State World Campus, John Reitman chats with Dr. Amy Wallis of the Wake Forest University School of Business about how superintendents can adapt their leadership skills to the needs of those staff members older and younger than themselves.

 








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