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Carlos Arraya: Pillar Management at Bellerive Country Club

Posted 22 February 2018 · 715 views

In this episode of The Ladder, presented by STEC Equipment, host John Reitman chats with Carlos Arraya of Bellerive Country Club about his career path, team building at Bellerive through Pillar Management, and fostering staff development through one-on-one "weeklies".


Carlos also discusses the benefit of giving up some management control to others and letting them make decisions. "It's amazing how much we can get done, and how much it improves everyones work/life balance."


Jared Weight of Muirfield Village Golf Club

Posted 10 November 2017 · 2,013 views

In this episode of The Ladder, host John Reitman chats with Jared Weight, assistant superintendent at Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, OH, about his career path, working with Paul B. Latshaw and Chad Mark, and golf course conditioning in Pittsburgh... among others.


Presented by STEC Equipment.


Anthony Williams, CGCS, on the changing role of assistants

Posted 27 September 2017 · 1,311 views

In this episode of The Ladder, presented by STEC Equipment, host John Reitman chats with Anthony Williams, CGCS, of TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, TX. The conversation revolves around the role of the assistant superintendent and how it has changed dramatically over the past twenty years.


A former TurfNet Superintendent of the Year, Anthony joined TPC Four Seasons after a 30-year career with Marriott Hotels, where he received Marriott's highest honor the J.W. Marriott Award of Excellence. Anthony was responsible for 36 holes of golf at the Stone Mountain Golf Club and was also the arborist for 3,200 acres of Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, GA.


He is an accomplished speaker and writer, and also a 9th degree black belt in martial arts.



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

Posted 07 August 2017 · 1,996 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 · 1,528 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 · 2,458 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 · 2,664 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 · 1,055 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 · 3,105 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 · 2,028 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.


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