PGMS Announces 2014-2015 Board

BoardwebJohn Burns, CGM (pictured on left in photo) of the University of Texas in Austin was elected and installed as the new president of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) during the Society’s annual awards and induction dinner held on Friday, Oct. 24 in conjunction with the 2014 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 22-25. The 93rd grounds management professional to hold the office, Burns succeeds Walt Bonvell, CGM (pictured on right in photo) as the chief elected officer of the over 100-year-old green industry organization.

In addition to Burns, PGMS members elected John Doiron of Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H. as their president-elect. Marion Bolick, CGM of Collier County – Pelican Bay Services Division in Naples, Fla. was elected vice president and Gerald Landby of Winona State University in Winona, Minn. was elected as treasurer/secretary.

The regional directors are as follows: North East Regional Director, Ted Heywood, CGM of the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; North Central Regional Director, Bruce De Vrou, CGM of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, Mich.; North West Regional Director, Joe Kovolyan of the University of Puget Sound in Takoma Wash.; South East Regional Director, Susan Woodell, CGM of Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.; South Central Regional Director, Joe Payne, CGM of the City of Springfield in Mo.; and South West Regional Director, Gerry Dobbs, CGM of Cordova Recreation and Park District in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Directors at Large include: Cary Avery, CGM of the University of California-Davis in Camino, Calif.; Diana Bramble of Baltimore, Md.; and Jeff McManus, CGM of the University of Mississippi.

Paula Sliefert of The Toro Company in Bloomington, Minn. will serve as the Supplier Member Rep.

Thomas C. Shaner continues to serve the Board as PGMS Executive Director and Stephanie Dodd will serve as the Associate Director. PGMS leaders are already at work planning the 2015 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO which will take place in Louisville, KY., Oct. 21-24, 2015.