The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced that Brett McNish, CGM, supervisory horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has become the 168th grounds management professional to successfully complete its Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program.
PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
McNish: The CGM distinction adds a level of integrity and seriousness to the profession that I found to be important for my job and supports the mission of Smithsonian Gardens.
PGMS: How has the CGM program helped you further your career?
McNish: It’s a bit early to tell, but I anticipate the CGM will communicate to others that I take my career seriously.
PGMS: What do you feel is the biggest challenge green industry professionals are facing today?
McNish: From my perspective, it’s integrating environmentally responsible operations while balancing budget pressures and customer expectations.
PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGMs?
McNish: Don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity. The CGM process is a brilliant tool to deeply analyze your program, anticipate issues, and consider ways to improve operations. The mentor feature is an excellent part of the program as you’ll be connected with a fellow professional which will help build your green industry network. Lastly, a year is given to complete the program –and the time goes by quickly! Plan accordingly to give yourself and mentor enough time for review and edits.
PGMS: What are your favorite aspects of working in the green industry?
McNish: My favorite aspect of gardening is creatively utilizing art, history, and science to inspire the Smithsonian’s 30 million annual visitors.