PGMS Announces Daniel Roush as CGM #171

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced that Daniel Roush, CGM, Park Manager of the City of Alexandria, Va. has become the 171st grounds management professional to successfully complete its Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program.

PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
Roush: I have been in the park maintenance field for over 9 years; I have attended many classes and certification programs.  The CGM program has a total view or perspective on park maintenance.  You learn to look at grounds management as individual task, but also how they are all intertwined.

PGMS: How has the CGM program helped you further your career?
Roush: The CGM program has taught me to look at all aspects of park and facility maintenance.

PGMS: What challenges have you faced in your professional career that helped you through the process?
Roush: With the changing fiscal environment and customer expectations, I have been forced to rethink the way things are done, improve and streamline all of our maintenance processes.

PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGMs?
Roush: The best advice I can give for someone aspiring to become a CGM is to look at all the details and never give up.

PGMS: What inspired you to pursue a career in the green industry?
Roush: After spending 15 years in the remodeling industry I decided that I needed a career change.  Somewhere I could enjoy being outside and interacting with people.  Since I had kids that were into sports and growing up in a family that enjoyed nature, I decided to pursue a career in parks.

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