PGMS Announces 2020 Board

Gerry Dobbs, CGM of Rancho Cordova, CA 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 Thursday, Oct. 17 in conjunction with the 2019 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO in Louisville, KY, Oct. 15-18.

The 98th grounds management professional to hold the office, Dobbs succeeds Jeff McManus, CGM as the chief elected officer of the over 100-year-old green industry organization.

In addition to Dobbs, PGMS members elected Mark Feist of American University in Washington, D.C. as their president-elect. Joe Kovolyan, CGM, CSFM of Tacoma, WA was elected vice-president and Bruce De Vrou, CGM of Spectrum Health Hospitals in Grand Rapids, MI was elected as treasurer.

The Regional Directors are as follows: North East Regional Director, Ryan McCaughey, CGM of The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA; North Central Regional Director, Kevin Mercer, CGM of Denison University in Granville, OH; Northwest Regional Director, Mike Beaulieu of Central Oregon Community College in Bend, OR; South East Regional Director, Brandon Haley, CGM of Moody, AL; South Central Regional Director, Philip Dierker, CGM of Rice University in Houston, TX; and Southwest Regional Director, Sandra Obenour-Dowd of the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

Directors-at-Large include: Jenny Gulick of Urban Canopy Works, LLC in Union, KY; Roger Connor, CGM of Duke University in Durham, NC; and Jared Rudy, CGM of the Villanova University in Villanova, PA.

Mark Schmidt, Ph.D of John Deere in Moline, IL and Warren Gorowitz of Hunter Industries in San Marcos, CA will serve as the Supplier Member Representatives.

PGMS leaders are already at work planning the 2020 School of Grounds Management, which will take place in Louisville, KY, Oct. 20 – 23, 2020 in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO.