PGMS Announces Michael Gaudin CGM #179

PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
Gaudin: I became a Certified Grounds Manager to further my knowledge in my profession, as well as in current techniques and equipment. Also, PGMS gives you the ability and tools to set up a network of peers for insight, advice, exchange of ideas and help who are in similar situations.

PGMS: What inspired you to pursue a career in the green industry?
Gaudin: When I was 16 I took on a summer job at Worlds of Fun, a local amusement park, as a groundskeeper. While working there I discovered that I enjoyed working with flowers. I continued working at Worlds of Fun for 5 more seasons, and then followed my supervisor to Children’s Mercy Hospital over 20 years ago in the landscaping field. While under my previous supervisor, I began to learn and investigate all I could about turf, trees and shrubs. I am currently the Lead at another campus and have continued to quench my thirst for knowledge by learning and instilling sustainable landscapes. I enjoy landscaping because there’s always something new to learn. That’s what really inspired me to pursue a career in the green industry.

PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGMs?
Gaudin: My advice is to learn as much as you can about the green industry and then develop your own personal program. I have grown and developed my own program at my current campus, different than the one that brought me into the profession. Keep digging for answers and more sustainable alternatives. And always encourage your team to keep the standards you have established.

PGMS: How did your mentor help you along the way?
Gaudin: My mentor was able to help me mold my presentation into something that was more comprehensive. Working outside in the element is much different than putting together a presentation. He encouraged me to really dig deep and go through every aspect of my program, to explain it to someone who hasn’t been to my site, or may not know all the details I need to be successful.

PGMS: How do you think having the CGM designation will help you professionally?
Gaudin: The CGM designation will assist with working with contractors. I am brought in for meetings when it comes to new construction around the hospital and their plans for landscaping. This certification gives me equal footing when discussing these plans. It will also expand my network, giving me more options and information sources when making changes or researching new ideas.

To learn more about how you can obtain the Certified Grounds Manager certification click here or e-mail us at info@pgms.org.

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