PGMS Announces Eric Andrews As CGM #183

PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
Andrews: I wanted to become a CGM to better myself professionally and to acquire a clear understanding of all the everyday activities that I complete as a Grounds Manager. The CGM opportunity along with other CGM’s advice drove my desire to complete the certification.

PGMS: What inspired you to pursue a career in the Green Industry?
Andrews: As a kid I always loved being and working in the outdoors. That passion for being outside drove me to Delaware Valley University where I earned my degree in Ornamental Horticulture (Class 1997 Go Aggies). While in my tenure at Delaware Valley University I worked on the Grounds crew throughout the year and in the summers solidifying my desire to become a Grounds Manager (Thanks Tim). This summer work ultimately offered me a chance at real time employment with the University where I experienced many situations through the years and was able to develop relationships with industry professionals and critique my own theories and beliefs to use in my professional situations. These were just the beginning stages of developing myself as a professional and leader in the Green Industry. Still today I look back at those experiences and relationships I developed there that make me want to better myself as an Individual, a Leader and a Grounds Manager.

PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGM’s?
Andrews: The best advice I could give is pass along what other CGM’s relayed to me when I was discussing my interest in the Certification. Just take the time to do it. What you will are able to learn from the process will make you a better professional and Grounds Manager. The skills and practices that you review will make your knowledge and understanding of the Green Industry become clear and benefit you throughout your professional career.

PGMS: How did your mentor help you along the way?
Andrews: My mentor was a pivotal part of my CGM. From reviewing my presentation along the way or just discussing thoughts and theories on the layout it was good to have someone who has experienced it before to ask questions and get information from.

PGMS: What challenges have you faced in your professional career that helped you through the process?
Andrews: Our whole life itself is a challenge of learning and experience. It’s how we use this information to better ourselves and the people around us. The many years as a Grounds Manager I have had has given me the ability to be confident in what I do and confident in planning and presenting the PGMS certification.

PGMS: What are your favorite aspects of working in the Green Industry.
Andrews: Seeing the natural succession of our work is the most rewarding. The beauty that we can provide to the world through any of the 4 seasons makes an impact. With these changeovers we affect people in different ways and in return we build relationships in life that better us as individuals and professionals.

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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