PGMS Announces William Douglas as CGM #182

PGMS: Why did you want to become a CGM?
Douglas: Professional growth and being able to network with others within PGMS were my main reasons for wanting to become a CGM.  Being recognized as the 182th CGM adds value to my career within the greens industry.

PGMS: What inspired you to pursue a career in the green industry?
Douglas: I took a position as a seasonal labor with the City of Alexandria VA not knowing anything about the green industry. I was assigned to the athletic field maintenance team. One day my park manager walked on the field and asked did I know what thatch was? No was my answer. He then pulled a plug of turf and proceeded to teach me the different characteristics of turf. From that moment on I have been on a personal and professional journey in the green industry. My journey has yielded me several promotions and a number of certifications. I enjoy helping others in their journey to gain knowledge and growth in the greens industry.

PGMS: What advice do you have for aspiring CGMs?
Douglas: Enjoy the process! Through this process you will find opportunities for personal growth and improvement. Don’t stop here. Continue to gain certifications to further your knowledge and your career.

PGMS: What do you feel is the biggest challenge green industry professionals are facing today?
Douglas: I think that whether you are working in the private sector or with a government agency one of the biggest challenges is finding and retaining personnel. Once hired, ensuring that you keep your staff engaged is tough. You have to find ways to motivate and develop core competencies within your staff. Disengaged and poorly trained personnel will not create a culture of excellence.

PGMS: How do you see the future of the grounds industry?
Douglas: With the rapid growth in residential and commercial development their will continue to be a need for aesthetically pleasing landscaping and playable spaces for the community to enjoy. Finding a more ecofriendly way to maintain these spaces will help the green industry continue to evolve, while being good stewards of the environment and ecosystem.

PMGS: What are your favorite aspects of working in the green industry?
Douglas: I enjoy working outdoors, creating visually enjoyable surroundings, maintaining open space and athletic fields. This provides community with safe, open and playable spaces which supports healthy living.

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