GCSAA appoints Kevin Sunderman COO

After nearly two decades as a golf course superintendent, Kevin P.SundermanCGCS, has been appointed chief operating officer of GCSAA.

Sunderman comes to GCSAA uniquely qualified for the position, with more than 19 years of professional golf course management experience, prior experience in the financial services industry, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in turf management and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of South Florida.

He recently spent 17 years at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he was grounds manager. He previously served as superintendent at Whetstone Golf Club in Caledonia, Ohio, and assistant superintendent at TPC at Prestancia in Sarasota, Florida; Snee Farm Country Club in Mount Pleasant, SC; and East Lake Woodlands Country Club in Oldsmar, Florida. Over the course of his career, Sunderman has developed his skills beyond professional golf course management by leading several long-term strategic planning initiatives and gaining financial management experience as a Series 7 Certified Financial Advisor.

After six years on the GCSAA Board, Sunderman has had extensive exposure to the GCSAA Headquarters team, including working with the GCSAA Conference and Trade Show, corporate partners, l education, diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, advocacy, environmental programs and GCSAA. Foundation.

“When the opportunity presented itself to Kevin to join the GCSAA team, we knew we had found our next COO,” said the CEO of GCSAA. Rhett Evans said. “His knowledge of GCSAA and the industry, business acumen and leadership skills provide the association with a quick transition that will prove advantageous as we expand and improve the programs and services we offer at our members. All members will continue to benefit from his knowledge, passion and dedication.

Sunderman has been a member of the GCSAA for 21 years and became a certified golf course superintendent in 2019. He is a past president of the Florida GCSA and the Florida West Coast GCSA and has served on various GCSAA national committees. He was first appointed to the GCSAA Board of Directors in 2017, was elected Vice President earlier this year and was appointed GCSAA President in 2023. Sunderman will step down from his position on the Board of Directors. to become chief operating officer. The transition of responsibilities of Sunderman’s Board of Directors and details regarding this process will be announced in future communications.

“I am extremely happy to join GCSAA as COO. Being a member of the association has had a huge impact on my life and career as a golf course superintendent,” Sunderman said. first served on a Chapter Board all the way up to the GCSAA Board of Directors, it has always been about service and leadership. It hasn’t changed. It gives me the opportunity to continue to serve the industry that has meant so much to me in a new way.

Sunderman takes over as outgoing COO Bob Randquist, CGCS, who is retiring October 15 after four and a half years on staff and 46 years as a member of GCSAA. As COO, Sunderman will be responsible for managing a wide and complex range of functions and facilitating multiple projects to achieve the association’s goals. While he will represent GCSAA and maintain relationships with industry and allied partners, his primary focus will be internal stakeholders and being an integral part of the head office culture.

“The past six years on the GCSAA Board of Directors have provided me with valuable opportunities to develop relationships with GCSAA Chapter leaders, as well as to meet, listen to and learn from many members of GCSAA while expanding my knowledge of how GCSAA staff serve our members,” said Sunderman. “As COO, I look forward to using this information to guide the GCSAA team in delivering benefits that will have a real impact on the lives of our members. I appreciate everyone at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club; they are a wonderful group of people who I will truly miss,”

Sunderman, whose family includes his wife, Melanison, Thirtyand daughter, Elise, will relocate from Florida to Kansas for her new role at GCSAA headquarters. He will begin his tenure as COO on November 7.

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