Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Attack of the Killer Team of Columnists!

Feedback is a wonderful thing...and we get lots of it. It's not unusual to get a pile of e-mails whenever we run an interesting piece about the inner workings of the business or a major industry trend. Those types of features are always well read, turf articles are great and the operational profiles are dynamite...but the columns we run are what really seem to engage readers.

And why wouldn't they? I will say with absolutely no modesty whatsoever that we have an amazing group of columnists and contributors. Every month, we deliver opinions, ideas and the occasional punch in the gut from Tim Moraghan, Brian Vinchesi, Monroe Miller, Terry Buchen, Jeff Brauer, various guest columnists and even little old me. (BTW, each of our regulars has their own page on the fabulous GCI on any name above to check out their archives, biography and contact info.)

We're also very proud that Bruce Williams has become a featured contributor to the magazine. Bruce is, quite simply, the man. Legendary superintendent at Chicago's famed Bob O'Link and the one-and-only Los Angeles CC, son of a superintendent, past president of GCSAA, speaker, teacher, consultant, communicator and the go-to guy for all things related to high-end jobs in this business. Bruce's piece on negotiating last fall was just outstanding and brought forth tons of response. Next month, he writes on how superintendents can deal with club politics. This might be the single best article I've seen in 25 years in this business. I suspect it's something many of you will read, re-read, cut out and keep.

I'm equally proud to say that Dennis Lyon, another legend, past president, longtime honcho of Aurora, Colo.'s golf division and good friend will join our team of columnists next month. Dennis plans to devote his column to management, the "big picture" of the business, public/government golf and the future of the industry. Did I mention Dennis just won the USGA Green Section Award? Did I mention that Dennis is just a great, all-around straight shooter?

Our goal at GCI is simple: we will provide our readers with the unvarnished truth so they can enjoy bettter careers and lives. Keep the feedback coming and let us know if we're doing that.

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