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Melrose Equipment Management Experience

The Melrose Equipment Management Experience supports the professional development needs of GCSAA golf course equipment manager members by providing select individuals the opportunity to attend the Golf Industry Show.

Applications for the 2020 Experience are now closed.

The experience is open to applicants who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a current Class EM member in good standing. .
  • Must not have attended the Golf Industry Show in any of the previous two years prior to selection into the program (San Diego 2019 or San Antonio 2018).
  • Past recipients are not eligible.
  • Active Equipment Manager Task Group volunteers are not eligible.
  • EM members working for current members of the GCSAA Board of Directors or the EIFG Board of Trustees and immediate family of GCSAA staff members shall not be eligible.

The history

The Melrose Equipment Management Experience was established in 2019 by Ken Melrose, retired CEO and chairman of the board of The Toro Co., and is supported by a $1 million gift to the EIFG from The Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. This program will have a positive impact for each equipment manager selected and ultimately, the game of golf.

The program

While at the education conference, class members will attend sessions that could be hosted by golf’s industry leaders, such as Melrose, CEOs of golf’s leading associations and recognized within the profession and the game. The event will also allow opportunities to network with GCSAA leadership, industry leaders and certified peers at various roundtables, receptions and events. The academy will offer a variety of education sessions that could include:

  • Risk management (health, safety, and environmental compliance)
  • Efficient operations and diagnostics  (equipment maintenance, budgeting and staff)
  • Fleet management and mowing technology
  • Leadership and business training

To demonstrate a continuation of their education following the Golf Industry Show, class members will receive communications recommending specific education, tools and resources offered by GCSAA to keep these individuals motivated and engaged.

The benefits

Class members will receive the following:

  • Golf Industry Show full package registration
  • Education and leadership sessions
  • Airfare
  • Five nights hotel accommodations
  • $200 spending money
  • Financial support to complete the Equipment Management Certificate Program (EMCP) Level 1 and 2 exams.

Selection process

The selection process is designed to provide a class representative of the diverse elements of the GCSAA membership. The selection criteria will take into account qualifications, interest, financial need, and to the extent possible, less experienced equipment managers who will benefit most from the educational opportunity. Applicants should be able to demonstrate motivation to advance in their career. Work experience, scope of personal interests, level of community involvement, and recognition of leadership abilities through receipt of honors/awards may also have significant impact in the final selection process.