Monday, March 30, 2009

IGM Appoints Robert Diebold to West Coast Regional Manager

International Golf Maintenance a world leader in golf course maintenance is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Diebold to West Coast Regional Manager. Within his division, Mr. Diebold will be responsible for managing IGM’s west coast business unit dedicated to golf course maintenance. “Robert’s ability to provide excellent service and his capacity to work well with our golf course superintendents makes him the right choice for this position. In addition, his appointment to a regional role strengthens our ability to grow our business in this key area,” said Steve Gano, Vice President of Operations.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why outsource golf course maintenance with IGM?

The golf industry is not the same as it was 10 to 15 years ago. Owners can no longer "build it, and they will come." It is a business, and trusting the maintenance of this great asset to a team of professionals has never made better business sense. With IGM, you can fix your golf course maintenance budget so that you can accurately project expenditures, unload your maintenance headaches, enjoy the synergy of a team and their unlimited resources, experience superior staff training, take pleasure in an enhanced environmental awareness on your property, and benefit from an extraordinary value. IGM's business is golf course maintenance!

For more information on IGM and the professional golf course services offered, please contact the IGM Business Development Office at 800-413-5500 or on the web at

Monday, March 23, 2009

Tips for Waste Reduction & Recycling

Being careful about what you buy, consume, and throw away may not seem all that exciting even for the most committed environmental steward. But efficient daily practices and a little old fashioned common sense are good for the environment and your bottom line. Use this checklist to see how many waste management and recycling practices you’ve implemented. Then make a plan of action to expand your efforts.
  • Make waste reduction a priority in the way you manage your business/school/golf course/cemetery/home.
  • Measure the volume or weight of the garbage you generate and set measurable reduction targets.
  • Evaluate the waste you generate to identify and reduce your greatest sources of waste.
  • Reject wasteful consumption by carefully considering what you need and buying products that last.
  • Purchase products with minimal packaging or packaging that can be recycled, or buy in bulk.
  • Eliminate unnecessary paper consumption by posting office announcements in central locations, using e-mail, sharing and circulating documents, and using two-sided copies.
  • Encourage the use of cloth napkins, cloth lunch bags, sponges/dish rags, reusable plates, and reusable coffee filters instead of paper alternatives.
  • Reuse shipping and packing materials, draft paper, and interoffice envelopes that would normally be disposed of after one use.
  • Repair or donate older or unwanted equipment and household goods to local charitable groups, rather than dispose of them.
  • Purchase durable furniture and equipment or products made of recycled material to reduce waste from inferior products.
  • Purchase recycled or refillable products instead of one-time use office supply products (e.g., refillable tape dispensers, laser cartridges, typewriter ribbons, pens, reusable coffee mugs).
  • Purchase recycled paper products, such as copy paper, printed materials, bathroom tissue, etc.
  • Choose recycled paper for printed materials such as brochures, annual reports and marketing materials.
  • Set up a recycling program that includes collection and recycling of paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, tin, and plastic.
  • Set up recycling receptacles with well-written instructions in convenient locations to encourage employee and guest use. Actively encourage participation in recycling efforts and strive for at least 75%participation.
  • Compost outdoor wastes such as grass clippings, leaves, and tree limbs, on site, or send them to local composting facilities.

For more information and to find out how you can participate on golf and the environment, visit

Thursday, March 19, 2009

IGM Recognized at Audubon Event

IGM joined other industry leaders in being recognized at the Audubon International Champions of Golf Event. The event recognized certified members and supporters of the Golf & The Environment initiative. The event held at the Audubon Nature Institute was attended by IGM Team members (from left to right) Steve Gano, Melanie Mark, Robert Diebold, Greg Plotner, Brad Rook and Tyler Minamyer.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program. For more information on golf and the environment, visit

For more information on IGM and the professional golf course services offered, please contact the IGM Business Development Office at 800-413-5500 or on the web at

Monday, March 16, 2009

March Milestones

We would like to recognize the following team members who have demonstrated their continued commitment to excellence and have reached important milestones with IGM.
9 Years of Service
Mack Layman - Equipment Technician - IGM at Hunting Hills
Kent Crouch - Superintendent - IGM at Hunting Hills
4 Years of Service
Chester Guzek - Superintendent - IGM at Lake of the Woods
Robert Diebold - Director of Maint - IGM at SilverStone
3 Years of Service
Brian Kinney – Superintendent – IGM at Heritage Greens
2 Years of Service
Tim Druan – Equipment Technician – IGM at Widows Walk
Martin Soria – Irrigation Tech – IGM at Ridgewood Lakes
Jennifer Bogucki – Exec Assistant – IGM Corporate Office
1 Year of Service
Sean Gillen – Assistant Superintedent – IGM at Sandridge
Aaron Parker – Equipment Tech – IGM at Spessard Holland

Thanks to each of you for your efforts in making IGM the leader in the golf maintenance industry. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Art Hampton Promoted to Director of Golf Course Maintenance

We would like to congratulate Art Hampton. Art has been promoted to the position of Director of Golf Course Maintenance for ChampionsGate Golf Resort. Art is very deserving of this opportunity and we are certain that he will be successful in his new position. Best of luck to Art and the entire ChampionsGate Team.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

March Birthdays

Members of the IGM Team with March birthdays:

Ed Royland – Equipment Technician – IGM at Highland Fairways
Patrick Thwaites – Assistant Superintendent – IGM at Silver Dollar
Roger Arthur – Office Staff – IGM at Spessard Holland
Tim Sweet – Superintendent – IGM at Silver Dollar
Ruben Cortes – Assistant Superintendent – IGM at Savannahs
Darryl Watkins – Irrigation Technician – IGM at Highland Lakes
Todd Wigington – Superintendent – IGM at Country Creek
Guadalupe Duran – Equipment Technician – IGM at ViewPoint
Alexis Padilla – Crew Leader – IGM at ChampionsGate
Brian Kinney – Superintendent – IGM at Heritage Greens
David Souder – Equipment Technician – IGM at Sandridge
Darin Pakkala – Director of Maintenance – IGM at ViewPoint
Ricardo Pascual – Irrigation Technician – IGM at Brays Island
Jos Elacqua – Equipment Technician – IGM at Silver Dollar
Bernabe Matias – Equipment Technician – IGM at ChampionsGate
Tim Druan – Equipment Technician – IGM at Widows Walk

We wish each of you a very Happy Birthday!

Monday, March 2, 2009

IGM Completes Arizona Course Pump Station Replacement

The IGM Team recently completed the replacement of the primary pump station for ViewPoint Golf Resort in Mesa, Arizona. The station replacement is part of a golf course improvement plan developed and being implemented by IGM.

“We partnered with Rain Bird and the ViewPoint property maintenance team to complete the project. As part of the project the station enclosure was painted, decomposed granite laid and a sun canopy installed” commented Darin Pakkala, Director of Maintenance for IGM at ViewPoint. He went on to say “Not only does the new station help ensure the consistency of course conditions with dependable water delivery but with VFD technology it also serves to reduce energy usage and overall operating costs.”