Friday, February 25, 2011

Golf Ventures Wins 2010 Jacobsen Dealer of the Year Award for North America

Golf Ventures was awarded the Jacobsen 2010 Dearler of the Year Award for North America. This prestigious award was presented at the Jacobsen Annual Dearler Meeting on Tuesday February 8th during GIS Show Week.

The award is based on criteria that involves not only an increase in sales but also Parts, Marketing, Service, and Support.

The award was presented to Walt McMahon, Executive Vice President of Golf Ventures. Walt has been with Golf Ventures for 17 years and in the golf industry for over 30 years.

Golf Ventures is celebrating their 25th year in business and have been a Jacobsen Dealer for 16 years.

Golf Ventures is proud of this award and thanks their customers and entire Golf Ventures Team for the support and dedication.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Different View

By Mike Kuhn
IGM Golf Course Superintendent

After working for three years as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent with a different golf course maintenance company at Brays Island Plantation, I was informed that the contract had expired and would not be renewed. I was shocked to say the least. It was then that I learned that International Golf Maintenance had been signed on to conduct the maintenance operations. As can be expected I had many concerns. Would I still have a job and if so, what challenges would arise during the transition between the two companies? To what extent was IGM committed to providing quality golf course conditions and how were they prepared to deliver these conditions? In a very short time IGM answered these questions for me and I must say that I was more than pleasantly surprised!

The transition was smoother than I ever expected. IGM retained all the employees and the HR staff worked diligently to incorporate everyone into the new system. Upper level management spent numerous hours on site to ensure that the quality of the golf course never wavered during the transition process and a new sense of teamwork was established.

With IGM’s buying power and nationwide relationships, it was quickly realized that more resources could be used on the golf course with lesser associated costs. This was soon evident as playing conditions greatly improved. Having a large pool of talent and experience within the company allowed us to solve some historical problems at the facility. Help was and is always a quick phone call away.

Working for IGM has exceeded all of my expectations and I am proud of the services we provide for our clients on a daily basis!

Mike is the Golf Course Superintendent for IGM at Lake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Virginia. He attended Penn State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography. He continued his education at Horry-Georgetown Technical College where he received an Associate Degree in Golf Course Management.

Friday, February 11, 2011

February Anniversaries

We would like to recognize the following team members who have demonstrated their continued commitment to excellence and have reached important milestones with IGM.

7 Years
Darin Pakkala - Superintendent - IGM at ViewPoint
6 Years
Mike Fontaine - Superintendent - IGM at The Ledges
Anothony Huseman - Crew Foreman - IGM at ChampionsGate
5 Years
Jose Tumax - Equipment Technician - IGM at Grand Palms
3 Years
Elizabeth Reyes - Crew Foreman - IGM at ChampionsGate
Thanks to each of you for your efforts in making IGM the leader in the golf maintenance industry. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Friday, February 4, 2011

February Birthdays

Members of the IGM Team with February birthdays:

Tommy Coffey - Superintendent - IGM at Grand Palms
Nicholas Masters - Assistant Superintendent - IGM at Sebastian
Elizabeth Reyes - Crew Foreman - IGM at ChampionsGate
Nathaniel Evans - Assistant Mechanic - IGM at Sandridge
Jeffrey Coe - Spray Technician - IGM at ChampionsGate
Brian Certo - Assistant Superintendent - IGM at Heritage Greens
Winfield Yount - Superintendent - IGM at Sandridge
Henry Oertel - Equipment Technician - IGM at The Ledges

We wish each of you a very Happy Birthday!