EXCEL Leadership Program announces 2020 class

Eight assistant superintendents have been selected for the in-depth professional development program, sponsored by Nufarm.


EXCEL Leadership Program

Eight assistant superintendent members of GCSAA have been chosen for the third class of the EXCEL Leadership Program, which is funded by Nufarm and administered by GCSAA’s philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf.

The EXCEL program offers leadership training for personal, career and community/industry stewardship and is exclusively for assistant superintendents. The name EXCEL represents the education, cross-training, community, encouragement and leadership development the program provides. EXCEL curriculum features two three-day training sessions and a trip to the annual Golf Industry Show for each year of the three-year program cycle.

The 2020 EXCEL Leadership Program class attended this year’s Golf Industry Show Jan. 25-30 in Orlando, Fla., and will participate in National Golf Day 2020 activities in Washington, D.C., May 4-6.

“Assistant superintendents are the upcoming leaders in the industry,” says GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans. “I applaud the members of the EXCEL program’s third class for their efforts to advance their careers, and I enjoyed meeting them in Orlando.”

EXCEL Leadership Program 2020 class

Aaron Butler
Onwentsia Club
Lake Forest, Ill.

Kyle Gentry
Pinehurst No. 2 at Pinehurst Resort
Pinehurst, N.C.

Carey Hofner
The Club at Cordillera
Edwards, Colo.

Kendra Kiss
Magna Golf Club
Aurora, Ontario

Mark Lyon
Teton Pines Resort and Country Club
Jackson, Wyo.

Evan McFadden
Broken Top Club
Bend, Ore.

Nicholas Mortara
Richter Park Golf Course
Danbury, Conn.

Billy Schmohl
Glenwild Golf Club and Spa
Park City, Utah

“We are thrilled to have taken another class of ambitious individuals to the Golf Industry Show,” says Steve Vincent, Nufarm Turf & Ornamental sales manager. “We gathered an excellent group of future leaders who participated in a full agenda of activities at GIS.”

Editor’s note: See the members of the EXCEL Leadership Program’s 2018 class and 2019 class.