FMC Corporation recently announced that its board of directors elected Mark Douglas as president and chief executive officer of FMC, effective June 1. Pierre Brondeau will continue to serve as chairman and CEO through May 31, at which time he will become executive chairman and remain a member of the board.
Douglas “has been a trusted partner during a period of significant change,” Brondeau said. “During the last decade, Mark has been engaged on every major decision and strategic action we pursued to transform FMC into a high-growth agricultural sciences company. His more than 30 years of global business and operational experience in the chemical industry, including most of the last 10 years leading FMC’s agricultural business, makes him ideally suited as our next CEO.”
Vincent Volpe, lead independent director on the FMC board, said the company’s performance and business results during Brondeau’s tenure have been dramatic.
“Upon his arrival in 2010, Pierre saw the significant growth potential of FMC and charted a new course that would eventually transform the company. His vision reshaped nearly every aspect of the enterprise, including the business portfolio, operating structure, and a culture of high performance,” Volpe said. “A decade of results speak for themselves: More than a dozen acquisitions and divestitures; two of the largest transactions in company history, including the 2017 acquisition of a majority of DuPont's crop protection assets; total shareholder return of more than 325 percent; nearly 90 percent reduction in the company's recordable injury rate; and the transformation into a leading, global crop protection innovator.”
Douglas is already FMC president and CEO-elect. He will work with Brondeau and the board during the next five months on an orderly transition. The board expects to nominate Douglas for election as a board director at the April annual meeting of stockholders.
Billy Casper Golf marked its 30th anniversary by adding 19 golf courses to its portfolio during a banner 2019.
Among the larger privately-owned golf course management companies in the United States, Billy Casper Golf continued its strategic growth by improving the financial results of public, private and municipal golf courses through first-class customer service, proprietary marketing technologies, and best-practices crafted from three decades of operational success.
“Welcoming to our ‘herd’ 19 exceptional golf courses is truly something special,” Billy Casper Golf president Alex Elmore said. “Our growth in 2019 is a direct reflection of each employee’s commitment to creating the greatest team in golf.”
The list of new courses includes:
- Alhambra Golf Course, Alhambra, California
- Arlington Ridge Golf Course, Leesburg, Florida
- Blue Cypress Golf Course, Jacksonville, Florida
- Brickshire Golf Club, Providence Forge, Virginia
- Bucknell Golf Club, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
- Dave White Municipal Golf Course, Casa Grande, Arizona
- English Turn Golf and Country Club, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Kinston Country Club, Kinston, North Carolina
- Meadowcreek Golf Course, Charlottesville, Virginia
- Raintree Golf and Event Center, Uniontown, Ohio
- Raritan Landing Golf Course, Piscataway, New Jersey
- Spring Creek Golf Club, Zions Crossroads, Virginia
- Stonetree Golf Club, Killeen, Texas
- Tamarack Golf Course, East Brunswick, New Jersey
- Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club, San Antonio, Florida
- The Meadows at Middlesex Golf Course, Plainsboro, New Jersey
- The Ocean Course at Hokuala, Lihue, Hawaii
- The Ridge Golf and Event Center, Auburn, California
- Willowick Golf Course, Santa Ana, California
At the turn of the last year, our Superintendent Radio Network featured a single podcast — a single excellent podcast in Tartan Talks, hosted so well by editor Guy Cipriano just about every month for almost four years now, but still just a single podcast.
At the turn of this new year — and the start of a new roaring ’20s — SRN features four podcasts, a new one almost every week, with focuses spread across this great game. The time seemed right to expand — I am a bit of a podcast evangelist who listens to … a lot of different podcasts — with more than half of all Americans having listened to a podcast and almost a quarter of us listening to something every week, according to the most recent edition of the annual Podcast Consumer report from Edison Research. (And did you know more than half of us have listened to a podcast while driving? The study didn’t differentiate between driving trucks, cars or, uh mowers, so we’re going to just assume mowers were considered.)
We hope you’ve already dived into some new episodes. In case you haven’t, here’s a quick primer on the roster:
Off the Course will open each month with one long conversation focused on anything on the life end of the ever-precarious life-work balance. Consider it an escape from the next task at hand. Our first episodes have featured TPC Deere Run’s Alex Stuedemann talking about his skin care regimen, Georgia Southern University’s Patrick Reinhardt sharing the story of his son’s ultra-rare kidney disorder and the support provided by the Wee One Foundation, and Panorama’s Steve Gilley going back to his decade-plus trying to crack the PGA Tour. We hope this podcast adds to the excellent industry conversation about health, both physical and mental, and that it highlights life.
Guy and I visit a lot of golf courses (somewhere between five and six dozen between the two of us just last year, most of them by Guy) and we never seem to have enough time to write about all of them, which is why we launched Greens with Envy. Part travelogue, part buddy comedy, Greens is our opportunity to share our road stories and recap the best about what we’ve seen and heard — and sometimes even played. We’ve already covered courses in Arizona, Canada, Colorado, the Carolinas and West Virginia, which isn’t even scratching the surface. There are so many more great courses we want to check out and talk about in 2020 and beyond.
Beyond the Page provides more context and more details about some of the stories included every month in the magazine — because sometimes even 3,000 or 4,000 words aren’t enough to really go as deep as needed. It won’t be an audio version of each issue but rather a complement to columns, cover stories and other features that we hope stick with you long after you shelve (or, teardrop, pitch) your GCIs. November cover subject Drew Miller joined us for the first episode to talk more about building a great high school turfgrass program, Judd Spicer has shared more Las Vegas stories, and columnists Matthew Wharton and Tim Moraghan have picked up the phone to go beyond the limitations of their single page.
And, of course, the SRN OG Tartan Talks is still running strong, wrapping up every month with a conversation with a member of the ASGCA. Guy’s passion for golf course architecture is evident in every episode, and we hope our passion for the game — and, more important, for you — is evident every episode of every podcast.
New episodes will drop at noon Tuesdays (and occasionally a little earlier) on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and wherever else you listen to podcasts — and, always, on golfcourseindustry.com (just click the Media tab). We’re also planning to produce other topical- and event-driven podcasts throughout the year. Our commitment to the printed page remains as strong as ever. The magazine remains our sun, the life-giving globe around which everything else revolves. Our podcasts are like little stars, so bright and unknown, and full of promise.
Matt LaWell is Golf Course Industry’s managing editor.