Green Start Academy application period begins

Green Start Academy application period begins

Annual program to help assistant superintendents develop and advance accepting applications through June 28.

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June 5, 2019

John Deere Golf and Bayer are accepting applications for the 14th annual Green Start Academy through June 28 through the program’s website.

Green Start Academy is open to assistant superintendents from the United States and Canada who want to advance their careers. Opportunities to develop critical business skills, expand business networks and learn from notable industry experts are provided throughout the two-day event held each October in North Carolina.

“Green Start Academy offers an opportunity for assistant superintendents to get invaluable facetime with notable industry professionals,” John Deere Golf tactical marketing manager Ren Wilkes said. “Since 2005, John Deere has taken great pride in contributing to the next generation of superintendents through this program. The relationships created during GSA last a lifetime, and our alumni are a testament to the success of the event.” 

Those selected will be notified during the week of Aug. 5 and will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Raleigh, N.C. area. The event will take place Oct. 23-25 at the Bayer Development and Training Center in Clayton, the John Deere Turf Care factory in nearby Fuquay-Varina and John Deere headquarters in Cary.

“Green Start Academy was designed to cultivate skills in budgeting, leadership and management,” said Mike Hirvela, customer marketing manager, Golf for Bayer.  “In addition, Green Start Academy provides a venue for networking and peer-to-peer interaction. We’re honored to help assistants grow their roles as future leaders of golf course management.”