William Nauroth, GCSAA, CGIA
Founder/Co-President/Agronomist, Western Region
Education: South Dakota State University, Park Management
Experience: Over 35 Years in Golf Course Maintenance & Construction
Bill possesses experience in all facets of course maintenance and construction. A former Superintendent, Regional Superintendent and Director of Agronomy for the world’s largest golf course management company, he oversaw the maintenance of 64 golf courses from the central U.S. to the west coast.
Bill’s expertise includes the construction of several new golf courses, numerous renovations and experience in the construction of clubhouses, maintenance buildings and cart facilities. He has recruited some of the finest superintendents in the industry and helped them become leaders in their field. He provides training and mentorship to build solid relationships and establish efficient, results-producing systems.
Throughout his career, Bill has been praised for maintaining the highest standards of turf quality and course conditions. He has also been involved in PGA, LPGA and USGA tour events.
Dean Wochaski, CGCS
Founder/Co-President/Agronomist, Eastern Region
Education: Michigan State University, Turfgrass Management
Experience: 35 Plus Years in Golf Course Maintenance & Construction
Dean has held the positions of Superintendent, Regional Superintendent and Director of Agronomy for the world’s largest golf course management company, overseeing 63 golf courses in the eastern U.S.
Dean has a proven track record of superior turf quality and maintenance standards. He has managed several maturation projects with notable architects including Jack Nicklaus and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
Dean has served five years on the Greater Cincinnati Superintendents Association including a term as president. His passion to train and educate as well as his attention to detail have always been a strong focus.
Dean believes building a partnership-relationship fosters a successful working environment, balancing vision and objectives with fiscal responsibility. His proven track record both in hiring and developing superintendents on the East Coast has earned him the respect amongst his peers in the industry.
Steve Schendel, GCSAA
Vice President/Agronomist, Midwest Region
Education: Illinois State University, Commercial Recreation, Park Administration
Experience: 30 years in Golf Course Maintenance/Training and Development
Steve has worked in many areas in turfgrass maintenance over the past 28 years. During his career he held the position of Superintendent for over 9 years, then became Regional Superintendent and a Director of Agronomy for 26 properties with a large management company. His experience includes working with private clubs as well as public golf courses and municipalities.
Steve has been very active in hiring, training and developing superintendents and assistant superintendents and has helped well over 100 in the field develop and progress in their careers in turfgrass management. Well rounded in the golf course industry, he has built great relationships with golf course owners, landlords and key personnel at the properties. With this diverse background, he recognizes the need for individualized programs while utilizing common practices that are key to providing agronomic and financial success for his clients and their properties.
Steve realizes the foundation of any good agronomic program starts with sound standards. Utilizing effective scheduling and training as well as strong relationships with vendors at national and regional/local levels, he is able to help clients and owners provide the best course conditions and value in their respective markets.
David Downing II, CGCS, Past GCSAA President
Vice President / Agronomist, Southeast Region
Education: Penn State University, Turfgrass Management
Experience: 35 years in Golf Course Maintenance
David is a dynamic executive with over 33 years of experience leading companies and facilities in the golf industry. Dave is passionate about the game, business and sustainability of golf. His career is noted for his desire to learn and expand his skills in all areas of golf management.
He has served as a golf course superinendent at private clubs, Director of Golf Course Operations for 72 hole facilities, Vice President of Golf Course Operations and Construction, Golf Course Consultant, Director of Golf and President of a golf course managent company. Dave’s diverse experiences are unique to the game of golf.
Dave has overseen construction and grow in of 10 courses with Architects, Davis Love III, Rees Jones, Tom Fazio, Pete Dye, Greg Norman, Willard Byrd, Jeff Brauer and Larry Nelson. He has prepared for 20 professional event of which 11 were televised. Dave has worked and successfully produced superior conditions in nearly every region of the country and has hands on experience with nearly every species of turfgrass used on golf courses today. His reputation has been built on providing terrific putting surfaces on a consistent basis.
Actively serving the game of golf, Dave was President of the GCSAA from 2007-2008. Dave has also served on local chapter boards and is a past President of the Carolinas Chapter of GCSAA. He was also elected to the board of the Myrtle Beach Golf Course Owners Association. Dave is a proponent of golf courses becoming sustainable enterprises that benefit the local community with their positive environmental, economic and social impact.