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15th Annual Green Start Academy

Starting week of October 12, 2020

Green Start Academy — world-class training for assistant superintendents

Green Start Academy is a leadership and development program co-hosted by Bayer and John Deere. This year, to manage the health, safety and well-being of our attendees during this dynamic time of COVID, Green Start will be held as a virtual event. The event is scheduled to kick off the week of October 12 with additional events to follow in the weeks after.

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Since 2006, the goal of this program has been to help assistant superintendents build a strong foundation for their careers as well as to support the future of golf courses and the entire golf industry by offering growth through networking and developing interactive peer groups.

In this year’s virtual setting, selected attendees will enjoy listening to educational and charismatic keynote speaker, Jeff Havens, to discuss the different perspectives and realities of leading a multigenerational workplace, among other topics. Attendees will also get the opportunity to be personally mentored by industry leading superintendents and interact with other assistants through smaller group sessions.

To make things even more interesting, Bayer and John Deere are extending an invite to academy alumni and facilitators from the past 14 years to participate in the general session.

Assistant Superintendent at Green Start Academy
Presenting at the Green Start Academy

Meet the Green Start Academy Class of 2020

Welcome to the Green Start Academy Class of 2019! These assistant superintendents represent the best in class and come from across the United States and Canada.


Aaron Cabanaw
Interlachen Country Club Minnesota   

Albert Paulido
Marquette park & Columbus park
golf courses Illinois    

Austin Allen
Bellerive Country Club Missouri   

Bradley Seay
Maroon Creek Club Colorado

Brandon Platt
Skaneateles Country Club New York

Cameron McQuain
Nemacolin Woolands Resort Pennsylvania

Carey Hofner
The Club at Cordillera Colorado

Charles Cecil
Palmetto Golf Club South Carolina

Clinton Glass
Sutton Creek Golf Club Ontario

Csaba Boros
D'Archy Ranch Golf Club Alberta

Dominic Peluso
Pikewood National Golf Club West Virginia

Elizabeth Hachey
Cardinal Golf Group - Oliver's Nest &
C18 Golf Club Ontario  

Graham Edelman
The national Golf Club of Kansas City Missouri

Gregorio Lopes
Kingsmill Resort Virginia

Jack Hammer
Glenwild Golf Club Utah

Jacob Lasco
Concord Country Club Pennsylvania

Jacob Proctor
Idle Hour Country Club Kentucky

James Satterfield
The Governers Club Tennessee

Jarrett Chapman
TPC Deere Run Illinois

Jason Wildt
Baywood Greens Golf Course Delaware

Jeff Hoffart
Derrick Golf and Winter Club Alberta

John Meyer
TPC Jasna Polana New Jersey

Johnny Gault
Sarasota National Golf Club Florida

Joseph Grebenc
Port Colborne Country Club Ontario

Kenneth Shaw
Spyglass Hill Golf Course California

Kyle Altenbach
Shelter Harbor Golf Club Rhode Island

Kyle Kramer
Pinehurst Country Club Colorado

Lance Wakefield
Cottonwood Golf & Country Club Alberta

Lorabeth West
Hillcrest Country Club California

Marcus Blech
Coyote Creek Golf & RV Resort Alberta

Mark Mello
Belmont Country Club Maine

Martin Paget
The Deuce at The National Golf Course of Kansas Missouri  

Matthew Clark
Pikewood National Golf Club West Virginia

Matthew Rice
Baywood Greens Delaware

Michael Wolos
Medinah Country Club Illinois

Patrick Tuttle
Palo Alto Hills Golf & Country Club California

Paul Adkerson
Greenville Country Club - Chanticleer South Carolina

Paul Davey
Cordova Bay Golf Course British Columbia

Peter Lavallee
Bradenton Country Club Florida

Ronnie Leggett
Treesdale Golf & Country Club Pennsylvania

Russell Ambrose
Sage Valley Golf Club South Carolina

Steven Story
Bellerive Country Club Missouri

Trevor Reid
The National Golf Club
of Kansas City Missouri

Tyler Marcotte
Clear Creek Tahoe Nevada

Weston Dean
Pinehurst No. 8, The Centennial North Carolina

Will Laine
Beresford Creek Course/Daniel Island Club South Carolina

Wissam El Masri
Elm Ridge Country Club Quebec

Zachary Herink
Dormie Club North Carolina

Mike Lopez
Baywood Greens Delaware



Advisory Panel

Jeff havens


Jeff Havens
Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way.  

Carolos Arraya

Carols Arraya
Carlos Arraya is the Assistant General Manager & Director of Agronomy at Bellerive Country Club located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Bellerive Country Club was founded in 1897, is the preeminent family country club in the region. The club has rich major championship history and has hosted the 1965 U.S. Open, 1981 U.S. Mid-Amateur, 1992 PGA Championship, 2001 World Golf Championship, 2004 U.S. Senior Open, 2008 BMW Championship, 2013 Senior PGA Championship, and the 2018 100th PGA Championship. Bellerive Country Club is one of only 3 courses in history to host all four traveling men’s major championships. Carlos has degrees in electronics engineering and in golf course operations management. He is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent and matriculating towards his Certified Club Manager designation from the CMAA.

Carol D Raul

Carol Rau
Dynamic Career Speaker and Author who brings high energy as an inspiring speaker with winning strategies for professionals to advance their careers. Offering audiences insight from 20+ years of success in recruiting, career coaching, resume building, and job search strategies. Expertise in career consulting for golf and turf professionals worldwide as a frequent speaker at national, regional, and local GCSAA conferences.


The agenda is as follows with post-event mentor sessions in between each session: 

Jeff Havens - Leadership in a multigenerational workplace October 14 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST Open to new attendees & alumni
Carol Rau - How to stand out as an assistant October 21 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST Open to new attendees
Carlos Arraya - Leading golf’s multicultural organizations October 28 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST Open to new attendees & alumni
Carol Raul – Position yourself for success November 4 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST Open to new attendees & alumni

In addition to these featured sessions, new attendees will be paired with mentors after each session along with their groups. This year's professional mentors are:

Carlos Arraya – Bellerive CC, St louis, MO

Dan Meersman – Philadelphia Cricket club, Philadelphia PA

PJ Salter – Riveria CC, Miami FL

Bob Farren - Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst NC

Grant Murphy - Barrie CC, Barrie ON, CA