Mona ranked among golf industry’s most powerful
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) CEO Steve Mona, CAE, has again been chosen by Golf Inc. magazine as one of the "Most Powerful People in Golf."
Mona, GCSAA chief executive since December 1993, was first named by the magazine as one of the industry’s "Most Powerful People in Golf" in 2001 and "Most Dynamic Movers & Shakers" in 1999. For the fifth consecutive year, he joins 24 others on the list in the magazine’s October 2005 issue, including previous GCSAA Old Tom Morris Award recipient’s Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio and Tim Finchem. The list also includes several trustees and/or advisory council members of The Environmental Institute for Golf. The Institute is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. This group includes Greg Norman, chairman and CEO of Great White Shark Enterprises, chairman of The Institute’s advisory council and an Institute trustee; Dana Garmany, chairman and CEO of Troon Golf and a member of The Institute’s advisory council; Ron Jackson, president and CEO of Meadowbrook Golf and an Institute trustee; Bill Kubly, founder and CEO of Landscapes Unlimited and vice chairman/treasurer for The Institute; and Bob Wood, Nike Golf president and an Institute trustee. Fazio is also a former Institute trustee.
The magazine’s "Most Powerful" list focuses strictly on the impact individuals have on the business of golf, through golf course development, operations, management or equipment. These individuals have the ability to influence the development and building, the financing and the revenue streams of golf courses and golf organizations around the nation. The decisions they make affect virtually every course in the nation, either directly or indirectly.
"It is no surprise that Steve has again been named one of the most powerful individuals in golf," said GCSAA President Timothy T. O’Neill, CGCS. "His leadership and knowledge of the golf industry has helped GCSAA become the successful association it is today."
In addition to his role at GCSAA, Mona is active in the administration of the game as a member of the First Tee Advisory Committee, the World Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the National Golf Foundation Board of Directors and the National Golf Course Owners Association Advisory Committee.
In the fall of 1999, he was selected to serve with golf’s top allied association leaders on the executive board of the Golf 20/20 initiative. In 1999, Golf Digest listed Mona as the 25th most powerful person in golf. At that time, only one person younger than Mona, Tiger Woods at No. 2, was ranked higher.
Mona is active in the Kansas City-Lawrence metropolitan region, and has served as president of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives. He was honored by the group as its "Executive of the Year" in 1997. Click here for a complete profile on Mona.
Since 1926, GCSAA has been the leading professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to more than 20,000 individual members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org.
Jeff Bollig, GCSAA Director of Communications
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