Evans named chief executive officer of GCSAA

J. Rhett Evans has been named the chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the organization announced Tuesday.

Evans, 42, who has served as interim CEO since late June 2010, came to the GCSAA in 2009 as chief operating officer.

“I am honored and humbled to be a part of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America,” Evans said in a statement. “It is a tremendous organization whose members play a vital role in the game. I have the utmost respect for their skill, dedication and integrity that goes into making the sport challenging, yet enjoyable. I appreciate the trust the board has in me and the support staff provided in this transition.

“Success comes through dedication and teamwork. I am excited to work with a team that includes the members, industry partners, allied associations, staff and other constituents to make GCSAA the best it can be and to strengthen the golf industry so it can ensure the vitality of this great sport.”

As GCSAA CEO, Evans also assumes the duties of chief executive officer for its philanthropic organization, The Environmental Institute for Golf.

During his tenure at GCSAA, Evans has implementing cost-saving measures through more advantageous contracts in the areas of technology and convention and travel services, implementing headquarters building operational efficiencies, and staff reorganization.

“We are excited to have Rhett Evans as our CEO,” said James R. Fitzroy, president of the GCSAA. “He has a track record of success everywhere he has been. He has experience in the golf industry, both on the facility level and from an organizational perspective. He has experience in managing a large staff and being accountable to a variety of constituents. And, he is a consensus builder. That will serve him well with GCSAA members and in the increasingly collaborative golf industry.”

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