GCSAA names vice president Kevin P. Sunderman its new COO

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The GCSAA announced Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, as its new COO. (Photo: GCSAA)

The GCSAA announced Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, as its new COO. (Photo: GCSAA)

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) named Kevin P. Sunderman, CGCS, as its next chief operating officer (COO). Sunderman currently serves as the GCSAA’s vice president and was also nominated to be GCSAA president in 2023.

Sunderman has more than 19 years of experience in professional golf course management, prior experience in the financial services sector, a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in turfgrass management and an MBA from Florida Southern College.

Sunderman is a 21-year GCSAA member and became a certified golf course superintendent in 2019. He is a past president of the Florida GCSA and Florida West Coast GCSA and served on various national GCSAA committees.

“I am extremely excited to be joining GCSAA as the COO. Being a member of the association has had a tremendous impact on my life and career as a golf course superintendent.,” Sunderman said. “From the time I first served on a chapter board to the GCSAA Board of Directors, it was always about service and leadership. That hasn’t changed. This gives me the opportunity to continue to serve the industry that has meant so much to me in a new way.”

Sunderman most recently spent 17 years at Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he was director of grounds. During his career, Sunderman developed his skills beyond professional golf course management by leading multiple long-range strategic planning initiatives and gaining financial management experience as a Series 7-licensed financial advisor.

“When the opportunity arose for Kevin to join the GCSAA team, we knew we had found our next COO,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “His knowledge of GCSAA and the industry, business acumen and leadership skills provide the association with a speed of transition that will prove advantageous as we expand and enhance the programs and services we deliver to our membership. All members will continue to benefit from his knowledge, passion and dedication.”

Sunderman succeeds outgoing COO Bob Randquist, CGCS, who is retiring Oct. 15 after four and a half years on the staff and 46 years as a GCSAA member.

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