Turf Republic is the one stop source for information and sharing for the connected generation of turf professionals and enthusiasts. Turf Republic brings you the latest innovation of industry in business, technology, career, diseases, social media, and problem solving. Our goal is to empower and inspire our community and grow the world of turf.
Bill Brown, CGCS
Bill is the Founder and CEO of the Turf Republc site network the leading source for coverage, information, and resources for the professional and enthusiasts of the Turf Generation. Turf Republic reports on the importance of innovation and how it empowers and inspires the turf industry.
Bill’s passion for the turf industry and technology drove him to create solutions for the turf generation with the Turf Republic site network. The innate sense of innovation and community Bill and the development team share, continue to drive Turf Republic’s future.
Bill has been an integral part of the turf industry for over 21 years. Serving on numerous local and national turfgrass boards and committees, Bill strived to create solutions to lead the industry forward. In 2013, Bill was name to Golf Inc’s Most Innovative People in Golf.
Turf Republic – Director of Social Media
Founder – Wives of Turf
As the Director of Social Media Mychal is on the cutting edge in the social media campaign space. Mychal is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Business and holds an Advanced Social Media Strategy Certificate from Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Mychal is an active member of the Philly Social Media Moms where she has been able to sharpen her skills and develop the foremost community for wives and significant others in the Turf Industry. Wives of Turf was founded by Mychal in the summer of 2011 and has taken a strong hold in the industry. Mychal is also the owner of My Life In Mommyland, has contributed for Chester County Moms and other well known blogs in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Mychal has served as an ambassador to some of the most successful and recognizable consumer brands worldwide. These include:
- The Vitamin Shoppe
- Pop Secret
- Blue Diamond
- Turkey Hill
- 5 Star Home Foods
- Eco Tools
Mychal is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Business. In the years before settling down to start a family she worked for Fortune 500 and Fortune 200 companies. Mychal is always connected!
Turf Republic – Senior Business Development Manager
Lisa received her Master’s Degree in Turfgrass from Michigan State University in 2002. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Letters, also from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, she was offered a position as a Financial Advisor with AmSouth Bank. It was a bit of a change, to say the least, but the position was a chance to learn something new, so she took the challenge. Lisa worked as a Financial Advisor until the birth of her son. At that point, she decided to stay home and focus on her family.
After a couple of years, she decided to return to school and get a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. While in school, she became pregnant with her second son and instead of going back to work, she decided to become a contracted employee. As a contracted employee, she worked as an Editor for the Master Gardener program at the University of Tennessee and she developed an iBook for Turfgrass education – Pocket Turfgrass Identification. Currently, Lisa is very excited about combining her turfgrass, networking, and editing skills to work at Turf Republic.
John Kaminski, Ph.D.
Founder – Turfdiseases.org
John E. Kaminski, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science at The Pennsylvania State University. John earned his B.S. in turfgrass science from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He then went back to his home state where he earned his M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2004) from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Kaminski now serves as the Director of the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program (2-Year Program) at Penn State. John continues his research which focuses on optimization of chemical and cultural management strategies for turfgrass diseases and weeds. He also is involved in improving communication within the turfgrass industry through social media.
My career started very early on the golf course when I was 15. As my passion for golf management grew, I decided to pursue a degree in Turf and Golf Course Management from Anoka Technical College in 1992. Since graduating, I have had the pleasure of working on a spectrum of golf courses, from the high end private to the mom and pop public facilities. Currently I manage an 18 Hole public facility, as well as an additional 9 Hole public course. I currently serve on the board of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association.
The turf industry has allowed me the pleasure of sharing my love of technology with my peers. I have been able to write articles and teach technology classes at seminars and Golf Industry Shows. With technology advances in recent years the turf industry has been rapidly changing. I love sharing technology with people both inside and out of the turf industry.
Bruce Williams, CGCS
Profession Development Contributor
Bruce Williams has been making presentations to golf and turf groups for over 40 years. Born and raised on a golf course he is the son of a renowned golf course superintendent, Bob Williams. Bruce is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and also Michigan State University in the Turfgrass Management Program. While at MSU he served as President of the Turf Club and was recognized as the Outstanding Student. He spent 21 years as the golf course superintendent at Bob O’Link Golf Club in Highland Park, IL. At that time the course was ranked in the top 40 by Golf Digest. His last 14 years as a superintendent were spent as Director of Golf Courses and Grounds at The Los Angeles Country Club which was ranked #14 in the USA.
Bruce has been involved in leadership positions for 4 decades in golf and turf. He has been the president of the following chapters: Midwest, Chicagoland, Southern California and California. In 1996 he was the President of the GCSAA as was his father in 1958. Currently Bruce serves as a Director for the California Alliance for Golf. He also serves on the USGA Green Section Committee and is the Executive Director of The California Turfgrass and Landscape Foundation. Bruce operates several successful businesses with Executive Golf Search, Inc., Premier Fly Fishing, Fall River Real Estate Holdings, Grigg Bros. and Bruce Williams Golf Consulting. Bruce writes for Golf Course Industry Magazine, Golf Course Industry International and also BoardRoom Magazine. He is sought after for presentations to universities, turf conferences, the Golf Industry Show and conferences overseas.
Carol D. Rau, PHR
Professional Development Contributor
Carol D. Rau, PHR is a Certified Professional in Human Resources with over twenty years of experience in recruiting, career coaching, resume building, job search strategies, and Human Resources consulting. Ms. Rau founded Career Advantage in 2003 and thrives on inspiring golf industry professionals to stand out among job candidates, conduct winning job searches, and ultimately advance their careers.
Since 2005, Ms. Rau has provided career consulting services for GCSAA members including resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, portfolio consulting, and career coaching. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from the University of Kansas where she was a member of the Women’s Golf Team. Carol has served on several Boards of Directors in the Lawrence, Kansas community including her local club as former President and Greens Chair. She enjoys golfing, distance running, and cheering for the Jayhawks with her husband and two sons.
Founder – Women in Turf
Over the years I have attended conferences and schools, and the one thing I noticed it lacked were females, I have only met a handful of talented women in my industry and I feel like I fail at connecting with more. I created Women in Turf to provide a community for women to get connected and talk turf. This has opened up a whole different dimension of connection, not only do I get to meet new female turf managers, but finally finding a way to motivate and encourage personal and professional development with these ladies in hopes to inspire more women to grow in the turf industry.
A few goals that I would love to see with this group are to eventually have leadership sessions available geared towards the Women in Turf at conferences, at schools and host leadership development workshops. Empowering Women to become future Superintendents is going to be a challenge as there aren’t many, but in time I hope to see the numbers change. I also want to take this group to a new level of networking because social media opens up more channels and chances to network and eventually effectively impact the turf industry by promoting more women in the turf industry. There are many women who are apart of turfgrass management, from out on the field of management of sports fields to soil scientist, we are all interconnected through turfgrass. Women in Turf is a community to interact with women worldwide and share each other’s passion.
Women in Turf is Dedicated to INSPIRE Women to pursue their dreams in the turf world.