Ronald Dobosz, Jr.—
Parks Department Foreman
Park & Recreation Department • Wilbraham, MA
UMass Graduate • Turfgrass Management
How did you get your start in the sports turf industry?
I started mowing greens at a 9-hole golf course in Ashfield, Massachusetts when I was 14-years- old.
Where did you go from there?
I was a Golf Course Superintendent for 21 years – from 1993-2014.
Who was your mentor when you were starting out in the industry?
My first mentor was Chuck Martineau, longtime Superintendent at the Whippoorwill Club in Armonk, New York. Also, Tom Columbo, Superintendent of Hyannisport Club and Jim Fitzroy, retired golf course Superintendent and former GCSAA president. All three of these men taught me the importance of a strong work ethic and about being a dedicated crew member who takes pride in his work – big or small.
What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
That small details make huge differences!
What’s the next “game changer” you see on the horizon?
More wear-resistant turf species, such as turf type tall fescues.
What’s your favorite/most useful:
Equipment? Ryan Jr. Sod Cutter Product? Growth Regulators Technology? Infield Conditioner Options
Can you share a bit about your family life and what you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Jen, my wife of almost 27 years, and I have 18-year-old twins. Sophia attends Bridgewater State University and is majoring in Physical Education and Teddy attends Boston University and is majoring in Biology/Pre-Med. We live in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. I enjoy playing golf and good cigars!
What advice would you share with people starting out in the sports turf industry?
To network as much as possible and to never be afraid to call and ask anyone for advice.
What have you enjoyed most about being a NESTMA member?
Meeting with peers, sharing ideas and networking.READ THE ISSUE