Being first makes it easier for others to see a clear path.
Being first breaks barriers,
Being first is unique.
Being first is breaking new ground,
breaking the glass ceiling,
breaking the stigma,
and it’s certainly breaking news.
So have you heard the news?
One of our own at Nemacolin is the first woman to achieve her certification as a Certified Turf Equipment Manager (CTEM) through the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). At this time, she is one of just 15 people in the world to hold this industry certification, and she is, most notably, the first woman to do so.
Kayla Kipp serves the resort as the equipment manager in the Turfgrass Management Department for the Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock golf courses at Nemacolin. Prior to working at the resort, she served as the equipment manager at the Lodestone and Fantasy Valley golf courses at Wisp Resort in McHenry, Maryland, and spent six years in the United States Air Force as a material handling and equipment maintenance journeyman.
Over the last seven years, Kayla has volunteered her time with the GCSAA on the Equipment Managers Task Group, and she was instrumental in helping to develop the intense certification program bestowed upon turf equipment management professionals who have demonstrated a high degree of knowledge and proficiency in their profession.
“To earn her certification, Kayla was required to have three years of experience as an equipment manager and to have completed the Equipment Management Certificate Program (EMCP) Level 1 and 2 to begin the Certified Turf Equipment Manager program (CTEM),” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “To then earn her certification, she passed all 197 attesting criteria focused on best practices of maintenance facility operations, safety, and the environment. She is the first woman to become a CTEM, and we congratulate her on this historical achievement.”
Of Kayla’s accomplishment, Nemacolin President Maggie Hardy says, “This is monumental, and we are proud to have her motivation, determination, and spirit on the associate team at Nemacolin. She’s a shining example to all that nothing is impossible, and she is an encouragement to other women who are determined to achieve success in any business or industry.”
Maggie Hardy understands what Kayla’s firsts mean. Hardy was just 26 when she assumed leadership of 84 Lumber, showing her business smarts and proving her toughness in an industry that may have raised an eyebrow at her capabilities. Yet today, her energetic approach and aggressive goals are proof that hard work and dedication to one’s craft can equal tremendous success. Today, 84 Lumber is certified as a women’s business enterprise, and it sits at the top of the leaderboard as a privately held building materials supplier in the United States.