The Environmental Institute for Golf elected officers and added three new members to its board of trustees during its winter meeting, held in conjunction with the 2008 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Orlando.
Bob Wood, president of Nike Golf, was elected chairman. Ken Melrose, president of Leading By Serving, LLC, and retired chairman and CEO of The Toro Company, was elected vice chairman/treasurer.
LPGA board member Rae Evans, founder and president of the Evans Capitol Group in Washington, D.C., and GCSAA Secretary/Treasurer James R. Fitzroy, CGCS, director/superintendent at the Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Course in North Quincy, Massachusetts, were added to the board of trustees for three-year terms. Fitzroy will serve as secretary. Mark J. Woodward, CGCS, returns to The Institute's board of trustees as GCSAA's recently-hired CEO.
"We had some very positive outcomes at the last meeting," said Wood, who also serves on The Institute's Advisory Council. "The addition of Rae, Jim and Mark strengthens The Institute's board of trustees, and they will all play a key role in advancing The Institute's mission."
Wood, who was ranked No. 32 in Golf Inc. magazine's "2007 Most Powerful People in Golf," joined Nike in 1980 as an advertising project manager, worked his way up through the company's innovative marketing department, and became president of Nike Golf in 1998. He is responsible for establishing Nike Golf as one of the most desired brands in golf around the world. Wood helped Nike Golf become a successful, stand-alone division within Nike. Under his direction, Nike Golf is now the most diverse, single brand in golf which offers golfers everything from equipment, balls and clubs to footwear and apparel. Wood received the 2002-2003 International Network of Golf Industry Award for Business Achievement.