With over 40 years in the golf course and landscape management industry, J. Mark Black brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on expertise to his role as a GSI Executive Search associate specializing in golf course superintendent searches.

Mark is recognized by industry peers for his ability to locate and organize highly motivated, trained and self-directed teams to provide consistent playing conditions and superior landscape maintenance. 

In his former role as Director of Golf Courses and Grounds for Quail West Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida, Mark was responsible for managing two 18-hole golf courses, all clubhouse and HOA grounds maintenance with a staff of 65 employees. Additionally, Mark was responsible for the installation and maintenance of 90,000 flowers annually.

As Director of Golf Courses and Grounds at Bonita Bay Club in Bonita Springs, Mark was responsible for management of the construction, grow-in and maintenance of five 18-hole golf courses and two clubhouse grounds and a staff in excess of 125 employees.

As an Associate with GSI Executive Search based in Florida, Mark helps to identify and place exceptional Golf Course Superintendents at private clubs throughout the U.S. Mark received his Associate of Science Degree in golf course operations and Associate of Arts Degree in general studies at Lake City Community College. He is a GCSAA Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS).

Professional Highlights

  • Planted first complete set of Ultra-Dwarf Bermudagrass greens in Florida (1996)
  • Prepared and hosted Amateur and Professional golf events including Florida State Amateur (2); Florida State Junior Amateur (1); PGA Section Championship (2); U.S. Open Qualifier (2); and PGA Champions Tour ACE Classic (2)
  • First multi-course club in Florida (Bonita Bay Club) and seventh in nation to complete all requirements for Audubon for Golf Courses Certification
  • Oversaw two courses designed by Tom Fazio constructed to Audubon Signature Specifications while Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Bonita Bay Club

Professional Affiliations

  • Everglades Chapter, Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association: President, 2005; Vice President, 2004; Treasurer, 2003; Secretary, 2002
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA): Certification Committee; Scholarship Committee; Education Committee
  • USGA Green Section Committeeman
  • USGA Isaac B. Granger Award for 25 years continuous service

Construction Experience:

  • Oversaw complete construction and grow-in of five golf courses at Bonita Bay Club
  • Oversaw reconstruction and grow-in of seven complete sets of greens to USGA specifications
  • Oversaw design and installation of seven irrigation systems and pump stations
  • Oversaw reconstruction of tees, fairways, bunkers, drainage systems, bulkheads, retention walls and mitigation areas
  • Oversaw design and construction of three maintenance facilities

Mark works alongside GSI Executive Search Principal Ned Welc, CCM, CCE on Golf Course Superintendent placements. For more information, please call Ned at 440-796-7922 or email ned@gsiexecutivesearch.com.

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