About Us

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

Bill Brown, CGCS

Founder/CEO

For nearly two decades William Brown, CGCS has been a solutions provider for the turfgrass industry. Graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Turfgrass Science and a Certified Golf Course Superintendent by the GCSAA, William has an excellent understanding of business strategies and well-honed executive and communication skills. Mr. Brown served as the Certified Golf Course Superintendent and Regional Agronomist for some of the top courses in the Mid- Atlantic region and Management companies in the world. During his tenure in the golf industry, William has served on numerous national and local association boards and committees, as well as holding leadership positions both in industry and at the community level.

William’s technology and social media background has made him the leading export in the turfgrass industry and was recently named to Golf Inc’s list of Most Innovative People In Golf. Mr. Brown has published over 30 articles on technology and social media for some of the top publications in the turfgrass industry, including Golf Course Industry Magazine, BoardRoom Magazine and Golf Course Management Magazine. In 2009, William founded and developed iTurfApps.com which has become the industry’s top technology resource. Most recently iTurfApps launched the turfgrass industry’s first app market. The iTurf Apps Market allows turfgrass professionals, educators, industry, students and enthusiasts find apps relevant and useful to the turfgrass industry. William has spoken both nationally and internationally at association, industry and business conferences and seminars on social media branding and mobile technology integration and continues to be sought after to do so.

Mr. Brown’s drive to continue to provide solutions for the turfgrass industry lead him to found Turf Republic. Turf Republic is a turfcentric community built on four key principals to enhance the future of the turfgrass industry. In April of 2013, William Brown assumed the role of CEO of Turf Republic. The Turf Republic site network consisting of Turf Republic, TurfDiseases.org, iTurfApps.com and Wivesofturf.org provides the most modern and diverse resource in the turf industry in a single location.

Mr. Brown has worked with businesses in the turfgrass industry on social media branding as well as mobilizing their business operations. He has provided consultation to turf professionals and students on building their brands through the use of professional websites/blogs and social media. Also providing consultation on integrating mobile devices and applications in their operations.


John Kaminski, Ph.D.

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.


Bob Porter

Bob Porter

iTurfApps

My career started very early on the golf course when I was 15 and worked as a grounds crew member at the Detroit Lakes Country Club in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. 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. Throughout my 20+ year career, I have continuously sought out unique ways of recording, planning, and tracking golf course data and information.

With technology advances in the last five years, I have been able to integrate technology in the areas of pesticide management, spray application tracking, supply inventory tracking, golf course mapping, irrigation inspection and repairs, and equipment inventory/usage.

I am a recognized leader in the use of technology for the golf industry. I have given technology driven presentations at the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) Annual Golf Industry Show. I have also provided technology assistance to the Test Drive Technology Center as well as the development and implementation of the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA) new website. Several of my ideas regarding technology has been covered by several industry related media outlets.

My extensive knowledge of Apple applications has been utilized by the medical device industry in several ways; i.e. converting Windows based media files to iPad friendly files, providing guidance and troubleshooting during the development/implementation of an iPad based training program, and mobile app selection/training for executive staff.

As a husband and father of two teenage boys, I have integrated technology into several aspects of our family life and given us a whole new way to interact. We employ multiple integrated calendars to organize school, work and extracurricular activities. Text, email, and FaceTime keep us all “in the loop” and “on the same page” while technology also assists us with creating A+ school projects and instant photos keep us in touch with family both near and far.

I very much look forward to being a contributor to iTurfApps. I am excited to share some of my knowledge with the turf industry. I also look forward to learning from the turf industry as we all move forward thru the ever changing face of technology.


Bruce Williams

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.


Mychal Brown

Mychal Brown

Turf Republic – Director of Social Media
Founder – Wives of Turf

Mychal has been involved with social media from the very beginning. As an active member of the Philly Social Media Moms 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.Of course the Wives of Turf community isn’t the only thing Mychal is involved in, she also is the owner of My Life In Mommyland, has contributed for Chester County Moms and other well known blogs in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area.

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. Now when she’s not chasing her two little boys around she enjoys running, yoga and of course all things social media related. Mychal is always connected!


Jason Vanbuskirk

Jason Vanbuskirk

iTurfApps

I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass Management in 2006. In November 2005, I was hired as an assistant at Oakley Country Club located in Watertown, MA. My stay there was short, and after only 14 months, I left and went to Scotts LawnCare in Southborough, MA. Scotts was only temporary until something opened back up on the golf course side. And only 5 months later I was asked to be the assistant at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA.Working as an assistant at Stow, I was immediately introduced to the daily role. Irrigation trouble shooting, main line breaks, and personnel management became some of my key responsibilities. By the end of that season, I had a very good handle on my role, but in December 2007 that role would quickly change. The superintendent told us he was moving onto another company. Just like any hungry and determined assistant, I put in for the position. After a very serious interview process, I was named Superintendent in March 2008.

Now, as Class A Superintendent and working on Certification, I feel that I am well versed in many aspects of golf course management. However, I feel that I use technology on the golf course to its fullest extent. Whether its using my iPad to control my irrigation system or using Google to track all of the necessary data needed, I know that Stow Acres maintenance department is fully equipped when it comes to technology uses in turf. It has been a true passion of mine since middle school. I grew up with computers; in fact, I had computer classes in fourth and fifth grade. Facebook was built when I was a Freshman in college. Twitter was created shortly before I graduated college. I have been lucky enough to grow up in an era that is completely immersed in fast advancing technology. I consistently educate myself in the latest technology news on the web and on twitter. Although a bit overkill, I am often seen with my iPhone or my iPad in hand. I am a proud father of two kids, and my two-year-old is taking a fast liking to the iPad. It is only a matter of time before she will be instructing others how to use certain features. It’s amazing and awesome! Recently, I have taken a very keen liking to Google Drive and everything it has to offer from an efficiency and collaboration standpoint. Not only am I a contributing administrator to iTurfapps, but I educate others on various platforms from physical presentations to podcasts.


Carol D Rau, PHR

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.


Bill Brown

Andrea Li

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.