Application period for the 18th annual class will be open through August 1.

Today, Green Start Academy (GSA) opens its doors to new applicants looking to claim their spot in the 18th annual class of assistant superintendents selected to participate in its renowned leadership and development program. Entering into its third year at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, GSA will be hosted in partnership with John Deere, Envu and Rain Bird. This premier event is organized for assistant superintendents seeking to advance their professional skills and gain critical insights to help take their careers to new heights. Offering a unique and comprehensive curriculum, GSA empowers assistant superintendents to achieve their goals and succeed in a dynamic and challenging field.

“The accomplishments of Green Start Academy graduates are truly remarkable,” said Kim Ehasz, global manager of market development & strategy, John Deere. “As we welcome the Class of 2023, we are excited to carry on the tradition of excellence and witness how the event’s unique learning and networking opportunities can help attendees achieve their future career aspirations.”

This year, GSA will welcome 50 exceptional assistant superintendents from across North America to Pinehurst for a truly unparalleled educational and networking opportunity. Through engaging lectures and enlightening round table discussions led by some of the most esteemed leaders in the golf industry, participants will gain invaluable knowledge and exchange best practices, all aimed at fostering their professional growth. GSA is committed to empowering every attendee with the tools and insights they need to excel in their careers.

Green Start Academy Group Shot

“The Green Start Academy not only provides Assistant Superintendents with a full education program, but the program also offers networking opportunities and exclusive events that make impressions and memories that last a lifetime. Rain Bird is proud to continue to grow the industry through this program in partnership with John Deere and Envu.” said Tony Whelan, national sales manager, Rain Bird Golf division.

This exceptional training program offers a remarkable platform that propels participants towards unparalleled personal success, while simultaneously fostering connections among the future turf industry leaders and providing robust support to the thriving golf industry.

Green Start Academy Education“Since 2006, hundreds of assistant superintendents have benefited from the leadership and professional training available through the Green Start Academy. Envu is proud to partner with John Deere, Rain Bird and the Green Start Academy mentors to share this unique experience with another deserving class at Pinehurst,” said Mark Ford, customer marketing manager, Envu.

The program is currently accepting applications through August 1.

Those interested can apply for a spot in this year’s class on the Green Start Academy website.



About Rain Bird

Rain Bird Corporation – Golf Division provides complete irrigation solutions to golf courses across the globe. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leading-edge products including pump stations, rotors, field controllers, map-based and mobile central control systems, decoders, swing joints, filtration systems, valves and irrigation accessories. Central controls and pump stations are serviced and supported by a comprehensive Global Service Plan (GSP). Rain Bird products and services are sold worldwide through an extensive distribution network. For more information, please contact 1-800-RAINBIRD or visit

About Deere & Company

Deere & Company ( is a global leader in the delivery of agricultural, turf, construction, and forestry equipment. We help our customers push the boundaries of what’s possible in ways that are more productive and sustainable to help life leap forward. Our technology-enabled products including John Deere Autonomous 8R Tractor, See & Spray™, and E-Power Backhoe are just some of the ways we help meet the world’s increasing need for food, shelter, and infrastructure. Deere & Company also provides financial services through John Deere Financial.

For more information on Deere & Company, visit us at

About Envu

Envu was founded in 2022 as a company built on a half century of environmental science experience for the sole purpose of advancing healthy environments for everyone, everywhere. We offer dedicated services in: Professional Pest Management, Forestry, Ornamentals, Golf, Industrial Vegetation Management, Lawn & Landscape, Mosquito Management, and Range & Pasture. Across each of our lines of business, we are partnering with our customers to ensure that nature and society can thrive together. For more information, please contact (800) 331-2867 or visit