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Mark Hooker Resume.Jan 2011

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  • 1. resumeMark Hooker Application for DIRECTOR OF AGRONOMY / GROW-IN SUPERINTENDENT
  • 2. my Personal achievements International sports turf construction & managementBeing chosen, as part of a team, since 2000 to design and manage the constructionof a number of sports turf facilities in countries around the Pacific Islands, Asia andthe Middle East. I have been involved in the realisation of a number of sportingfacilities. From design stages to construction completion it is very humbling towitness the development of these facilities – especially once they are completedand utilised by the local community. 3
  • 3. Personal details Name Mark Anthony Hooker Date of birth 24 January 1975 Place of Birth Marton, New Zealand Citizenship Career objectives New Zealand I have a strong determination to achieve Marital status my personal goals, with a successful Married application for the DIRECTOR OF Address AGRONOMY / GROW IN Villa 10 Janibiya Villas SUPERINTENDENT role being one of Janibiya Highway Janibiya them. KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN Whether it be a new development or an Phone existing golf course, I need to be on a +93-3977 0481 project that will utilise all of my current skills Email as a sports turf agronomist and provide me hooksies@gmail.com with exciting challenges, allowing me to Drivers Licence increase my skill levels further to become Full an industry leader in the area of sports facility development and management. I have 20 years experience in the sports turf industry, I have a Bachelors Degree in Interests include Scuba Diving Applied Sciences and over 10 years Rugby experience working on golf courses around Golf Asia, Pacific and The Middle East. I am Photography professional, self motivated, hardworking Fishing and a reliable individual. Given the Reading opportunity to assume a role within your Film team, it will be one which I will exceed Cooking Mark Hooker Continuing education expectations, excel and relish.2
  • 4. Career achievements Currently the Director of Agronomy for the Royal Golf Club, RIFFA VIEWS, Kingdom of Bahrain (Home of the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions - European Tour Event) Grow-in Manager of the Colin Montgomerie designed Royal Golf Club, Riffa Views, Bahrain in 2008 in time for the Riffa Views Invitational, November 2008 Regional Manager for New Zealand Sports Turf Institute in Malaysia 2002 - 2008 Golf course development consultant for The R&A in Sri Lanka, 2006 and 2007 Development of a golf course auditing system for the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute and implementation on a number of leading Asian golf courses such as Bayhood No.9 Golf Club, Beijing and Sheshan Golf Club, Shanghai China in 2007 Golf course Consultant for Sheshan Golf Club, China for the 2005 HSBC Champions Tournament Golf course Superintendent / consultant for Pulai Springs Resort, Malaysia 2004 - 2006 Tournament Superintendent for the 2002 Asian Volvo Masters at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, Malaysia Project Manager of FIFA Goal football ground developments in Western Samoa & the Solomon Islands in 2001 Lead sports turf consultant for the Asian Cricket Council throughout Asia and the Middle East providing on site consultancy and project management for cricket development projects from 2002 - 2007 Design & Project Management of two International Cricket stadiums in Malaysia (2002 and 2004) Lead consultant for the Malaysian Cricket Council and International Cricket Council for the DFL Tri-Nationals Cricket Tournament, Malaysia, 2006 Cricket wicket reconstruction work and subsequent wicket preparation for cricket international matches at Chinnaswammy Stadium, Bangalore, India. Matches Included India vs. Australia ODI and India vs. Pakistan Test Matches in 2007 Invited as a guest speaker to a number of International sports turf conferences throughout Asia. Topics have included golf course and sports field construction, drainage design, golf tournament preparation and golf course auditing, development and staff training Production of a number of technical articles for International Sports turf publications. Qualifications 1997 – 2000 BApplSc, Massey University, New Zealand. Completed a Bachelor of Applied Science specializing in turf management, soil science, plant pathology and entomology 1991 – 1994 Trade Certificate in Turf Management. The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Completed an apprenticeship in Horticulture and Turf Management at Hastings Golf Club, Hastings, New Zealand 1991 – 1994 Trade Certificate in Sports Turf Management. The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.3
  • 5. Work experienceTHE BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL GOLF COMPANY, KINGDOM OF BAHRAINOctober 2008 - PresentDIRECTOR OF AGRONOMY & MEMBER OF BIGC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEEResponsible for the management and operation of the Royal Golf Clubs’ golf maintenancedepartment and BIGC’s Landscape Division including all staff, facilities, maintenance equipmentand projects (both internal and external). Course management for the 2011 Volvo Golf Champions (European Tour) Planning and managing full overseed of the entire golf course leading into winter 2010 Oversee and manage the development of the maintenance department for the Royal Golf Club including the building, machinery & staffing requirements Oversee and manage the Bahrain International Golf Company Landscaping Division including all staff operations and projects. Oversee the completion of the construction of the golf course and act as a site engineer for specific areas of construction on site Responsible for setting annual financial budgets and turf management programs Development of the maintenance department standard operating procedures Develop monthly, quarterly and annual reporting procedures for BIGC Board of Directors Development of a golf course and maintenance department health and safety manual Establishing environmental awareness within the maintenance team including the development of insect monitoring devices, a water recycling plant, a composting plant, effective irrigation scheduling and management and propagation of native desert flora and fauna. Initiate consultative and landscaping opportunities for BIGC both locally and Internationally Work closely with the existing staff at the Royal Golf Club to increase skill levels for future promotionBRAEMAR NASS JV, KINGDOM OF BAHRAINJanuary 2008 to October 2008GROW-IN MANAGER FOR THE ROYAL GOLF CLUB, RIFFA VIEWS, KINGDOM OF BAHRAINManage the grow-in of a Colin Montgomerie designed golf course at Riffa Views, Bahrain. Thisincluded developing a full grow in program, preparing a list of required consumables fromabroad, selecting and resourcing a fleet of maintenance equipment, managing a team of 40+foreign employees and working in extreme conditions to grow in the Seashore paspalum golfcourse in less than 10 months in time for the 2008 Riffa Views Invitational golf tournament. Develop a comprehensive grow in manual for all staff to follow Complete regular sampling for laboratory analysis and complete interpretations Review all available machinery and consumables both locally and internationally and develop a maintenance program and budget Assess the planting procedures and expedite the development of the turf grass so it is ready for play by November 2008 for the Riffa Views Invitational Tournament Review and develop a design for the maintenance department, offices and equipment 4
  • 6. Work experience continued NEW ZEALAND SPORTS TURF INSTITUTE Part – time (as an intern while studying at Massey University) 1997 – 2000 Full time (agronomist and consultant) 2000 – 2008 Sports turf Agronomist Regional Manager of NZSTI’s South East Asian office (Sports Turf New Zealand (M) Sdn Bhd) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Responsible for coordinating client servicing in SE Asia and ensuring high quality consultancy was provided on behalf of the parent organisation NZSTI. Ensuring new opportunities (for business growth) were explored and implemented and regularly reported back to the CEO with key performance targets and business reports. Specific duties included: Consultant to a range of golf resorts throughout Asia from 2002 – 2008 Development of a golf course auditing package for objective measurements and assessment in 2006 Development of a golf course maintenance manual with a diverse range of SOP’s Consultant to The R&A on golf development work in Asia in 2006 and 2007 Superintendent for 2002 Asian Volvo Masters, Malaysia Tournament Agronomist for the 2005 HSBC Champions Tournament, Shanghai, China Design and Project management for the construction of a number of cricket and football grounds throughout the Pacific Island, Australia, New Zealand and SE Asia from 2000 - 2007 Client servicing for the Asian Cricket Council throughout Asia and the Middle East from 2002 – 2007 Consultant to Board of Control Cricket India (BCCI) in 2007 Written and published a number of technical sports turf articles for a variety of world wide turf management magazines Assist with the development and implementation the Asian Cricket Council Regional Curator training course Produce training and development plans for golf course superintendents and cricket curators throughout Asia and the Middle East TURF & IRRIGATION CONTRACTORS, NEW ZEALAND April 2000 – July 2000 Golf course and Sports field irrigation & drainage design & installation Irrigation installation management for a number of Auckland City Council playing fields and Waitamata Golf Club, New Zealand Installation of drainage into a number of sports turf facilities including Remuera Golf Club and the Auckland Golf Club, New Zealand PARKLAND PRODUCTS, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND December 1999 – April 2000 Golf course and Sports field irrigation design & installation foreman Assisting with the irrigation design for golf clubs including Waitamata Golf Club and Carrington Estates Golf Club, New Zealand Irrigation installation technician for Aviation Golf Club and Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand5
  • 7. Work experience continued HASTINGS GOLF CLUB, BRIDGE PA, HASTINGS, NEW ZEALAND Apprentice Golf Course Superintendent 1991 - 1994 Assistant Superintendent 1994 – 1997 Training junior staff Operation of all machinery Management of the irrigation system Aborculture Pest and fertility management Reconstruction of a number of bunkers, tees and a green Annual experience preparing the golf course of the New Zealand Under 23 National Championships5
  • 8. RefereesKeith McAuliffe Work phone +61 424634717International Executive Officer – New ZealandSports Turf Institute EmailBrisbane, Australia kmca@nzsti.org.nzMichael Braidwood Work phoneOperations Director – Braemar Golf +44 (0) 1334 478578 EmailScotland michaelbraidwood@braemargolf.co.uk Susan Stevenson Work phone General Manager – Royal Golf Club +973 1775 0777 Email Kingdom of Bahrain s.stevenson@theroyalgolfclub.comReference lettersReference letters can be provided on request 5
  • 9. Publications 5