BALTIMORE (January 2012) – The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced that Ed Pagliaro of Springfield, Mass. has become the 135th grounds management professional to successfully complete its Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) program. Pagliaro has been the Grounds Manager at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. for the past seven years.
Pagliaro wanted to become a CGM to advance in his profession to a degree where he could highlight the effort and skills required for a Grounds Manager. "I wanted the value of a CGM added to my career and position while providing the University with a significant management document for the department," said Pagliaro.
After completing the two-part exam process, Pagliaro reflected on his thoughts about the program. “The CGM was so beneficial in areas I was not very proficient in. The entire process helped me gain valuable insight as well as new sets of skills to make me a better manager and representative of our industry.”
Pagliaro shared some advice for aspiring CGM’s, "If you are serious about our profession, then you need to complete this process to upgrade your career and standing in the trade. Be patient through the process but also acquire and make good use of a mentor, like the gentleman I had, Keith Volsky, CGM of Siena College.”
Those achieving the CGM professional designation must have first accomplished a set level of education and on-the-job experience and then successfully complete a two-part examination process administered by PGMS.