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Speakers' Biographies
Jack Armstrong

Best known as the colorful and entertaining voice of the of the 2019 NBA Championship winning Toronto Raptors, Jack Armstrong has spent more than two decades covering the NBA and College basketball for TSN and NBA TV.

Before becoming a broadcaster, Jack spent ten years as the head basketball coach at Niagara University where he was named Division I New York State and MAAC Coach of the year for the 1992/93 season. Jack served four years as an assistant coach at his Alma Mater, Fordham University (Bronx, NY) where he also earned his BA in History and an MA in Public Communications.

An avid marathon runner, Jack believes that anything is possible and brings his energy, coaching philosophy and kind heart to everything he does.

(Frank) Dan Dinelli, CGCS
North Shore Country Club,
Glenview, Ilinois

A third-generation golf course superintendent with comprehensive success meeting rigorous performance standards for resource management, landscaping, agronomy, sustainability, environmental regulations, business operations and staff management. Known for innovative thinking with significant achievements in ecology, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), organic amendments, applied microbiological principles, turf grass and use of pesticides. A focus on continual improvement in developing a systems approach to soil & plant health while delivering high level playing conditions. Experience in integrating plant genetics, physical, chemical, cultural practices and biological systems to enhance soil and plant ecology under a sustainable framework. Successfully integrated this knowledge into golf course operations culminating in becoming a recognized resource within the golf course management industry.

♦30 year member of the GCSAA
♦Led industry committees: GCSAA’s Environmental Programs, Chair of GCSAA IPM, North Central IPM Stakeholder Panel, etc.
♦Authored several IPM and Best Management Practices education tools for golf course superintendents.
♦Partner with university research. Featured industry speaker.

Ben McGraw
Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science


Pennsylvania State University
Areas of Expertise
Turfgrass Entomology
Biological Control
Insect Ecology
PhD, Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 2009
M.S., Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 2005
B.S., Animal Science, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 1998
Professional Background
- State University of New York (SUNY) - Delhi, Delhi, NY - Associate Professor (2011 - 2014)
- State University of New York (SUNY) - Delhi, Delhi, NY - Assistant Professor (2009 - 2011)
- Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ - Post-doctoral researcher (2009)
- AgraQuest Inc., Davis, CA - Associate Biologist - Entomology (2001-2002)
- Dow AgroSciences, Indianapolis, IN - Associate Biologist - Entomology- Biotechnology Division (2000 - 2001)                                                                                                                                          - Mycogen Corporation / Dow AgroSciences, San Diego, CA, Assistant Biologist-Entomology (1998 - 2000)  
    Brian Mavis
    Mavis Consulting
    Consulting Agronomist
    2001 - present
Independent agronomic consultant specializing in soil and turf fertility, providing cultural management and construction /renovation recommendations serving golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, and nurseries.   Mavis Consulting was established in 2000 in Northwest Ohio.  Brian works with hundreds of golf courses in many states; the majority of the work is in the Midwestern United States.

Christine Fraser

Christine Fraser has a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and has spent five years designing championship golf courses in the UK and Canada alongside Martin Hawtree. These include:  Royal Aberdeen, Sunningdale, Royal Birkdale, Lahinch, Royal Dublin, Tralee, Chantilly, and The Toronto Golf Club.


Steve Ami
Steve Ami has a bachelors degree in agricultural engineering. He has been partners with John Kelly in an engineering consulting firm since 1985. The firm has specialized in solving drainage problems on golf courses in Canada and the United States since 1986. They have helped more than 100 golf courses solve their drainage problems, and have designed and supervised drainage construction worth over 30 million dollars. Ami and Kelly also have extensive experience in drainage of agricultural lands in Canada and developing nations to solve problems of waterlogging and salinity.

Kevin Frank
Kevin W. Frank, Ph.D., is a professor and state turf extension specialist at Michigan State University.  He holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska and B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Frank’s research interests include winterkill prevention and reestablishment, and turfgrass nutrition and fertilizer programming.   He serves as the MSU Turfgrass Committee Chair and as the MSU Liaison to the Golf Association of Michigan.