Name | Dave Mihailides
Title | Irrigation Division Sales, Kochek Co. Inc.
Hometown | Cranston, Rhode Island
What’s a day in the life for you in your job? Emails, phone calls, product demos, courses and distributor visitation, presentations, seminars, etc. I travel a lot. Eighty-percent of sales is showing up!
What should golf course superintendents know about your organization that they don’t already know? Kochek products were developed by golf course superintendents for golf course superintendents. Prior to about seven years ago, Kochek had no involvement in the turf industry and, with three years of research and development, created what is now a very high-quality product line for turf professionals all manufactured by us and sold only through distribution.
When you’re gone from the golf industry, how do you want to be remembered? As someone who was passionate about the profession of being a golf course superintendent, and the impact I may have had on making superintendents’ hand-watering needs easier.
If you were born 100 years ago, what would you do for a living? I can write a wish list and say what I wouldn’t do, but I’d like to think golf and irrigation would have been a part of it.
Who is your hero? That would be heroes, and they would be my mom and dad for instilling kindness, a strong work ethic and so many other great qualities. They are both in their 80s and both work full time.
What’s the best thing about the golf industry? The people we work with, from superintendent to assistant to mechanic and staffer. They become like family, and it’s the same in sales.
What’s the worst thing about the golf industry? Membership evolves and changes so often it makes the superintendent a moving target. From a sales perspective, we only have one customer to work with on a golf course, where the superintendent may have hundreds to satisfy.
What golf course can’t you wait to get on and why? I’ve been on a lot and in a lot of places, and not played at all on some of the most popular ones. For me the visit is enough. But to answer the question, I’ve never been to Hawaii, so any course there.
Describe golf course superintendents in one word? Motivated.
Who would you rather play golf with –– Arnie or Jack? Why? Don’t know either, but whoever doesn’t mind a beer or two while golfing.
If you were a super hero, who would you be and why? Superman, because he’s faster than a speeding bullet.
What do you like to do away from your job? Spend time with my wife and kids.
What is your all-time favorite song? ZZ Top’s “La Grange.”
What’s your favorite movie and why? “Rocky,” because of the adrenaline rush I get during the fight scenes.
Speaking of movies, who’s your favorite character from “Caddyshack”? Bill Murray, of course. He’s a bit unorthodox but still part of the grounds crew.