Centerville names Marino administrator at Yankee Trace

Head PGA Golf Professional Steve Marino has been tapped by city officials to manage the daily activities, personnel and resources of The Golf Club at Yankee Trace, including the 27-hole championship course and 32,000 square foot clubhouse.

The city created the administrator’s position to align with its Core Services Goal in the strategic plan to introduce more accountability and efficiency in decision-making, according to City Manager Wayne Davis.

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He said the hire was required to come from one of the three supervisory roles at at Yankee Trace, which included golf operations, ground and maintenance, or food service.

Marino has been in charge of golf operations since May of 2005. He will continue in his role as head golf professional while taking on the additional duties as administrator.

The $97,644 annual salary for the position is a 20 percent pay increase on what he was currently being paid.

“Our customers and the community will be better served by having a position to implement strategic plans and someone to oversee the facility as a whole,” Davis said. “It is one of the crown jewels of Centerville and southwest Ohio. Steve operates with vision, energy and an innovative mindset.”

He added that the expectations for Marino and the staff is to continue to enhance customer service delivery at The Golf Club at Yankee Trace.

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Marino said that he is looking forward to taking charge of the business involved with his new position as administrator.

“Yankee Trace runs seven days a week, 364 days a year. There are many moving parts that gel together to perform at a high level. I am fortunate to be working with a highly professional and friendly staff and more than 100 dedicated volunteers who provide a great atmosphere,” Marino said.

He feels that the biggest priority in the new job revolves around technology and how quickly the golf and food and beverage industries must evolve.

“The ultimate goal is to position The Golf Club at Yankee Trace as an innovative destination for golfers and non-golfers to practice, play, meet, dine and entertain for decades,” Marino said.

Mayor Brooks Compton unveiled the city’s 5-year strategic plan earlier this year. He said it has six goal areas: planning, economic development, core services, finance, infrastructure/housing and technology.

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“Economic development is promoting a city of neighborhoods and businesses that will thrive and continue to thrive,” Compton said.

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