February 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE President: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Immediate Past President: Jeff Salmond, CSFM President-Elect: Sarah Martin, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jody Gill, CSFM Vice President Commercial: Doug Schattinger Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM Academic: Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Higher Education: Nick McKenna, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Jimmy Simpson, CSFM Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM Commercial: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE Elected at-Large: Matt Anderson, CSFM Appointed at-Large: Randy Price STMA OFFICE 805 New Hampshire, Suite E Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: 800-323-3875 Fax: 800-366-0391 Email: STMA Editorial Committee Chairman: Mark Frever, CSFM TJ Brewer, CSFM; Joe Churchill; Jim Cornelius, CSFM; Jeremy Driscoll; Cliff Driver, CSFM; Matt Hollan; Paul Hollis; Chrissy McLarn; Jamie Mehringer; Scott Stevens, CSFM; and Dr. Joey Young, Technical Editor Publisher's Notice: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appearing In Sportsturf. 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COPYRIGHT 2017, SportsTurf. Material may not be reproduced or pho- tocopied in any form without the written permission of the publisher. February 2017 | SportsTurf 7 P lease let me start by saying "thank you" to all who attended the Annual Conference this year. I would also like to say "thank you" to Jeff Salmond, CSFM, for his service as our president. His leadership in the boardroom was fantastic, and I for one am glad to have him with us for one more year on the Board of Directors. I would like to say "thank you" to all who signed up for committee service for 2017. Without the work of our committees the STMA would not continue to grow and succeed. During the next few weeks, committee assignments will be set, and your committee chairs will be in contact to get started with the work ahead. As I think about our industry, I can't come up with a position or a person that doesn't "serve." We serve athletes, coaches, administrators, fans, taxpayers, other sports turf managers, and our families by providing for them. We are an industry that serves others. What a powerful statement that makes about us and what we have the privilege of doing each day. Serving others is also a great responsibility that the STMA knows and understands. Our association is loaded with people who want to help in any way they can; it's why we first came into existence and continue to exist. My thoughts also quickly go to the personnel who make up our industry. I rarely meet a sports turf manager or someone who works closely with the sports turf industry who isn't passionate about their jobs. Sure, there are days that you may dread going to work, but I know that those are few and far between compared to the days that our work brings joy and fulfillment for a job well done. This passion is my favorite part of our Annual Conference—it fuels me for each new year with greater passion than before. Service combined with passion is what makes our industry special. We have all heard the response "Living the dream!" when you ask someone "How are you?" For me, "living the dream" is an accurate statement, and I believe that it holds true for many of you. I have the privilege to serve Iowa State University in many different ways each day. That's no different than the companies, cities, districts, schools, or teams that you get to serve each day. What separates sports turf managers from the many others who work within our organizations is our passion. As you get ready for another growing season and all the goals that you have set to accomplish this year, I encourage you to use STMA, your peers and me as resources to help you. We are all in this profession together. As you drive to work each day, remember that it's a privilege for each of us to serve our workplace. It's also a great privilege to be doing something that we are passionate about—you know— "living the dream." PASSION AND SERVICE Tim Van Loo, CSFM STMA President I rarely meet a sports turf manager or someone who works closely with the sports turf industry who isn't passionate about their jobs.

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