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www.stma.org March 2017 | SportsTurf 43 Tom Nielson, Louisville Bats Baseball Club, received the Dick Ericson Award. Tom has been cited by his peers as someone who has had a great influence on the lives of others in this profession. Several of the criteria of this award focus on personnel management and being open to the skills and the abilities of their staff members. During Tom's 25-year career, no fewer than seven of his assistants have gone on to high-level positions, managing large and complex field operations. He has served on many committees for STMA and is a true ambassador for the industry. Tom has excellent technical skills and is a master at converting a baseball field into a soccer pitch up to 19 times per year. Tom also received the George Toma "Golden Rake" in 2011. Bruce Suddeth, University of South Carolina-Upstate, received the George Toma "Golden Rake" Award. The Toma is known as the "and then some" award, because this honor goes to an individual who goes above and beyond what is required. Sticking true to this motto, Bruce was a founding member of the South Carolina Chapter and has volunteered hundreds of hours to insure its success, as well as inspired others to get involved in the chapter. Known as the "man behind the scenes" local members give him credit for all the goals the chapter has accomplished including the development and execution of a very successful annual conference. One letter of support states that without Bruce's vision, dedication and leadership, the SCSTMA chapter would not exist today. Jason Kruse, PhD, University of Florida, received the Dr. William H. Daniel Award. Jason has the responsibilities of teaching core courses Bruce Suddeth, University of South Carolina-Upstate, was presented the George Toma "Golden Rake" award by the 2015 winner, Ben Polimer, Town of Weston, MA, left, and founder George Toma, right, one of two living founders of STMA. The Turface ® Difference Tested, Proven and Trusted If you think all infi eld conditioners are the same, think again. Turface ® conditioners are calcined clay particles that are specially manufactured to maintain safer, more playable fi elds at every level of competition. And it's been that way for more than 50 years. Years Over ONLY 3% DEGRADATION HIGH DURABILITY Turface calcined clay particles provide a highly playable and long-lasting infi eld playing surface. LOW BULK DENSITY COVERS MORE GROUND 74% internal pore space gives you greater volume per 50-pound bag and a much better value. A003-04274 -7 Brand Print Ad TURFACE 74% PORE SPACE MANAGE MOISTURE REDUCE RAINOUTS Turface absorbs its weight in water resulting in fewer rainouts, game delays and cancelled practices. Find out more about Pro League ® and MVP ® conditioners, visit Turface.com. YOUR Home Field Advantage T U R FA C E MOST OTHERS