March 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. March 2017 | SportsTurf 7 @cycloneturf D isney's Coronado Springs played host to another record- breaking attendance figure for the 2017 STMA Conference. The conference was a huge success and was very well attended by practitioners from all over the world. I believe there were 18 different countries represented, a number that I still have not gotten past. The trade show was sold out with multiple companies on a waiting list to display their goods or services. The technology displayed within that trade show was simply amazing. From monster pieces of steel, to laser or GPS guided equipment, to new and improved products—all designed to help athletic field managers be more successful—and with a common goal of field safety! The STMA Conference for me is always my starting line for the new season for a hypothetical marathon. Like many who have lined up on a start line for a marathon, you are ready, fresh, and hopeful for the things that the race will bring. You have put in the training (conference), you have selected a pace to run (tentative maintenance schedule), and now you are simply waiting for the gun to go off. My gun officially goes off March 24 for our first outside event of the spring. I know many of you are already playing games, so for you, your race simply began before mine! There will be easy miles, hard miles, impossible miles, but somehow we always manage to finish the marathon. The past few months I have been constantly reminded of a recurring truth. This truth has come true in my personal life and my professional life. This truth is known by all, scary to some and embraced by others. This truth does not miss, and far too often it hits us unexpectedly. The simple truth I am referring to is, "Life is Short." I am not just talking life and death, but life in everything is short: the life you have to be a parent, spouse, employee, or friend. As you go about your "day-to-day," do not lose perspective on this life and all the possibilities you have to make it better for others. The best people I have ever met put themselves second, not because they want to, but because they know it's better for them. Another phrase that I repeat to myself when I lose perspective on this life is, "Days are long, but years are short." That phrase reminds me to enjoy the days that are hard—the days that you just want to be done. I challenge you to enjoy each day, no matter the circumstances! Let us not waste this year. Let us make an impact, an impact on our families, workplace, and community. The STMA is dedicated to helping each of you reach this year's goals. If there is anything that you need from our Board of Directors, Headquarters, or myself, please let us know. We are all here to serve the members and commercial partners. Good luck with the start of your year. LIFE IS TOO SHORT Tim Van Loo, CSFM STMA President Let us make an impact, an impact on our families, workplace, and community.

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