October 2012

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President's Message M2MEDIA360 PRESIDENT/CEO Marion Minor VP OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS Gerald Winkel SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Joanne Juda-Prainito VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES Mary Jo Tomei DIRECT MAIL LIST SALES Cheryl Naughton 678-292-6054 SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES Phone 845-856-2229 Fax 845-856-5822 REPRINTS Cheryl Naughton 678-292-6054 Account Representatives: Leslie Palmer 16267 W. 14 Mile Rd., Ste 202 Beverly Hills, MI 48025 Ph: 248-530-0300, ext. 1402 Bruce Loria 626 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 500 Los Angeles, CA 90017 • Ph: 213-596-7226 Classified Sales/Marketplace: Glenn Datz Phone: 213-596-7220 Fax: 213-624-0997 S President-Elect Martin Kaufman, CSFM, resigns ship's behalf. Let me assure you that transparency and adherence to bylaws remains at the Board's forefront even though it means we sometimes must make uncomfortable decisions as related to our colleagues and friends; such was the case in the summer of 2012. Due to his acceptance of a commercial position this summer, President-Elect Martin Kaufman, CSFM, has resigned from the Board of Directors. It was very difficult for the Board to recommend and then accept the resignation from the Board of someone that we each consider a friend and an exceptional Board member in Marty. However, it also made each of us very proud in how Marty conducted himself as a total professional during all of our discussion and fact-finding periods regarding his new position. Marty was deeply hon- ored to have been elected by membership to serve as President, but he ultimately placed the needs of STMA above his personal desires. Marty, there is no doubt in my mind that you would have been a great President. How- ever, what you have done in being so graceful and considerate of others and STMA's gover- nance policies in your situation has shown us that true leadership does not come from the position but it most definitely comes from the person. On behalf of the Board and STMA membership, Martin, thanks for your commitment, your professionalism, and your willing- ness to continue to lead STMA in different ways. I ask that you please consider self-nominating or nominating a deserving colleague for a TMA IS AN EVER-EVOLVING ASSOCIATION, but also one that pays very close attention to its governing foundation by following of its bylaws, its SOPs, and its strategic plan. One thing that we always discuss in our quarterly Board meetings is our desire to remain fully transparent in our activities and decisions on member- Dr. Mike Goatley variety of awards, grants, and scholarships that have an October 15 deadline. In this month's issue on page 42 you will find descriptions and calls for nominations for our Founders, Field of the Year, and Innovative Awards, as well as the Mellor and Vanden Berg grants and a vari- ety of student scholarships. Each of these awards identifies and recognizes the brightest stars in our business. After having served on the FOY committee several years ago, and now having the privilege PUBLISHER'S NOTICE: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appear- ing In Sportsturf. Reader Service Numbers Are Given To Fa- cilitate Further Inquiry. Commercial Product Names Are Used For The Convenience Of The Reader. Mention Of A Commercial Product Does Not Imply Endorsement By Sport- sturf Or M2MEDIA360, Or Preference Over Similar Products Not Mentioned. of evaluating Founders Award candidates, I have had the chance to observe first-hand how the level of competition continues to rise each year as our membership's skills and abilities climb as well. I relish the privilege of having a vote in selecting our Founders Award winners and I know that all that serve on STMA selection committees for other awards and scholar- ship winners also appreciate the challenge of making difficult choices from such highly quali- fied applicants. So, don't be shy… remember what Dizzy Dean said "It ain't braggin' if you can back it up." Please take a few moments to develop your own nomination or that of a wor- thy peer so that some well-deserved recognition can be received at STMA's 2013 Awards Ban- quet in Daytona Beach. ■ SportsTurf 7

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