Synthetic Turf Council Holds Annual Membership Meeting in San Antonio, Texas
Monday, October 20, 2014
Posted by: Terrie Ward, STC Marketing & Education Director
Atlanta, GA – During
the Synthetic Turf Council’s (STC) Annual Membership Meeting in San Antonio,
Texas on September 29 to October 1, the association presented its new Board of
Directors, which was elected by the members.
Robert Thomas, President, ProGrass, LLC, is Chairman of the Board of the
220 member company organization.
Board Officers include Vice
Chairman Amy Brackin, Account Manager, Liberty Tire Recycling; Secretary Zach
Burns, President, The Motz Group; Treasurer Craig Honkomp, Senior Engineer,
Sportsworks Field Design; Director-at-Large Alastair Cox, Deputy CEO, Labosport
International; and Immediate Past Chairman John Baize, Managing Director, Act
Global. Rusty Abell, Principal, Sports
Labs USA; Jake Alexander, Director of Sales, Genan, Inc; Webb Cook, Director of Sales, Sprinturf; Stefan Diderich,
Consultant, Bonar Yarns; Catherine Eiswerth,
Division Manager, Binnie & Associates; Heard Smith, Chief Operating
Officer, AstroTurf/SYNLawn; John Tidwell, President, Turfstore, Inc., complete
the newly elected board.
"Our board plays an extremely
active role in shaping the strategic direction of the Council,” said Rick
Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.
"The STC relies on its Board and many committee volunteers to create and
help implement action initiatives for each of the many applications for which
synthetic turf is a solution – landscape, playgrounds, golf, sports fields,
airports, dog parks, and others.
Chairman Robert Thomas’ contributions and commitment to the STC are
well-known, and I’m confident the STC will continue to grow and serve the
industry under his leadership."
With approximately 226
attendees, the membership meeting included a strong educational component. Brian Beaulieu, economist and CEO with the
Institute for Trend Research (ITR Economics™), presented his economic outlook for the
synthetic turf industry and the global economy.
Beaulieu recommended the business strategies that should be undertaken
now to maximize the profit potential in the years to come.
Concurrent panels focused on
both sports fields and landscape and recreation that addressed topics such as third
party warranties, recent testing of synthetic turf surfaces and crumb rubber,
reclamation options, impact testing for synthetic turf sports fields and
playgrounds, potential use of synthetic grass in Florida landscape, and
benefits of synthetic grass as an accessible playground surface. An expanded exhibitor showcase that included
buyers and end-users from the San Antonio area completed the successful
educational and networking experience.
In 2015, the STC will host its
spring meeting March 23-25 in La Jolla, California and the fall meeting on
October 5-7 in Atlanta, Georgia. For
more information on both meetings, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org
About the Synthetic Turf Council
in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the
industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and
maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks,
airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is
also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety
and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders,
landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers,
suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other
specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.