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2013-2015 Board of Directors Ballot

ARTICLE VII of the Synthetic Turf Council Bylaws provides for an annual election for a Board of Directors to occur each year 25 days prior to the Annual Membership Meeting for vacancies on the Board Directors because of the expiration of the term of Directors at such annual meeting.

Section 1 states the number of directors shall be not greater than thirteen (13) members one being the Immediate Past Chair who shall serve ex officio as a voting member of the Board of Directors. The remaining 12 Directors shall consist of a minimum of one and a maximum of four Directors from each membership category:

  • Material/Component Manufacturer or Supplier
  • Independent Professional and Consultant
  • Builder, Installer or Contractor (including Regional Landscape Installer and Base Contractor)
  • Specialty Manufacturer or Service Provider

To view the current Board of Directors, click here.

The following members in good standing have been nominated to serve on the Synthetic Turf Council Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning at the first Board of Directors meeting (Wednesday, October 9) following the 2013 Annual Membership Meeting:

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Rusty Abell, DMA/SportsLabs USA

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.

STC Involvement: Performance Guidelines Task Force; Maintenance Guidelines Task Force; Presented at the Spring 2012 Membership Meeting

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

This is a crucial time for our industry. It has become clear that all-weather fields, regardless of sport, have to be maintained to reach its life expectancy. Our country has become extremely litigious when players are hurt in a game due to conditions of the field of play. We are going to see that parents of young children will start to hesitate to sign the release papers regarding "play at your own risk". Even the NFL will be the first to say that a majority of the players that make it to the big leagues have been injured in their younger years, some that will potentially end their careers, and even their lives way too early in life.

We have learned that the majority of the athletic fields in our country have little or no maintenance done to them. In most cases that is strictly due to lack of knowledge of how to maintain the surface. In our testing protocols, we recognize that all field technicians or maintenance employees are flabbergasted of the mostly simple day to day maintenance of facility. We have learned through our efforts that an all-weather turf can be brought to, and held to a range that equals or exceeds the functionality of natural grass. I want to educate all of these end users through channels already opened by the STC.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Most of this question is answered by the previous answer, however one issue that we are now and need to study further is how to bring the field temperatures down. The better the turf systems are becoming, the hotter they get and the retention of heat becomes greater. In our lab, we have tested numerous different infill materials and have seen a couple with a potential future, and many more that were someone's guess that didn't work. We are even being called in forensically as some of the infill products are actually melting into the turf, rendering it unusable and at the end of its life.

My other issue is that the major manufacturers might be beginning to see, is that analysis has to be done when a field is rather new to check for installation issues, versus when a field becomes a problem or dangerous.

My third issue would be the ability to work in conjunction with the paint manufacturers to try to develop a totally different mentality of how to remove the paint over and over. Many fields are in a heavy maintenance stage or are being pulled out way before the potential lifespan of the turf is up. In the big leagues, this is all a function of money and multiple uses.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have been in the athletic surfacing industry since November of 1974. It began in tennis court and track construction and resurfacing, which branched into synthetic turf in the early 1980's. At the time, I spent many years in the development of different turf systems for different sports, and lead the world, with the help of PGA professional George Archer, number one putter on tour then, in the construction of professional state of the art golf tees and greens. Most of all tour players and numerous actors in Hollywood had me come and build private facilities at their homes for off-season. Dave Pelz, Steve Pate, Paul Azinger, Steve Elkington, Larry Mize, Asao Aoki, Hank Haney Professional Golf Ranch, Jack Nicholson Family, Coors Beer Family, Chelsea Piers Golf Complex, NY, NY, Mt. Fugi Golf Club - Japan, and I am most proud of our materials being used for the development of golf ball technology at Titliest Golf, and Callaway Golf Corp.

The products were marketed under the name of Tour True and the rights were sold to a Japanese firm in 1993. In 1995, my turf world changed when I contracted and installed the first "tufted nylon" field for Texas Stadium - Home of the Dallas Cowboys in their prime. I have been in the turf world ever since in one capacity or another, whether it be development, drainage, installation techniques, project management and oversight, or other related needs.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

Board of Directors of the U.S. Tennis Court and Track Builders Association, now the ASBA. I was on the board for nine (9) years and was president of the track division for three terms.
I worked closely with NFSHSA and was author of the first and second writings of the "Track Construction Manual", that is still in use today. While a member of the USTC & TBA, I was in the first class that passed all qualifications as "Certified Tennis Court Builder", and after the completion of version one of the Track Construction Manual, was in the first group of Certified Track Builders.

I was consultant to, certified by, and on the board of ASGI, Association of Synthetic Grass Installers. I have also been recently asked to be on the Board of Directors of a bank here in my hometown.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

Advancement of the STC and its national, or even worldwide stature and the volumes of issues related to our industry can be addressed by our organization, which is going to take a tremendous amount of marketing in a different manner than this organization has seen before. I have been very impressed with Terrie and I believe she could help immensely in this regard. At the prime of tennis, the USTC & TBA was there, but I still believe the seldom were heard of as the solution to issues for courts. I think the same thing is happening here, a huge volume of synthetic fields built yearly and the ownership of these facilities, whether private or public, still has limited, or no knowledge where to turn for answers and advice. I will be on this mission 100% if elected to our board, and will also be in an individual capacity if I am looked over. This will be a giant undertaking, but we have to bring the end users into our membership to gain the knowledge needed to help rectify this problem before it puts us all out of business.

In closing...

As I have said repeatedly here and on my bio, I feel and have felt for many years, that the athletic field surface should play no part in the causing of injury to an athlete. This has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and I will do everything in my power, and hopefully inherit additional power from our membership and our organization, to make sure that we offer the help and support needed by the end user, regardless of who they are. This cannot be accomplished by one person or company.


William (Bill) Aniskovich, WBA Group

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

I have decided to throw my hat into the ring at this time because I believe the STC Board should be balanced out with representation from a design consultant, and would benefit from a small business point of view. My years of experience and background in the design of artificial turf fields are invaluable. I’d like to share the benefits of my knowledge.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

The older turf fields are now being replaced in large quantity, and that number continues to grow. I believe the STC’s focuses for the immediate future should be toward the reuse, recycling and reclamation of the old turf and infill. Pressing the old turf and infill into continued service is of benefit to everyone. Also, I’d like to see more new field designs qualify for LEED certification. Our firm strives toward these goals in all our facility designs. I’d like to help and encourage others to do the same.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

My entire career has focused on the design of outdoor recreational facilities. I have designed and installed artificial turf fields for decades. I pride myself on staying on top of the latest developments in turf technology: this summer I toured turf manufacturing and R & D facilities in Georgia.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

I have not served on a Board of Directors. However, I was a partner in a design firm for 20 years, and am now in the 22nd year of owning my own design consulting firm.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The STC offers a standard to which those outside our industry can refer to for responsibility and accountability. However, it gives an impression of existing only serve that industry. By offering public outreach and access to information, the STC could become the primary authority to which the public turns. This will generate more confidence in the use of artificial turf and industry as a whole.

In closing...

As an independent consultant and small business owner, I have a unique perspective on the turf industry. My focus is upon the client and their needs rather than the sale of a product. My sitting on the Board would offer a fresh outlook, coupled with the benefit of years of experience to back it up.


Amy Brackin, Liberty Tire Recycling, LLC

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: PR & Marketing Committee
Chair; Website Test Drive Task Force

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

Now having been in the industry for more than 5 years, I feel I have a good understanding of the needs of the industry and its members. I offer a unique perspective having spent more than 3 years with a turf manufacturer and and equal amount of time as a supplier to the industry. It has allowed me to see the challenges both "sides" experience and I think that can be very beneficial when we are considering the best interest of all members in our decision making and strategic planning.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

One of the major challenges our industry faces is education - for our members and our end-use customers. Our industry is still young and therefore, information has been communicated to the public on topics such as safety, ideal product specifications, usage, maintenance and more based often on nothing more than opinion, gut-feel or "experience". Some of that continues even today. As this industry grows and ages, it is vital that we communicate with a strong voice and valid scientific data about items that impact our consumers and promote this information to the general public effectively. In addition, the more we can educate our own members, the more credibility we earn with our potential customers and the more effective we can all be. The STC has already acknowledged this challenge as a priority and I am willing to help in any way I can.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I spent the first 15 years of my career in marketing and PR for a software company servicing the retail and CPG markets. Since joining the turf industry, I have worked for a synthetic turf manufacturer as a VP of Marketing and Sales Operations, as a Brand Manager for a specialty infill product manufacturer and now as a business and market development manager for Liberty Tire Recycling. This experience has offered me a broad perspective of the needs of the various members of our industry.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

No.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The STC has a unique opportunity to become the only force guiding this industry and it's members. In many ways, it clearly already is. At Liberty Tire, our membership offers us an opportunity to stay connected to our customers and educate our own team members about the industry through conferences and online resources. I believe the STC simply needs to make sure that with ever decision made, we have the best interests of the industry and our members in mind and that our members are continuously receiving value from their membership. Beyond networking, this comes from strong relationships/partnerships, great events, knowledgeable speakers, valuable educational tools, and even a strong voice in the community and on Capitol Hill when necessary.


Sean Clark, Sportsfield Specialties

Attended 1 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Membership Committee

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

I believe that it’s a worthwhile service to the STC as an organization, and I believe that it’s a worthwhile service to the industry as a whole. Based on our position in the industry I may not garner tangible benefits from STC participation, but I fully understand that we benefit from the health of the organization and the health of our collective industry. Furthermore, I believe that serving on the STC Board of Directors will be an invaluable experience for me as an individual and as a professional.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

There are always new challenges in a forever-changing industry, but several key issues include synthetic turf recycling/reclamation, safety concerns over excess heat/humidity, and safety concerns relevant to head-related injuries/Gmax. My largest contribution will be an objective and relatively unbiased opinion/perspective, as I may be influenced by the health of the industry as a whole, but I am not directly influenced by the specific outcomes of these specific issues. Often the biggest obstacles are those that we are not yet aware of, which is why the organization needs to remain prepared and capable as time moves along.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I’ve served as the Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. since the Summer of 2007, having successfully grown sales from year-to-year throughout that time period. As the son of a successful sports contractor my experience and familiarity with the synthetic turf industry extends well beyond my time as a full-time employee of Sportsfield Specialties, Inc. I am very passionate and dedicated to my career and have every intention of remaining active within the synthetic turf industry for a very long time.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

I have yet to serve on a Board of Directors, but look forward to taking full advantage of my first opportunity to serve in such a capacity.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

In general, I believe that the STC represents a collective effort to promote health and cohesiveness within the synthetic turf industry. From a business standpoint and for myself personally, it represents an opportunity to engage with well-respected peers in a common industry; create, maintain, and/or strengthen industry relationships; remain ahead of the curve as it relates to industry trends; and promote a sense of credibility through active participation within an effective and well-respected industry organization. As for improvements, I personally believe that the STC needs to stay true to its identity, despite the common pressures to enhance revenue and expand membership. If too many efforts are made to broaden the appeal of the organization you may risk diluting the core intent of the STC. Personally I believe that the key group of professionals missing from the STC is not the contractors/base-builders, but is often the architects and engineering firms that specialize in sports construction design. In my opinion, if approached properly the benefits of the STC should resonate with most design firms, whereas I truly believe it’s unrealistic to expect the same from contractors/base-builders.

In closing...

I believe that my varying relationships and relative position within the industry afford me the ability to bring a neutral and balanced perspective as it relates to the STC. I would expect to do a lot of listening/observing over the early stages of my tenure on the board should I be fortunate enough to serve, but over time I am confident that I will bring objectivity and value to the organization during my time of service.


Webb Cook, Sprinturf

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Membership Committee; Presented at the Spring 2013 Whistle-stop Seminar

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

I have been in the synthetic turf business since 1999. I have been an active participant in the Synthetic Turf Council dating back to 2005. I have served on a number of task forces and committees during that time. I believe that my experiences in the industry and the STC provide me with a perspective that will benefit the organization if I am selected to serve on the board.

I believe the time is right for me to submit my name for consideration. I have worked hard since 2010 build up the Sprinturf sales team and product line. With these in place, I now have the time to commit to the STC if I am selected to serve on the Board.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

I believe our industry will continue to face a number of environmental and "user safety" issues. These include product safety, heat issues, crumb rubber, disposal, etc. I also believe that the issue of foreign competition will be a major issue for our industry. I feel strongly that my experience on the sales and customer service side of our business, as well working with numerous suppliers, will be a benefit as we deal with the first two issues. My experience of working directly with the yarn extrusion and tufting/coating side of the business dating back to 2003 gives me a strong perspective when dealing with the issue of foreign competition and how it impacts our industry.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have been in the synthetic turf business since 1998. The very first field I sold and worked through the installation process was Elizabethtown College in the summer of 2000. I cannot give you an exact number of fields that I have sold since that time, but it is north of 125. Specifically, I worked for Hummer Turfgrass Systems of Lancaster, PA, from 1997-2002. I helped them develop and sell a number of fields from 200 to 2002. In the fall of 2002 I helped start and was the first employee of A-Turf. I worked with A-Turf until the fall of 2009. In late 2009 I started Liberty Sports. In August of 2010 I was asked to join Sprinturf after the merger of ITS and Sprinturf. I have been with Sprinturf since that time.

During that period and I have been responsible for the development and sales of synthetic grass infill systems. I have also been involved in the project management of many projects, as well as customer service. I have always worked with smaller organizations, so there has always been the necessity to work in sales and operations to a certain degree.

During my time at A-Turf, I worked closely with Controlled Products and Lanny Bailey on product development, and manufacturing. I continue to do the same in my role at Sprinturf.

I served as the co-chairiman of the STC Conduct Task Force and helped write what is now the STC Code of Conduct. I also served as the chairman of the STC Membership Committee, I rejoined that committee earlier this year. I also helped Rick to develop the annual STC golf tournament. But that may not count since I like to play golf. :)

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

I have not previously served on any Board of Directors.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

Personally, I believe that the STC plays in critical role in helping to protect the interests of its member companies. It is also a leading contributor in establishing and maintaining the professional conduct and attitude that our members now show to each other in what we all know to be an extremely competitive business. I think these have been critical in the improvement of our core businesses and how we conduct business on a day to day basis.

As an employee of a company that extrudes yarn, tufts/coats its finished systems and installs them, the STC protects our interests with regard to numerous issues that we deal with every day. Just importantly, the STC acts as a"Seal of Quality" for Sprinturf. Membership in the STC and the logo tell our customers that we are committed to the highest standards in terms of products, installations, customer service and professionalism, The STC is something we use everyday to market our company and products to our customer base.

In closing...

All I can say is that I am very passionate about the STC, what it stands for and the work it is doing for our industry. I have been in this business a long time, so I do have opinions and thoughts on many issues. But I am not the type of persons who believes that "I know everything and everyone else knows nothing". One thing I love about our industry is that I am learning new things everyday, and I never hesitate to ask questions.

You should know that I grew up in a political family, and I was the youngest of five with four older systems. The one thing I was always taught is that the best way to make progress is to work together with people and to compromise in order to reach a common goal.

I believe my background, perspectives and ability to work with people will serve me well if I am selected to serve on the STC Board of Directors.

Thank you for considering my application. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


Alastair Cox, Labosport International

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Board of Directors 2011-2013; Education Committee; Performance Guidelines Task Force; Presented at the Fall 2009 and Spring 2013 STC Membership Meetings

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

The synthetic turf market is increasingly becoming global; partly as manufacturers from around the world look for new markets and partly as international sports federations see the benefits in setting performance standards. My experience of testing sports surfaces and assisting the sports federations set their standards allows me to give the STC an insight into future trends and likely developments and an understanding of how many of the existing standards came about, their role and benefits.

In addition as one of the world’s leading test laboratories we see developments from all parts of the world and can therefore also share our general knowledge and insight into market trends and developments with the STC and the Board of Directors.

I have done this for the past three years and hope my contribution has assisted the STC Board in formulating its views and policies.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

The current market is seeing increased competition from developing nations and pressure on pricing and therefore quality. The synthetic turf industry is still relatively new and quite immature in many ways. Without careful development there is a risk that many of the significant developments our industry has made in the last few years could be minimized if concerns about quality, performance and environmental considerations are not recognized and responded too. As detailed above I believe my testing experiences can help the STC respond to many of these threats.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

Director of Labosport Ltd has 33 years’ experience of the testing of synthetic sports surfaces. I have participated in the development of:

  • The UK Sports Council Specifications for Artificial Sports Surfaces
  • The (English) Football Association’s 'Winterbottom Report'
  • BS 7044: Artificial Sports Surfaces
  • LTA/Sports Council Performance Standard for Tennis Surfaces
  • World Bowls Board Performance Standard for Artificial Flat Green Bowls Surfaces
  • The International Tennis Federation Initial Study on Performance Standards for Tennis Surfaces
  • The All England Netball Association Categories of Netball Courts and Surface Performance Requirements
  • UEFA Requirements for Artificial Football Surfaces
  • Sport England Guide to the Design, Specification & Construction of MUGAs & Synthetic Turf Pitches
  • SAPCA / LTA Code of Practice for the Painting of Tennis Courts and Kids Zones
  • FIFA Quality Concept for Football Turf
  • GAA Performance and Construction Standards for Synthetic Turf Pitches
  • FIH Handbook of Performance Requirements for Synthetic Turf Pitches
  • ECB Performance Standard for Non-turf Cricket Surfaces (outdoors)
  • ECB Performance Standard for indoor cricket surfaces
  • England Hockey Pitch policy (2009)
  • IRB Regulation 22 – performance standards for synthetic turf rugby surfaces
  • Rugby Football League Performance and Construction Standards for Synthetic Turf Pitches

I am convenor of the European Standards Committee CEN TC 217 WG6 dealing with synthetic and synthetic turf sports surfaces and CEN TC 217 WG11 dealing with test methods for sports surfaces.

I advise the English Football Association, Football Association of Ireland and Rugby Football Union (RFU) on technical issues relating to artificial grass rugby surfaces, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on technical issues relating to non-turf cricket surfaces and England Netball on technical issues relating to netball courts.

I have sat on:

  • UEFA’s Artificial Turf Experts Panel
  • European Football Turf Group - a technical group formed by national football associations
  • BSI committee dealing with sports surfaces
  • the Lawn Tennis Associations Technical Service team
  • Synthetic Turf Council’s (STC, based in the USA) technical committee

I have lectured widely, both in the UK and overseas and is the author of numerous technical papers dealing with sports surfaces’ standards and their related test procedures.

Board member Sport and Play Construction Association–representing Professional Services division; Board member Synthetic Turf Organisation; Awarded inaugural Life Time Achievement Award (2011) by the European Synthetic Turf Organisation.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

  • Synthetic Turf Council: 2010–2013
  • International Association of Sports Surface Sciences: 2006–2009
  • Sport and Play Construction Association (SAPCA): 2008–2011
  • Labosport 2004–to present

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The North American market is a major sector of the synthetic turf global market and the role of standards and performance testing is increasingly being recognized by those operating in this market. As such Labosport wish to maintain their position as a leading global sports surface testing institute by being an active player in the US and Canadian markets; that is why we have opened subsidiaries in the USA and Canada. As the STC is the leading independent authority on synthetic turf in North America it is essential to Labosport that we are members and actively participate in the STC’s activities and growth. And promote the STC to those companies and sports federations that we have dealing with.


Joe DiGeronimo, DMA/DiGeronimo-Mikula Associates

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.

STC Involvement: Business Practices Task Force; Membership Committee

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

Throughout the many years I have dedicated to the sports industry, with my experience and knowledge, I have a lot to offer the Synthetic Turf Council as a board member. At this point in my career, I would like to share what I have learned throughout the years and I will strive to help out fellow STC members to the best of my ability. Personally, I would like to focus on making facilities design/build rather than architectural. I believe it is important to have someone who fully understands not only the design aspect but also the turf construction and maintenance.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Testing numerous organic infills for new design criteria; Try to help enhance the installation qualities of the major manufacturers; Focus on STC sponsored maintenance guidelines being received and understood by the end user.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

My career began forty years ago by designing track and tennis court surfaces. From there, my talents have expanded where I now specialize in designing synthetic turf and grass fields. After receiving the call requesting my services at Camp David in 1989, I have remained the sports facilities designer and consultant for the White House. In the 1990's I consulted with U.S. Indoor Golf on synthetic golf greens. Work included design of the shock pad and turf systems for Michael Jordan, Tom Smothers, Coors Beer Family, Chelsea Pier Golf Center (NYC), Callaway Golf Center and Titliest Research Center. In addition, was on site advisor at Mt. Fugi Country Club, Japan. Throughout my career I have been the author of or featured in over ten publications, this is one way my name became recognized by many. Two patents have also boosted my recognition. The first one took place in 1996, where I was the registered inventor of U.S. patent received for Rubber/Polyurethane Shock Pad System (Elastic Layer), the second one occurred in 2001 where I developed the Synthetic Turf designed combination fibers. From 1973 to present, I have designed or constructed over 900 tracks, 9,000 tennis courts, 300 natural football fields and 250 artificial turf fields nationally.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

I served as a Chairman on both the U.S. Tennis Court and Track Builders Association from 1987 to 1990 and Technical Committee and Specs, USTC&TBA from 1979 to 1989. I was also a Technical Consultant/Director for USTC&TBA from 1984 to 1987. I am currently a member of the Synthetic Turf Council and a Certified Instructor for the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers (ASGI).

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The STC is a tremendous asset to the synthetic turf industry as its members are at the top of their field. The membership should now be directed to actively bring in membership from high schools and colleges so that the personnel in charge of the facilities have a place to enhance their knowledge of products and maintenance of the products. The industry needs more than just salesmen confronting the owners.

In closing...

The board should be made up of people that excel in their respective part of the industry. Experience, not politics should be the only criteria.


François Hébert, Design & Solutions for Sports Surfaces (DSSS)

Attended 2 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Base Construction Task Force & Resource Group

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

After having served on a Committee (Base design and construction guidelines) and having had the opportunity of having numerous discussions with other STC members on a variety of topics, I feel that I can step up my participation in the organization and contribute in a more meaningful manner by being part of the Board of Directors.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

One topic that is very dear to my heart is Quality. I feel that, in the coming years, the Turf Industry must do its best to strive towards providing its Clients with the best quality and performance possible. The STC has come a long way towards developing Quality as a prime value. I believe that most members now acknowledge it as being important both for them and the Industry in general. But there is still a ways to go.

I also believe that the STC must broaden its base and open up to the sports turf Industry in general, and not just the synthetic turf Industry. Both Industries share the same Client base and it is my belief that there should be no opposition between the two Industries, because I feel that they are complimentary. I would like to work at bringing down the walls that separate the two.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have been involved in the Sports Turf Industry for 20 years, having worked for a Firm specialized in Sports field and golf course construction from 1993 to 2003. I then started my own consulting practice in 2003 and I have been active in this field since then. I have designed numerous natural and synthetic fields and have also designed a great number of different drainage systems and bases, my belief being that each project is unique and that there is no single optimal design.

I have written many articles on both natural and synthetic field related topics, my specialty being drainage. I have also been invited to speak at many conferences on a great variety of subjects.

It is my belief that, if one is to benefit from being part of an association such as the STC, one must participate, or else it is not worth the investment.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

No, I have not. This would be my first time.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

I work in a pretty small and isolated environment. Being in the STC has allowed me to meet professionals who share my interest in this Industry and who are genuinely interested in working towards its development and improvement.

I am a strong proponent of quality in all aspects of my work and I like the idea of participating in an organization that shares this value. I believe, as I have said over the last few years, that this is the value that will ensure that this Industry strives and develops, both for the people who evolve in it, but also for the people who use and pay for these installations, which are the Users. Since I have nothing to sell but my expertise, I see myself as a defender of the Users’ interests in the Association, a position I think can only contribute to the advancement of the Industry which I believe needs to be attentive to the needs of its Clients.

As for necessary changes, I have promoted for a few years now the opening of the STC to a broader range of members, with a focus on the Users. Having local Users invited to STC meeting activities shows that my message is getting across, but I think that there still is a ways to go.


Joe Leedie, ForeverLawn

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: End-of-Life Disposal Task Force

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

With 45 years of varied business experience, the past 10 years in the synthetic turf industry, it's time to give back.

It is my belief that one cannot complain about direction or outcome if one is not willing to get involved. The future growth of the STC will demand insight and input from multiple sources and perspectives.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Need to maintain focus on the many fronts the STC now oversees. To pick one of greatest importance - it is education. The STC should strive to reach beyond the traditional large volume installers and bring the application of synthetic turf to small neighborhood areas as well as homeowners and residential applications.

Outreach should be established on a community basis with membership encouraged to organize and educate at the local level. As a board member I would work with a task force or committee to facilitate a broad based education program.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have broad based business experience in sales, operations, logistics, general management and ownership in both technical and service related industries. Adept at public speaking, consensus building, teaching/training, strategic planning and decision making. Thorough understanding of budget process, capital planning, asset allocation and cash flow.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

Desert Rose Homeowners Association, 2 years, 1 year as president. No other Board of Directors experience but numerous church and community service activities in both leadership and membership capacities.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

Personally the STC is a great source of networking as well as building acquaintances and friendships.

From a company standpoint it is a reliable way to stay abreast of emerging trends and to lend our voice to speak as one regarding issues that affect the synthetic turf industry or the public perception. The STC must advance and nurture our position as sound environmental stewards.


Ronn Ponath, Kromer Co. LLC

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.

STC Involvement: Performance Guidelines Task Force for Maintenance

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

As a relatively new member of the STC, I bring a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities of this industry. With experience in both natural and synthetic applications and an understanding of their relative strengths and weaknesses, I will enhance the growth of this industry and bring a varied cross-discipline perspective that implements and supports positive change. By increasing membership, goals can be attained sooner with my input.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Most customers of synthetic applications understand and appreciate the benefits. But they do not understand how to maximize and prolong those benefits .They expect performance without maintenance. They are reluctant to do anything that may void their warranty. The problem is there is not a single source for remedy. Is it the turf supplier, the builder/contractor, the service supplier or the equipment? Education and training is required.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

Graduate University of Minnesota, BA in Economics, postgraduate marketing University of Colorado, Mount Eliza Australian Management College- Leadership Development Program. 34 years at Tennant Company- management in purchasing,customer service, sales & sales mgmt., general mgmt., marketing mgmt., financial mgmt, legal research. Worked in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Created Claton Enterprises LLC - a consulting company for international re-locations, marketing research, & as a research vehicle for buying/investing in business opportunities. Strong emphasis on team building, new product development, customer relations, change agent, market penetration, & continuous improvement.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

On the Board as Vice President of the Wabedo, Little Boy,Cooper, Inguadona, Rice Lakes Association. I developed the Long Term Lakes Management Plan with assistance from the Initiative Foundation and Cass County, Minnesota. This required creating and documenting the plan and applying for the grant to implement the plan which was then funded. Also provided legal advice to provide liability coverage for board members which was then executed. I was a board member for 5 years until other responsibilities took priority.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The STC is an important organization to provide knowledge, experience and problem solving for the industry. By working together with owners and operators, manufacturers, architects, designers, builder/installers, maintenance service contractors and equipment suppliers we can provide better products, address and solve problems, and improve the environment.

I recommend that we have more owners and operators of these installations as members that can provide us with better insight of their needs. This also opens up new and better ideas. We also should continue our donation field installations that have a positive publicity such as the Stuart-Hobson School.

In closing...

We all know of organizations, companies and individuals that are self-centered with ethical standards that leave a lot to be desired. My many years of experience have only reinforced that honesty, integrity and doing the right thing is the only way to conduct business and personal life. I look forward to contributing to further growth and success for the STC and those it serves.


Jim Rack, MAPEI

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

It is important to be actively involved and contribute to the sustained organized growth of the synthetic turf industry.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Our focus should be to work on an outreach program for to attract more involvement from customers and architects.

Using print and digital marketing from member companies such as Mapei to reach architects and end users to draw clients to the STC website.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

  • 2010 - Present MAPEI director of sports
  • 2009 - 2010 Polytan manager turf construction
  • 2008-2009 Sprinturf head of construction and sales west coast
  • 2003-2007 JKS Rack Owner operating 5 install crews 60+ fields per year
  • "A" license for construction in Virginia, California, and Utah

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

Camp Washington redevelopment board in Cincinnati that focused on attracting new business back to Cincinnati. 2004-2007.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The Synthetic Turf Council is one of the most recognizable organizations for the sports flooring industry in the United States, and a great place for customers to gain product knowledge online. It should be discussed how to gain greater architect and customer awareness and involvement in the STC.


Barry Takallou, PhD, P.E., CRM Company LLC

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Technical Committee; Regulatory & Legislative Committee

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

I have made the decision to submit my name to serve on the STC Board of Directors because I have come to realize that the Board has been comprised mainly from east coast representation, with no representation from the west coast, and I would like to contribute my professional and public experience to the STC members.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

We need to expand the market for STC members and focus on quality as well as expand public and governmental awareness through outreach with education of the benefits of synthetic turf uses.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and PhD in Civil Engineering. I am a registered professional civil engineer in the states of California and Oregon. I have been processing SBR crumb rubber since 1998 when I opened the first CRM plant in Los Angeles, CA. I served as Commissioner for Economic Development under two governors in California, both republican and democrat, and I worked closely with both parties. CRM joined the STC as the very first infill supplier in 2005.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

President: RPA (Rubber Pavement Association) 2008-2009

Board Member: RPA (Rubber Pavement Association) since 2010

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

I believe there is always room for improvement by expanding membership and the markets as well as to have the STC Board of Directors be more inclusive and represent the entire US.

In closing...

I will contribute my professional and political experience to expand membership and secure governmental funding to help expansion. $300,000,000 per year is collected for managing scrap tires in the US and the STC has not been able to receive any of these funds while the STC is recycling 25,000,000 tires. My goal is to work with jurisdiction to attract $25,000,000 per year as help to protect owners and subsidize cost.


Grove Teates, Alpine Services

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Base Construction Task Force & Resource Group; Presented at the Spring 2012 STC Membership Meeting

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

Involvement w/ reconstructing the STC guidelines; Recognized need to educate STC body on grading procedures; Urging by others to do this

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Promotion of good bases for turf fields--education of base contractors who join; Heat mitigation-Evaluate current procedures; look for new infill materials; Heat capture (don't have a clue yet!)

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

Master of Commerce in Finance & Marketing; Heavy steel and machine shop fabrication; 300+ field bases with no failures; Significant study in techniques associated with using lasers to their fullest advantange

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

Greater Olney-Laytonsville Landfill Commissioner--Commissioner; Montgomery Evangelical Church--Board Member/Treasurer for 8 years

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

The STC is a vehicle to me to improve the grading and base construction portion of the industry. Bases are a major reason for field failure, the least policed part of the field package, and are where every vertically integrated turf company looks first to cut price when there is a close bid. This is followed closely by designers that are out of touch with the reality of the field.

At some point, the STC and its members must begin to recognize there is a problem and it is them.

In closing...

I am committed to bases and their improvement as shown by already pushing for better specifications via talks and by contributing significant time to the re-writing of the base specification document.


Robert Thomas, ProGrass

Attended 4 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Performance Guidelines Task Force; Maintenance Guidelines Task Force; Board of Directors 2011-2013
; Officer

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

Please accept my information for consideration as a candidate for the election by the STC membership to its Board of Directors. My first term as a member of the Board of Directors and a current Officer has provided me the opportunity to better understand the complexity of the industry as well as grasping a solid understanding of the issues that face this industry. I was fortunate to have been on some very informative and industry changing task forces. I was part of the task force that prepared the STC Performance Guidelines, STC Maintenance Guidelines, and most recently the task force regarding Heat Issues. Additionally, I worked closely on the very first Whistle Stop Seminar held this past spring in Pittsburgh. I believe being on the Board of Directors for a second term will allow for much more continuity moving forward with our Four Pillars, growth of our membership and to assist new board members serving their first term.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

I have witnessed and been a part of the Synthetic Turf Council’s ability to handle many challenges over the years. I can honestly say that the continuity of the leadership is a big reason for the STC successes. The focus in years to come should be to better educate our own industry so we can then educate those who are end users. Our focus should continue to open our doors to the outside and let others see what major efforts are being taken by the Council and its membership. We need to continue to identify, recruit and retain quality members in all areas of our industry (landscapers, builders, consultants, international firms, suppliers and manufacturers) in quest for Organizational Growth. Finally, we must focus on industry loyalty from our membership. I can help by continuing to roll-up my sleeves and serving our members, the board and the STC task forces.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

I have been very fortunate to have started my professional journey via Higher Education and Coaching at the collegiate level. I spent 22 years educating young people, and recruiting and retaining are just a few of my better qualities. I have been able to create a wonderful network with coaches, trainers, and administrators at the collegiate and professional level. The network I have developed has already been helpful in providing our industry with information that we are currently using in regard to STC Guidance: Exercising Safely in the Heat on Synthetic Turf. I have also been in the industry since 2000 and have seen the many changes that have occurred over the years. I have been in the field as an installer, been involved in the design and manufacturing of numerous turf systems and have been on the sales side as well as the administrative side of businesses. I have witnessed the many benefits of synthetic turf when consultants, builders, manufacturers and suppliers work as a positive team on a project.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

My two years as a member of the STC Board of Directors are the only years I have served on any Board of Directors. I currently also serve as an Officer of the STC.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

First of all, I have a passion for the industry and ProGrass is very proud to be a member in good standing in the STC. We consider the STC as a very important organization that is in total support members. ProGrass has been extremely pleased with the amount of educational information that is at our finger tips and supporting documents that assist our company and our industry with the many challenging arguments that have been thrown at our industry. We at ProGrass know that the STC are our eyes and ears as we constantly are improving our professionalism as an organization. I think the question should be what ProGrass can do to help grow and thrive in this industry for the STC. Our employees feel very strongly that what is occurring in our organization has to be delivered to those who are not as fortunate to have such a strong supporting group such as the STC.

In closing...

I am well aware of the time and energy necessary to be a member of the Board of Directors. I am very excited to possible have two more years of commitment to the Board and the membership. We are moving professionally and diligently in a very strong organizational direction. I have been honored to been a big part over the past two years and committed to even more passionate involvement if elected.


John Tidwell, Turfstore.com

Attended 3 out of 4 STC Membership Meetings in the past two years.
STC Involvement: Board of Directors 2007-2009; Landscape & Recreation Task Force

Why have you decided to submit your name at this time to serve your peers and the synthetic turf industry on the STC Board of Directors?

As a past Board member, I have some experience. I would like to help.

The synthetic turf industry is facing significant challenges. What should be the STC’s focus in the next year? How can you help?

Promoting "Made in USA". I am pushing this in total.

Describe your professional background and any special qualifications that you would like for the Nominating Committee to know about.

Been a member of STC since beginning. In the industry for the past 13 years.

Do you now or have you ever served on a Board of Directors?

I served on the STC Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009.

What does the Synthetic Turf Council mean to you and your company? What changes do you think are necessary to help the STC continue to grow and thrive in service to its members and the industry?

I have tried to help the past 13 years.



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Ballots must be received by September 25, 2013 @ 11:59 p.m. (EST) to be included in the tabulation of votes. Please vote for the six (6) candidates that you believe are best qualified to lead the STC for the next two years, without regard to their membership category. Candidates receiving the greatest number of votes are elected, subject to the By-law requirement that each member category has from 1 to 4 representatives on the Board.
















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