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Synthetic Turf Council Elects New Board of Directors in Nashville

Tuesday, October 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Melanie Taylor, Director of Operations
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(Forest Hill, Md.) - During the Synthetic Turf Council's (STC) 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on October 16-18, the association elected its new Board of Directors. Kevin Barker, Controlled Products LLC, will serve a two-year term as Chairman of the STC, the largest organization dedicated to representing the synthetic turf industry.

Board Officers include Vice Chairman Laith Ross, RossTarrant Architects; Treasurer Luke McCoy, Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.; Secretary David Nardone, Stantec Sport; Director-at-Large Donna Kent, ForeverLawn Inc.; and Immediate Past Chair Amy Brackin, Liberty Tire Recycling LLC. John Baize, Act Global; Brad Borgman, USGreentech LLC; Mike Cobb, InnovaNet; Stefan Diderich, Mattex; Catherine Eiswerth, Binnie & Associates; Chuck McClurg, Shaw Sports Turf; Ryan Paris, AstroTurf, complete the newly elected Board. Outgoing Board members Robert Thomas, ProGrass, and Phil Barlow, Shaw Sports Turf, were warmly recognized and thanked for their valued contributions to the STC and the industry.

"The STC is fortunate to have strong industry leaders as members of our Board," says Dan Bond, CAE, President & Chief Executive Officer of the STC. "I am confident that under Kevin Barker's leadership, the STC will strengthen its position as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry."

The 2017 STC Annual Membership Meeting attracted 217 attendees, including 195 members from 104 companies, and 22 non-member guests from 16 companies, with representatives from nine different countries (US, Canada, Demark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland and the UK) and featured a strong educational component. Keith Bulluck, a former All-Pro NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, delivered a compelling keynote address. Richard Kent, PhD provided a research update on the biomechanics of head-to-ground concussions, synthetic turf maintenance and its role in injury prevention, and shoe-to-turf interaction. Concurrent breakout sessions focused on industry-related topics, including: Shock Pad Systems, Freight Market Trends, Synthetic Turf Base Systems, Baseball Infield Preparation, Recycle and Reuse Options, Pet Turf Odor Control, and a comprehensive overview of the new STC Landscape Installation Certification Program that is expected to be released in early 2018.

In 2018, the STC will host its Spring Membership Meeting on March 12-14 in Rancho Mirage, California at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.  For more information, visit

About the Synthetic Turf Council

 The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) is the world's largest organization representing the synthetic turf industry, representing over 200 companies with operations in over 10 countries. Founded in 2003, the STC assists 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. It is a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf, as well as technical guidance on the selection, installation, maintenance, and environmentally responsible disposal 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

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To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

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