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STC Meeting Breaks Attendance Records

The Synthetic Turf Council’s spring membership meeting in Las Vegas attracted a record attendance of 226 individuals representing companies located throughout the world. The theme of the conference was “Quality: Live it, Breathe it, Achieve it.” The meeting focused on enhancing the performance of synthetic turf sports fields and environmental responsibility. The STC’s annual membership meeting will be held in Dallas, Texas, October 1-3.

Turface Presents Tampa School with Award

Turface Athletics honored Jesuit High School’s Paul Straub Field at Hyer Family Park in Tampa, Fla., as the Baseball Coaches Association “National Field of the Year.” The 500-seat stadium opened last season and includes covered batting cages, a training room, separate junior varsity and varsity locker rooms, individual showers and a trophy hall. As part of the award, the school received $400 for maintenance supplies, along with 1 ton of Turface material.

Becker Underwood Welcomes New Communications Manager

Charles Whitt has joined Becker Underwood as communications manager for the company’s U.S. and Mexico-based operations. He comes to Becker Underwood from Bunting Magnetics Co., where he was vice president of marketing and communications for the past four years. Whitt holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Rochester.

Irrigation Foundation Launches Irrigation Career Link

The Irrigation Foundation launched the Irrigation Career Link, an online job board at The job board allows employers and job seekers to access career resources that provide information on a variety of topics, upload résumés and create job alerts based on user-defined criteria, and post open positions or internship opportunities for a 30 or 60-day time period. Career resources and job seeker tools are available free of charge.

Jacobsen Hires Moore, Provides Equipment to Rangers

Jacobsen announced that Jason Moore has joined the company as territory sales manager. He will be responsible for supporting dealers and customers in the south Florida region. Previously, he spent seven years as a golf course superintendent for Troon Golf.

Jacobsen will provide turf maintenance equipment to the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball team. The equipment, sold through Jacobsen dealer Luber Bros., will be used to maintain the playing field of Rangers Ballpark.

Direct Solutions Adds Two to Agronomy Team

Direct Solutions announced the addition of Brandon Green and Bob Raley to its Turf & Horticulture agronomy team. Green has over five years of hands-on turf management experience and recently completed his master’s degree in agronomy from Auburn University. He will have responsibility for providing training and support for Agrium Advanced Technologies’ Experience at FarmLinks research and education program, while also supporting Direct Solutions’ internal and external customers in the southern U.S.

Raley has over 10 years of golf and turfgrass management experience and holds a master’s degree in agronomy from Penn State University. He will provide training and support to Direct Solutions’ internal and external customers throughout the northern U.S. and Canada.

Curtis Now ISO 9001:2008 Registered

Curtis Industries LLC announced that the company has demonstrated its quality management system is now compliant with the requirements of the ISO 9001:2008 standard. The company’s system was awarded official registration by TUV USA, member of TUV NORD Group. Curtis began the process over a year ago to implement all the necessary documentation and systematic changes to meet all mandatory criteria to receive certification.