STMA_LogoThe Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) today announced its 2016 Board of Directors, including Jeffrey Salmond, CSFM, and Director of Athletic Fields for the University of Oklahoma, as its newly elected President.

Other STMA members elected to the 2016 board include:

  • President Elect — Tim Van Loo, CSFM, Iowa State University (Ames, Iowa)
  • Immediate Past President – Allen Johnson, CSFM, Fields Manager for the Green Bay Packers (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
  • Secretary / Treasurer – Sarah Martin, CSFM, City of Phoenix (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Vice President Commercial – Doug Schattinger, Pioneer Athletics
  • Elected-at-Large Director – Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Director of Grounds, Columbus Crew SC (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Academic Director – Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D., Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama)
  • Higher Education Director – Nick McKenna, CSFM, Baseball Field Manager, Texas A&M (College Station, Texas)
  • Parks & Recreation Director – Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, Town of Cary (Cary, North Carolina)

Directors fulfilling second-year terms are:

  • Professional Facilities Director – Dan Bergstrom, Houston Astros (Houston, Texas)
  • Schools K-12 Director – Robert Behr, CSFM, Ashley Ridge High School (Summerville, South Carolina)

Members appointed to the Board include:

  • Director At-Large – Jeffrey Fowler, Penn State Cooperative Extension (Franklin, Pennsylvania)
  • Commercial Director – Randy Price – Tri-Tex Grass (Grandbury, Texas)

“STMA has been an integral part of my career as a sports turf manager, providing on-going education and numerous networking opportunities,” Salmond. said “We are the ‘Directors of First Impressions’ and I look forward to increasing awareness of STMA and the safe, playable athletic surfaces our members manage across America.”

The organization conducts its annual elections electronically in late November and the Board officially takes office during the Conference & Exhibition each January. Next year’s event will be held in Orlando, Florida from Jan. 24-27.