Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional organization for those who manage sports fields worldwide, experienced record-breaking attendance at its Conference & Exhibition in Denver, Colorado. Two hundred exhibitors and 1,200 attendees from nine countries attended the 26th annual show.

“Our annual Conference continues to increase sports turf exposure and offers a unique networking opportunity,” says Allen Johnson, Certified Sports Field Manager, newly-elected STMA President and Fields Manager for the Green Bay Packers. “We hope the information shared here will aid in the progression of safer and more playable fields for years to come.”

SAFE, the association’s charitable foundation, raised almost $15,000 during the Conference through its bowling, casino and auction fundraisers. The proceeds benefit educational programs, scholarships and grants with the goal of enriching communities through safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields.

At the STMA Awards Banquet, the “Field of the Year” winners were recognized and four Founders Awards were bestowed on members who made significant contributions to the professions. Recipients included:

  • Dick Ericson Award: Tony Leonard, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Toma Award: Mike Albino, Ballard Sports
  • William H. Daniel Award: Brian Scott, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Harry C. Gill Award: Dr. Andrew McNitt, Penn State