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The landscape management industry is growing and evolving, and with new challenges at every turn national associations have become vital to success. They spearhead the problems that landscape superintendents face, while also promoting the landscape industry as a whole. With 2007 coming to a close, trade shows are being held and new officers are being elected. In the next few pages many of the prominent associations in the field talk about themselves, the year they have had, their award winners and newly elected officials, as well as what they see on the horizon in the year to come.

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APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities

APPA formerly known as the Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers, has been re-branded simply as APPA.

Now known as the association promoting leadership in educational facilities, it presented its annual awards during ceremonies at it's annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in July 2007.

The APPA Award for Excellence is designed to recognize and advance excellence in the field of educational facilities and is APPA's highest institutional honor. The award is designed to highlight the essential role of facilities operations in the overall institutional mission and vision.

2007 Award for Excellence recipients:

  • California State University, San Bernardino
  • Harrisburg Area Community College (PA)
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Utah State University

The Effective & Innovative Practices Award recognizes programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, increase productivity, improve customer service, generate revenue, or otherwise benefit the educational institution.






Front row (l-r): Chris Ahoy, Nancy Hurt, Alan Bigger, Bill Elvey, Polly Pinney, Mike Sofield, Kevin Folsom, Darrel Meyer, Glenn Smith, and Scott Burns. Back row (l-r): Eakle Barfield, Dave Millay, Tommy Moss, Greg Fichter, Jerry Carlson, Buzz Nelson, Willie Suter, Joe Fisher, and Marion Bracy.


2007 Effecitve & Innovative Practices recipients:

  • Arizona State University - Goals Tracking Application
  • Grand Valley State University - Quality Improvement Initiative
  • University of California, Davis - Olive Oil
  • University of Iowa - Route 66 Safety Program
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte - Construction and Demolition Waste management Program

Each year, APPA members bestow the Meritorious Service Award upon the individual member or members who have made significant, life-long contributions to the profession of higher education facilities management.

Individuals must have been an active member of APPA for a minimum of ten years; attended and participated in meetings and other functions at the international level; and demonstrated continued and distinguished service to the association.

2007 Meritorious Service Award recipients:

  • Polly Pinney, Arizona State University
  • Sam Polk, Tennessee State University
  • Terry Ruprecht, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Pacesetter Award is designed to encourage further participation in APPA among those who have already made significant contributions at the regional or chapter level.

2007 Pacesetter Award recipients:

  • James Barbush, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
  • Marion Bracy, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Ron Brooks, University of Memphis
  • Michelle Estep-Frederick, American University
  • Clay Shetler, Goshen College
  • Mark Shively, University of Wyoming

Educational Calendar

  • February 3-7, 2008 --Institute for Facilities Management& Supervisor's Toolkit--Marriott Newport Beach--Newport Beach, California
  • April 2008 --Leadership Academy Management & Supervisor's Toolkit--Scottsdale, Arizona
  • September 6-11, 2008 --Institute for Facilities Management & Supervisor's Toolkit--Renaissance Austin Hotel--Austin, Texas
  • January 18-22, 2009 --Institute for Facilities & Supervisor's Toolkit--Marriott Waterside Hotel--Tampa, Florida
  • July 9-11, 2008 --APPA 2008: Good to Great--San Antonio Convention Center--San Antonio, Texas













American Public Works Association (APWA)

The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services.

Originally chartered in 1937, APWA is the largest and oldest organization of its kind in the world, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, an office in Washington, D.C., and 64 chapters throughout North America. APWA provides a forum in which public works professionals can exchange ideas, improve professional competency, increase the performance of their agencies and companies, and bring important public works-related topics to public attention in local, state and federal arenas.

The association is a highly participatory organization, with hundreds of opportunities for leadership and service, and a network of several dozen national committees in every area of public works. Governed by a 17-member board of directors, elected at both the regional and national levels, APWA is an open, flexible association with a diversified membership of 29,000 and a reputation for quality services and products.

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One of the most important things that you can do to advance your career is to continue your professional development. Show your commitment to grounds management and your career by becoming a Certified Grounds Manager (CGM). Developed and offered by the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), and officially endorsed by the American Public Works Association (APWA), the CGM program is the first of its type in the Green Industry. With certification, your presentations, requests for funds and equipment, and recommendations carry more weight. Certification will be awarded upon meeting the eligibility requirements and successful passing of the CGM Examination. Examinations are offered on an ongoing basis.

Calendar of Events

  • Apr 13 - 16, 2008 --2008 North American Snow Conference--Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky
  • May 18 - 24, 2008 --National Public Works Week 2008
  • Aug 17 - 20, 2008 --2008 APWA Congress - The Best Show in Public Works--Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA













Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH)

The AZH is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the advancement of zoo horticulture in zoological parks, gardens and aquariums.

The advent of natural habitat exhibits in zoos during the 1960s and 1970s demonstrated the need for well trained as well as informed zoo horticulturists.

One of the key elements in natural habitat exhibits is a holistic approach to exhibit design. The horticulturist is involved in the exhibit design from its beginning to advise and present the plant needs for the exhibit, and to follow the project to its conclusion.

Our Purpose:

  • To advance public and professional education of the importance of zoo horticulture and its role in the educational, recreational, conservation and scientific goals of the living natural history museum.
  • To foster and cultivate the social, educational and business relations of the members through meetings, reports, publications, discussions and seminars, and the various communications media; to engender cooperation among the horticultural staffs of zoological parks, aquariums, botanical gardens and arboretum and similar organizations.
  • To broaden the interests of the membership in the pursuit of their occupations and to improve their standards of efficiency through fostering programs for professional and vocational education.
  • To aid, foster and engage in the exchange of horticultural specimens and propagules for exhibition, conservation and research.
  • To aid and protect its members and do all things as are properly within the scope of such an organization for the welfare of its members.

The 2007 AZH conference was held in October in Tulsa, Okla.






The 2007 AZH conference was held October 13th - 17th, 2007 in Tulsa, Okla. Attendees were able to:

  • Take part in AZH Certified Zoo Horticulturist Training Program at the Tulsa Zoo.
  • Tour Philbrook Museum of Art and Woodward Park (Municipal Rose Garden, Arboretum, Tulsa Historical Society, Conservatory) and
  • Tour Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden; Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge).














International Association of Aboriculture (ISA)

Membership:

ISA now has over 20,500* members representing 47 countries. (*as of 10/2/2007)

Certification Numbers:

Certified arborists on 6 continents, recertification rate is over 90%

Association Relations:

37 chapters worldwide
4 Professional Affiliates:

  • Utility Arborist Association
  • Arboricultural Research and Education Academy
  • Society of Commercial Arboriculture
  • Society of Municipal Arborists

6 Associate Organizations (plus 1 waiting approval):

  • Societe Francaise de Arboriculture
  • European Arboricultural Council
  • Asociacion Mexicana de Arboricultura
  • ISA Slovensko-Slovak Republic
  • Singapore Arboriculture Society
  • ISA Hong Kong/China
  • Belgium Arborist Association (awaiting approval)

Member of Sustainable Urban Forestry Coalition

International Award Winners:

  • Award of Merit - James Rocca, 4S-Tree Consulting, Ellisville, MO, US
  • L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research - Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, US
  • Award for Excellence in Education - Nelda Matheny & Jim Clark, HortScience, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, US
  • R.W. Harris Author's Citation - Dr. Kim Coder, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, US
  • Honorary Membership - Judy Adams, US Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Team, Fort Collins, CO, US
  • Honorary Membership - Mary Steiner, The Outdoor Circle, Honolulu, HI, US
  • Award of Achievement - Richard Herfurth, Lyndeborough, NH, US






The ISA currently counts among its members, 20,828 certified arborists, 1,184 utility specialists, 706 certified tree workers, 190 board certified master arborists and 164 municipal specialists. Photo courtesy of rememberyourroots.net


Calendar of Events:

  • 84th Annual ISA Conference and Trade Show July 26-30, 2008 -- America's Center, St. Louis, MO
  • International Tree Climbing Championship July 26-27, 2008 -- Forest Park, St. Louis, MO

Election News: 2007-2008 Officers:

  • ISA President -- Lauren Lanphear, South Euclid, OH, US
  • President Elect -- Melinda Jones, Livonia, MI, US
  • Vice-Presidents -- Colin Bashford, Twyford, Hampshire, UK -- Randy Lidkea, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada -- Terry Flanagan- Lake Oswego, OR, US -- Bill Fountain- Lexington, KY, US -- Dave Scharfenberger-Hartford, WI, US
  • Executive Director -- Jim Skiera, Champaign, IL, US

Charity Events:

ISA annually supports the Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund.













National Recreation and Parks Assoc. (NRPA)

The 2007 NRPA Congress & Exposition was held in Indianapolis. It was an exciting week in the Circle City for the 9,000 attendees of the convention.

The Opening General Session was the cornerstone of the Congress experience, bringing together NRPA leaders and recognizing recipients of the Gold Medal Awards, presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with NRPA and sponsored by Musco Lighting, LLC, and the NRPA National Award.

The Indy 500 Gordon Pipers led the way from the Opening General Session to the opening of the 113,000-square-foot exhibit hall, filled with every kind of park and recreation product and display imaginable.

Off-Site Institutes and compelling education sessions took attendees on a tour of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a hub of the city's greenway system, and to the sixth largest city park in the country, Eagle Creek Park.

Those staying in the convention center got to choose from 210 education sessions, covering topics from park concessions to youth sports.






After wrapping up a successful 2007 congress the NRPA is looking ahead to next year. The 2008 NRPA Congress will be held in Baltimore, Md., October 10-14, 2008.














The National School Plant Management Association (NSPMA)

The National School Plant Management Association, NSPMA, chartered in 1995, was formed in the interest of enhancing and promoting the educational process. Its purpose is to provide for the exchange of information that improves school plant management, maintenance and care through the promotion of acceptable policies, standards and practices; and to promote the professional advancement of school plant management personnel.

Membership includes school superintendents, maintenance personnel, custodial supervisors, and others employed in school operations. While still a relatively young organization, the roots of NSPMA go back over a quarter of a century. NSPMA now has a membership of over 250 with representatives in thirty- five states and Canada. Governed by an eighteen member Board of Directors, NSPMA hosts an annual convention each spring in different states associated with NSPMA.

2008 Conference: April 12-15, 2008 - Nashville, TN

The NSPMA Annual Convention is a professional development opportunity for participants allowing them to:

  • See the latest equipment and materials,
  • Discuss common concerns with a select group of professional peers from across the country,
  • Receive the latest professional information on issues of vital importance
  • Improve the effectiveness of day-to-day operations, and
  • Enjoy both formal and social opportunities to network with other professionals who share common goals.

The convention is also the occasion for announcing the winner of the National School Plant Manager of the Year Award. In addition to the conference, NSPMA publishes a semi-annual magazine, The National Facilities Journal, which is sent to all members.

NSPMA committees are exploring new avenues to expand our resources, to ensure our members are kept appraised of changes in federal legislation regarding education and educational facilities, to certify school maintenance and operations managers and to create a national clearing house for product certification. Their goal is to become the organization that legislative leaders look to when writing legislation. NSPMA is a growing organization with the objective of assisting school plant managers and through them the children of this great nation.

Board Members:

  • Bobby Owen - President
  • Art Bode - Exec. Dir.
  • John Noel - Sec./Treas.
  • Vince Sodano - Pres-Elect
  • Wesley Roach - Vice-Pres.
  • Kevin Hildebrandt - Past Pres.













The Pesticide Applicators Professional Association (PAPA)

The Pesticide Applicators Professional Association, a California non-profit, public benefit corporation, is dedicated to providing Continuing Education and to the implementation of safe and effective pest control techniques.

The PAPA Board of Directors stands for election every three years and is responsible to all members of PAPA. No elections were held this year. The day-to-day activities of PAPA are administered by an Executive Director selected by the Board of Directors.

PAPA Objectives

PAPA sponsors statewide educational programs in cooperation with the University of California, municipal agencies and industry training in safety, rules and regulations, current technology and field tested research for pest management professionals. They also represent the concerns of members to industry and federal, state and local agencies.

Upcoming Papa Qualified Applicators Certification (QAC) Exam Preparation Courses/Educational Opportunities

December

  • Dec 4 -- Anaheim
  • Dec 5 -- Sacramento
  • Dec 6 -- Palm Desert
  • Dec 11 -- San Jose

January

  • Jan. 8 -- Tulare QAC/QAL Test Prep
  • Jan. 9 -- Modesto QAC/QAL Test Prep
  • Jan. 15 -- Yuba/Marysville
  • Jan. 24 -- Fresno













PLANET - Professional Landcare Network

By Tanya Tolpegin, PLANET CEO

At all levels, we seem to be hearing more about the benefits of forming partnerships. Some partnerships, including those that service providers have with their biggest and best customers and suppliers, are the result of people trying to better understand each other's needs and finding ways to more effectively meet them. Other partnerships, such as those between PLANET members, are more strategic in nature, with members looking to find ways to share resources and best practices.

PLANET has also been building partnering relationships-with suppliers, state associations, and other green industry associations--for quite some time. The positive impact of these partnerships can be seen in our certification and safety programs, affinity programs, and events, which we couldn't fund and enhance without partner support.

Partnering adds value in other ways, too. One of PLANET's new partners, the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), joined forces with us this year at our Legislative Day on the Hill event. What we could do as PLANET members -- share our views with senators and other members of Congress -- was done more effectively as a combined green industry group. Our thanks go out to TCIA members and TCIA President and CEO Cynthia Mills for joining us in Washington, D.C.

Why the growing emphasis on forming partnerships? Why is PLANET striving to form strategic relationships? The emphasis here is on more. By forming partnerships, we embrace more new projects and ideas. We can pool our resources and ideas with other groups to create even more opportunities and a brighter future.






A PLANET volunteer spreads lime to help balance pH at Arlington Cemetery in July. The volunteers brought in 170 cubic yards of fertilizer and more than 100 pieces of equipment to tend to the 600-plus acre cemetery.


It makes sense to join hands strategically with organizations with similar goals. A case in point, we're not the only service industry in need of a fair immigration policy and/or a stable guest-worker program. Joining with others who have similar needs presents a stronger front and gives all of us a better chance for success. Safety is another major industry concern, and PLANET has partnered with the following groups on several safety initiatives:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We are in the third year of a significant alliance with OSHA that encourages members to be proactive with safety.
  • National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). PLANET is partnering with NIOSH to provide more safety resources for the industry.
  • State associations. Several state associations have stepped forward in support of training initiatives and to offer additional safety resources.
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). We are partnering with TCIA to offer member pricing for TCIA-produced safety resources as well as a reciprocal offer to its members.
  • Industry Suppliers. Husqvarna has been a strong PLANET partner with safety and other initiatives for many years. Its support of the STARS Safe Company Program and the Safety Recognition Awards program is instrumental to their success.
  • CNA. CNA is the co-founder of the STARS program and the Safety Recognition Awards program. In addition, CNA also sponsors the OSHA 10-hour course at PLANET's Green Industry Conference and provides safety training at other PLANET events.

    Finally, and maybe most important of all the reasons to partner, is that doing so increases the one PLANET member benefit that outshines all others -- networking. We look forward to expanding our relationships with green industry groups to deliver more for our membership and for the industry.













    Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)

    STMA recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a year-long celebration that ended in January 2007. The association is also marking its third year in Lawrence, Kan., where it moved when it hired its own executive director and staff after being managed by a management company for nearly 10 years.

    Award Winners

    STMA has two awards programs and a scholarship program. Its highest honors are the four Founders Awards, each named after a Founder. STMA presents these awards at its annual conference, which is held in January each year. The winner of the Dick Ericson award, who was the first president of STMA is Mike McDonald, CSFM, Turf Manager at the University of Minnesota. Todd Jeansonne, Sports Turf Manager at Louisiana State University and Jeff Kershaw, Director of Maintenance for the West Baton Rouge Parrish School both received The George Toma Golden Rake Award for their efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Toma Award acknowledges an individual's strong work ethic and job performance. James McAfee, Ph.D., Extension Turfgrass Specialist at Texas A&M, received the Dr. William H. Daniel Award, which acknowledges significant contributions to the sports turf industry through research, teaching and extension outreach. Boyd R. Montgomery, CSFM of The Toro Company was awarded The Harry C. Gill Memorial Award, which recognizes an individual for their hard work in the sports turf industry and acknowledges their dedication and service to the STMA.

    The annual Field of the Year awards, which are also presented at the annual conference, recognizes outstanding fields and a commitment to excellence in the profession. Winners include:

    • Blair County Ballpark -- Patrick Coakley, CSFM, Sports Turf Manager, Altoona, PA
    • Gaebelein Field -- Jon DeWitt, Director of Grounds Maintenance, Norcross, GA
    • Marie P. DeBartolo Sports Centre -- Rich Genoff, Head Groundskeeper, Santa Clara, CA
    • Greentree Football Facility -- University of Miami -- Chris Denson, Athletics Grounds Manager, Coral Gables, FL
    • Raider Stadium at Atlee High School -- Marc Moran, Agriculture/Horticulture Instructor
    • Jeffrey Field -- Robert Hudzik, University Park, PA echanicsville, VA
    • Greene Field - Noble & Greenough School -- Peter Thibeault - Turf Manager, Dedham, MA
    • Cyrill Softball Stadium -- University of South Carolina Upstate -- Bruce Suddeth, Director of Landscape, Spartanburg, SC
    • Mizuno Field Eastside Centre -- Doug McCarty, Grounds Manager, E. Peoria, IL
    • Surprise Recreation Campus -- Joe Kennedy, III, CSFM, Baseball Maintenance Manager, Surprise, AZ
    • Village of Lincolnshire "North Park" -- Troy Taylor, Lincolnshire, IL






    Blair County Ballpark in Atoona, Pa with its Sports Turf Manager, Patrick Coakley, CSFM was one of eleven facilities to earn a Field of the Year award from the Sports Turf Managers Association.


    Calendar of Events

    STMA 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Jan. 15-19, 2008, Phoenix, AZ

    Election Results

    Elections were held in November and will be announced at the STMA Annual Meeting in Jan. 2008. STMA has representation on its 12-member board of Directors from all segments of its membership.








    Charity Events

    The SAFE Foundation (The Foundation for Safer Athletic Field Environments) is the charitable arm of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). It was formed to provide funds for research, scholarship and education to help sports turf managers with the challenges they face in managing athletic fields.

    Industry trends:

    New synthetic materials continue to be developed for use on athletic fields. This new technology is driving a new focus on specific management techniques for these surfaces and the development of new equipment. New drought and disease/pest resistant turfgrasses are being developed, which will continue to innovate the profession.

    Concerns for the future

    Sports field management continues to be a strong, thriving and growing profession. More than 80 percent of sports field managers use Integrated Pest Management Strategies in caring for their fields. Sports turf managers are addressing and will continue to address management challenges as more regulations are in effect regarding the use of plant protectants, as water restrictions are enacted, as the use of effluent water is mandated, and as budgets and staffing are reduced.













    Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)

    The Tree Care Industry Association is a 68-year-old public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture representing approximately 2,100 tree service and affiliated company members.

    Members recognize stringent safety and performance standards for quality and safety. They maintain trained, professional arborists on staff and are dedicated to ethics and quality in business practices.

    TCIA provides accreditation and certification services for tree care companies and professional arborists. They also provide safety and educational programs, guidelines for tree service operations, and ANSI A300 tree pruning standards.

    • TCIA Accreditation: credentialing of companies for treeworker safety, ethical business practices, and professionalism
    • Certified Treecare Safey Professionals (CTSP): The industry's first safety certification program, credentialing individual arborists for safety practices and knowledge

    Established in 1938 as the National Arborist Association, today's TCIA is a trade association of more than 2,000 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies.

    They provide continuing education, training, conferences and publications to promote the safe and appropriate practice of tree care, TCI EXPO tree care trade show.

    The TCI Expo was held in November of 2007 in Hartford, Conn. and was the best-attended show in TCIA history. Held in New England for the first time it attracted more attendees than any previous EXPO. The next tree care industry EXPO will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 13 - 15, 2008.

    About the Board

    TCIA's Board of Directors is made up of 10 men and women who have been proposed by the membership, selected through the Nominations Committee and the board, and elected by the members by mail ballot. The role of the board is to set policy and to strategically direct the future of the association.

    The board meets three times per year usually in June in Manchester, New Hampshire near our office; at TCI EXPO; and at the Winter Management Conference.













    The Fertilizer Institute (TFI)

    Fertilizer is a world market commodity, which means that supply and demand factors in major markets around the world impact the price of fertilizer.

    Average prices paid by U.S. farmers for the major fertilizer nutrients reached the highest level on record in September 2007, 122 percent higher than the 1990-92 level according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    Increased global demand for fertilizer has played a large part in placing upward pressure on fertilizer prices. Overall, world nitrogen demand grew by 14 percent, phosphate demand grew by 13 percent and potash demand grew by 19 percent from fiscal year 2001 to 2006. China, India and Brazil are the three largest contributors to the growth in world nutrient demand. The quest for healthier lives and better diets in developing countries is the primary driving factor behind the increased global demand for fertilizer. People in China, India and Brazil are seeking more food--requiring more nutrients to replenish the soil.

    Supply & demand, energy drive

    While world nutrient demand has risen significantly since fiscal year 2001, U.S. nutrient demand remained relatively flat, ranging from 20.7 to 23.4 million nutrient tons since fiscal year 2001. Then came the ethanol boom. The annual capacity of the U.S. ethanol sector stood at 5.6 billion gallons in February 2007. Ethanol plants under construction or expansion are expected to add another 6.2 billion gallons of capacity. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. ethanol production could easily reach 11 billion gallons in 2011. Farmers are responding to higher corn prices resulting from the increase in demand by planting more corn acres which is also placing additional demand on fertilizer supplies. Farmers planted 92.9 million corn acres in 2007--a 19 percent increase from the 78.3 million acres planted in 2006 and the highest corn acres since 1944. Changes in U.S. nutrient use are driven by two factors: changes in crop acres planted and changes in application rates. Strong international demand coupled with increased domestic demand will continue to place upward pressure on fertilizer prices.













    Turfgrass Producers International (TPI)

    Turfgrass Producers International continues its commitment to disseminate scientifically-based information about the environmental benefits of turfgrass to the general public, educators and key decision makers.

    • Continues to interact with turfgrass extension specialists in an effort to maximize communication and improve access to timely information.
    • Continues its effort to educate the public on sound irrigation practices and water conservation
    • Distributed over 5,000 copies of the booklet, "Facts About Artificial Turf and Natural Grass". Published by the Turfgrass Resource Center






    Randy Graff


    Award Winners

    Randy Graff - Graff's Turf Farms (Ft. Morgan, Colorado) recipient of the 2007 TPI President's Leadership Award

    Calendar of Events

    • Feb 4 - 8, 2008 -- TPI Midwinter Conference - Orlando, Florida
    • July 28 - Aug 1, 2008 -- TPI Summer Convention & Field Day - Calgary, Alberta, Can.






    George Brandt


    2007 Election Results

    • 2007/08 President - George Brandt
    • 2007/08 Vice President - Randy Graff
    • 2007/08 Treasurer - Charles Lain Jr. - Pine Island Turf Nursery, Inc., Pine Island, NY,
    • Elected Board Trustee (3 year term) - Gary Wilber - Oakwood Sod Farm, Inc., Delmar, Maryland
    • Elected Board Trustee (3 year term) - Fanus Cloete - Evergreen Turf, (Pty) Ltd., Eikenhof, South Africa








    Additional Information

    Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) supports The Lawn Institute which was created in 1955 as a not-for-profit corporation to assist in and encourage through research and education the improvement of lawns and sports turf. Since then, the Institute has been one of the most respected authorities in North America among turf professionals and scientists for monitoring, reporting, and interpreting the latest advances in turfgrass research, landscape horticulture, and agronomic science.

    for more information: www.thelawninstitute.org.


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