Members of the Sports Turf Association (STA) elected the 2010/2011 officers and directors at the annual meeting held during the recent Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.


Newly elected president is Paul Gillen of AerWay. Gord Dol/Dol Turf Restoration Ltd., president from 2006-2009, now serves as the immediate past president. Andrew Gaydon/Vanden Bussche Irrigation continues as secretary of the association. Returning to the board are directors Dave Chapman/City of Toronto, Bob Kennedy/Sports Turf Management Solutions, and Paul Turner/G.C. Duke Equipment Ltd. Joining the board are directors Ken Pavely/Dol Turf Restoration Ltd., Ben Tymchyshyn/MMM Group and Dennis Wale/City of Brantford.


Others currently serving the association are Rick Lane of the City of St. Catharines/treasurer, and directors Murray Cameron/City of Guelph, Bruce Carman/The Country Day School, Bill Clausen/University of Guelph, Jason Inwood/Town of Vaughan and Tennessee Propedo/City of Hamilton.


Jane Arnett/Town of Oakville retired from the board in 2009 and Grant Mckeich/Town of East Gwillimbury did not stand for reelection.


“This is an exciting time for the STA as we look to grow into the future. We are fortunate to have very knowledgeable and dedicated people serving on the STA board. I look forward to working with them and learning from them as we work hard to fulfill the needs and mandates of our membership”, said incoming President Paul Gillen.


The Sports Turf Association was conceived in 1987 when at a brain storming session at the University of Guelph a broad segment of the turf industry endorsed its need. Of particular concern at that meeting was the need to minimize and avoid injury to participants using athletic fields where they relate to sports turf. Two decades later the Sports Turf Association continues to promote better, safer sports turf through innovation, education and professional programs. Visit www.sportsturfassociation.com  for more information or contact the STA office at 519.763.9431, info@sportsturfassociation.com.

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