Synthetic Turf Council elects new Board of Directors

During the Synthetic Turf Council’s (STC) 2017 Annual Membership Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on October 16-18, the association elected its new Board of Directors. Kevin Barker, Controlled Products, will serve a two-year term as Chairman of the STC, the largest organization dedicated to representing the synthetic turf industry.
Board Officers include Vice Chairman Laith Ross, RossTarrant Architects; Treasurer Luke McCoy, Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.; Secretary David Nardone, Stantec Sport; Director-at-Large Donna Kent, ForeverLawn Inc.; and Immediate Past Chair Amy Brackin, Liberty Tire Recycling LLC. John Baize, Act Global; Brad Borgman, USGreentech LLC; Mike Cobb, InnovaNet; Stefan Diderich, Mattex; Catherine Eiswerth, Binnie & Associates; Chuck McClurg, Shaw Sports Turf; Ryan Paris, AstroTurf, complete the newly elected Board.
“The STC is fortunate to have strong industry leaders as members of our Board,” says Dan Bond, CAE, President & Chief Executive Officer of the STC. “I am confident that under Kevin Barker’s leadership, the STC will strengthen its position as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.”

STC donates field during meeting in Nashville

The Synthetic Turf Council hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to donate a new 14,000-sq. ft. synthetic turf softball field to the Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp. The summer camp program, located in Wilson County, TN helps underprivileged children develop team-building skills and break down cultural barriers. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry delivered remarks.

“We are proud that this multi-purpose field will provide thousands of hours of enjoyment for underprivileged youth in the Nashville area,” stated Dan Bond, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Synthetic Turf Council. “The STC and its members are fully committed to community wellness and environmental responsibility through the use of synthetic turf.”

Held during the same week in Nashville, the association hosted its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting on October 16-18 and elected its new Board of Directors. The meeting attracted 217 attendees, including 195 members from 104 companies, and 22 non-member guests from 16 companies, with representatives from nine different countries and featured a strong educational component. Keith Bulluck, a former All-Pro NFL linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, delivered a compelling keynote address. Richard Kent, PhD provided a research update on the biomechanics of head-to-ground concussions, synthetic turf maintenance and its role in injury prevention, and shoe-to-turf interaction.

In 2018, the STC will host its Spring Membership Meeting on March 12-14in Rancho Mirage, California at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa.  For more information, visit