The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) announced its 2020-2021 board of directors at its annual membership meeting October 19-23.

For the 2020-2021 term, the board officers include Chairman Laith Ross, senior principal, RossTarrant Architects; Vice Chairman, Todd DeWolfe, VP business development and research, AstroTurf; Secretary, Mark Klementti, sports field consultant, R.K. Associates; Treasurer Terra Erickson, sales manager, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.; Director-at-Large John Baize, chief executive officer, Act Global; and Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Barker, vice president sales and marketing, Controlled Products LLC.

Board of directors members include Thomas Boehme, CEO, Genan Inc.; Samuel DeFillippo, managing partner, PlaySafe LLC; Holli Durchik, project manager, Foresite Design, Inc.; Shaun Garrity, regional sales manager, USGreentech; Chuck McClurg, vice president, Shaw Sports Turf; Eric O’Donnell, partner, Sports Labs U.K. Ltd.; and Shannan Powell, senior manager, ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay.

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“The STC is all about connecting people with innovative technologies in order to improve the world through synthetic turf,” said Dan Bond, president and CEO of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC). “The members of the board of directors are leaders in the many applications for which synthetic turf is a solution – landscape, playgrounds, golf, sports fields, airports, dog parks and others. The addition of Shannan Powell, along with our new board officers, will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to effectively protect, defend and promote the synthetic turf industry.”

Shining a spotlight on industry excellence, innovation, and volunteerism, the third annual STC Awards were announced on October 19, 2020. The STC Awards Program is a member program designed to honor STC members that help to promote the association’s values and advance the synthetic turf industry.

The 2020 STC Award winners are:

  • Sports Project of the Year Award – Single Field under 75,000 sq. ft.: SYNLawn – The Boys and Girls Club
  • Sports Project of the Year Award – Single Field over 75,000 sq. ft.: ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay – Sligh Magnet School Field
  • Sports Project of the Year Award – Multi-Field: Hellas Construction, Inc. – Berl Huffman Champion Soccer Fields
  • Landscape Project of the Year Award – Residential: SYNLawn – Steve Wynn Property
  • Landscape Project of the Year Award – Recreation: ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg Pier Playground
  • Landscape Project of the Year Award – Commercial: SYNLawn – Barkwood Dog Park – Ohio
  • Sustainability Award: Act Global
  • Innovator Award: SYNLawn
  • Philanthropy Award: Act Global
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Joe Wadkins, CTI-L, “Ask JW”/Global Synthetic Turf Expert
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Andy Belles (“Mr. AstroTurf”)

The 2021 STC Annual Membership Meeting will be held October 18-20, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz.

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