Synthetic Turf Council announces 2023 Annual Award Winners

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) announced the winners of the sixth annual STC Awards during its Annual Conference and 20th Anniversary Celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana. STC member PrecisionJet sponsored the 2023 awards ceremony event.

The STC Awards is a member program designed to honor members who help the advance the association’s mission, vision and synthetic turf industry.

“These awards and categories honor the outstanding contributions that are shaping the future of the synthetic turf industry through safety, innovation and sustainability,” said Melanie Taylor, CAE, STC president and CEO.

The recipients of the 2023 STC Awards are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jim Rogers, Jr.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Catherine Eiswerth, Binnie Associates
  • Rookie of the Year: Megan Illsley, Firefly Sports Testing
  • Innovator Award: VertEdge
  • Philanthropy Award: Act Global
  • Sustainability Award: The Motz Group
  • Sustainability Award: Sportsfield Specialties Inc. (Additional participants: Genan Inc., Firefly Sports Testing, Liberty Tire Recycling)
  • Landscape Project of the Year (Commercial): SYNLawn – The Urban Park Roof Garden at Kendall Center in Cambridge
  • Landscape Project of the Year (Recreation): SYNLawn – Encinitas Olympus Park
  • Landscape Project of the Year (Residential): Helms Landscape Design – Ryan Home
  • Sports Project of the Year (Single Field over 75k Sq Ft): AstroTurf – Duke University Field Hockey – Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium
  • Sports Project of the Year (Single Field over 75k Sq Ft): Carpell Surfaces – Gary-Carter Stadium
  • Sports Project of the Year (Multi-Field): AstroTurf – IMG Academy

Nominations for the seventh annual STC Awards Program will open in early 2024. For more information on the STC Awards Program, visit