2017 STMA Election Information
The Slate of Candidates for the 2017 Board of Directors election has been set by the Nominating Committee. Voting members will be presented with an electronic ballot the week of Nov. 28 with responses due by Dec. 20. If you need a paper ballot, please send an email to STMAinfo@STMA.org.
Returning Board Members (no vote required)
Immediate Past President – Jeff Salmond, CSFM
Directors (1 year remaining in term):
Academic – Beth Guertal, Ph.D., Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Higher Education – Nick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M Athletics, College Station, TX
Please read each candidate's bio and vision for STMA.
The election will take place for the following Officer and Director openings:
For the Director representing Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM or Peter Thibeault, CSFM
Sun Roesslein, CSFM, Jeffco Schools, Golden, CO
Sun Roesslein, CSFM, has been Sports Stadium Manager at the North Area Athletic Complex for 12 years. She is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the football stadium and the soccer stadium which make up the NAAC. The complex is the home field for 6 of the high schools in the Jefferson County School District. Sun got her start in the turfgrass management industry working on the grounds crew for the Lexington Legends Minor League baseball team in 2001. After moving to Denver she worked briefly for the City of Thornton before taking her current position with Jeffco Schools Athletics. In 2014, the NAAC soccer field was awarded STMA's Soccer Field of the Year for the Schools and Parks category. The following year, the NAAC football field was selected as STMA's 2015 Football Field of the Year in the same category.
Sun received her B.S. in 2000 and M.S. in 2002 from Eastern Kentucky University in Sports Administration. It was during her final semester that she discovered the turfgrass industry and decided to make a career path change. She became a member of STMA in 2002. She is a Past President of the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association, served on the CSTMA Board of Directors, and has been a member of STMA's Ethics committee and currently the Website/ Technology committee. In July of 2016, Sun earned her CSFM designation.
Vision for STMA: I believe STMA is continually improving and moving in the right direction to stay on top of concerns that face us as Sports Turf Managers. I am proud to have been a member for almost 15 years now. The Annual conference is something I always look forward to, and would like to contribute to making the show great. As a member of the Technology committee, I see opportunities for improvement to the STMA website. With the website being the online face of our organization, I think it is imperative that we use that stage to continue to promote the professionalism, education, commitment to safety and passion we all share in this industry.
Peter Thibeault, CSFM, Noble & Greenough School, Dedham, MA
Peter has been the turf manager at Noble and Greenough School for the past 17 years where he manages both natural grass and synthetic athletic surfaces. Peter is an active member in both STMA and his local chapter NESTMA.
In 2006 his facility won the STMA soccer field of the year for his category and the following year he passed the certification exam and became a CSFM. Peter has served on many committees for the STMA and is currently serving on the chapter relations. He is also a former board member for his local chapter and was nominated as Sports Turf Manager of the year in 2005. Peter has hosted events at his facility and has also spoken at and helped organize many other local events.
Vision for STMA: Having been a member of STMA since 2002 I have had the opportunity to watch the association grow and help to professionalize our industry. I came into this business with very little background on athletic field management. Through my involvement with STMA I have met a great many other turf managers and professionals that willingly share information. I have always felt like one of the team. What I would hope is that our association becomes more mainstream being that everyone in the business looks to us for information. Our industry is ever changing and it is my involvement in this association that keeps me current, I can only hope that more people will start to use this valuable resource.
For the Director representing Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM or Phil McQuade
Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Columbus Crew SC, Columbus, OH
Weston Appelfeller, CSFM is the Director of Grounds for Columbus Crew SC, where he has spent the last four seasons. Prior to his time at Crew SC, he was an Assistant Groundskeeper for the Philadelphia Union (2011) and the Boston Red Sox (2008-2011). He is in charge of the turf maintenance at MAPFRE Stadium, which was awarded the 2013 and 2015 Professional Soccer Field of the Year by the STMA. At Columbus, his crew also oversees the EAS Training Center, and landscaping surrounding the stadium.
Weston has served on the Board of Directors of the Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association since 2012, where he is currently Vice President. He also serves on the SAFE Scholarship Committee, and the STMA Conference Education Committee. He became a CSFM in December of 2013 and has a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University in TurfGrass Science. Weston and his wife Stephanie live in Powell, OH with their two kids.
Vision for STMA: I want to help make STMA more available to the public. Concerned parents, coaches, athletic directors, the public should have a place to get the facts before making decisions and our organization needs to be that provider. I want to encourage the development of young groundskeepers to help sustain our industry for years to come. We need to grow our young base to help revitalize our industry and to help collegiate turf programs flourish, which in turn will help provide the research we need to expand our industry. I want to use my role on the board to give back. I want to help mold the younger generation into future Founders Award winners. I want to help develop young professionals by giving them the information they may need through academics and networking.
Phil McQuade, Kroenke Sports Enterprises/Colorado Rapids, Commerce City, CO
Phil has worked as Assistant Turf Manager and Director of Turf Management at Dick's Sporting Goods Park since 2006 (while under construction). This complex is home to the Colorado Rapids MLS soccer club. DSG Park has 25 fields. There are 2 sand based fields, 2 synthetic fields and 21 native soil fields.
Prior to his start with the Rapids he worked at Jefferson County Stadium and the City of Louisville, CO. He has been involved with STMA for 18 years, and previously served as President for the Colorado chapter. In 2008 and 2012 DSGP field was recognized as field of the year.
He attended Mesa State College. He is the father of four boy ages 19, 17, 16 and 16 and married to his wife Jennie for 20 years. Phil loves the sports turf industry and cannot imagine working in any other industry. He would love to serve as your representative.
Vision for STMA: My vision for the STMA is to see the continued growth of membership and a continued push to educate non-members on turf. I would also like to see turf managers become more eco friendly. I would also like to see the STMA expand worldwide.
For the Director representing Commercial Companies: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE or Randy Price
Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE, The Toro Company, Bloomington, MN
Boyd is the Regional Business Manager for the commercial products division of The Toro Company. He has been with Toro for over 11 years. Prior to that he was the Facilities & Maintenance Director for Sylvania Recreation Corporation in Sylvania, Ohio. Boyd was the co-founder of the Ohio STMA Chapter and was on the STMA Board until he took the position with Toro. He has also served as Chairmen of the SAFE Foundation. Boyd was honored by the STMA with the George Toma Golden Rake Award in 1999 and the Harry Gill Award in 2006. He has served on numerous committees and does a number of speaking events around the country. Boyd is also an adjunct professor at Kansas State University.
Vision for STMA: To continue to build on the legacy of the sports turf industry and to position the STMA, and it's members, as the leading experts for knowledge within and outside the industry. I have always had a passion for the STMA and doing whatever I can to make sure it is successful. Serving on the BOD be an honor and privilege.
Randy Price, Tri-Tex Grass, Granbury, TX
Since 2004 Randy Price has been the President of Tri-Tex Grass, a sod production farm and installation company based in Granbury, Texas. Tri-Tex Grass has a strong commitment to the sports and golf industry in the state of Texas. Randy has been a STMA member since 1997 and has supported many Professional Turf Managers across the South with quality sod and services for their facilities. Along with supporting STMA, Randy has served on Boards of most all turfgrass related groups in Texas including the State Chapter of STMA, the Texas Turfgrass Assn and the Texas Sod Producers Assn. Randy was appointed in 2016 by President Salmond to fill a vacancy for the Commercial Director position.
Since my first conference in 1997, I have been amazed by the work ethic and desire of turfgrass managers to provide beautiful and safe fields for others to use and enjoy. As a commercial member I appreciate the opportunity to provide quality products knowing that so much effort will be taken to insure that our products will not only be maintained but also enhanced. With that said, if we all continue to share ideas and use technology available, we collectively can provide the tools needed to support natural grass and artificial fields and be good stewards of the of the environment we have been blessed with. It is my desire that STMA can educate others on the importance of Professional Turf Managers.
For the Elected At-Large Director: Matt Anderson, CSFM or Weston Floyd or Scott Stevens, CSFM
Matt Anderson, CSFM, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Originally from Michigan, Matt Anderson, CSFM is currently employed at the University of Arizona. He earned his B.S and M.S in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University, receiving the S.A.F.E Graduate scholarship in 2004. Anderson was a consultant for construction and maintenance for a modular, bermudagrass field at the Athens Olympic Stadium for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Following the Olympics he was hired by the Lansing Lugnuts (Class A, MWL) as their Head Groundskeeper and worked there for six seasons as the head groundskeeper as well as the director of stadium operations. Anderson spent 2011 working at Michigan State University, where primary responsibilities included oversight of the baseball, softball and soccer facilities at the Old College Complex. In December of 2011 he was hired by the University of Arizona as the Turf Manager for all of campus, including athletic fields and common area turf. In 2013, Anderson was promoted to Superintendent of Grounds for the entire University of Arizona campus where he is currently responsible for all department operations. Anderson has served in leadership roles with the Michigan (VP) and Arizona (VP) chapters of the STMA, the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, and his local church. He also served as the Higher Ed rep on the STMA Board of Directors during 2015. He and his wife Charity and they have one son, Caleb.
Vision for STMA: I believe STMA needs to continue to be a forward thinking organization focused on future growth and trends in our industry. I believe student engagement and embracing technology is critical to the future of the STMA. Telling our story through social media and feature media stories will continue to educate people that we are a vibrant, professional industry that can offer a unique and rewarding work experience. Embracing technology will continue to allow the sports turf manager to do more with our limited time and resources, in a more precise manner. Whether it’s finding relevant information quickly, field testing or maintenance equipment; technology will play a critical role in the future of the sports turf manger. These two reasons guide me in my current service with the STMA. I serve as Chair of the Student Challenge Committee and the Technology Committee. I feel these initiatives will be key in shaping what the future of our industry looks like. I look forward to representing the STMA on a national level.
Weston Floyd, University of Texas, Austin, TX
Weston Floyd is an Athletic Field and Turf Specialist at the University of Texas. Weston began in March of 2013 after spending 7 years as the head turf Manager at the University of Texas at Tyler. During that time, he oversaw the facilities for baseball, softball, and soccer. He currently oversees Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field, and assists with other facilities at the University of Texas throughout the year.
Weston received his B.S. from Texas A&M University in Agronomy specializing in turfgrass with a double major in Entomology. While attending Texas A&M, he worked as a student at the Texas A&M Golf Course, Penberthy Rec Sports Complex, and he was on the Texas A&M Athletics Field Staff. Weston also completed two internships with the San Antonio Missions and the Albuquerque Isotopes during that time. Weston has served on the STMA seminar on wheels committee since 2013 and was the recipient of the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant in 2011. Weston also served as the region 1 representative for the TXSTMA Chapter in 2010.
Vision for STMA: I feel that we as an organization need to continue with strong leaders that want to improve our surfaces for the players and fans. Promoting and proving that we are doing it the safest way possible and being good stewards of our environment should be our number one goal. We should continue the with the research and testing of GMax on fields and continue working to find ways to reduce concussions. I really enjoyed the talks last year on the foot and ankle injury's and feel that type of research should be continued as well. As an organization we have to try to find a way to help smaller schools and administrators understand that we are working to keep the players safe and we need funds or support to make that happen. Anyone who is working in this industry deserves the same support that the bigger organizations get, and we should work to help them get that help.
Grass is a strong organism and when given the chance with hard work it can take the wear that is being put on it. We have to be able to communicate to our coaches and admins that with the tools and some time it is the best option.
Scott Stevens, CSFM, Elon University, Elon, NC
Scott Stevens, CSFM, is the Sports Turf Manager at Elon University in North Carolina. His 15 year career in sports turf maintenance is founded on a strong commitment to athletics that developed at an early age. As the son of a teacher and a coach, Scott got his start helping his dad chalk lines on a football field. During high school and college he had the opportunity to play on a variety of surfaces up and down the east coast as the quarterback of his schools' football teams. Scott's college summers were spent caring for Elon's athletic fields as an intern. Following graduation he took a position as groundskeeper and now oversees the care and maintenance of all of the university's outdoor athletic facilities as the Sports Turf Manager. Having received an undergraduate degree in Accounting and then his Master of Business Administration, Scott is committed to leading his team with integrity, efficiency, and business savvy. He also employs the knowledge he gained from earning three turfgrass certificates, two from the University of Georgia and one from North Carolina State University, on a daily basis.
In addition to serving as a professional in the field, Scott has been an active member of STMA since 2005. Over the last three years he has served on the NC-STMA Board, this year as President of the chapter. Since receiving his CSFM in 2014, Scott has also served on the STMA Editorial Committee and has had several articles published. When he is not working at Elon or fulfilling his chapter and committee duties, Scott can still be found at the ballpark. He returns to his home state of Virginia annually to volunteer his time building baseball mounds at local high schools and assisting coaches with developing turfgrass management programs for their fields. He also enjoys playing city league softball or a round of golf. Scott and his wife, Gavin, reside in Elon, North Carolina where they are raising their new baby girl to be a future sports turf manager and STMA member.
Vision for STMA: As the role of the Sports Turf Manager changes, the STMA needs to follow a parallel path. Gone are the days when sports turf management was restricted to mowing grass and painting lines. Today, the role has expanded to include safety regulations, multipurpose fields, staff management, publicity and more. In order to "advance professionalism in sports field management" in this changing environment, STMA will need to build on the strong foundation it has already established to provide resources and training in line with today's needs. Through thoughtful content in the STMA magazine and training at regional and national conferences, members will be able to gather the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the demands of this day and age. STMA is already an excellent resource for education on safety, maintenance, growing and industry standards. Today small issues can become big problems that can be blown out of proportion. Continuing educating our members new/old is the solution. Expanding into the areas of staff management, relationship maintenance, multipurpose fields and media interactions is a great opportunity for the STMA to continue its support of the nation's turf managers, athletes, and coaches. As sports turf managers we must persist to be the most valuable asset for our facilities.