Professional Facilities Rep
Weston Appelfeller, CSFM, Columbus Crew, 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 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: Our past is our foundation and our future is now. Our industry is being challenged; whether it be by pesticide regulations, budgetary cuts, or lack of students coming into the industry. STMA has done a good job pushing the value of groundskeepers and grass to the public, but if we are going to survive our issues, we need to use our history, our knowledge, and our presence to make a difference. I see STMA becoming more vocal. Concerned parents, coaches, athletic directors, the general public should have a place to get the facts before making decisions. Our organization needs to be that. We need to have a website that informs not only the groundskeepers, but the concerned athlete. Our history has provided the experience and the knowledge, we need to supply the answers. Our future is now. We need to develop groundskeepers to help sustain our industry for years to come. High school students need to know they can have an achievable and exciting career. 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. Our organization is strong, we are intelligent and we will thrive. We need to adjust to make ourselves a greater commodity to our community, our kids, and our environment. 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. Our past is our foundation and our future is now.