January 2018

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7 January 2018 // PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE www.spor President: Tim Van Loo, CSFM Immediate Past President: Jeff Salmond, CSFM President-Elect: Sarah Martin, CSFM Secretary/Treasurer: Jody Gill, CSFM Vice President Commercial: Doug Schattinger Professional Facilities: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM Academic: Beth Guertal, Ph.D. Higher Education: Nick McKenna, CSFM Parks & Recreation: Jimmy Simpson, CSFM Schools K-12: Sun Roesslein, CSFM Commercial: Boyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE Elected at-Large: Matt Anderson, CSFM Appointed at-Large: Randy Price Stma Office 805 New Hampshire, Suite E Lawrence, KS 66044 Phone: 800-323-3875 Fax: 800-366-0391 Email: STMA Editorial Committee Chairman: Mark Frever, CSFM Joe Churchill; John Clintsman; Jim Cornelius, CSFM; Jeremy Driscoll; Chrissy McLairn; Scott Stevens, CSFM; and Dr. Joey Young, Technical Editor Publisher's Notice: We Assume No Responsibility For The Validity Of Claims In Connection With Items Appearing In Sportsturf. Reader Service Numbers Are Given To Facilitate Further Inquiry. Mention Of A Commercial Product Does Not Imply Endorsement By Sportsturf Or EPG Media & Specialty Information, Or Preference Over Similar Products Not Mentioned. SportsTurf (ISSN 1061-687X) (USPS 000-292) (Reg. U.S. Pat. & T.M. Off.) is published monthly by EPG Media & Specialty Information at 75 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY 12271. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. For subscription information and requests, call Subscription Services at (845) 856-2229. Subscription rates: 1 year, $40 US & Poss.; 2 years, $65 US & Poss.; 1 year, $65 Canada/ Foreign Surface, 1 year, $130 Airmail. All subscriptions are payable in advance in US funds. Send payments to Sportsturf, PO Box 2123, Skokie, IL 60076-7823. Phone: (847) 763-9565. Fax: (847) 763-9569. Single copies or back issues, $8 each US/Canada; $12 Foreign. Periodicals postage paid at Port Jervis, NY and additional mailing offices. COPYRIGHT 2017, SportsTurf. Material may not be reproduced or photocopied in any form without the written permission of the publisher. In conclusion Tim Van Loo / CSFM / STMA President / / @cycloneturf WINTER — AKA CONFERENCE SEASON. January is the month when STMA has its Conference and Exhibition, as does the turf industry in my home state of Iowa. For 2 weeks every January I get to spend time with peers, learn from experts, and go back to work ready for the next growing season to start. Conference season is something I look forward to each year. I always gain a few "nuggets" of information that I can take back and apply to make me better at my craft. I am excited to think about what "nuggets" I will learn this year. Please allow me to say a few things about being your STMA president this past year. At our 2017 STMA Conference, I was humbled by the opportunity to serve as your president. I have never felt more unprepared than I did when Jeff Salmond handed over the reins. Please understand, I feel more unprepared and humbled as ever. I have had so much fun this year serving as your president the past 12 months. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve. It has truly been a highlight in my life, and I have cherished the opportunity. I also want you to know that Sarah Martin, CSFM, is a great leader and will do a wonderful job leading the STMA in 2018. I titled this message "In Conclusion" for two reasons. The fi rst is because it's my last President's Message. The second is because I wanted to share a recent life lesson that I feel we could all benefi t from. I just attended a surprise 40th birthday party for one of my closest friends, John. I was asked to say a few words to the attendees, as were a few of John's other friends. I found out that my friend not only is always there for me, but he is the same for all of his friends. The reason I mention John is because I believe he is the type of friend that we should all be to our "friends." John is always available, always honest, and always willing to give his opinion, even if it's not what you want to hear. John is the friend that I can call when things aren't going well or when I have something exciting to share. We laugh, we cry and we share life. I am a better man because I have John in my life. I hope that everyone has a friend like I have in John. I also hope that you approach all your relationships with the understanding that you can impact every person you know by simply putting their needs and wants before yours. I hope to see many of you in Fort Worth, TX for the 2018 STMA Conference and Exhibition. Please know that I will not be STMA president for much longer, but I am and will always be, available for any STMA member who might possibly need anything. Headquarters is also always available for anything you may need. See you in Fort Worth! /ST/ @cycloneturf

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