An in-house publication
May 2015
A Message from STC Chairman

To All STC Members,


I would like to congratulate all participants and members of the STC for a very successful Spring Membership Meeting in San Diego, California. With over 210 member and guests, the meeting was outstanding and the speakers were exceptional. As your Chairman, I am overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of so many of you.Your continued support makes this organization a meaningful voice for the industry.


Rick Doyle, President

Terrie Ward, Marketing & Education Director

Melanie Taylor, Member Services Director

In This Issue: Four Pillars

On April 1, 2015, the STC Executive Search Committee began a 60-day candidate search for Rick Doyle's replacement, which ends on May 31. During this time, committee and staff members will have reviewed over 80 resumes, conducted numerous phone interviews and in-person interviews with the finalists, and provided a recommendation to the Board of Directors for final approval (June 1-30). Once the new President is hired, a transition phase will commence with Rick Doyle and his successor. The 2015 STC Annual Membership Meeting in Atlanta, GA on October 5-7, 2015, will be an opportunity for members to meet the new STC President and say farewell to Rick, whose leadership and knowledge has shaped the industry as we know it.


A highlight of the Annual Membership Meeting in Atlanta will be the Community Service Project and on-site dedication of a 6,000 square foot playfield and fitness area for the City of Refuge, a homeless ministry on the west side of downtown Atlanta. This donation is only possible through the generosity of our members. If you haven't contributed, there is still time. For more information, please contact STC Office Headquarters at 678-385-6720 or


Thank you all for your support, and I wish you a busy and prosperous spring and summer ahead.

Regards, Robert Thomas
STC Chairman
President, ProGrass
Legislative & Regulatory Update: CA SB47

California SB47 was presented to the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 13, 2015 and the bill went into the Suspense File until May 28. A study will be conducted regardless of whether SB47 passes. CalRecyle and OEHHIA estimate the cost for the study to be $6.1 million and the time-frame is to be at least three years.

New Studies & Position Statements

New Webinar: "Is Synthetic Turf Right fo r Me?"

At the recommendation of the Education Committee, the STC will introduce its second live webinar, "Is Synthetic Turf Right for Me?" to focus on the benefits, cost-effectiveness, maintenance, and sustainability, end-of-life disposal options for synthetic turf sports fields. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). Registration information will be forthcoming soon.

Industry Calendar

September 15-16, 2015 ESTO (European Synthetic Turf Organisation) Congress Rome, Italy
September 15-17, 2015 NRPA (National Recreation & Park Association) Congress & Exposition Las Vegas, NV
October 5-7, 2015 STC 2015 Annual Membership Meeting JW Marriott Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
October 28, 2015
(Early-bird rates available until Aug. 31)

The Big Turf Networking Party & ESTO Awards 
Cologne, Germany

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STC President Presents at 2015 ISRI International Conference


Recently, Rick Doyle, STC President, was invited to conduct a workshop at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc.'s 2015 Convention & Exposition in Vancouver, Canada, on the safety of synthetic turf with crumb rubber infill. He also discussed the various strategies being implemented on both the media and government relations fronts. To download a copy of the presentation, click here.


ISRI members are manufacturers and processors, brokers and industrial consumers of scrap commodities, including ferrous and nonferrous metals, paper, electronics, rubber, plastics, glass, and textiles. ISRI's associate members include equipment and service providers to the scrap recycling industry.   

2015 Spring Membership Meeting: That's a Wrap!


Myths about Synthetic Turf

Recently, the STC conducted an interview with This is AFCA,  the official magazine of the American Football Coaches Association, on the many different myths that are associated with synthetic turf that addressed the following topics: safety of synthetic turf, concussions and heat. To read the full article, click here.
STC Public Service Announcement


Thanks to Dale and Brian Karmie, ForeverLawn Inc., the STC and the industry will soon have a public service announcement (PSA) on the many different applications and benefits of synthetic grass for landscape and recreation. The approved PSA will be posted on the STC website soon. 

Green is Good Radio Interview with STC President Rick Doyle on iHeart Radio


Rick Doyle, STC President, was a guest on the Green is Good Radio Show to discuss the latest hot topics, trends and news in the synthetic turf industry, including the industry's exemplary "green" record. Green is Good is hosted by Electronic Recyclers International's John Shegerian and airs every Saturday at 5 p.m. EST to over 60 million registered listeners from coast to coast on iHeartRadio's America's Talk channel.  The interview will be posted on the STC website in its entirety.  


STC Launches "e-Membership Documents" for Members & Prospective Members


The STC is excited to announce the release of its new electronic publication, STC e-Membership Documents, for current and prospect membership to view and download information about the STC, membership, and its various member programs and services (e.g. certification, sponsorship, advertising, legal and policies, etc.). The new digital 3D page-turning publication simulates the experience of a book for easy viewing and downloading options for all users. 

Newest Members: Welcome!


Independent Professionals & Consultants
Independent Professionals & Consultants
Carducci Associates
Independent Professionals & Consultants
Coastal Turf
Regional Landscape Builder & Installer
Specialty Manufacturers & Services
Kevin Ocker, Inc. Village of Garden City Buyer / End-user
Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
Specialty Manufacturers & Services
Material Manufacturers & Suppliers
Rick Gazzola, Vancouver College Buyer / End-user
Independent Professionals & Consultants
Material Manufacturers & Suppliers


Featured Member Category: Testing Labs


STC Certified
STC Certified


STC members in this category include independent testing companies that are capable of testing synthetic turf and its components. To find testing services or equipment, please visit the STC Buyers' Guide & Member Directory.  

Our Condolences to Guido Vliegen and His Family


We were saddened to learn that Kyra Vliegen died on April 11, 2015:  

If you have a news item that you would like the STC to post on its website and in this e-newsletter, please add Terrie Ward, to your distribution list.