Director- At- Large Appointed
Mike Tarantino, CSFM
Poway Unified School District, Poway, CA
Michael Tarantino, CSFM is the Director of Maintenance and Operations for the Poway Unified School District where he has been employed for 30 years. The Poway District consists of 40 sites covering 100 square miles with an enrollment 35,500.
Michael manages more than three million square feet of building space, including gymnasiums and pools and more than 800 acres of ornamental landscape, 42.5 acres of sports turf, 99 acres of multi-use fields, and 19 acres of synthetic turf fields. He manages a budget in the high seven figures.
He has been involved in the green industry for 42 years and is the current Past President of the SoCal Chapter of the STMA, of which he has led on and off during the past 12 years. He has served on many committees for the national STMA including the PCI Task Force, Membership, Chapter Relations Committees, and Finance and Audit. He currently chairs the STMA Environmental Committee. At the 2009 STMA annual conference and exhibition, Michael received the Dick Ericson Founders Award for his service to the national STMA and his leadership within STMA and the local level to advance the sports turf industry.
Michael holds a BSBM with a minor in Human Resources, and he is a licensed landscape contractor in California. He is a frequent presenter for many organizations and schools and is the current President of the Association of Poway School Managers.
Vision for STMA:
My vision for STMA is a simple one: we must become an organization that is looked upon as having the vision and the commitment to become the go-to organization in the sports turf industry. My interest for the Secretary/Treasurer position lies in ensuring that STMA has the financial strength and stability needed to continue to move forward and take the leadership role as the stewards of the sports turf industry. My belief is that, as an organization we must ensure that all of our members are recognized as professionals and to provide them with the education needed to become leaders in the sports turf industry.