SAFE Board Chair Montgomery Steps Down

MontgomeryBoyd Montgomery, CSFM, CSE, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) has resigned his position, effective Jan. 20, 2013.

Montgomery has chaired STMA's charity, SAFE, since 2006, replacing Michael Schiller, CSFM whose term ended that year.

Under Montgomery's leadership, SAFE launched several initiatives beginning with changing its mission, its name (formerly The Foundation for Safer Athletic Field Environments), and its bylaws. These changes paved the way for the creation of an industry-wide initiative: Sports and Recreation Fields – Safety First. Its core purpose is to fund education, outreach, research and scholarship to advance the safety and sustainability of playing surfaces and reduce sports field injuries. This initiative is in its second year of fundraising with a goal of $1 million by 2016.

Montgomery is stepping down due to work and family commitments. "Our Board of Trustees has worked very hard to move SAFE forward. With my work and family schedule it has become increasingly difficult to give SAFE the time it deserves", says Montgomery. I am confident that its new leader can keep the momentum going forward". SAFE has engaged its Nominating Committee and the new chairman is expected to be in place as Montgomery leaves the Board.

The SAFE Board of Trustees includes Cathy Bradley, Ken Curry, Gil Landry, Ph.D., David Pinsonneault, CSFM, CPRP, Chard Price, CSFM, CFB, Doug Schattinger, Jay Warnick, CSFM, and Steve Wightman. The Foundation's mission is: To enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes.

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