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Jimmy Simpson, CSFM
Town of Cary, Cary, NC

Jimmy Simpson, CSFM has worked in the turfgrass industry for almost 20 years. He graduated from NC State University in 2002 with a B.S. in Agronomy concentrating in Turfgrass Management. He began working full-time in the industry while still a student when he was hired as Interim Head Groundskeeper for the AAA Durham Bulls Baseball Club in May 2001; he was later hired permanently. He is employed by the Town of Cary as a Facilities Management Coordinator where he is responsible for all operations related to buildings and grounds maintenance at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, WakeMed Soccer Park, Middle Creek Community Park and Mills Park Middle School. Jimmy has been integral in helping to host many major sporting events at these venues including the Men's and Women's NCAA Soccer College Cup, ACC Soccer events, international soccer matches, training site for the US Men's National Team prior to the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, the USA Olympic Baseball team, and the NCAA Division II Baseball National Championship. Prior to joining the Town of Cary, Jimmy was employed by the University of South Carolina as a Grounds Supervisor.
Jimmy is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the STMA as the director for the Parks and Recreation category. He formerly served on the Board of Directors, as treasurer, of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina for 3 years. A past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sports Turf Managers Association, he now serves as the chair of the Environmental Committee for the Sports Turf Managers Association and previously served on the STMA Conference Education Committee, as well as the Finance and Audit committee. Jimmy earned his Certified Sports Field Manager designation in 2008. He was named a 2014 Outstanding Young Alumnus for NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is passionate about giving back to the industry and furthering the profession. Jimmy established an internship program at the Town of Cary that employs several students annually. He also returns to NC State each semester to address Turfgrass Management students. In addition, he co-founded a scholarship golf tournament with the NC/SC STMA that has awarded $24,000 in scholarships to turfgrass students in the Carolinas over the last six years.

Vision for STMA: As a long-standing member of the STMA, I have benefitted greatly from the opportunities for knowledge, networking and connections the association offers. We must continue to evolve and adapt our offerings to ensure we remain relevant to today's (and tomorrow's) Sports Turf Managers.

However, I believe the STMA must also expand its external outreach efforts to the public, our supervisors and the end-users of our facilities. Collectively, we need to increase awareness of the relevance and impact that a Sports Turf Manager has on the success and safety of athletic facilities.

I am proud to see the growth of the STMA over the last few years and look forward to the future as we develop the new narrative of the modern Sports Turf Manager.

 

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