Troy Smith, CSFM
Arizona Cardinals Football Club, Phoenix, AZ
Troy Smith, CSFM, is a 1989 graduate of Colorado State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Horticulture with a concentration in Turfgrass Management. He also completed the University of Georgia’s Principles of Turfgrass Management course earning the Certified Turfgrass Professional status in 1999. Upon graduation, Troy worked for three seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. Troy is now with the Arizona Cardinals after spending 18 years with the Denver Broncos, the last eleven years of which he has served as turf manager at the team’s practice facility in Englewood, CO. He became the eighth person ever to earn the Certified Sports Field Manager status in 2001 through STMA. Troy is a past board member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Foundation and a past president of the Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association. He served as Secretary/Treasurer for STMA in 2009, and President Elect in 2010, President in 2011, and Immediate Past President in 2012.
Vision for STMA:
I have been a member of the STMA since 1994, and have seen a number of positive changes in the direction of the organization. I would like to see the STMA continue to partner internationally with other sports turf associations to benefit all turf managers and our commercial members as well. I also believe the expansion of our environmental committee will help to guide our association as we are all stewards of the environment. As turf managers, we need to keep the professionalism that we have worked so hard to achieve. I would like to continue to see the STMA as the leading organization for sports field management and research around the world. We need to continue to work with our local chapters to disseminate our research to all of our members. We also need to find a way to better fund university research through our chapters. We have worked very hard in the recent years for certification and will continue to promote the effectiveness for all of our members in their profession. The STMA has made several new alliances with green industry associations in the past few years, and we have seen an increase in other associations recognizing the STMA as the worldwide leader in sports turf management. I would like to see the STMA continue this work and for all of our members to be recognized for the professionals that we all are.