Rene has sales and marketing responsibility for Diamond Pro/TXI sports fields and horticulture products, a position he has held since 2004. He joined Diamond Pro in 1994 (then known as ATC Diamond Pro) as a sales representative.
Previously, he played baseball at the University of Texas Arlington (UTA), where he worked as a part-time groundskeeper on the baseball field. He graduated in 1994 from UTA with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and has spent more than 15 years in the sports turf industry.
In addition to STMA, he has been involved with, and a member of, the American Baseball Coaches Association, the Texas Turfgrass Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association, the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, and the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association. He helped to start his local STMA chapter, the North Texas Sports Turf Managers Association (now the Texas STMA) and served as its president in 2001.
Vision for STMA:
It is my vision for STMA to be recognized around the world for its leadership, education, and knowledge in the athletic field/sports turf industry. By continuing to improve the ways in which the latest tools and information are provided to its members, STMA will not only contribute toward individual success in the workplace, but it will also enhance the respect and significance with which positions in our industry are viewed. Informing the general public about our association and finding better ways for our members to communicate with the athletes, parents, and administrators, will help STMA achieve its goal of establishing safe, playable and economically efficient fields. Such widespread communication is crucial to producing properly designed and constructed fields around the world, and in establishing STMA members as the leading authority in this area. I envision our association helping to bridge the gap between the upper class fields and the middle to lower level fields, which do not yet meet the highest of standards. Continuing to partner with an even greater number of related, reputable associations and organizations will offer STMA the opportunities to effectively raise awareness of its objectives and to enhance its position within the worldwide sports arena.