STMA Founders Awards

STMA’s highest honors, the four Founders Awards, recognize those members who have made significant contributions to STMA and to the profession. Think about those who have made a difference in your career and the careers of your peers. See the criteria for each award and use this form to nominate a member who embodies the attributes of one or more of the Founders. Submittals due Oct. 15.

STMA’s Four Founders:

Dick Ericson served as STMA’s first President from 1981-1982. He has, and continues to have, an impact in raising the level of professionalism within the industry. The Ericson Award recognizes a member who effectively manages sports fields and their facility and exhibits the qualities of a true team leader. See a list of previous winners.

Dr. William Daniel set the pattern for educator/researcher involvement in STMA. The partnership between educators and researchers and the sports turf managers who incorporate these advances in on-the-field applications is key to the progress of the industry. The Daniel Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry through research, teaching or extension. See a list of previous winners.

George Toma continues to serve as a mentor for many in the sports turf industry. He always emphasizes the importance of the entire crew in effective sports turf management. George’s motto is ‘if you love what you do and give it your all – and then some’ you can achieve your goals. The George Toma Golden Rake Award validates the ‘and then some’ attitude of a sports turf member in “on the job” activities and in community service. See a list of previous winners.

Harry Gill served as STMA’s second president from 1982 – 1983. His commitment to the sports turf profession and his desire and efforts to lay the groundwork for the fledgling STMA to succeed are legendary among those who were fortunate to have known him. See a list of previous winners.