Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2019 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona will be featured. Don’t miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Jason DeMink, CSFM is the Head Groundskeeper for University of Michigan Athletics. On Wednesday, January 23, he will be presenting “Synthetic Athletic Fields Through the Seasons.”

This presentation will focus on the year-round maintenance of synthetic athletics fields. The challenges of preparing for and surviving high game volume will be emphasized. Special considerations for the northern climate will also be discussed.

After attending this session, participants will:

– Understand effective methods of snow removal from synthetic turf.
– Recognize how to remove clay from synthetic turf in and around the pitcher’s mound and infield.
– Describe seasonal maintenance of synthetic turf with a high demand game schedule.


Michael Stachowicz is a Turf Management Specialist for the National Park Service. On Thursday, January 24 he will be presenting “Event Management: Developing a Landscape Protection Program.”

Turf Managers are more than ever playing host to a wide variety of events on turfgrass. The ability of a facility to host a concert one night and a sports event the next day is becoming a key to the economic success of a facility. This presentation helps provide the framework for turf managers to develop their own landscape protection program.

Attendees will be able to:

– Help the facility maximize revenue through additional events.
– Host events without affecting the quality of the landscape or its use.
– Develop guidelines for their facility.