Tennessee Turfgrass - December/January 2020

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FROM TH E TTA PRE S I D E NT

Jason Pooler The Official Publication of the Tennessee Turfgrass Association, the Tennessee Valley Sports Turf Managers Association and the Tennessee Golf Course Superintendents Association

WHAT A RIDE T

his is my last article for the Tennessee Turfgrass Association magazine as your President. I have learned so much over the last two years. I was fortunate to work with such a great board and all of our members. Seven years ago when I was asked by Bob McCurdy to be on the TTA board, I was a little leery, but now I’m so glad I did. I have been able to work with so many professionals in my field. It has been a very positive experience. So thank you to all the past and present board members for making this opportunity so surreal. Our board is in great hands with Doug Ward and Chris Sykes taking the helm going forward. I would like to give a big thanks to Jim Brosnan and all the UT staff for their professionalism and putting together such a great conference each year. They bring such great knowledge to our association. Also a special thanks to our Executive Director Melissa Martin for keeping me in a straight line. I owe her big and everyone above great appreciation. I am very much honored to have worked such a great group of people. With all that said I hope to see everyone at the 54th Annual Conference and Tradeshow on January 6. I encourage every member to register. We have a great show planned, so please come out and support all the vendors. They work hard and do so much for our association. Be sure to attend our business meeting, bring ideas, and maybe even sign up to be on the board. We always need new and fresh ideas brought to the table. Again, thank you for the ride! It has been an honor to serve you. It will be something I never forget, I’m so excited to see how the association grows more and more every year. Thank you!! Sincerely,

Jason Pooler 2018 – 2019 TTA President

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TENNESSEE TURFGRASS DECEMBER/JANUARY 2020 Email TTA at: info@ttaonline.org

Tennessee Turfgrass is the official publication of The Tennessee Turfgrass Association 400 Franklin Road Franklin, Tennessee 37069 (615) 928-7001 info@ttaonline.org www.ttaonline.org Published by Leading Edge Communications, LLC 206 Bridge Street Franklin, Tennessee 37064 (615) 790-3718 Fax (615) 794-4524 Email: info@leadingedge communications.com Editor Dr. James Brosnan TTA OFFICERS President Jason Pooler Tri-Turf Sod Farms, Inc. (731) 642-3092 Vice President Doug Ward Belle Meade C.C. (615) 292-6752 Secretary/Treasurer Chris Sykes Tellico Village (865) 458-5408 Past President Theo Lankford Kormac, LLC (615) 519-2701 Executive Director Melissa Martin Tennessee Turfgrass Assn. (615) 928-7001 TTA 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ryan Blair, CGCS Bart Cash Cal Hill Joe Hill Jeff Kuhns Timothy Long Bill Marbet Jason Sanderson Darren Seybold Ryan Storey Paul Webb Scott Wicker TTA ADVISORY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD Bill Blackburn Dr. Jim Brosnan Dr. Brandon Horvath Lynn Ray Jeff Rumph, CGCS Dr. Tom Samples Dr. John Sorochan Dr. Wes Totten