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STMA founders award nominations are open

October 8, 2020

The nomination process for STMA’s most prestigious awards, the founders, is open.

These awards are named in honor of STMA’s four early leaders: George Toma, Dick Ericson, William Daniel and Harry Gill. Each award has its own criteria based on the founder’s characteristics.

STMA said those interested in nominating someone should view the criteria for each award and download the form online here to nominate a member who embodies the attributes of one or more of the founders.

Submissions and completed forms are due Oct. 15 to

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 the facility and exhibits the qualities of a true team leader.

William Daniel, Ph.D. 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.

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.

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.


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