Working & Advisory Groups

2013-14 TPI WORKING GROUPS

The focal point of membership involvement is through "Open Forum Roundtables" held at every TPI meeting. Members of all classes are encouraged to participate in open discussions of identified topics in order to address their concerns and develop meaningful answers. TPI Board, and staff serve as facilitators at each discussion table and report the group’s findings and/or recommendations to the full Board. At its discretion, the Board may direct a matter to the staff for implementation, create a Task Force for further review or it may create a Working Group to address the issue. Task Forces and Working Groups disband upon completion of their specific assignment, unless otherwise determined by the Board or members. Some Working Groups will have long-term objectives that necessitate their continued existence.

CONFERENCE EDUCATION WORKING GROUP

Scope: The primary responsibility of this committee is the development and coordination of educational programs for TPI events including pre-conference seminars, panel/board discussions, general education and breakout sessions, tours, etc. along with the identification and recruitment of speakers.

Chair:  Ed Keeven, Jr., Emerald View Turf Farm
Vice Chair:  Will Nugent, Bethel Farms
TPI Representative: Sandy Reynolds, Meeting & Events Manager

MEMBERSHIP WORKING GROUP

Scope:  The focus of this group is to develop programs and strategies that expand TPI’s exposure and membership participation worldwide.      

Chair:  Ian True, Trebro Manufacturing Inc.
Vice Chair:  Dave Johnson, D. Johnson Farms, Inc.
TPI Representative:  Veronica Iwanski, Membership & Marketing Manager

PUBLIC RELATIONS WORKING GROUP

Scope:  The primary goal of the PR working group is to maximize TPI’s effectiveness in developing marketing strategies that serve educate the general public, convey beneficial information to producers, suppliers and end-users, address specific environmental advantages and/or concerns, and develop, review and revise various support materials specifically designed to achieve the intended objectives.

Chair:  Linda Moyer, Sod Solutions
Vice Chair:  Jimmy Fox, Evergreen Turf, Inc.
TPI Representative:  Jim Novak, Public Relations 
 

 

2013-2014 TPI ADVISORY GROUPS

Advisory Groups will remain a vital part of TPI’s organizational structure, with participating members of each group being selected by past service or specific Board appointments. Advisory Groups shall address specific issues directed to them by the Board of Trustees and/or the President. In addition, they can identify areas of concern and questions that require additional examination by other TPI groups.

MANUFACTURERS' ADVISORY COUNCIL

Scope: The primary responsibility of this council shall be to identify and report on new developments within the industry, as originating with, or directed to the manufacturing segment and related to turfgrass sod operations and projection.

Chair:  Ed Keeven, Jr., Emerald View Farms 
Vice Chair:  Will Nugent, Bethel Farms
 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Scope:  The primary responsibility of this committee shall be to develop a qualified slate of candidates to serve on the TPI Board of Trustees, for consideration by the membership at the TPI annual business meeting.

Chair:  Robert Winstead, Jr., Winstead Turf Farms, Inc. 
 

PAST PRESIDENTS COUNCIL

Scope:  The primary responsibility of this council shall be to review ongoing and contemplated programs offered by TPI and suggesting positive alternatives or improvements based on their experiences as past leaders of the organization.

Chair:  Robert Winstead, Jr., Winstead Turf Farms, Inc. 

 

LOGISTICS COMMITTEE

Scope:  The primary responsibility of this committee is to develop and execute a cohesive plan for TPI's Midwinter Conference and Summer Convention and Field Days.

Sandy Reynolds, Meeting & Events Manager
Mike Blair, Green Velvet Sod Farms
Don Heslop, Biograss Sod Farm
Past, Present & Future Host Farm Representatives