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Meet TPI's New Executive Director - Melanie Stanton

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Melanie Stanton to Lead Turfgrass Producers International

December 27, 2013 – West Dundee, Illinois USA

Bob Weerts, President of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) has announced that Melanie Stanton has accepted the position of Executive Director and will begin her duties effective January 13, 2014.

Ms. Stanton comes to TPI from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) in Arlington Heights, Illinois where she served as Accreditation Manager. While at ASPS, Melanie secured an unprecedented six-year accreditation which allowed the Society to more efficiently allocate staff resources to other projects and to secure outside funding for programs and
worked with groups to develop and implement flexible long-term planning that helped them to impact public policy.

Prior to that, Melanie enjoyed a successful career with The Sherwood Group in Northbrook, Illinois initially serving as their Administrative Director before being promoted to Account Executive. She also previously served as Meeting Manager for ACCESS Medical Group in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Melanie holds Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.

Mr. Weerts stated, “We are pleased to welcome Melanie to the TPI team. We believe her management, association experience and customer service capabilities will assist TPI with accelerated growth, strategic direction and membership communications in the immediate future. Melanie will be in contact with all TPI members, manufacturers and suppliers in the next few months as she transitions into this leadership position. Ms. Stanton will be introduced to the Association at the TPI 2014 International Education Conference and Field Day in Orlando, Florida, February 24-27, 2014.”

Turfgrass Producers International is the only international association dedicated solely to promoting the benefits of turfgrass sod worldwide. While TPI neither grows nor sells turfgrass sod, they are the resource center for anyone in the turfgrass sod industry and will help anyone find a turfgrass sod producer, supplier or manufacturer in any area. Founded in 1967, the membership is made up of more than 700 producers, suppliers and manufacturers. Many members are educators, researchers, students and industry associates, all dedicated to the turfgrass sod industry. As a recognized industry leader, all TPI Members share a high service level and customer intimacy stemming from dedication to the professional turfgrass sod business.

For more information, please contact 847-649-5555 or go to

Turfgrass Producers International

2 East Main Street East Dundee, IL 60118

Contact: Jim Novak – Public Relations Manager 847-649-5555 –