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LEADERSHIP

SPREADING THE SEEDS OF PROGRESS AROUND THE GLOBE

CULTIVATING OUR INDUSTRY SINCE 1967

Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) has members in almost every U.S. State and over 30 countries, bringing together seed producers, sod producers, equipment suppliers, manufacturers, educators, and others who have a passion for the turfgrass industry. Dedicated to our mission of “Promoting the global environmental benefits of natural grass through education and research,” TPI provides educational opportunities, field days and equipment demos, and material resources to members while also working in public relations, advocacy, and regulatory affairs that affect the natural grass production industry worldwide.

Staff

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Casey Reynolds, PhD

Executive Director
creynolds@turfgrasssod.org
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Liz Lonsbrough

Meetings and Event Plannerliz@turfgrasssod.org
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Geri Hannah

Administrative ManagerGhannah@turfgrasssod.org
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Steve Trusty

Turf News Co-EditorStevetrusty@turfgrasssod.org
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Allie Roed

Membership & Marketing Manager ashriver@turfgrasssod.org
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Suz Trusty

Turf News Co-Editorsuztrusty@turfgrasssod.org

Board of Trustees

I was encouraged to join TPI over 30 years ago, and it only took one conference to convince me that anyone serious about the natural grass industry needs to be a member. TPI coordinates efforts to improve, change, oppose, defend, support, or challenge anything that might affect our profession. I’m pretty sure that without the contacts and the education I’ve gained from TPI, that my family would not have survived 30 years of change in the sod industry.

Bob McCurdy, Past-President

Bob McCurdy, Past-President

Tennessee

TPI keeps me connected with my peers and allows me to stay informed on the latest issues in our industry. The organization has done a great job combatting false information relating to environmental impacts of our products.

Lindy Murff

Lindy Murff

Texas

The greatest benefit of TPI is the opportunity to network with and learn from my fellow producers from all over the world. TPI is the unified voice of the turfgrass industry, going to bat for our industry when it comes to public policy and programs. Over the past few years, several industry windfalls have occurred that would not have been possible without the dedicated TPI staff.

Wade Wilbur

Wade Wilbur

Kansas

TPI is the watchdog regarding environmental and regulatory issues that impact our industry. As a member, I get the opportunity network with other turfgrass producers, as well as educate myself and my employees on topics related to the turfgrass industry.

Eric Hjort

Eric Hjort

Florida

TPI is the only association that is promoting and advocating natural turfgrass. Along with education and industry awareness, TPI allows me to meet industry leaders that I learn from—and have become friends with.

Larry Lemay, Treasurer

Larry Lemay, Treasurer

California

I am thankful for the great opportunities TPI provides for meeting other turfgrass producers from around the world in a non-competitive atmosphere and bringing the industry together for conferences and field days. We would not have been able to develop our turf farms in the way we have over the last 30 years without our TPI membership.

Albrecht Knigge

Albrecht Knigge

Germany

Our farm has been a part of TPI through three generations. This vital organization brings together growers, suppliers, and educators to spark innovations that advance our industry. TPI also scans the horizon for unfriendly policies, then collects scientific data and feedback from producers to champion change or prevent those policies from taking effect.

Diane Mischel, President

Diane Mischel, President

Michigan

TPI is the only organization devoted to sod and turfgrass farms, advancing the industry through education, protecting our operations from regulators, and promoting natural grass domestically and internationally. With all TPI accomplishes, this organization has helped put thousands of dollars into our business’s bottom line!

Daniel Huggett, Vice-President

Daniel Huggett, Vice-President

Ohio

TPI is the voice of sod producers to the rest of the industry—a critical watchdog, lobbyist, educator, and information hub. As part of TPI, I’ve met more respected peer leaders and learned more than I ever would have otherwise.

Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Georgia

Get Involved

The Lawn Institute Fundraising Committee

Responsible for developing fundraising activities for the Foundation and for helping to secure donations.

The Lawn Institute Research Committee

Focuses on reviewing research proposals and making funding recommendations to the Board of Trustees; responsible for tracking the research being done in the turfgrass field and reporting on that research to the board.

The Lawn Institute Scholarship Committee

The Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship was established to honor a founding father of Turfgrass Producers International while demonstrating TPI’s commitment to education and offering a valuable member benefit. The Scholarship Committee solicits, collects, and reviews Dr. Henry W. Indyk Scholarship applications annually. The committee members use objective criteria to select scholarship winners.

Conference & Education Committee

Responsible for the development and coordination of educational programs for TPI events, including pre-conference seminars, panel/board discussions, general education and breakout sessions, and tours, along with the identification and recruitment of speakers.

Membership Committee

Identifies new programs and strategies that expand TPI’s membership participation worldwide and increase the value of a TPI membership.

Public Relations Committee

Maximizes TPI’s effectiveness by developing marketing strategies that serve to educate the general public; convey beneficial information to producers, suppliers, and end-users; address specific environmental advantages or concerns; enhance and expand TPI’s relationships with turfgrass extension specialists, researchers, and educators; and develop, review, and revise various support materials specifically designed to achieve the intended objectives.

Leadership and Innovations Committee

Cultivates connections with current TPI leaders to develop strategies for reaching new leaders, developing new TPI programs, and utilizing technology to push TPI initiatives forward. 

TPI State and Country Representatives Council

This committee is designed to serve as a local point of contact for working with TPI to make sure your state and country’s voice is heard in legislative, advocacy, or other issues.

TPI State and Country Representatives Council

TPI Representative – Casey Reynolds, PhD
Committee Members – David Bryant (Michigan), Brent Batchelor (Texas), Daniel Huggett (Ohio), Tera Tvetene (Montana), Sarah Nolte (Iowa), Graham Simmons (Alabama), William Head (Tennessee), Michael Clausen (Rhode Island), Will Nugent (Florida), Tom Wolf (Alabama), Melanie Frigon (Canada)