Members of CFSTMA manage sports turf facilities ranging from professional to recreational throughout the State of Florida.
It’s the Perfect Fit
Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association members are local sports turf professionals who share practical and research based maintenance practices to maintain high quality and safe playing fields. CFSTMA is one of three Chapters in the State, with the North and South Chapters. All State Chapters have reciprocal memberships agreements. Joining one Chapter allows participation in all State Chapters. The State Chapters are affiliates of the national Sports Turf Managers Association. Joining the national STMA doesn’t entitle membership to the State Chapters.
Member Spotlight - Certified Sports Field Managers
Stephen Wood, CSFM , Sports Turf Manager with the City of Ocala for a little over nine years. I came from the golf course industry, being a Superintendent for over 20 years. The City of Ocala has eight sport facilities located across the city. Sizes range from a single youth baseball field to multi field complexes. Membership and participation in the CFSTMA is very important for many reasons. Educational, sharing experiences with other members, visiting other sites, and keeping current with the industry, are just a few that’s comes to mind. I believe membership is so important that I include our entire sport turf staff.
Daniel Thomas, CSFM - Head Groudskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium & Buck O"Neil Complex. "Becoming a CSFM isn’t just another feather in the cap. It signifies all of the hard work and dedication to our craft. It is something to be very proud of as a leader in the industry. Through the STMA and regional chapters such as the Central Florida STMA, we are given an outlet to teach and lead others starting out in the world of sports turf.”
David Nowakowski, CSFM - Territory Manager at Harrell's, LLC. The Sports Turf Industry is a special group of professionals. It is one where all are willing to share ideas and help fellow Sports Turf Managers. CFSTMA brings together all of these managers to share ideas, visit different types of sites and learn from University Professors and Industry Professionals. Being in the Sports Turf/Green Industry for 20+ years, I have always felt in order to further our Sports Turf Profession, having more Certified Sports Turf Managers in the work force is imperative. Becoming a CFSM is not a credential to add to your resume, it is a responsibility to increase the professionalism of our industry.
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Meet the Board
Joe Gasparini, CSFM
Orange Country Parks & Recreation
Rob Julian NFL SFM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Steve Wood, CSFM
City of Ocala, Recreation & Parks
Volusia County Parks & Recreation
David Nowakowski, CSFM
- Fifty registered attendees participated in CFSTMA’s winter Chapter Meeting at BOOMBAH Soldiers Creek Park in Seminole County. The CFSTMA Board want to first and foremost …Read More
- CoolToday Park spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, hosted 40+ Central Florida Sports Turf Managers. The attendees where treated to an informative tour by …Read More
- The Central Florida Chapter of the Sports Turf Manager’s Association (CFSTMA) held its summer chapter meeting at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University June 21, 2019. Leslie Whitmer, …Read More
What Our Members Are Saying
CFSTMA has instilled in me that I am not in this alone! But there are others in our industry who have been there and can offer advice and have experienced the same problems and concerns. A network of experts who I (we) can lean upon, build relationships and offer solutions to add to our tool box. There are industry vendors which can supply relief through services and or equipment they offer.Mark Miller | City of Apopka | Athletics Manager
Overall, the CFSTMA has helped me with my best management practices, safety awareness and networking. This local chapter is involved and cares about it’s community. I will continue to be involved and hope to one day to give the knowledge to others in our field as the CFSTMA has shared with me.Clayton Paulk | Orange County | Senior Foreman
I have been able to build a network of resources who simply know the answers, share their expertise and best practices in every situation I have presented or asked about. Friends and colleagues who have been taking care of turf help us to see an annual calendar through conversations. By sharing knowledge we all benefit in so many different ways.Jeff Caldwell | Seminole County | Parks Manager
I know as I go forward and keep going as a registered CFSTMA, I will be able to add to my resume and keep my quality as a worker at a high level. I will keep on the cutting edge of technology to stay more efficient.Richard Stephan | Orange County | Spray Technician
When I moved to Florida, I immediately connected with CFSTMA and began to make connections here in Florida and eventually becoming a CFSTMA Board member. As you know, it takes time and a commitment to make connections in this industry. I have put myself out there to do just that for both my own professional career and also for the betterment of the sports turf industry.Chris Lessig | Volusia County | Parks Operations Manager