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Our Vision:

To provide safe, playable, and aesthetically pleasing sports surfaces for all users.

Our Mission:

To give members a vehicle to network with industry peers for education purposes to develop the theory and understanding of sports turf management and advance the art and science of managing that process. The chapter will accomplish this purpose, operate exclusively without profit and in cooperation with the national Sports Field Management Association and shall not take any public position contrary to that of the association.

 

Quarterly Meetings

Meetings with CEUs are located in rotating regions of Central Florida. View Events

Six Membership Types

We are an inclusive organization and offer a membership category for anyone interested in learning more about sports turf field management.View Membership Types

Reciprocal Membership

Central Florida STMA shares reciprocal membership privileges with both the North Florida STMA and the South Florida STMA. Read More

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.”

 

Dave Nowakowski

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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Knowledge Center

Access best practices information and case studies. Visit the Knowledge Center

Membership Directory

Access the Membership Directory to continue the conversation between meetings. View Membership Directory

Job Postings

Members are encouraged to post their open positions. View Job Postings

Meet the Board

Chris Lessig
PRESIDENT
Chris Lessig
Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture
Andy Kinch
PRESIDENT-ELECT
Andy Kinch
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeff Wolford
TREASURER
Jeff Wolford
BEARD Equipment John Deere
Michael Williams
VICE PRESIDENT COMMERCIAL
Michael Williams
Dura Edge Engineered Soils
Mike Saldutti
SECRETARY
Mike Saldutti
Orange County Parks & Recreation
David Nowakowski, CSFM
VICE PRESIDENT EDUCATION
David Nowakowski, CSFM
Harrell's, LLC
Dale Croft, CFSM
PAST PRESIDENT 2015-2018
Dale Croft
Orange County Schools
Joe Gasparini, CFSM
PAST PRESIDENT 2019 - 2020
Joe Gasparini, CFSM
Orange County Parks, Retired
Rob Julian, NFL SFM
PAST PRESIDENT 2021- 2022
Rob Julian
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Latest News

  • Turfgrass Weed Management

    Turfgrass Weed Management

    Steve Strickland, Athletic Field Manager with the City of Leesburg were host to the Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association Decemberv 14, 2023. Fifty plus …Read More
  • Student Scholarships Available!

    Student Scholarships Available!

    $1,000 Student Scholarship(s) Sports Turf Management  Take advantage of this opportunity to be awarded $1,000 towards your educational expenses! Email a typed written “Letter of …Read More
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    Andy Burnette, Field Operations Manager at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fl with his staff were host to the Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association September …Read More

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