TPI Offers Turfgrass Forum

Turfgrass Producers International now offers the Turfgrass Forum, an online discussion platform for TPI members. Discussion topics include agronomy/production, marketing/office, delivery/installation, TPI association and other/miscellaneous. The forum can be accessed at in the Members Only section under the Community tab.

PLANET Joins Group for Lyme Disease Education

The Professional Landcare Network is one of the founding members of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partners in Lyme Disease Prevention network, established to coordinate efforts in public education and performance measurement. The other founding members are the Centers for Disease Control, Lyme Disease Association, National Association of School Nurses, IPM Institute of North America and the Office of Pesticide Programs. The members will focus initial efforts on educating the public on how to avoid tick bites, recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease and receive treatment if contact occurs.

ASA Elects New President and Officers

The American Shotcrete Association elected Patrick Bridger to a two-year term as its president. He is president of Allentown Shotcrete Technology, Inc. and has been involved in the shotcrete business for over 25 years.

ASA also elected Joe Hutter as vice president, Michael Cotter as secretary and Ted Sofis as treasurer. William T. Drakely Jr., Charles Hanskat, Tom Norman and Ray Schallom III were elected as directors.

Notes from NTEA

The National Truck Equipment Association elected three new members to its board of trustees. Jim LoPresti and Jeffrey Messer were elected as distributor trustees, and Dave Zelis was elected as a manufacturer trustee.

Allen Birmingham, national sales manager for Tommy Gate Co., Phoenix, Ariz., was installed as the 46th president of the NTEA. He has been with Tommy Gate since 1991 and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

The Green Truck Association was formed at the Green Truck Summit as a new affiliate division. The GTA was created to help industry stakeholders stay current with relevant regulatory and industry developments, while also helping to expand and improve the market for green truck applications. Visit for more information.

NTEA partnered with MultiViews to develop the Work Truck Marketplace. The online directory, available at, provides comprehensive company information in each listing, including product photos and promotional materials like spec sheets and product feature sheets, as well as Web site information and links.