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FTGA Announces Staff Changes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  
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Heather Russo, Executive Director
(863) 688-9413

Florida Turfgrass Association Announces Staff Changes

LAKELAND, Fla., (Oct. 26, 2016)--The Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) has named Heather Russo as the association’s executive director and Mac Carraway as the association’s director of operations effective Oct. 1. Bill Kistler, FTGA’s president stated, “Please join me and the entire board of directors, in congratulating both Heather and Mac.”

Russo will be the chief executive for the association with primary responsibility for its financial health, FTGA staffing and for representing the association with constituent and other key stakeholder groups. She will also establish overall strategic objectives, while seeking new areas of expansion that are consistent with the direction given by the association’s executive committee and its board of directors.

Carraway is the president of Carraway Consulting and executive director of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation. He will mentor Russo with particular emphasis on financial matters and industry advocacy.

The FTGA was founded in 1952 and is dedicated to education, research and the promotion of environmentally responsible and scientifically based management practices for the turfgrass industry. Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for turfgrass related economic activity with total revenues estimated at $7.82-billion and a total employment of more than 173,000 jobs. The FTGA continues to advocate for and promote the turfgrass industry with extensive research, continuing education and opportunities for turfgrass professionals to network with their colleagues.

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Florida Turfgrass Association
411 E. Orange St., Ste. 205 | Lakeland, FL 33801
P (863) 688-9413 | F (863) 688-9610