Next Generation of Turf Managers Optimistic About Future

June 04, 2014

Charlotte, N.C. (June 4, 2014) – Nearly thirty college seniors from top turfgrass programs around the world converged in Charlotte, North Carolina last month for Jacobsen’s annual Future Turf Managers event. Jacobsen is a Textron (NYSE: TXT) company.

The annual event gives students a unique opportunity to network with turfgrass industry professionals at the highest level. During the three-day event, students visit with top superintendents and sports field managers, hear cutting-edge presentations from top industry experts and get an insider’s look at Jacobsen’s turf maintenance equipment.

Several attendees expressed optimism on their future careers and the state of the industry.

“Overall the experience has made me more confident of my potential for success in the turf industry,” said Dustin Harris, a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University’s turfgrass program. “Although the turf industry has had its struggles, I feel good about my opportunities.”

Attendees must be recommended by professors at turfgrass programs. Students were selected from thirty colleges and universities including Penn State University, Mississippi State University, Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Rutgers and the University of Florida. The group also included international students from Myerscough College in England and the North Melbourne Institute of Tafe in Australia.  

“The Future Turf Managers event showed how we can truly achieve our dreams if we go for it,” said Garrett Emerick, recent graduate from the University of Maryland and now Assistant Superintendent at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club. “The event also showed us we have various different options in this industry, some I have never thought about until I attended.”

The group travelled to Charlotte Country Club and Sage Valley Golf Club, two top golf courses in the Southeast. The students also visited the University of South Carolina, where the group toured the Gamecocks’ baseball and football facilities.  

The week also included a valuable discussion on leadership and communication by Steve Randall, Senior Manager of Chapter Outreach for the GCSAA. Each student received a full year’s membership to the GCSAA, sponsored by Jacobsen, and credit towards the pursuit of their Class A GCSAA certification.

“Our annual Future Turf Managers event is really a win-win for attendees and Jacobsen,” said David Withers, President of Jacobsen. “We get to hear the needs of the next generation of turf managers, who in turn get an insider’s look at what their day-to-day jobs will be like. It was great to hear so much optimism from the future leaders of our industry.”

About Jacobsen

With over 90 years of experience in the turf maintenance industry, Jacobsen has built a legacy of precision craftsmanship, legendary quality of cut and unmatched expertise. Dedicated solely to delivering perfectly groomed turf, Jacobsen equipment is used on some of the finest golf courses, sports fields and other formal

turf areas across the United States and the world, through an extensive distribution network and the international Ransomes brand. Additional information about the company can be found at


About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit:


For further information please contact:

Adam C. Slick, Public Relations and Communications Manager, Jacobsen

11108 Quality Drive, Charlotte, NC  28273  

Tel: 704.504.4867 Email:

Garrett Emerick receives his Future Turf Manager certificate from Rocky Parson, VP of Finance for Jacobsen. Emerick is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland and now Assistant Superintendent at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club

Future Turf Manager event attendees toured Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, South Carolina, widely known as one of the top golf course in the United States.

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Eric Salander, Vice President, Investor Relations
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