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02.14 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 111 Brad Simpkins (holding plaque), sales representative at Plant Food Co. Inc. in Cranbury, N.J., was chosen 2013 New Jersey GCSA Member of the Year. Simpkins has been a member of the New Jersey organization for 24 years and served on its board since 2010. He has worked for Plant Food Co. Inc. for 11 years. Member AWARD A cooperative project between the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and Bayer CropScience is helping to preserve one of the last virgin hemlock forests in the U.S. WVDA completed the frst year of a cooperative agreement to treat Cathedral State Park for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), a non-native pest that damages and kills hemlock trees by feeding on tree sap. Under the agreement, Bayer is providing its CoreTect insecticide for six years, which the WVDA will apply to approximately one-third of the 133-acre forest every two years. "The trees in this forest are 400 to 600 years old and some are as tall as 80 or 90 feet," says Tim Tomon, coordinator, WVDA HWA. "This is work where you really feel like you're doing something." The hemlock woolly adelgid is native to Asia and was frst reported in the eastern U.S. in 1951 near Richmond, Va. By 2005 it was established in portions of 16 states from Maine to Georgia. Barry Pedler was promoted to vice presi- dent, international sales, at Hunter Industries. Pedler, who has been with Hunter Indus- tries since 1994, had been overseeing the company's international sales effort prior to his promotion. He graduated from the University of Adelaide in South Australia and holds a master's degree in business administration from California State University. Turface Athletics held an educational meeting late in 2013 in Orlando for more than 100 distributor representa- tives. The event included a speaker panel, classroom educa- tion and feld demonstrations. The speaker panel consisted of major league groundkeepers and organizational leaders in the industry such as David Mellor, director of grounds, Bos- ton Red Sox; Darian Daily, head groundskeeper, Cincinnati Bengals; and Abe Key, president and CEO of Pony Baseball & Softball. "It was a true privilege to have been invited to participate in this event and see the quality of education and speakers that Turface offered," Mellor said. Alan Prickett is the new managing director at Ran- somes Jacobsen in the United Kingdom. Prickett had been serving as managing director of Jacobsen Asian Pacifc. He joined the Jacobsen division of Textron UK in 1997 after a sales career with Ransomes distributors. 110-113_Feb14_IndustryNews.indd 111 1/17/14 11:49 AM