Golf course superintendents are innovators by nature, demonstrating ingenuity and creativity every day to keep the golf industry running. In celebration of this work ethic – and the American spirit – AMGUARDTM Environmental Technologies will launch its American Innovators recognition program at the 2022 Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Conference and Trade Show, to take place Feb. 5-10 in San Diego.
Throughout 2022, AMGUARD will invite golf course, sports turf, and lawn care management professionals to nominate a peer by visiting https://www.amvac.com/campaigns/american-innovators. Nominators can explain in 300 words or fewer and with up to two photos how their nominee demonstrates innovation in professional turfgrass management in one of two categories: 1. product use or cultural practices or 2. marketing and business management. One winner will be awarded in each category.
“The American Innovators program is our way of recognizing golf course, sports turf and landscape industry professionals who push for excellence in all that they do,” says Shayne M. Wetherall, CEO, AMGUARD Environmental Technologies. “When we celebrate each other’s progress – our daily successes – we collectively inspire new breakthroughs, so it’s fitting to kick this off at GCSAA with many of our golf industry colleagues. As a company that prides itself on offering innovative American-made technologies, it’s an honor to recognize those who embody the American spirit.”
Nominations will open on Feb. 7, 2022, and turfgrass industry professionals can nominate a peer through Jun. 30, 2022. A selection committee comprised of industry leaders, influencers and peers will review nominations and select winners, and the first two American Innovators winners will be announced at the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show. Each winner will be awarded their own symbol of American ingenuity and craftmanship – an extra-large, Legacy Series wooden American “Flag of Valor,” handcrafted by American veterans.
Celebrating American Service
AMGUARD will not only celebrate American innovation at GCSAA; it will also recognize American service. The company will host a partnership event during which AMGUARD will sponsor Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops program, which mobilizes complimentary pest, lawn, and landscape services for military families through its network of volunteers. AMGUARD will present a $20,000.00 check to the organization during the event, to be hosted in the AMGUARD booth.
Cindy Code, executive director, Project EverGreen, says the time is right for the collaboration – and the American Innovators recognition. “Military families face many challenges when a loved one is deployed, and more than ever, they appreciate having healthy green spaces where they can relax, reflect and let their children play,” she says. “Green industry professionals are creative and enthusiastic, so it’s no surprise to see them stepping up with great energy to support these families. They’re often humble by nature, but it’s time to shine a spotlight on them and thank them for their hard work and willingness to give back.”
All GCSAA attendees are invited to attend the AMGUARD and GreenCare for Troops Partnership Event (Tues., Feb. 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m.) and the AMGUARD American Innovators Happy Hour (Wed., Feb. 9, 2:00-5:00 p.m.). Both events will be hosted in the AMGUARD booth, Booth No. 3722.
AMGUARD will share American Innovators updates throughout the year on its website and at other live industry events.
About AMGUARD Environmental Technologies
AMGUARD Environmental Technologies, an American Vanguard Company, is a leading provider of proven chemistries, innovative technologies, and green solutions to the professional pest, public health, golf, lawn care, and ornamental markets.
About American Vanguard
American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE: AVD) is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management, and public and animal health. American Vanguard is included on the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes and the S&P SmallCap 600® Index. To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s website at www.American-Vanguard.com.
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About Project EverGreen
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen is a national 501c3 non-profit dedicated to bringing people together to make a difference in how healthy yards, parks and communities create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth. We do this through GreenCare for Communities™ initiatives that revitalize parks and public green spaces, and through the GreenCare for Troops™ program that mobilizes lawn and landscape services for military families. Our efforts, empowered by donations and volunteers, result in remarkable lifestyle improvements, environmental impact and economic benefits. To learn more about Project EverGreen and its planet Earth victories, or to join us by volunteering your time, service or resources call 877-758-4835.