St. Charles Welcomes Two New Faces
The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department welcomes two new faces to its growing regional organization. Dennis Green was hired as the new Superintendent of Parks and will be overseeing daily duties of parks operations, natural resources and horticultural staff. Green comes to St. Charles County Parks with more than 26 years of experience in the parks and recreation field. Tony Peper was also recently hired as the new Natural Resource Supervisor and comes to the department from the Missouri Department of Conservation with extensive experience in forestry and natural resource management. Both Green and Peper began their new endeavor with St. Charles County Parks in December 2014.
CoachTube Offers Athletes Access To World-Class Coaches
Austin, Texas—CoachTube.com, the first and only two-sided marketplace for aspiring athletes and parent coaches, is now available with over 200 courses already available. The site enables athletes to learn skills and techniques on-demand from some of the world’s leading coaches in their respected sports.
CoachTube.com empowers athletes by giving them access to talented coaches who can help them improve their specific skill set. Parents can make world-class training available to their children at an affordable price, choosing from hundreds of experienced coaches, each committed to helping athletes reach their full potential. The platform simultaneously empowers coaches to take their brand to the next level and impact a vastly larger audience. Coaches can set course prices, with demand driving the optimal price point, choose to donate all proceeds to their foundation or simply make their videos available for free. CoachTube.com covers the technical operations, distribution, and even marketing, allowing coaches to simply do what they do best—coach.
Our Deepest Sympathy
Kathie Luecker, Vice President of Lincoln Aquatics
Katherine Z. Luecker, Vice President of Lincoln Aquatics of Concord, Calif., passed away January 27, 2015 after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 55 years old.
Kathie was a prominent figure in the aquatics community for over 32 years. Her passion for aquatics was evident by her vision for products to help pool operators; her fun-loving personality extended to customers, product manufacturers, swimming pool designers, and competitors alike.
A major accomplishment that made Kathie very proud was her involvement as one of the founding members of the Association of Aquatic Professionals (AOAP), which is dedicated to serving commercial pool operators and aquatic professionals. This association was founded in 2011 and continues to grow and serve the Aquatic community.
In Memory Of Tat Won
Tat Won, 58
Tat Won was WhiteWater’s Senior Landscape Architect. He was a friend and role model, never missing a chance to flash his signature smile at everyone that crossed his path. He was fair-minded and humble, never criticizing or judging another.
Tat was a master of his art, all the while maintaining a truly unassuming nature. Disney, the most successful brand in the world, requested Tat by name to work on their projects due to his amazing creativity, superb eye for detail and for the efficiency of which he could accomplish his one-of-a-kind designs. He worked on world-renowned projects such as Caribbean Bay in Korea and Yas Waterworld in Abu Dhabi. Even after 20 years, the people he worked with at Forrec still reference his style when they refer to a distinguished “Tat design.”
In honor of Tat Won, WhiteWater has established the Tat Won Vertical Leadership Award. The award will recognize the ongoing efforts and commitment of our employees in supporting WhiteWater’s journey to become a truly vertical organization, built on customer service excellence.
Many at WhiteWater had the pleasure and the honor of working with Tat for 20 years.
I just read your article in PRB, “Pick Up Your Feet” (February 2015). Man—you were writing about me! Thank you for waking me up!
City of Oberlin, Ohio
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I receive the PRB Week-Ender and I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your articles. I can relate often to your posts and I enjoy reading articles that not only can be relatable to my job, but life outside of it. I just wanted to take a minute and thank you as I appreciate the fact you take the time to write and share your stories.
Amanda Gehres, CPRP
Recreation Coordinator- P.A.R.K. & Youth Programs
City of Grove City Parks and Recreation Department
Grove City, Ohio
CRS Guide Helps Select Water-Based Products
Verona, Wis.,--Municipalities will now be able to choose the right water-based product thanks to the Waterfront Product Guide from Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS). The guide shows products listed by brand and category so customers can find what they are looking for and make comparisons. It also includes a foldout diagram which helps customers visualize how everything from water inflatables and stand-up paddleboards, to shade systems and site furnishings can be integrated into natural settings to create an environment that appeals to all ages and abilities. For more information, visit www.crs4rec.com.
Jacobsen Partners With Service Dog Charity
Charlotte, N.C.—Jacobsen, a Textron, Inc. Company, announced that its Certified Pre-Owned program has partnered with Patriot PAWS, a non-profit organization that provides disabled American veterans with service dogs at no cost.
Started by professional dog trainer Lori Stevens in 2006, Patriot PAWS dogs are taught behaviors to assist the mobility impaired. They can pick up dropped items, provide bracing to get up and down, help with household chores, and get help in an emergency.
In addition to making an initial contribution to Patriot PAWS, Jacobsen is donating funds for every piece of Certified-Pre Owned (CPO) equipment it sells.
For The Love Of Canoeing And Kayaking
Old Town, Maine—To give canoeists and kayakers an online place to call home, Johnson Outdoors has launched a new website dedicated to paddlesports.
EscapeToTheWater.com contains information about equipment, new products, excursion stories, fishing adventures, paddling tips and techniques, news & reviews and much more. Whether entries are in written form or posted as videos, there’s entertainment and information for everyone—from novice canoeists and kayakers to professional paddlers and kayak anglers.
Paladin Attachments has acquired Kodiak Manufacturing, Inc. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Charleston, Tenn., Kodiak is a manufacturer of agricultural implements including rotary cutters, soil and gravel movers, tillers and additional tractor implements.
Watkins Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of hot tubs, has acquired Endless Pools, Inc. through its parent company, Masco Corporation. Watkins Manufacturing will maintain the Endless Pools brand and Endless Pools’ headquarters will remain in Aston, Penn.
John Deere Golf awarded Stotz Equipment (US/CAN) and Gateway Equipment of John Deere Asia, Dealers of the Year earlier this year. The Silver Dealer Award went to Beard Equipment, while Revels Turf & Tractor took home the Bronze Dealer Award.
Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of professional services to include Facilities Management Services and Park & Athletic Fields Management Services for both the public and private sectors.
The multi-disciplinary consulting firm provides a comprehensive approach to engineering, land planning, government regulatory compliance, public sector contracts, data technologies and development services.
15-17 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Las Vegas, Nev.
6-9 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Mankato, Minn.; www.mnrpa.org
7-9 World Aquatic Health Conference, Scottsdale, Ariz.—Scottsdale Plaza Resort; www.nspf.org
13-16 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Breckenridge, Colo.—Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center; www.cpra-web.org
21-23 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Hot Springs, Ark.—Hot Springs Convention Center; www.arkarpa.org
22-23 The Green Industry and Equipment (GIE) Expo, Louisville, Ky.—Kentucky Exposition Center;
(800) 558-8767 or www.gie-expo.com
2-5 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Dalton, Ga.; www.grpa.org
7-10 Virginia Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, Va.—Hilton at 31st Street & Virginia Beach Convention Center; www.vrps.com
15-19 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Kingsport, Tenn.; www.trpa.net