Doug Fender Announces Retirement From Turfgrass Producers International

After more than two decades of dedicated service, Doug Fender, executive director of Turfgrass Producers International (TPI), has announced his retirement. During his tenure with TPI, the organization has grown to more than 1,100 members in 40 countries. Fender was also instrumental in forming the International Turf Producers Foundation in 1994. Under his direction, ITPF has raised more than one-half million dollars to fund turfgrass-related research.

In conjunction with his duties at TPI, Fender also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Project Evergreen, a coalition representing all segments of the green industry and dedicated to promoting the positive values of landscapes. For nearly 20 years he was a director of the National Council of Agricultural Employers. He also created a coalition of the Irrigation Association, the American Nursery & Landscape Association and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America to create a Web site that addresses landscape water conservation techniques. In 2001 he edited the book, “WATER RIGHT – Conserving Our Water, Preserving Our Environment.” In 2003 the Turf and Ornamental Communications Association recognized Fender’s contributions by naming him the Environmental Communicator of the Year.

A native of northeastern Colorado, Fender received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Fender currently resides in Inverness, Ill., with his wife Sharon.

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