PGMS announces election of new leaders

Milton “Dusty” Hallman, CGM of the Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park in Clearwater, Fla., was elected and installed as the new volunteer president of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) during the Society’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with the Green Industry Exposition in Nashville, Tenn.

The 81st grounds professional to hold the office, Hallman succeeds Matthew Vehr, garden center manager for Moeller’s Nurseries in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the chief elected officer of the 91-year-old green industry organization.

In addition to Hallman, PGMS members elected Todd Cochran, CGM, assistant county park superintendent of Bergen County Department of Parks, Hackensack, N.J., as their president-elect.

Chris Fay of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was elected vice president and Ellen Newell, CGM, landscape manager of Utah State University was elected as treasurer.

Complimenting the officers of the Society, PGMS is led by a team of volunteers who serve on its board of directors. Elected to the board this year was Far West Regional Director Donald Bottger of the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif.

Continuing to serve on the PGMS Board as Directors are Director-at-Large Raymond Mirizzi of the Cincinnati State College in Cincinnati, Ohio; Director-at-Large Greg Nichols of Twin Oaks Landscaping in Fairfax, Va.; Director-at-Large Vicki Killian, CGM, horticulturist for The Patterson Club in Fairfield, Conn.; Mid-Atlantic Regional Director Mike Loftus, CGM, of the University of Delaware, Newark, Del.; Mid West Regional Director Gene Pouly, CGM, E.F. Pouly Co., Orrville, Ohio; North East Regional Director Michael Mongon, CGM, golf course superintendent at Fairview Country Club, Greenwich, Conn.; South East Regional Director Joseph Jackson, CGM, assistant director of facilities management at Duke University, Durham, N.C.; and South West Regional Director Tom Dew, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Thomas C. Shaner, a Certified Association Executive serves the Board as PGMS Executive Director.

PGMS leaders are already at work planning the 2003 PGMS Annual Conference and Green Industry Exposition which will take place in St. Louis, MO, November 5-8.

Founded in 1911, PGMS is an individual membership society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. For further information on PGMS, contact the Society at 720 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230, 410-223-2861, fax: 410-752-8295, e-mail: or visit them online at

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