Associations

We are a proud member of the American Rental Association (ARA). www.ararental.org

The American Rental Association is the largest international trade association for owners of equipment and event rental operations and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Advancing the equipment and event rental community is the central goal that drives every decision we make as an association. As rental continues to evolve, ARA employees and members are working together to build a strong future for our industry.

Our vision for the future includes education and training to develop employees and increase safety practices, a workforce that is sustainable and eager to advance their careers, use of technology that will increase operational performance and the ability to transform business data into actionable insights. Rental is more than a $65 billion industry. It’s a community of dedicated, hard-working people and together we define our future.


We are a proud member of GCSAA, America's leading course management association. www.gcsaa.org

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is the professional association for the men and women who manage and maintain the game’s most valuable resource — the golf course. The golf industry recognizes the association as a key contributor in elevating the game and business.

Since 1926, with a focus on golf course management, GCSAA has been the top professional association in the United States and worldwide. Headquartered in Lawrence, Kan., it provides education, information and representation to more than 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. Its mission is to serve its members, advance the profession and enhance the vitality of the game of golf.

The Environmental Institute for Golf, a philanthropic arm of the GCSAA, is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The EIFG concentrates on delivering programs and services that communicate best management practices of environmental stewardship on the golf course.


We’re proud to be a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). www.landscapeprofessionals.org

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is the national trade association representing nearly 100,000 landscape industry professionals in the United States, Canada and overseas. Member companies specialize in lawn care, landscape design and installation, landscape maintenance, tree care, irrigation and water management, and interior plantscaping. Members also include students, consultants, industry suppliers, state associations and affiliate members.

We are committed to helping our members achieve success through education and training and increasing professionalism through certification and accreditation.

Our Mission: To advocate for lawn and landscape industry growth and the benefits we provide to our communities.

NALP Works To:

  • Advocate Relentlessly
  • Educate Industry Professionals
  • Expand the Workforce
  • Promote the Industry
  • Set the Highest Standards

We’re a proud member of OPEESA, an Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association. www.opeesa.com

OPEESA membership includes more than 100 distributors and manufacturers of outdoor power equipment and air-cooled gas and diesel engines.

OPEESA powers distributor success. Our mission is to provide and promote:

  • Industry Growth Through Collaboration
  • High Quality, Pertinent Annual Meetings
  • Education Programs, Political and Economic Awareness
  • Industry Benchmarking and Best Practices

To fulfill our mission, we offer a wide range of services and programs as well as opportunities to share ideas with fellow distributors. In addition, we foster cooperation and proven leadership among manufacturers, distributors, and dealers in the outdoor power equipment industry.

Our education programs include our industry-leading eNewsletters including the monthly OPEESA eNewsletter, for members only, SBLC legislative updates for members only, and the bi-monthly OPE-in-the-KNOW.

Emerging Leaders Group - We have initiated an Emerging Leaders Group for those under 40 years old. This group shares ideas and encouragement through conference calls and networking events. The goals are to enhance leadership skills and share best practices.


We are a proud partner of the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS). www.pgms.org

The Professional Grounds Management Society is an individual membership society of grounds professionals advancing the grounds management profession through education and professional development. PGMS was officially created in 1911 but the nucleus of the organization began as the National Association of Gardeners in suburban New York and New Jersey in 1905.

In 1911 all institutional grounds managers were invited to join the organization. Since then, broadening of the Society has continued under two influences:

  • The unique core of the Society would be the institutional grounds professional generalist.
  • The organization would remain a professional society for the individual (rather than a trade association).

The majority of PGMS members are institutional grounds managers who work for organizations such as colleges and universities, municipalities, park and recreation facilities, office parks, apartment complexes, hotels/motels, cemeteries, theme parks, etc. In addition, many independent landscape contractors are also in membership. All have joined together for the purpose of education and economic advancement.

The society defines a grounds manager as a member of a management team responsible for the operation and maintenance of a site or sites. The grounds manager is responsible for the management of staff, money, materials and equipment utilized in maintaining and enhancing a landscaped site including turf, trees, woody ornamentals and flowers, outdoor structure and related facilities. This can include areas such as roads, sidewalks, parking lots maintenance and repair (including snow removal).

The ultimate goals are to assist the individual manager in developing techniques and management skills to assure an outstanding grounds management program for his or her organization, clients or employers and upgrade the level of the profession.


We’re proud to be a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA). www.stma.org

STMA's Mission: STMA advances professionalism in sports field management and safety through education, awareness programs, and industry development.

STMA's Vision: To be the recognized leader in strengthening the sports turf industry and enhancing members’ competence and acknowledgement of their professionalism.

The founding of STMA: The Sports Turf Managers Association was officially formed in 1981 to facilitate the sharing of ideas and information.

The key leaders in the STMA’s infancy were Harry “Pops” Gill (deceased), Milwaukee County Stadium; Dr. William Daniel (deceased), Professor Emeritus, Purdue University; Dick Ericson (deceased), Minneapolis Metrodome, and George Toma (NFL).

After sharing the office, executive secretary and conference facilities of the National Institute of Parks & Grounds Management in Appleton, Wisconsin for three years, the sixty STMA members decided to venture into independence in November 1984.

The Board of Directors, led by their newly elected President, David Frey, appointed the Association’s first Executive Director, Dr. Kent W. Kurtz, Professor of Turfgrass & Ornamental Horticulture at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. In 1985, the Association incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation and began a quarterly newsletter. STMA established a national office in Upland, California during the spring of 1987. The first national conference in 1986 was held in conjunction with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, as were the annual meetings in 1987 and 1988.

The association has 2,700 members and is headquartered in Lawrence, KS.