Houston—Tim Heckler, former chief executive officer of the United States Professional Tennis Association, passed away Feb. 4. Heckler retired from his position in December 2012, after 30 years. When he was tapped as CEO in 1982, the organization had approximately 2,400 members and an annual budget of $700,000.  He grew the association to the world’s oldest and largest organization of its kind, serving more than 15,000 members in 66 countries, and operating on an annual budget of $6.5 million. He was 71 years old.

———————————————————————————RNT Solutions To Serve Aquatic Industry

Akron, Ohio—RNT Solutions, LLC has been formed to focus on new product development and business acquisitions for the competitive swimming and water polo markets. Neal Thomas is bringing his 30+ years of experience in the aquatic industry to create a company focused on the end-user of aquatic products. He formerly headed up Competitor Swim Products, a Division of Richey Industries.

———————————————————————————RecyclePro Accepts GSA Advantage

RecyclePro Receptacles can be purchased under Fibrex’s GSA Federal Contract #GS-07F-0239M. If you are a federal, state, or local government or a military installation who qualifies to purchase from GSA Advantage, you can now purchase these versatile receptacles directly from their website Receptacles are fabricated with recycled, fire-proof aluminum or steel and are available in single, dual, and triple compartments.

———————————————————————————Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award Introduced

Nominations are being sought from across the country for the Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award from the Sports Turf Association. Intended to recognize a sports turf manager for his or her professional ability and contribution, the award will be presented annually to an STA member who has displayed outstanding performance in one of many key categories including community outreach, environmental stewardship, professional development, health and safety, sports turf management techniques, project management, promotion of the profession, stewardship of interns or students, and workplace improvements or innovations. The nomination deadline is December 1. Additional information is available at



17-20 Nevada Recreation and Park Society Conference, Incline Village, Nev. at Lake Tahoe;

24-27 Minnesota Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, Brooklyn Center, Minn.—Earle Brown Heritage Center;

25-27 Colorado Parks & Recreation Association, Vail, Colo.


1-3 West Virginia Recreation and Parks Association Conference, Twin Falls State Park;

8-10 National Recreation and Parks Association National Congress, Houston, Texas

16-18 10th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Indianapolis, Ind.—Hyatt Regency Downtown;

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