MiSTMA Adds Three New Board Members

Posted on January 7th, 2022

Steve Lord

A Certified Sports Field Manager, previously spent six years as the head groundskeeper for the Cincinnati Reds. He also spent eight years as an assistant groundskeeper at the professional level, including a position as assistant director MLB grounds for the Texas Rangers.

A graduate of Michigan State University, Lord holds a bachelor of arts in General Management and a bachelor of science in Crop and Soil Science – Turfgrass Management Concentration. Lord is a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and has been a committee member for more than a decade. He has also held the position of director of professional facilities in 2019 and 2020. Lord has also been a member of the Ohio STMA since 2015 and director of professional facilities since 2016.

Justin McConnell

Current Head of Grounds at St Johns Public Schools. Studied Sports and Commercial Turfgrass Management at Michigan State University. Previous to St Johns he was the Assistant Groundskeeper for the Triple A New Orleans Babycakes. He followed the team to Wichita, Kansas where he was Director of Field Operations. Justin is a devoted Detroit Red Wings fan.

Chad Maize
Chad has been in the green industry for 18 years. He started at a lawn care company when he was 15 years old. He has been managing sports turf (natural and synthetic) fields for 8 years, when he started working for The City of East Grand Rapids.