CHARLESTON, S.C. – Erin Wilder, a lifetime student and advocate of the turfgrass industry, is now leading one of its top organizations. On Sept. 11, Wilder became the 55th president of the Florida Turfgrass Association. The association promotes leadership within the industry, does research on turfgrass related issues, creates legislative power and provides business and networking opportunities in the agricultural field. She is third female to hold the post in the association’s 61-year history. 
Wilder was born with turfgrass roots” hailing from a sixth-generation sod farming family in North Florida. She managed her family’s Boyd Sod Farm and then left the farm to join turfgrass research and marketing company Sod Solutions in 2006. She currently serves as Sod Solutions’ director of marketing and industry relations. Erin gives professional talks to various organizations and associations educating others on the benefits and proper maintenance of turfgrass. 
Wilder will serve a one-year term and then move into the role of past president for one more year.