ATLANTA, Ga. — The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) recently announced Al Garver, CAE, as its next president of the national nonprofit trade association for the synthetic turf industry. Garver will become the third president of the 12-year-old organization. He brings to the position an extensive background in developing and advancing strategic plans, member-focused advocacy, public policy objectives and membership programs.

Maintaining two career tracks, military and civilian, he began his 32-year military career in the U.S. Air Force and progressed up the ranks in the Guard and Reserve to serve on the Air Staff at the Pentagon. He is one of the top 150 enlisted leaders out of 460,000 soldiers and airmen serving in the National Guard. His military training has included high-level strategic planning and communications.

In his most recent position as the executive director of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the U.S. (EANGUS), he successfully led a 43 year-old organization, which serves a constituency base of well over 400,000 soldiers and airmen and their families. Garver earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University.  He will complete his Master of Business Administration later this year from University of Phoenix.

Garver succeeds current President Rick Doyle, who is retiring in October 2015, after a successful nine years of leading the STC.