FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 16, 2011
JOSEPH CALVANESE CHSCA SPONSORSHIP AWARD
Robert Thomas, ProGrass Vice President of Sales and Marketing receives award.
PITTSBURGH, PA, May 16, 2011 –Robert Thomas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ProGrass, received the Joseph Calvanese CHSCA Sponsorship Award on May 12, 2011 in Southington, Connecticut at the 47th Annual Connecticut High School Coaches Association Recognition Dinner.
Robert Thomas said, “The night was very special. It brought back some very fond memories of my coaching days and the hospitality of the Connecticut Coaches Association was fantastic.” The Connecticut High School Coaches Association annually recognizes an outstanding contributor to the Connecticut Coaches Association with this prestigious sponsorship award. The award is named after a great Connecticut humanitarian, Joseph Calvanese, who over the years has contributed so much to this organization. This award is given each year to a corporate sponsor whose organization has given so much to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association. Robert Thomas said, “I would like to give a special thanks to John Fontana. John has been a wonderful business patron and friend. It was his efforts that brought the Coaches Association and ProGrass together.” “From all of our wonderful employees at ProGrass, we are honored to receive the Joseph Calvanese Sponsorship Award.
Robert Thomas is a graduate of Hiram College where he received a BA in Education; he later attended Kent State University where he completed his MBA in sports administration.
Always interested in sports, Robert’s first job was that of a Physical Education teacher at his alma mater Liberty Local schools located in Ohio. Not only did he teach, but coach football, track, basketball and head coach of the swim team. His dedication to youth and sports led him to take the position as assistant football coach and director of intramurals at Hiram College. Robert proved to be such an asset to the institution that in 1992 he became the youngest head football in OAC history. Proving to be a leader he was elevated to athletic director. He led the Terriers until 2001.
In 2001 Robert began working for ProGrass where he quickly moved up the ProGrass ladder from regional sales representative to VP of Sales and Marketing. He is considered one of the leading authorities on synthetic turf. His dedication and knowledge has led to a science based product with the emphasis on the performance and safety of synthetic surfaces. Robert also sits on the Synthetic Turf Council as a task force member focusing on the performance of synthetic turf products.
Under the same majority ownership since day one, ProGrass, LLC is a Limited Liability Company, based in the United States, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has emerged as one of the preeminent names in the synthetic turf industry. ProGrass, LLC installations are located from Connecticut to California and Hidalgo, Texas to Barrow, Alaska. More information on ProGrass, LLC and their products can be found at www.prograssturf.com.
Founded in 1951, The Connecticut High School Coaches' Association supports its member coaches and their student-athletes by offering ongoing educational opportunities, recognizing outstanding coaching achievements and providing general consultation and advice to its members. The CHSCA also seeks to promote the highest standards of competition in high school sports. More information on the CHSCA can be found at www.cthssports.com.Contact Information: