Ag Alumni Profile - Dan Shemesh '03 TURF

Posted: September 19, 2012

Having an interest in sports, Dan Shemesh knew a career in Turfgrass Science was perfect for him. Over seeing each event at New York Red Bull Arena is a phenomenal experience. The world class stadium entertains thousands of people per event and Shemesh is responsible for making sure that everything goes smoothly before and after the events.
Dan Shemesh, Director of Grounds at New York Red Bull Arena

Dan Shemesh, Director of Grounds at New York Red Bull Arena

Jena Sigel, Ag Alumni Relations Intern and Animal Sciences major, talked with Dan Shemesh '03 Turfgass Science about his Director of Grounds position at the New York Red Bull Arena. Shemesh credits his passion for Turfgrass Science here at Penn State and has used those experiences to gain a prestigious career very early on.

Career: Director of Grounds, New York Red Bull Arena

What is your favorite Penn State memory?

I started my freshman year during the summer session of 1999. Right out of high school, I was ready for college so I started early. That summer was my most treasured memory because college for me was new and exciting. Other memories include joining the Turfgrass Club and the Boxing Club Team.

What characteristics are needed to be successful in your career and field?

I believe that hard work, dedication and being a team player will lead you to success in a career such as mine. Also being able to work well with other people and their departments is also needed. Learn from your mistakes, and look for new ideas.

What is the best piece of career advice that you’ve ever received?

Do what’s best for you and that fits into your interests, outside interests and friendships. Don’t base your career on decisions that your friends make and look at the big picture.

What is your favorite creamery flavor?

Chocolate and vanilla

How have you stayed connected to Penn State since you’ve graduated?

I have stayed connected to Penn State through my job, sending emails and phone calls. I also stay in contact with my professors, and other graduates. In my career, I am constantly attending different conferences where I meet or reunite with Penn State alums, which keeps me in the loop.

Shemesh says, “Being able to combine my passion for turfgrass sciences and sports is the reason I choose the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. I also credit my professors for engaging me in their lectures and bringing sports into their examples."

Shemesh is a very dedicated individual that has a lot of experience in his field. “In this career path, companies are always looking for individuals to grow and expand the industry,” says Shemesh. When on the topic of internships for prospective students, Shemesh mentioned that his company prefers Penn State students and are hiring interns.