Wed., Jan. 25
Opening General Session
8 - 9:30 am
As the kick-off event for S TMA's Conference, the General Session
will feature t wo of S TMA’s most requested speakers – Drs. Andrew
McNitt and John Sorochan. Dr. McNitt is one of the industry's
foremost researchers on sports turf playing surface characterization.
He serves as a Professor of Soil Science/ Turfgrass for Penn State
University, is the Director of Penn State's Center for Sports Surface
Research, and is the technical advisor to the NFL Groundskeepers
Organization. Dr. Sorochan is a Distinguished Professor of Turfgrass
Science and Management in the Plant Sciences Department at the
University of Tennessee (U T). He is also the Co-Director for the U T
Center for Athletic Field Safety where his team investigates athletic
field performance and safety as well as athlete to surface
interactions. You won't want to miss the insight, humor, and wisdom
each individual brings to the stage as they discuss the current
comments from the
audience will be
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Meet with your peers in this formalized net working session. Each
category of membership meets separately to share issues and
Chapter Board Members’ Reception NEW!
6 - 7 pm
All chapter board members are invited to an informal gathering to
network with other chapter leaders. This reception is a ‘
come-and-go-as-your-schedule-permits’ event and replaces the Chapter
Officers Training Session (CO TS).
Sponsored by Hunter Industries, John Deere, Pioneer Athletics,
First-Time Attendee and International
6:30 - 7 pm
This reception honors our international attendees and new
conference participants. Appropriate ribbons must be worn
7 - 10 pm
Reconnect with old friends and peers and meet new acquaintances
at this heavy hors d’oeuvres event. Drink ticket included.
Sponsored by The Toro Company and Covermaster
Thurs., Jan. 26
Keynote Address, Annual Meeting & Lunch
11 am - 1:15 pm
Laura Katen, President of Katen Consulting, a New-York based
professional development training company has been selected to
present the Keynote address. She will
address the topic of professionalism, and how
communication at an individual and
organizational level influences how you are
perceived by your peers, your employer and
Sponsored by World Class Athletic Surfaces.
Thurs., Jan. 26 & Fri., Jan. 27
Exhibition & Silent Auction
Thursday 1:30 - 6:30 pm (Dessert & Late Afternoon Reception)
Friday 10 am - 1 pm (Innovative Sessions & Lunch)
Meet with distributors, company representatives and product
developers to see the latest industry equipment, products and
services. Win prizes participating in the new, interactive Scavenger
Hunt. Bid on items in the Silent Auction.
Silent Auction sponsored by Pioneer Athletics
Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Syngenta
Fri., Jan. 27
Awards Reception, Banquet & SAFE Live Auction
6:30 - 10 pm
Support SAFE by bidding on top-of-the-line equipment, technology
and autographed items. Enjoy an elegant dinner immediately followed
by the awards program, which honors notable contributions to the
industry. RSVP is required. Coat and Tie is the preferred attire.
Awards Program sponsored by Barenbrug, Carolina Green Corp.,
Ewing, Hunter Industries, World Class Athletic Surfaces
Pre-banquet sponsored by Pro's Choice
Andrew McNitt, Ph.D.
John Sorochan, Ph.D.