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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2013


ASBA Continues to Impress

As I prepared for my first ASBA Technical Meeting as Chairman last month it struck me that I would be addressing one of the finest group of builders, designers and manufacturers in the sports construction industry….not just in the US, but internationally. The group of professionals that assemble at ASBA’s Technical Meeting offers experience, friendships and valuable contacts that have helped me grow professionally – and personally. DETAILS


Destination: Puerto Rico
ASBA's 2013 Winter Meeting Set for February 22-24

People don’t start making New Year’s Resolutions until a lot earlier, but here’s one that bears consideration: getting a jump start on the 2013 season by attending ASBA’s Winter Meeting.

The meeting, to be held February 22-25, at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort in Puerto Rico, is guaranteed to bring great weather, fantastic opportunities to work on association business -- and more than a few chances to unwind and enjoy some time with colleagues and friends. DETAILS

... and mark the calendar for San Antonio
2013 ASBA Technical Meeting to be Held December 6-10

The next ASBA Technical Meeting will be held December 6-10, 2013. The location will be San Antonio, Texas at the fabulous Grand Hyatt.

All the great things you’ve come to expect from the Technical Meeting will be there -- informative sessions, division meetings, a great trade show, opportunities to make important contacts, and even the chance to indulge in a little fun, including the golf and tennis tournaments. And don’t forget -- ASBA’s award winners are always announced at this meeting.

The Grand Hyatt is only steps from the Riverwalk and convenient to San Antonio’s many attractions. It’s a break after the busy season, and a great chance to regroup. Information will be sent out to members as the meeting nears; in the meantime, stay informed by checking in at  (where information will be posted).


Orlando Technical Meeting a Success

ASBA’s Technical Meeting is easily its most popular each year, and this year’s was no exception. With record-breaking attendance, a booming trade show, an outstanding program and the added bonus of warm, sunny weather, the event set the bar high.  DETAILS

ASBA Honors Distinguished Sports Facilities

ASBA announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence. DETAILS

An In-Depth Look at Four Technical Meeting Sessions

ASBA videotaped several sessions identified by membership division presidents and board representatives as being of particular importance to members. Here are summaries of four of them. DETAILS

ASBA Elects New Officers and Directors

ASBA has announced the election and installation of its officers and directors for the coming year. The new slate took its place at the conclusion of the ASBA’s Technical Meeting, held November 30-December 3 in Orlando, Florida. DETAILS

ASBA Members Test Their Tennis and Golf Skills

When ASBA members and their guests get together at the Technical Meeting, it’s all about sharing information, collegiality and best practices.

Until the golf and tennis tournaments. Then all bets are off. DETAILS

Want to Become a Certified Builder? There's Never Been a Better Time

If you've been thinking about taking the certification exam, it's time to stop thinking and start studying.  DETAILS


Two ASBA Members Win National Honors

Two sports facility construction companies, Baseline LLC (Knoxville, Tennessee) and Top-A-Court Tennis Company (Hatfield, Pennsylvania) were honored by Racquet Sports Industry (RSI) Magazine in its annual awards program. Both organizations, which are member companies of ASBA, were named Champions of Tennis in recognition of their contributions to the sport. DETAILS

STMA Announces 2012 Field of the Year Winners

The Sports Turf Managers Association has announced the winners of its Field of the Year awards for 2012. DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give RSI Their Name!

Do you know someone (or just know about someone) who has been a pioneer in the tennis industry, a real trailblazer who has helped shake things up? Racquet Sports Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. RSI is now in the second year of running its “Pioneers in Tennis” series of articles, about trailblazers in the sport, and is looking for nominations for people to be featured in future columns. DETAILS

Baize Named Chairman of STC Board of Directors

John Baize, managing director of Act Global Sports, was recently re-elected to the Board of Directors and then named Chairman of the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) during its Annual Membership Meeting in Dallas, Texas. DETAILS

Careers in Tennis Initiative Available

It’s all about the American Dream: kid comes out of college, lands an entry level job and starts working in his or her chosen field.

But what if the kid’s dream is a job in the tennis industry? There are a lot of jobs out there, but how to get the metaphorical foot (wearing a tennis shoe or not) in the door? It was with this idea that TIA launched its “Careers In Tennis” initiative.  DETAILS



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes six new companies that have joined the association since the last newsletter. DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA is pleased to announce six individuals have successfully completed all requirements to become certified builders. DETAILS

May We Quote You?

One of ASBA’s most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA’s profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.

If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, you do not need to request again. However, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.

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Calendar of Events

For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail or visit ASBA's web site



February 22-25, 2013
ASBA Winter Meeting

The Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort

Puerto Rico


December 6-10, 2013
ASBA Technical Meeting

The Grand Hyatt

San Antonio, Texas

Information on the ASBA Technical Meetings and Winter Meetings will be sent out automatically to all ASBA members. Non-members should request information by contacting ASBA.

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Executive Director

Fred Stringfellow, CAE


Associate Director

Jennifer Miller


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


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Amy Chetelat, CAE


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