News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2013

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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.

Held in Orlando, Florida at the Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal, the meeting kicked off with keynote speaker Steve Gilliland, who taught ASBA members to “Enjoy the Ride” that is life, and to appreciate its unexpected moments of humor, learning and friendship along the way.

The meeting saw outstanding technical programming, with sessions for each membership division (tennis, track, fields and indoor) as well as general business topics relevant to all company managers. (For some specific examples of articles, see elsewhere in this newsletter). Want a sneak peek at some of the other presentations? PowerPoints and other materials are available free to all members on ASBA’s website,

ASBA made this the year to debut its certification videos, which publicize the Association’s certification program. For a look at the videos, go to the ASBA website. The videos, which were shot using certified members’ construction projects as a backdrop, will be instrumental in raising awareness of the certification program, and additionally, of the importance of quality construction in sports facilities.

The meeting also made great use of downtime. Receptions, coffee breaks and some meals were held in the exhibit hall -- which showcased products and services relevant to the sports facility construction industry.

Attendees were also able to take advantage of the option to play tennis and golf at ASBA’s popular (and sometimes infamous) tournaments. (For more information on these events -- and their outcomes -- see the article elsewhere in this newsletter).

If you didn’t get to attend this meeting, it can only mean one thing: it’s time to start making plans for the next one. ASBA’s 2013 Technical Meeting will run December 6-10 and will be held in San Antonio, Texas. More information on this meeting will be forthcoming.

© 2013 American Sports Builders Association 

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