News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2015

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Technical Meeting 2014: All the Building Blocks for Success

Record-breaking attendance, excellent speakers, a perfect location and an outstanding program: This year’s ASBA Technical Meeting had the perfect recipe for success.

The event, held December 5-9 in Ponte Vedra, Florida, drew more than 500 attendees, the highest number to date. Attendees came from across the U.S. and Canada – as well as internationally – to make new contacts, learn about cutting-edge technologies and products in the industry and to participate in ASBA’s activities.

Keynote speaker, Troy Hazard, helped kick off the Technical Meeting on a positive – and humorous – note, explaining how to overcome adversity, maintain focus and move forward. Hazard’s insights on succeeding in business were a highlight of the meeting, sending participants off in an optimistic mood to a comprehensive program of sessions that addressed all sectors of the industry: tennis, track, field and indoor facilities, as well as general business and management topics.

Technical Meeting program speakers included returning guests such as Lynda Wightman of Hunter Industries (who discussed field irrigation issues), as well as Duffy Mahoney of USA Track & Field (who presented two joint sessions with ASBA members: one on track timing systems, and another, entitled “Best & Worst Facility Features: A Coach’s Perspective.” There were multiple other outside speakers; these also included Andy McNitt of Penn State University and Ryan Teeter of Leading Design and Development, LLC.

Those who want to follow up on presentations, or who missed sessions, can catch up on what was missed by going to the ASBA website at From the top menu bar, click on “Events.” A drop-down menu will appear, including “Technical Meeting Presentations.” Click on that and then select the 2014 Technical Meeting. A variety of meeting presentations are included.

From those who took the certification exams, to those who gave of their time in board of directors and committee meetings, to those who spent time working on association projects and publications, the meeting also offered opportunities to advance the industry as well as the Association.

The Marriott Sawgrass Golf Resort & Spa was the host hotel for the event. The hotel provided meeting participants with the opportunity for championship golf at TPC Sawgrass, including the world famous Stadium Course, home of THE PLAYERS Championship. Other amenities included restaurants, a spa, live entertainment and more.

A record number of individuals participated in the tennis and golf tournaments (information on these events is included elsewhere in this newsletter) and took advantage of other recreational opportunities available on and near the meeting site.

While the 2014 Technical Meeting is in the books, it’s never too early to start planning for 2015 when Scottsdale, Arizona, will play host, and the Scottsdale Princess will be the center of all ASBA’s activities. The dates are December 4-8. Mark your calendar now!

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