News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2016

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Members of Sports Design and Construction Industry Honored at ASBA Technical Meeting

Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA (right) accepts the Chairmanís Award from Dan Wright, CFB.

Linn Lower, CTCB (right)accepts the Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of the Year Award from Peter Francesconi.

David LaSota (right) accepts the Tennis Industry Service Award

In addition to its regular awards presentation, ASBA saw several Association members honored at Technical Meeting, held recently in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Chairmanís Award: Ed Norton, RLA, ASLA (Holcombe Norton Partners, Birmingham, AL)
The Chairmanís Award is presented to an individual who has shown outstanding dedication to the ASBA. Ed Norton, this yearís honoree, has been a member of the Board of Directors and the Awards Committee, has spoken at meetings and served on committees, including the editorial board charged with reviewing and revising the publication, Sports Fields: A Construction and Maintenance Manual. He also has been active in a task force designed to raise the profile of the Associationís Design Professional Division.
In addition, three honorees were recognized with the Tennis Industry Magazine Champions of Tennis Awards. Those were as follows:

Tennis Court Builder/Contractor of the Year: Lower Bros. Co., Inc., Birmingham, AL
The Tennis Court Contractor of the Year is recognized not just for excellence in design and construction but in contributions to the industry. Linn Lower, the company owner, is a Certified Tennis Court Builder who serves on the ASBA Board of Directors as well as on the Associationís Technical Committee. He also was instrumental in the revision of the forms the Association uses in its certification program, including forms for application for the program and for maintenance of the credential.

Youth Tennis Facility Developer of the Year: Zaino Tennis Courts, Inc., Orange, CA
The Youth Tennis Facility Developer of the Year is recognized as an advocate not just for building courts for childrenís play, or modifying them with 30- and 60-foot playing lines, but for advocating the sport as a whole and making it a welcoming experience for all new players. Zaino, which has more than three decades of experience in the industry, has been a strong supporter of youth play as well as an active member of the industry. In addition, Richard Zaino, the company owner and founder, is a longtime active member of ASBA and a Certified Tennis Court Builder.

Tennis Industry Service Award: David LaSota, (DW Lasota Engineering, Inc., Patton, PA)
A new award this year, the Tennis Industry Service Award recognizes an individual who has made unique and specific contributions to the tennis industry. LaSota, a professional engineer who has been involved in all areas of facility consultation, design and construction, with projects ranging from a single court at a park, to the massive 102-court USTA National Campus in Florida, has also volunteered his time as part of the Joint Editorial Board charged with reviewing and revising the ASBA publication, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual.
TI presents its awards as part of its Champions of Tennis program, honoring industry members in a number of categories, including tennis facilities, coaches, teaching professionals and more.

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