News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2016

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ASBA Technical Meeting 2015, Scottsdale, Arizona

Expectations: Exceeded.

There was really no other way to describe the 2015 Technical Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event, held at the Fairmont Princess, had spectacular weather, the highest registration ASBA has ever recorded, excellent programming, a sold-out trade show – and the unexpected bonus of a festival of holiday lights that turned the hotel grounds into a wonderland at night.

The meeting, held December 4-8, brought industry members from across the country and around the world. Technical programming covered cutting-edge technology (these ranged from alternative infills for synthetic fields to the use of drones in all aspects of design and construction) as well as problem-solving (drainage, surface pace and more.) If you missed presentations or want to catch up on some, check ASBA’s website where the powerpoint presentations for many speakers have been made available.

The meeting offered, for the first time, a half-day session on irrigation, led by Lynda Wightman from Hunter Industries. The session, presented prior to the formal opening of the Technical Meeting, allowed for concentration on an issue that many were interested in – and as a result, it drew a good attendance.

Keynote speaker Victor Antonio presented an excellent session on sales, success and perseverance. He included his real-life observations about business, coupled with amusing anecdotes and truisms that rang true for many attendees. In addition, Antonio was present for breakout sessions dealing with presentations and other topics. (By the way, for those in ASBA who did not get a chance to avail themselves of Victor Antonio’s presentations, he has offered a special 25 percent discount on his materials; to activate the discount, go to the website of and reference the code, ASBA-25%)

The Technical Meeting Trade Show, a favorite gathering place, offered the chance to visit with vendors and find out what was new and innovative in the marketplace, as well as to catch up with longtime clients and suppliers. (The ability to watch football while at receptions made it an even more popular spot.)

ASBA also offered its members the chance to feed their competitive instinct with the Golf Tournament (sponsored by Liberty Tire Recycling) and the Tennis Tournament (sponsored by Har-Tru). Information on these two events can be found in adjacent articles.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, which served as the backdrop for the events of the meeting, offered unparalleled hospitality, with a multitude of restaurants, shops and services, as well as amenities (an ice rink in Arizona? Really?) and – of course, the jaw-dropping light displays.

If you liked this meeting (or if you were one of what seems to be the very few who didn’t go), mark your calendar for the next Technical Meeting, to be held December 2-6, 2016, at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, FL.

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