News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        January 2017

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Expectations Exceeded at the 2016 Technical Meeting

If you’d been to Technical Meetings in the past and didn’t attend the 2016 event in Amelia Island, Florida because…

…you’d been to the 2015 event in Scottsdale and thought the meeting couldn’t get any bigger or better

…you felt like you couldn’t spare the time

…you didn’t think you’d learn anything new

…then it’s time to give yourself a well-deserved face/palm. None of those excuses actually hold water. The meeting, held from December 2-5 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, had an all-time-high attendance of over 600, and set a new standard for future meetings (but more about those can be found elsewhere in this newsletter).

A wealth of informational sessions were available to those who attended, with learning tracks addressing tennis courts, sports fields, running tracks, indoor facilities and even general business. Sessions were presented not only by ASBA members but by guests in ancillary and related industries and fields. Something interesting: almost every session was packed, and many were standing-room-only, and had attendees not only lining the backs of the rooms but standing up and down the side aisles.

There was an outstanding keynote address by Michael Hoffman, entitled “Being Number One on Purpose,” and the keynote speaker went on to present several other breakout sessions which were equally well-attended.

Memo to those who thought they wouldn’t learn anything new: You missed sessions on pickleball, crumb rubber, synthetic turf infill reuse and disposal issues and even the trickle-down effect of the new MLB netting rules.

In between sessions and during receptions, attendees were able to take in the exhibit hall and trade show, which featured new, innovative and longtime favorites in the equipment and materials sector. Door prizes, give-aways and more also kept things interesting.

The meeting was the site of multiple awards being presented (articles are found elsewhere in the issue) as well as the tennis and golf tournaments – and some members even took some extra time to go fishing in the local waters.

For those who arrived early, stayed late or just managed to carve out some free time, the Omni’s multiple amenities proved irresistible. The beachfront access, multiple pools, restaurants and night spots, as well as shops and more provided great opportunities to unwind from a busy season and reconnect with friends, colleagues and co-workers.

Missed this meeting and don’t want to regret doing so again? The next Technical Meeting will be held December 1-5, 2017 in New Orleans at the Hyatt Regency. Mark your calendar and keep an eye out – this will be one you’ll want to attend.

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