News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        April 2016

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ASBA's Committees Had a Productive Off Season

Pete Smith, CTCB

ASBA Chairman

By the time you read this message, I’m hoping that we’re well into Spring and that we’re all working outdoors again. Having just returned from ASBA’s Winter Meeting in the Dominican Republic last month, it sounded like most of us had a very strong 2015 season; and that backlogs are healthy, with promise of a prosperous 2016.


You should be pleased to hear that ASBA’s committees and task forces have been productive during the off-season. Following are some of the highlights and status reports from our recent meetings:

  • The “Regional Meetings” Task Force is planning a March, 2017 two-day regional meeting in the New York City area. The program will be primarily geared toward foremen, crew leaders and superintendents from builder members. The sessions will be CEU-eligible for those individuals pursuing certification or recertification. Watch your email boxes for more details later in the year.

  • The “Expanding the TM to Include an Operations of Excellence Focus” Task Force is planning several break-out sessions at December’s Technical Meeting in Amelia Island, Florida around management and customer service topics to supplement our technical tracks.

  • The “Outreach to Stakeholders” Task Force has expanded ASBA’s Spring “Tracks” meetings with NCAA and the Governing Bodies in Indianapolis to include meetings with our respective “Fields” contacts in those organizations. The tracks meetings have been extremely fruitful over the years, in helping to shape rules that are achievable and sustainable from a building standpoint. We hope to have the same success on the fields side with such sports as football, lacrosse and soccer.

  • The “Create High Impact Webinars” Task Force will begin a series of webinars this Spring, to supplement learning opportunities for ASBA members throughout the year. The first webinar will be on Asphalt. Details to follow.

  • The “Publishing Articles for Design Professionals” Task Force has a number of articles planned for 2016, to be placed in publications read by design professionals. We recognize the importance of design professionals realizing the value that ASBA builders bring to a job or project, and want to reinforce that connection.

  • The “Onboarding New Members” Task Force continues to look for ways to enhance the new member experience, to help connect our newer members with existing members. ASBA is such a critical element of our members’ success…..we need to make sure that this network continues to grow.

With Spring comes the preparation and submission of your entries for the ASBA Awards program. If you’re looking for a way to market your company, recognize your staff for a job well done, and reinforce your value to your existing clients – use the ASBA Awards program as the vehicle. Recognition from ASBA’s Awards program will help set you apart from your competition. June 1st is the deadline for submissions, but don’t wait to start compiling the materials for your entries.

Pete Smith, CTCB

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