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Next Stop: Orlando for the Technical Meeting

Forget about the end of season doldrums -- it's time to shake it off and fly south. The ASBA Technical Meeting will be held November 30-December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Just think -- you can wrap up your season and get ready for next year by making contacts, attending sessions, learning about new products and finding out all the news the industry and Association have to offer.

The program this year is excellent. Our keynote speaker is Steve Gilliland, who will teach us to "Enjoy the Ride." A self-made multi-millionaire who built his own company from the ground up, Gilliland knows what it takes to be successful, and will explain how to learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself and to always be a leader. His motto is straightforward: “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” He'll discuss facing conflicting demands in an unforgiving business environment, and show how he -- and everyone -- can keep things together both personally and professionally.

But the highlights don't stop there. The USTA Facility Assistance Team will host a session to discuss the changes to the rules of tennis in 2012, how those rules impact facilities and hear how they can help grow your business. Learn how to keep the infrastructure of the sport healthy by avoiding the most common mistakes seen during bidding and building.

What else is there, you ask? ASBA's division meetings will be held. Each division (Tennis, Track, Fields, Indoor and/Design Professional) serves a different segment of the membership, and is responsible for specific projects, publications, tasks and more. Learn about the projects, issues and goals of your division. Find out how you can get involved, share your ideas and find out what's ahead.

The ever-popular trade show is a staple of ASBA's meeting. It's a great chance to find the newest products and services in the industry, as well as to revisit some longtime industry standards. Our first event of the meeting is always our Opening Reception at the trade show, and it's easily our most popular for good reason.

ASBA's excellent Technical Meeting program is, as always, divided into segments. There are specific tracks of programming dedicated to tennis, track, fields, indoor facilities and general business topics. No matter what your company does, or what role you play in it, there's valuable information here for you at this meeting.

This meeting is simply filled with opportunity! There will be opportunities to increase your company's exposure by exhibiting and/or by acting as a sponsor. (See the article elsewhere in this issue). You can also have the chance to compete with your colleagues in ASBA's golf and tennis outings, find out who scored big wins in ASBA's awards program and much more.

The Technical Meeting is beneficial to individuals in all segments of the industry. The American Sports Builders Association is an approved provider of continuing education programs to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) through its Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES).

Are you ready for this meeting? Even though it seems far off, the calendar turns before you know it, and soon, you'll need to be ready to make your plans. ASBA members will receive information automatically; all others can request to be placed on the mailing list by contacting the Association at, by checking the website, (where information will be posted) or by calling 866-501-ASBA or 410-730-9595. Don't forget to watch the website for information on sponsorship availability and more.

Awards and Honors

What else makes this meeting valuable? You get the chance to recognize the industry’s finest construction each year with the presentation of the ASBA awards for construction excellence. You get the chance to meet new members and those attending the Technical Meeting for the first time. You get the chance to catch up with suppliers, contractors, professionals and others whom you might know only through phone or e-mail conversations. Best of all, you get the chance to spend quality time with those people – to challenge them on the tennis court or golf course, and to enjoy their company between sessions and after hours.

A Great Setting

Orlando, Florida: Our host city is exciting Orlando, Florida. The hotel is a short drive from Orlando's world-famous theme parks, shops, restaurants, golf courses, entertainment and sports venues and exciting attractions, such as Universal Studios, City Walk, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and the Orange County Convention Center. But think beyond the meeting facilities and amusement parks and you'll find a city with a lot more to offer. Orlando also boasts bustling nightlife, quaint antique districts, a rich cultural corridor and much more. You can visit Baldwin Park, Downtown Orlando, Thornton Park, Winter Park, International Drive, Restaurant Row, the Universal Orlando Resort area, the Worlds of Discovery area, the Mall at Millenia area or the Lake Buena Vista area.

Get Certified

Thinking of taking one of the ASBA's certification exams? The exams for Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTCB), Certified Track Builder (CTB) and Certified Field Builder (CFB), as well as Certified Field Builder-Natural (CFB-N) and Certified Field Builder-Synthetic (CFB-S) will be given on Saturday, December 1 at the Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios. To register and get study materials, go to the ASBA website,, and using the menu bar at the top of the page, select "Certification." A drop-down menu will allow you to choose the exam you are interested in. From the appropriate page, choose the "Become a Certified Builder" option. All the materials you need -- a handbook, application materials, eligibility requirements and more -- are right there.

Fun For Everyone
(Two optional events, priced separately)

The Golf Outing is an ASBA tradition. You won't want to miss this chance to tee off against colleagues, co-workers and competitors for an afternoon of golf at the famous Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort. In addition to the bragging rights at stake, there are prizes for winning foursomes, as well as longest drive and closest to the pin. Sign up today and start practicing your swing.

The Tennis Tournament is well-known as a battle to the finish and this year, our host is the Grand Cypress Tennis and Racquet Club. It's a great event that incorporates friendly competition, good-natured heckling and the chance to work out with old and new friends. Pack your racquet, your shoes and your game face. Fabulous prizes and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake.

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Make your reservations now!

The Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios will offer special rates of $129.00 for ASBA Technical Meeting attendees. Call the hotel toll-free at 800-327-2110 and reference the American Sports Builders Association to get this special rate. The room block will not be available after 11/7/12 so make your reservations now to get the special rate. Note: If you do not make your reservation using this method, you will not be counted in the ASBA room block, and may not be eligible for certain benefits for meeting attendees.