It’s hot now and you’re busier
than you can ever remember. Your
crews are going non-stop. But
take a minute and think about
what’s ahead. Specifically,
fast-forward to a few months
from now. Schools will be in
session, temperatures will have
dropped and work will be slower.
How are you planning to spend
If you want to do it in a
productive manner, mark your
calendar for December 4-8, the
dates of the 2015 Technical
Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The next Technical Meeting, to
be held at the
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess,
will bring you all the great
things you’ve come to expect
from ASBA, including:
Outstanding technical programming on
industry issues, presented not just by industry colleagues but by
guest speakers from outside the field. All of it will combine to
help you work smarter, not harder, and be more informed and
up-to-date on the latest technology.
The ASBA trade show, where you can learn
about new products on the market, network with industry colleagues
and learn about the latest developments, and the greatest updates to
existing equipment and products.
Committee and work group meetings, where
you can help advance the work of the association by giving input on
projects, publications, position papers and programs of the
Opportunities to advance your own career
by taking the certification exams – the CTCB, CTB and CFB (as well
as CFB-N and CFB-S) will all be offered.
Plenty of time to catch up with
colleagues and do some informal learning – share ideas and discuss
common problems over a drink in the exhibit hall or morning coffee
before sessions start.
The 2015 Technical Meeting also
packs some new surprises,
though. For example:
The Fields Division will be presenting a
one-day session, to be offered in advance of the meeting. This
session, given by Lynda Hunter of Wightman Industries, will discuss
irrigation. (For more information, see the article elsewhere in this
This will be ASBA’s 50th anniversary,
and special events are scheduled throughout the meeting.
An exciting keynote speaker with a great
And once sessions are over for
the day, you can avail yourself
of all that Scottsdale has to
offer. There are sports
opportunities, museums and
cultural attractions, a great
zoo and plenty of night life.
Our host hotel, the Fairmont
Scottsdale Princess, offers
award-winning restaurants, a
spa, great tennis facilities –
and even two golf courses, one
of which is the site of the
annual PGA Tour Waste Management
Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR
Open). In fact, ASBA’s golf and
tennis events are a sure-fire
way to challenge colleagues and
competitors – and to try to gain
(or reclaim) bragging rights.
Information will be posted on
the ASBA website (www.sportsbuilders.org)
as soon as it is finalized. In
the meantime, mark the calendar.