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News from the American Sports Builders Association                                                        October  2014


Mark Your Calendar for ASBA's Technical Meeting

As we put the final touches on our summer season and brace for Fall, I hope your calendar is marked for December 5-9 for ASBA’s 2014 Technical Meeting at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Coming off what was our best-attended meeting ever last year, we have high expectations for even bigger numbers, a larger exhibit hall and dynamic breakout sessions for our attendees. DETAILS


ASBA 2014 Technical Meeting: It's the Highlight of the Season

The 2014 Technical Meeting will be held December 5-9 at the Sawgrass Marriott in Ponte Vedra, FL. All the great things you have come to expect from our Technical Meetings will return: informative programming, a great keynote speaker (see the adjacent article for more information on this), an outstanding trade show, the chance to make lots of new contacts in the industry and many opportunities to get updates on ASBA’s activities (and maybe even to become more active in the association yourself). You’ll also be able to find out who won ASBA’s awards – and a whole lot more. DETAILS

Special Offer for Technical Meeting Attendees: Bring a Colleague and Get Credit!

Who says you can’t get something for nothing?

Just for the record: you can.

Once again this year, the American Sports Builders Association is offering its members the opportunity to invite colleagues to the Technical Meeting. That’s right – you can send those you do business with an invitation to meet you in Ponte Vedra at this year’s Technical Meeting. DETAILS

Do You Remember?
by Troy Hazard, Keynote Speaker at ASBA 2014 Technical Meeting

Troy Hazard will be ASBA’s keynote speaker at the Technical Meeting. Here is a sneak preview of his presentation, with ideas designed to help you operate your business more efficiently. Want to learn more? Sign up for the Technical Meeting today! DETAILS

Purpose, Passion, People and Profits

Through the tough lessons early in his business career, Troy Hazard developed a powerful personal strategy that not only helped him unlock greater purpose, it reignited his passion and in turn that of the people he led in influenced. DETAILS

ASBA Winter Meeting: Put It on the Calendar!

It’s never too early to mark the calendar, particularly when you’re planning for maximum productivity.

The ASBA Winter Meeting, one of the best chances to help advance the mission of the Association, will be held February 20-22, 2015 at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island. You will fly into Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) in Freeport.

Don’t miss your chance to help with committee and division work, publications, topics for future meetings and position papers, as well as so much more.

Information is expected to be available after the Technical Meeting. Members of ASBA will receive this automatically; all others can request to be put on the mailing list.

For information call 866-501-ASBA (2722) or Information will also be posted on the ASBA website automatically.


ASBA Awards Recognition Program Seeking Sponsors: Deadline October 31

As part of this year’s Facilities of the Year Awards Recognition Dinner, being held on Monday, December 8, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, at the Technical Meeting, we are creating a special awards supplement. The 16-page supplement will recognize all of this year’s winners and, specifically, feature photos and brief profiles of the “Outstanding” facility award winners. We have contracted with Peter Francesconi, of Ace Media Group, to help coordinate the piece. DETAILS

ASBA Awards Brochure Wins GDUSA Award

The ASBA Awards Brochure won a 2014 American Graphic Design Award! Congrats to our designer, Kirsten Navin!

It’s the second American Graphic Design Award this brochure has won; the 2011 edition won it, too.

For five decades, Graphic Design USA has sponsored competitions to spotlight areas of excellence and opportunity for creative professionals. GDUSA’s American Graphic Design Awards (trademark) is the original and the flagship, open to all in the community: design firms, ad agencies, corporations, non-profits, institutions and more. It honors outstanding work of all kinds across all media. For the ninth straight year, more than 8,000 entries were submitted; a very highly selective 15 percent are recognized today with a Certificate of Excellence.

ASBA Has a New Twitter Account! Are Your Following Us?

ASBA Has a Twitter Account! Are You Following Us?

You’ve Liked ASBA on Facebook and added us to your LinkedIn profile – but are you ready to follow us on Twitter?

ASBA’s Twitter handle is @SportsBuilders – make sure you follow ASBA in order to get the latest on upcoming meetings, deadlines, new programs, publications and more.
See you in the Twittersphere!

The New Issue of Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual

ASBA’s popular publication, Indoor Sports Surfaces: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, has been updated and is now available for purchase!  DETAILS

Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual
Read all about the updates and get ready to advertise!

ASBA’s popular book, Tennis Courts: A Construction and Maintenance Manual, is getting ready for its next edition. The joint editorial board (JEB) is hard at work on this book, which is expected to be published in late spring 2015. DETAILS

ASBA's Position Papers: Read All About It

ASBA publishes a series of Position Papers, which are one-page technical documents on subjects of interest to those in the industry. DETAILS

Want to Become a Certified Builder?
There's Never Been a Better Time

If you’ve been thinking about taking the certification exam, it’s time to stop thinking and start studying. DETAILS

Got Your Certification? Help Keep It Up by Writing Technical Articles for Newsline

ASBA offers its Certified Builders two options for keeping their designation current. The first is the option to take the exam again. The second, however, includes an opportunity to benefit the industry itself: recertification by acquiring continuing education points. This includes writing technical articles for Newsline.  DETAILS


Problems Facing the Turf Recycling Industry:
An Interview with Mark Heinlein, CFB

As the industry becomes more sensitive to the need to repurpose materials and become more earth-friendly, synthetic fields are getting more attention. Particularly now, as many first-generation fields are reaching their life expectancy, owners are asking contractors what to do.

Mark Heinlein, CFB of Turf Reclamation Services (TRS) shares a few insights into the changes that are shaping the industry. The full article will run in SportsTurf Magazine; however, here is a quick preview: DETAILS

Know a Trailblazer? Give TI Their Name!

Do you know someone (or just know about someone) who has been a pioneer in the tennis industry, a real trailblazer who has helped shake things up? Tennis Industry Magazine would like to know about that person. TI is now in the second year of running its “Pioneers in Tennis” series of articles, about trailblazers in the sport, and is looking for nominations for people to be featured in future columns. DETAILS

Looking for New Employees? Look No Further

Want to connect with potential employees? TIA invites you to use its “Careers In Tennis” initiative. The website allows employers to post jobs, and allows potential employees to check out the opportunities. It is free to use for both those looking to fill jobs, and those interested in finding jobs.

ASBA members looking to hire someone with tennis-specific interest or experience are urged to check out the site. There is also a Careers In Tennis page on Facebook, showcasing various opportunities and explaining the initiative.

Registration for Careers In Tennis is free. In the website section detailing jobs in the facility design and construction industry, there is a link to ASBA’s website as well -- all the more reason to make sure your information in the ASBA member database is updated and accurate.



The latest news from ASBA members. DETAILS

ASBA Welcomes New Members

ASBA welcomes 10 members that joined the association since we published our last newsletter.  DETAILS

ASBA Announces New Certified Builders

ASBA recognized the following individual as a Certified Builder:

John Eren, CTCB
Classic Turf Company, LLC
437 Sherman Hill Road
Woodbury, CT 06798

May We Quote You?

One of ASBA’s most important programs is its technical articles, which are written for trade magazines in various segments of the industry, including tennis, track, indoor and fields facilities. We are always looking for our members to comment on, and be quoted in these articles. This is an excellent chance to help raise ASBA’s profile, and in an ancillary capacity, to increase visibility for your company. If you would like to be quoted in these articles, please send an e-mail to Mary Helen Sprecher at

Please indicate your area(s) of expertise: Tennis, Track, Indoor, Fields so that we do not bother you with excess e-mail. You can be added to more than one mailing list if you wish.
If you have previously sent Mary Helen an e-mail asking to be added to her e-mail list, you do not need to request again. However, if your e-mail has changed and you have not been receiving questions, please contact her with your current e-mail address.  

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Calendar of Events

For information on any of the meetings shown below, call ASBA at 866-501-ASBA, e-mail or visit ASBA's web site



December 5-9, 2014
ASBA Technical Meeting

Sawgrass Marriott

Ponte Vedra, Florida


February 20-22, 2015
ASBA Winter Meeting
Grand Lucayan
Grand Bahama Island

December 4-8, 2015
ASBA Technical Meeting
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

Information on the ASBA Technical Meetings and Winter Meetings will be sent out automatically to all ASBA members. Non-members should request information by contacting ASBA.

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE


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Jennifer Miller


Director of Meetings/ Member Services

Cynthia M. Sanchez


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Amy Chetelat, CAE


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