STMA's Annual Conference & Exhibition allows members to share information with other successful members of the sports turf industry. In addition to educational seminars, hands-on workshops and the latest technology on display, conference attendees are able to tour professional, college and municipal facitilities that offer a range of insights to take back home.
07:00 - Full Day Seminar on Wheels
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11:00 - SAFE Golf Tournament
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13:00 - Half Day Seminar on Wheels
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15:30 - STMA Certification Exam
Hilton - Flagler C
18:00 - Chapter Officers Training (COTS)
Hilton - Crystal
08:00 - STMA 102 - Making Plant Growth Regulators Work for You
08:00 - STMA 104 - Zero Pesticide Athletic Turf Maintenance
10:45 - STMA 110 - 6 Steps To Transition An In-Play Cool Season Field to Bermudagrass
10:45 - STMA 112 - 3 Keys To Providing High Quality, High Traffic Athletic Fields
14:00 - STMA 120 - Fire and Ice: Sports Turf Management in the Transition Zone
14:00 - STMA 121 - Back to Basics: Getting the Most from Your Granular Fertilizers
09:15 - STMA 109 - Keeping Your Home Life Growing
10:45 - STMA 113 - Hiring the Right Person
14:00 - STMA 117 - Hidden Principles of Exceptional Performance
17:15 - Networking Session - Parks and Recreation
17:15 - Networking Session - Students
17:15 - Networking Session - Academics
17:15 - Networking Session - Higher Education
17:15 - Networking Session - Facilities Used by Professional Athletes
17:15 - Networking Session - Schools K-12
08:00 - STMA 203 - Managing Your Most Valuable Asset: Your Staff
08:00 - Student Track: STMA 218 - Being an NFL Sports Field Manager
09:15 - STMA 208 - New Challenges, Take Risks, and Achieve Goals
09:15 - Student Track: STMA 219 â€“ The Uncertain Path to Becoming an MLB Groundskeeper
10:45 - Student Track: STMA 220 - First Steps: Panel Discussion for Students Preparing to Enter the Industry
10:45 - STMA 212 - Communication and the Art of Conflict Resolution
08:00 - STMA 204 - Strategies for Maintaining Turfgrass in Response to â€œNo Pesticideâ€ Legislation
10:45 - STMA 215 - Phosphorus - Environmental Issues
10:45 - STMA 217 - The Elements of Sustainable Sports Facilities: Systematically Applying Your Environmental Plans, Policies, and Practices
08:00 - STMA 305 - Managing Professional Soccer Fields in Eastern Europe
09:15 - STMA 311 - Concert Setup and other special events, and still play tomorrow
12:00 - Innovative Session: STMA 316 â€“ The Benefits from Using the PCI Assessment Tool
Trade Show Floor
14:45 - STMA 406 - Turf Equipment Care and Maintenance
08:00 - STMA 301 - New Options for Weed Control in Athletic Field Turf
09:15 - STMA 307 - Maintaining Sports Fields the Natural Way
09:15 - STMA 308 - Diagnosing Turf Problems
14:45 - STMA 404 - Common Diseases of Sports Turf
14:45 - STMA 405 - Best Management Practices to Increase Tolerance to Pests and Stress
08:00 - STMA 306 - Shoe-Turf Interaction, Injury Risk, and Performance of Elite Athletes
11:00 - Innovative Session: STMA 315 - Agronomic Research Ideas - What Haunts You About Turf Management?
Trade Show Floor
14:45 - STMA 403 - Breeding, Development, and Production of Cool-Season Turfgrasses
- A.J. Powell, Jr., Ph.D.
University of Kentucky & TurfDoc LLC - Professor Emeritus
- Andrew S McNitt, Ph.D.
Penn State University - Professor of Soil Science
- Bernd Leinauer, Ph.D.
New Mexico State University - Professor & Extension Turfgrass Specialist
- Beth Guertal, Ph.D.
Auburn University - Professor of Turfgrass Management
- Bill Deacon
New York Mets - Director, Landscaping and Field Operations
- Brad Jakubowski
Doane College - Instructor of Environmental Sciences
- Brad S. Fresenburg, Ph.D.
University of Missouri - Assistant Extension Professor
- Cale A. Bigelow Ph.D.
Purdue University - Agronomy Department - Associate Professor
- Carl Osterhaus, CSM
The Toro Company - Service Education Manager
- Chris Ralston
San Juan School District - Supervisor of Grounds and Operations
- Christopher Windham, MD
Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Cener Comprhensive Cancer Center - Surgical Oncologist and Medical
- Clint Waltz, Ph.D.
The University of Georgia - Professor
- Darian Daily
Paul Brown Stadium - Head Grounds Keeper
- Darren Baldwin
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club - Head Groundsman
- David Han, Ph.D.
Auburn University - Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
- David Schlotthauer
Brigham Young University Grounds Department - Athletic Field Manager
- Elizabeth T. Fasbender
Woodlawn High School - Chemistry Teacher
- Eric Blanton
Reno Aces Baseball Club - Manager, Turf/Grounds
- Eric K. Kaufman Ph.D.
Virginia Tech & Virginia Cooperative Extension - Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist
- Erik Ervin, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech - Professor
- Gerald Henry, Ph.D.
University of Georgia, Associate Professor - Environmental Turfgrass Science
- Grant C. McKnight
Natural Sand Company, Inc. - President
- Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D.
University of Kentucky - Turf Extension Specialist
- Ian Hill
- Ian Lacy
The Institute of Groundsmanship - Head of Professional Services
- J. Tim Vanini, Ph.D.
New Dimensions Turf - Founder and CEO
- Jack D. Fry, Ph.D.
Kansas State University - Professor
- Jason Kruse, Ph.D.
University of Florida - Assistant Professor
- Jeff Gilbert
University of Arizona - Senior Research Specialist
- Jerad Minnick
Maryland SoccerPlex - Director - Grounds and Environmental Management
- Jim Brosnan, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee - Assistant Professor - Turfgrass Weed Science
- Jim Reiner
Sunrise Little League - Publisher, Editor, Groundskeeper
- Jim Sluiter
e-Par USA, Inc. - Florida Regional Representative and Sustainability Specialist
- Jim W. T. Plasteras
City of Nanaimo BC, Canada - Manager of Parks Operations
- John A. Halloran, SCPS
Grassland Equipment & Irrigation Corporation - Salesman
- John C. Fech
University of Nebraska â€“ Lincoln - Extension Educator
- John Sorochan, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee - Associate Professor
- John Turnour
Washington Nationals - Head Groundskeeper
- Joshua Bertrand
City of Glendale/Infinity Park - Director of Public Works
- Julie Adamski
Maryland Soccerplex - Assistant Manager- Grounds and Environmental Management
- Kenny Pauley
University of Georgia Athletic Association - Director of Athletic Turf and Grounds
- Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D.
e-par USA, Inc. - Chief Executive Officer
- Kurt Nilsson
Turf & Dirt - President
- Larry DiVito
Minnesota Twins Baseball - Head Groundskeeper
- Leah A. Brilman, Ph.D.
Seed Research of Oregon - Director of Research and Technical Services
- Lisa Goatley, MS, LPC
New River Valley Community Services - Licensed Professional Counselor
- Luke Yoder
San Diego Padres - Director, Field and Landscape Maintenance
- Mark Lucas
University of California at Davis - Sports Turf Manager
- Mary Owen
University of Massachusetts - Extension Turf Specialist
- Matt Anderson, CSFM
The University of Arizona - Project Manager, Sports Turf
- Matt Elmore
University of Tennessee - Graduate Research Assistant
- Michael Mann, Ph.D.
Penn State University - Professor and Director of Earth System Science Center
- Mike Andresen, CSFM
Iowa State University Athletics - Facilities and Grounds Director
- Mike Baron
The Toro Company - National Specifications Manager for Water Management Products
- Mike Fidanza, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University - Professor
- Murray Cook
Brickman Sportsturf - President
- Nick Christians, Ph.D.
Iowa State University - Professor of Horticulture
- Norman Hummel, Ph.D.
Hummel & Co. Inc. - President and Owner
- Pamela Sherratt
The Ohio State University - Turfgrass Specialist
- Patrick McGuiness
Zlimen & McGuiness - Partner
- Paul Greiner
ALS Consulting - Program Leader / Consultant
- Philip Sharples
Technical Turf Consulting - Owner
- Rebecca Auchter
Cranberry Township - Grounds Maintenance Manager
- Richard J. Rateau, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech - Instructor
- Richard Kent, Ph.D.
University of Virginia - Professor and Deputy Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics
- Robert Carrow, Ph.D.
University of Georgia - Professor
- Ryan Bjorn
Maryland Soccerplex - Manager - Grounds and Environmental Management
- Sarah K. Martin, CSFM
City of Phoenix, Reach 11 Sports Complex - Maintenance Foreman
- Simon Gumbrill
Campey Turf Care Systems - Sales Director
- Steve LeGros
Turf & Dirt - Sports Turf Consultant
- Thomas Serensits
Penn State University - Manager of Center for Sports Surface Research
- Tim Van Loo, CSFM
Iowa State University - Athletic Field Manager
- Tom Samples, Ph.D.
University of Tennessee - Professor / Turfgrass Science and Management
- Victoria Wallace
University of Connecticut - Extension Educator - Sustainable Turf & Landscapes