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 Export to Your Calendar 3/12/2018 to 3/14/2018
When: March 12-14, 2018
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Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
71333 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, California  92270
United States
Contact: Synthetic Turf Council

Online registration is available until: 3/9/2018
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Extended Exhibitor Showcase Hours and Events at the 2018 STC Spring Membership Meeting!

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STC is committed to maximizing the quality and value of its membership meetings for all exhibitors and attendees. This spring, we are adding more hours of exhibit time and will feature the Exhibitor Showcase during the Welcome Reception on Monday, March 12 from 6-9PM.

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Event Overview

The 2018 Spring Membership Meeting will attract over 200 industry leaders and feature exceptional networking, Exhibitor Showcase with tabletop displays, and unmatched education with 3-track technical sessions on industry-related topics. Please encourage non-member companies to be at the meeting, either as a new member, or as a guest!

Early-Bird registration ends TODAY, February 23, 2018.

Please call Melanie or Maria at 443-640-1067 x.137 or email if you have any questions or require additional information.

Schedule at a Glance

Sunday, March 11, 2018

  • (Closed) Board of Directors Meeting (8:00 a.m.)
  • (Closed) Board of Directors Dinner (6:30 p.m.)

Monday, March 12, 2018

  • Golf Tournament at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort sponsored by Sports Labs USA (9:02 a.m. tee time)
  • (Closed) Shock Pad Task Force Meeting (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  • New Member & Guest Orientation (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Welcome Reception & Exhibitor Showcase (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
  • STC Certified Turf Installer – Landscape Course & Exam (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.): To pre-register, please contact Melanie Taylor, STC, Phone: 443-640-1067 x142 or Email: 
  • General Session (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)
  • Concurrent Sessions 1 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Exhibitor Showcase & Lunch (12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Concurrent Sessions 2 (2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.)
  • Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall (3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
  • Concurrent Sessions 3 (3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Hot Breakfast (7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.)
  • 2018 STC Awards (New!) (8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)
  • General Session (9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.)
  • Concurrent Sessions 3 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • Adjournment of the 2018 STC Spring Membership Meeting (12:00 p.m.)
  • ASBA Certified Field Builder Exam (1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) - To pre-register and order study materials, please contact Cynthia Sanchez, ASBA, Phone: 410-730-9595 or 866-501-2722, Email:

Educational Sessions

Tuesday, March 13

Update on Federal Research Action Plan re: Recycled Tire Crumb Used on Playing Fields and Playgrounds
Dr. José L. Zambrana, Jr., Senior Science Advisor, National Exposure Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency

International Synthetic Turf Industry Panel and Market Update
Alastair Cox, FIH
Arnoud Fiolet, European Turf Group BV
Marc Douglas, World Rugby
Moderator John Baize, Act Global

1A: Panel Discussion on Recycle & Reuse Options for Synthetic Turf
Mark Heinlein, The Motz Group

1B: Hybrid Turf: What you need to know
Eric O’Donnell, Sports Labs USA

1C: Traditional Strategic Planning Models Don’t Work … There’s A Better Way
Mike Cobb, InnovaNet

2A: Update on Crumb Rubber Issue in Europe
Thierry Levy, Labosport International

2B: Field Failures & Warranties
Craig Honkomp, Sportworks Field Design

2C: Turf Talks:

  • Cost Comparison of Side by Side Artificial Turf and Natural Maintenance Costs – Jeff Graydon, Princeton University
  • Damage Response: Flooding – Michael Gentile, Sports Labs USA
  • The Difference Between G-Max and Vertical Deformation and What it Means to the Athlete – Ronnie Pascale, Brock USA

Wednesday, March, 14

Update on the New Norms Due to Drought and Water Conservation Programs: How Will Synthetic Turf Likely Fit Into This Picture?
Ron Gastelum, Former Chief Executive Officer of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Conserving Water in the Desert
Ashley Metzger, Outreach & Conservation Manager, Desert Water Agency, Palm Springs, CA

3A: Choosing the Correct Zeolite for your Dog Odor Issues
Brian Pierce, ZeoFill Inc.

3B: Freight Market Trends
Jordan Reber, ARL Logistics


The STC Gratefully Acknowledges its Meeting Sponsors








For assistance with your registration, please email or contact Maria Donovan, Member Services Coordinator - - 443-640-1067 ext. 137 or Melanie Taylor, Associate Director - - 443-640-1067 ext.142.

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