2013 STMA Conference Maintains Strong Attendance Numbers, Growth in Trade Show

STMA's 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition was held Jan. 15-18, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida and featured a number of milestones for the association, including a significant increase in the number of educational sessions offered as well as the wider implementation of new Web-based offerings and a nearly sold-out trade show. Approximately 981 sports turf managers converged on the Ocean Center Convention facility for more than 90 hours of sports turf specific education, dedicated networking functions and exhibitor demonstrations. Of particular note was keynote general session speaker Ian Hill, who called attendees to action with his own moving life story and generous personal contribution of $1000 to the association's charitable entity, the Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE). The conference trade show was one of the most well-attended in the association's history, with virtually every floor location sold for a total of 168 exhibitors and 1,600 attendees. Additionally, SAFE used its 13th Annual Golf Tournament, played at Arthur Hills Golf Course at LPGA International, Casino Night at the Welcome Reception and the live auctions, raffles and other fundraising endeavors to raise more than $35,000 for the foundation.

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