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2022 STMA Conference and Exhibition

January 17th, 2022- January 20th, 2022

STMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition allows members to share information with other successful members of the sports turf industry at exciting locations. In addition to educational seminars, hands-on workshops and the latest technology on display, conference attendees are able to tour professional, college and municipal facilities that offer a range of insights to take back home.

Savannah Convention Center
One International Drive
Hutchinson Island
P.O Box 248
Savannah, Georgia 31402

https://www.savconventioncenter.com/

Conference Registration will open on October 15th!

Watch Highlights Below from the 2020 Conference in West Palm Beach.

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Savannah
2 W. Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Phone: 912 238 1234
concierge@hyatt.com

To make your reservation, click here. You can also call 877-803-7534 and ask for the STMA Conference Rate

$185 per night

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31421
Phone: 912-201-2000

To make your reservation, click here.

$199 per night

Registration will open on October 15th!

Cost:

Full Conference – $375 for the first STMA member; $325 for any additional members from the same facility

Schedule at a Glance

Mon., Jan. 17

6:30-8 am   Continental Breakfast

8 am-5 pm   Golf – A fundraiser for the SAFE Foundation

1-5 pm       Volunteer Field Rebuild

1:15-5 pm    Education and Demos

6-9 pm       Bowling – A fundraiser for the SAFE Foundation.

Tues., Jan. 18

6:30-8 am    Continental Breakfast

8-9:30 am    General Session Panel – Strategies to Overcome Labor Shortages. Moderator: Keith Winter; Panelists: John Sorochan, Ph.D., Andrew Miller, Tyler Bloom, Abby McNeal, CSFM CPRP, CABI

9:45-10:45 am Concurrent Education Sessions

11 am-12 pm  Concurrent Education Sessions

12-2           Break

Women’s Forum & Lunch

2-3:15 pm     Concurrent Education Sessions

3:30-5pm      Concurrent Education Sessions

5-6 pm        Chapter Officers Training. Chapter Board members are invited to a facilitated discussion on research-based guidance from successful chapters.

6 -7 pm       First Timers/International/CSFM Reception. Appropriate ribbon required to attend.

7-7:30 pm     Live Auction

7:30-10 pm   Welcome Reception

Wed., Jan. 19

6:30-8 am    Continental Breakfast

8-9:15 am     Concurrent Education Sessions

9:30-10:45 am Concurrent Education Sessions

11 am-1:15 pm KeynoteInspired Leadership in Challenging Times. Craig Whelden; Annual Meeting and Lunch

1:30-6:30 pm   Trade Show

2-4:30 pm       Student Challenge

Thurs., Jan. 20

6:30-8 am      Continental Breakfast

8-10 am        Concurrent Education Sessions

10:00 am-1 pm  Trade Show & Lunch in the Expo Hall

1:15-5:15 pm   Seminar on Wheels

1:30-3 pm     Concurrent Education Sessions

6:30-10 pm    Reception, Awards Banquet

 

ROI of Attending Conference

ROI analysis allows decision makers to determine the financial return from training by comparing net program benefits—benefits minus costs—to costs. ROI is calculated by taking the net benefits of training, dividing by training/education costs, and then multiplying the result by 100. ROI is always expressed as a percentage.

Net Program Benefits – Costs x 100 = ROI

Program Costs

The calculated ROI for the conference can yield a 5334 % return on investment for each facility that sends its sports field manager. This high rate of return provides an amazing value back to the sports facility. Even if only half of the resource savings ideas learned at the conference are applied, the ROI is more than 2500 percent – which is still a remarkable value. For the detailed case study, click here. 

Getting to Savannah

The Savannah Convention Center is easily accessible from most of the Southeast via two major interstates. It’s also easy to reach from most of the country via Amtrak, and even easier through the acclaimed Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport, which offers more than a dozen direct flights from major cities daily.

 

Innovative Awards Program- Now accepting 2022 submissions!

The Innovative Awards Program will recognize those commercial company members that have developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the effectiveness of the Sports Turf Manager. The innovation could also make playing surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

Any STMA Commercial member who is exhibiting at the upcoming STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition is eligible to submit one entry annually. The company must display the innovation in its booth and have introduced it for sale between the close of the current year’s STMA show and the close of the following year’s show. The only criteria that the innovation must meet is that is should substantially enhance the effectiveness of the sports turf manager and/or make the surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

A panel of non-commercial STMA members representing all segments of membership will judge the entries and may give the award to multiple companies that meet the criteria.

Winner(s) will be kept confidential until announced during the first day of the STMA Trade Show. Winner(s) will be able to use the special logo, seen here, in their promotion of the winning product, service, technology or equipment. STMA will publicize the winners through its communication vehicles, STMA press releases, signage at the conference and with special recognition during the Annual Awards Banquet.

How to apply: Download, fill out and email the short online application to wwebber@stma.org.

For more information about the program contact Whitney Webber at wwebber@stma.org. Submittals must be sent electronically by Oct. 15.

STMA Annual Conference Exhibitor Resources

Exhibitors must also be current 2021 members! To join or renew click Here.  If you have questions please contact STMA at stmainfo@stma.org

Marketing & Events is STMA’s Conference Exhibition Partner. If you are interested in exhibiting at the STMA Conference & Exhibition, or are already signed up as an exhibitor and have questions about your booth, contact Marketing & Events at:

David Rosenberg
Davidnewportevents@gmail.com
866-847-8623

Trade Show Floorplan (as of 9.1.21)

2022 Trade Show Hours

Wednesday, January 19th 1:30pm-6:30pm

Thursday, January 20th  10am-1pm

 

SAFE Foundation-Live Auction Items Needed!

By donating to our live auction, you are putting your product in front of our attendees in more places than just your booth – as well as giving them a chance to try it out, and potentially scoring a new customer! In the past we’ve had items range anywhere from $5 to $1,500. You can ship the item with your exhibitor shipment or ship it directly to the winner!

If you are interested in donating, please let me know and I can send a donation form.

Innovative Awards Program- Deadline is October 15th!

The Innovative Awards Program will recognize those commercial company members that have developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the effectiveness of the Sports Turf Manager. The innovation could also make playing surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

Any STMA Commercial member who is exhibiting at the upcoming STMA Annual Conference and Exhibition is eligible to submit one entry annually. The company must display the innovation in its booth and have introduced it for sale between the close of the current year’s STMA show and the close of the following year’s show. The only criteria that the innovation must meet is that is should substantially enhance the effectiveness of the sports turf manager and/or make the surfaces safer and more playable for athletes.

A panel of non-commercial STMA members representing all segments of membership will judge the entries and may give the award to multiple companies that meet the criteria.

Winner(s) will be kept confidential until announced during the first day of the STMA Trade Show. Winner(s) will be able to use the special logo, seen here, in their promotion of the winning product, service, technology or equipment. STMA will publicize the winners through its communication vehicles, STMA press releases, signage at the conference and with special recognition during the Annual Awards Banquet.

Click here for the 2022 submission form.

For more information about the program contact Whitney Webber at wwebber@stma.org. Submittals must be sent electronically by Oct. 15.

Policies

  • Pre-registration is only available until Jan. 4, 2022. After that date, all registrations will be on-site.

If you are registering after Jan. 4th, you will need to bring your registration form to conference with you and register at STMA Attendee On-Site Registration desk located in the Savannah Convention Center starting Tuesday morning.

Please do not have your office fax it to STMA HQ after Jan. 4th. It cannot be processed.

  • New First Time Member Free Registration Promotion: All New Member Free Registrations must be done online. You need to login in, pay for your New First Time Member Dues then go back in to register for your free registration.

These will not be processed over the phone, by mail, email or fax.

 Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be in writing and received by December 15th. All cancelations are subject to a $50 processing fee. NO refunds will be issued after December 15th.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days after conference.

Email Cancelations to: stmainfo@stma.org

 

If the conference & exhibition is cancelled for any cause beyond STMA’s control, registration fees will be refunded at pro rata basis based on the expenses incurred at the date of cancellation.

STMA holds event cancelation insurance that will be used to provide the most equitable refunds possible.

Refunds will NOT be provided to registrants who are unable to attend due to weather.

Policies, Requests and Permissions

  • If you have any reasonable accommodation, special needs or meal requests, please contact STMA Headquarters by December 15th.
  • STMA will not accept registrations from countries that are being sanctioned by the U.S.
  • Photography Permission: A professional photographer will be documenting conference events. By registering for the conference, you give permission for STMA to use all photos with your likeness.
  • 2021-Virtual
  • 2020 – West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2019 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2018 – Fort Worth, Texas
  • 2017 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2016 – San Diego, California
  • 2015 – Denver, Colorado
  • 2014 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2013 – Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 2012 – Long Beach, California
  • 2011 – Austin, Texas
  • 2010 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2009 – San Jose, California
  • 2008 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2007 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2006 – Orlando, Florida
  • 2005 – Phoenix, Arizona
  • 2004 – San Diego, California
  • 2003 – San Antonio, Texas
  • 2002 – Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2001 – Tampa, Florida
  • 2000 – St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1999 – Mesa, Arizona
  • 1998 – Orlando, Florida
  • 1997 – Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1996 – Anaheim, California
  • 1995 – Bradenton, Florida
  • 1993 – Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1992 – Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1991 – San Diego, California
  • 1990 – Houston, Texas
  • 1989 – Vero Beach, Florida
2022 – Savannah, GA

January 17-20, 2022

2023 – Salt Lake City, UT

January 16-19, 2023

2024 – Daytona Beach, FL

Dates TBD

2025 – Palm Springs, CA

Dates TBD

The STMA Student Challenge is presented in partnership with the SAFE Foundation, Founding Partner Hunter Industries and supporting sponsor Ewing. Each year students from 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities across the country compete in an exam that challenges knowledge in the sports field industry. The winning teams receive a cash award, a plaque and medallions for each team member. The prize money benefits the institution’s turfgrass science program and creates opportunities for students pursuing a career in sports field management.

The 2022 STMA Student Challenge will take place on Wednesday, January 19 from 2-4:30 pm at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia. Registration for the Student Challenge opens on October 15, so start thinking about your team now! A maximum of four undergraduates can compete on a team and must declare if they are representing a two-year or four-year institution. Competitors receive complimentary conference registration. If you are not an STMA member, you must include your dues payment with registration. All Student Challenge competitors are REQUIRED to register online before December 15. No paper registration forms will be accepted. Please contact Kristen Althouse at kalthouse@stma.org with questions about the Student Challenge.

The 2022 Study Guide is now available – Click Here to Access

The STMA Student Challenge is presented in partnership with the SAFE Foundation, Founding Partner Hunter Industries, and supporting sponsor Ewing.

Note: STMA Education Manager Kristen Althouse oversees the Student Challenge. She teaches first-year botany students who are in a two-year program at Penn State University. These first year students do not participate in the Student Challenge. She also has signed a binding, non-disclosure agreement. For questions or concerns, please contact STMA CEO, Kim Heck, kheck@stma.org, ph. 800-323-3875.

STMA Student Challenge Participant Code of Conduct and Eligibility Requirements

Code of Conduct
As a participant in the STMA Student Challenge and a guest of STMA, SAFE, and the sponsors of the event, all participating students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional, courteous and responsible manner while at the STMA Conference and Exhibition.

Eligibility 
Participants in the STMA Student Challenge competing on a two-year team may compete in no more than three total Student Challenge events.
Participants in the STMA Student Challenge competing on a four-year team may compete in no more than five total Student Challenge events.
Students who have transferred from a two-year program to a four-year program may compete in up to five total Student Challenge events.
Graduate students may not participate.

Terms
Should a student be deemed to be in violation of policies by authorized STMA staff or volunteers, the team/school that the student represents may be disqualified from current and future STMA Student Challenge competitions and will be asked to pay for the Conference registration of all team members and forfeit all awards.  Please contact STMA with any questions regarding these policies at 800.323.3875 or STMAInfo@STMA.org.

Previous STMA Student Challenge Winners

2021 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – University of Maryland Team 2
Four Year Competition –
University of Maryland Team 1

2020 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Mt. San Antonio College – Team 209
Four Year Competition
– Penn State University – Team 403

2019 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Penn State University – Team 203
Four Year Competition
– Iowa State University – Team 424

2018 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition
– Mt. San Antonio College – Team 208
Four Year Competition
– Iowa State University – Team 401

2017 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College – Team 207
Four Year Competition 
– Penn State University – Team 422

2016 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College – Team 208
Four Year Competition – 
Penn State University – Team 409

2015 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Penn State University – Team 207
Four Year Competition – University of Maryland – Team 414

2014 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – 
Mt. San Antonio College – Team 202
Four Year Competition – 
University of Maryland – Team 410

2013 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – 
Horry-Georgetown Technical College – Team 202
Four Year Competition – University of Maryland – Team 412

2012 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Kirkwood Community College Team 204
Four Year Competition – 
Purdue University Team 402

2011 Student Challenge Champions

Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 206
Four Year Competition – Purdue University Team 415

2010 Student Challenge Champions 
Two Year Competition – Penn State University Team 207
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 409

2009 Student Challenge Champions 
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 102
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 009

2008 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Penn State University Team 104
Four Year Competition – Penn State University Team 008

2007 Student Challenge Champions
Two Year Competition – Mt. San Antonio College Team 14
Four Year Competition – University of Tennessee Team 24

2006 Student Challenge Champions 
Purdue University Team 9

2005 Student Challenge Champions
Penn State University

Increase your professionalism by taking advantage of the continuing education units (CEUs) offered at the STMA Conference each year. Earn up to 1.5 CEUs through STMA. In addition to STMA, the following professional organizations typically provide CEUs for attending education sessions at the conference:

American Sports Builders Association (ASBA)
National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA)
Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS)
National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)

Pesticide Recertification Credits: Georgia*

*Pesticide Recertification credits will only be available for Georgia. If you are attending from another state and are in need of pesticide recertification credits, you are responsible for contacting your state’s Department of Agriculture for approval.

See the onsite brochure for a detailed listing of education sessions that qualify for CEUs and recertification credits. Be sure to sign in using the appropriate form during the education sessions.

The 2022 Call for Presentations has closed.  If you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of selection by early June.  The 2023 Call for Presentations will open in March 2022.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Kristen Althouse, STMA Education Manager – 800-323-3875 or kalthouse@stma.org.

Welcome to the 2022 Conference Education page! Here you will find presentations and handouts for education sessions occurring at STMA's 33rd Conference and Exhibition.

The 2022 education program offers informative and exciting presentations by speakers from across the United States. You can filter through conference education two ways:

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