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Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2018 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas will be featured. Don’t miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

Thomas A. Rychlik, P.E., LEED-AP is an Associate/Senior Engineer for Gewalt Hamilton Associates, Inc. in Vernon Hills, Illinois. On Wednesday, January 17 and again on Friday, January 19, he will be presenting “Athletic Field Drainage from Design to Maintenance”.

This presentation will provide a closer look at the details and factors that play a role in your field’s drainage system. First a look at the regional drainage, then specific field drainage design elements, and finishing with a review of the maintenance practices to keep the facility draining years after construction.

Attendees will learn:
– What signs indicate drainage problems on athletic fields.
– How to incorporate drainage elements in the design of a new developing project.
– Best management practices to keep the site draining after systems are implemented.

Glenn Gray, Vice President, and Tomas Silvani, Integrated Marketing Manager, of SilvaniBuffalo.Agency will be co-presenting “PR/Social Media Recognition: Why It’s Important for your Boss to Know!” on Thursday, January 18.

This presentation will help you adopt strategies to communicate with your employer and maximize your positive impact among colleagues. It will also help you understand how public relations and social media are used to captivatingly communicate your story. Effective communication tactics coupled with sound policy measures serve as the prescription to increase your recognition within your organization and turn your employers into your biggest advocates.

Attendees will learn how to:
– Adopt specific strategies to communicate with employers and turn them into sport turf manager advocates.
– Captivatingly communicate their story using public relations and social media.
– Develop a process to maximize your positive impact among colleagues.