ASBA Extends Deadline on Regional Meeting

Maybe you read about ASBA’s first Regional Meeting. Maybe you thought it sounded great … but then you just got sidetracked. Next time you looked, you couldn’t find the e-mail. You might have even thought that the deadline for registration had passed you by.

The good news is this: it hasn’t passed you by. In fact, it has been extended, but only until tomorrow. The new registration deadline is Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

You won’t want to miss the Regional Meeting. It is being held March 8-9, 2017 at the Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport in LaGuardia, New York.

This meeting represents is a chance for sports facility contractors in a given area to connect with one another – and to attend educational sessions on industry matters. The Association chose the New York area because of the high concentration of current ASBA members there, as well as the number of potential companies in the area who are not yet members. And because the meeting is only two days in duration, it allows for maximum benefit with minimum out-of-office time.

One goal of the meeting is to encourage networking among members and to allow for opportunities for outreach within the sports construction community; however, it also offers some unique chances to those who attend. One will be to hear John Sulinski, vice president of operations and COO of LandTek, speak on the subject of “Technology in the Sports Field Construction at Citi Field,” including utilization of a sub air system  and specialized drainage and irrigation connections

Sulinski’s career experience includes managing the field construction for the New York Mets, New York Jets, and the New York Red Bulls, New York City Football Club, and Brooklyn Cyclones. He was directly involved with large scale construction projects at St. Dominic’s, Dowling College, Stony Brook Lavalle Stadium, and St. Joseph’s College. At LandTek, he has implemented the use of project management and computer-aided design software. He has also researched and implemented the use of laser grading technology as well as robotic surveying equipment.

In addition to industry education sessions, there will be a reception/dinner/tour of the NY Mets home, Citi Field and a tour of the updated National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. Those who haven’t seen one (or both) of these venues will enjoy tours that take in points of specific interest to industry members.

Want to attend? Make your hotel reservations now. Reservations can be made online or by calling 800-228-9290 or 718-565-8900. The ASBA room rate is $169.

The New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott has an unbeatable location close to Manhattan and less than one mile from LaGuardia Airport. In addition to offering a free shuttle service to and from LaGuardia Airport, the hotel allows for simple access to top destinations in Queens, such as our tour sites, including Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Registration information for the meeting can be found here.

The schedule includes the following:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Diagnosing Typical Asphalt & Concrete Problems
Mark Brogan, CTCB, Pro Sport Construction
David LaSota, The Tennis Design Studio
Paul Nagle, CTB, Nagle Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion
Jim Catella, CFB, CTB, Clark Companies
Pete Smith, CTCB, The CourtSMITHs
John Sulinski, The LandTek Group, Inc.

5:30 p.m.
Buses depart for Citi Field

5:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Natural Grass Technologies at Citi Field/ Reception/Dinner/Tour
John Sulinski, The LandTek Group, Inc.

8:30 p.m.
Buses return to the Marriott

Thursday, March 9, 2017
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Group Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Jobsite Planning
Tom Benz, CTCB, Oval Tennis, Inc.
Mike Edgerton, CTCB, Copeland Coatings, Inc.
Kevin Healion, CTCB, Century Tennis, Inc.

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Athletic Equipment & Installation
Chris Allen, Putterman Athletics
Patrick Maguire, Activitas, Inc.
David Moxley, Sportsfield Specialties, Inc.

12:30 p.m.
Buses depart for National Tennis Center

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tour National Tennis Center

3:30 p.m.
Buses return to the Marriott

ASBA is excited to embark on this new chapter in its development. We will continue to produce our Technical and Winter Meetings, but we are confident this new option will allow for even more member-to-member and peer-to-peer interaction – something that has always been the goal of the Association.

Want to learn more? Click here. Hotel information is also provided.

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