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Meet Your Keynote Speakers

Keith Bulluck, Former Tennessee Titans Pro Linebacker

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.)

It was no mistake that NFL great Keith Bulluck named his charitable Foundation “Believe & Achieve” – this has been his driving mantra since childhood. As a 12 year-old foster kid in Rockland County, New York, he began by believing that he had the tools to make it to college. Bulluck went on to play college football at Syracuse University becoming a 1st Team All Big-East Linebacker alongside teammates Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney, creating a college career that led the Syracuse Post-Standard to call him “the best linebacker ever to come out of Syracuse.”

The achievement was just beginning. Bulluck was selected 30th overall in the first round by the Tennessee Titans of the 2000 NFL draft. During his 10 seasons as a Titan, he led the NFL in tackles in 2004 with 152, was a 3x All-Pro (2002, 2003 and 2007), went to a Pro Bowl in 2003, led Tennessee in tackles six different seasons, registered over 1,200 total tackles, 18 sacks, 19 ints & 6 TD’s, registering 100+ tackles in seven of his seasons 10 seasons in Tennessee. In his final season w/the Titans, Bulluck suffered a season ending ACL injury in week 15 of the 2009, ending his streak of 127 consecutive starts, 135 consecutive games played. Bulluck signed a one year deal with his hometown New York Giants after seven month of ACL rehab, where he capped his final NFL season with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and 22 tackles in limited action. Bleacher Report called him one of the 20 Best Linebackers of the Modern Era. 


Richard Kent, PhD, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Emergency Medicine; Deputy Director, Center for Applied Biomechanics

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (9:15 a.m. -10:15 a.m.)

Playing Surfaces and Their Role in the Prevention of Head and Lower Limb Injuries in Elite Athletes – This presentation will include an update on NFL’s work on lower limb and head injuries due to interaction with the playing surface.

Dr. Kent is Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia and Deputy Director of the Center for Applied Biomechanics.  He has worked in the field of automobile safety for 25 years.  He has published over 200 peer-reviewed books, chapters, and articles in the field and has formally mentored over 70 graduate student theses and dissertations.  His most prominent contributions are focused on the biomechanical and injury characterization of the trunk and on the effects of aging on injury tolerance and dynamic loading response.  His studies of aging have included biomechanical testing of ATDs, PMHS, and physiological models; computational modeling; and the analysis of real world data at both the case-study level and integrated within databases.  He was Principal Investigator for the GHBMC Thorax and Upper Extremity Center of Expertise, which was responsible for the complete development of one of the world’s most anatomically detailed thorax finite element models. Recently, Dr. Kent has focused on the protection of elite athletes, with particular interest on injuries of the foot and ankle and the design of athletic shoes and surfaces for the mitigation of injury risk. Dr. Kent is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine and serves on the Stapp Advisory Committee.


Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

1A – Shock Pads: What are they & how do they work? Alastair Cox, FIH; Patrick Nelson, ARMACELL; Dan Sawyer, Brock International – This presentation will explain the types and characteristics of the various shock pad materials in the synthetic turf market. Attendees will gain a robust and comprehensive look at the: Research undertaken in Europe by ESTO and FIFA, the new European standard in development, and other new standards from FIH on shock pads; Characteristics and descriptions of shock pad and underlayment types; Impact of shock pad systems on concussions and player safety.

1B – Freight Market TrendsJordan Reber, ARL Logistics – This presentation will explain how transportation impacts the synthetic turf supply chain. Learning Outcomes: Identify the impact of transportation to the synthetic turf supply chain; Describe various types of equipment used for transporting synthetic turf; Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of shippers, receivers, and freight vendors and how their collaboration provides more visibility and transparency in the process.

1C – STC Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Base SystemsFrançois Hébert, DSSS – This presentation will offer an overview of the three-year long process behind the drafting of this document. We will go through the contents of the two main chapters of the document, namely the design and the construction of synthetic sports fields’ base systems. The intent behind the document’s contents will be explained as well as an explanation of how it can be applied to an actual project, from the initial feasibility study phase to its completion.

1D – Proactive Approach to Pet Turf Odor ControlLarry Shively, ProVetLogic – This presentation will offer ideas and solutions for effectively degrading subsurface odor and disease causing organic matter and discussions on the effectiveness of disinfectants for turf applications. Learning Outcomes: Evaluate topical versus subsurface treatments to effectively degrade and remove disease and odor causing organic matter; Demonstrate effective sanitation practices to prevent common recurring pet illnesses; Review the benefits of regular maintenance and other best practices for cleaning and deodorizing pet areas.

2A – Baseball Infield  Preparation & Installation, Patrick Remke, Shaw Sports Turf; Ryan Storey, Vanderbilt University; Brian Storm, Fields Inc. – An overview of a baseball synthetic turf sports field specification and preparation and installation best practices for edge treatments between the synthetic infield and grass outfield. Learning Objectives: Demonstrate the best practices for edge treatments between the synthetic infield and grass outfield, including anchor systems, surface continuity, grass migration into turf, mounds, etc.; Discuss the critical issues that resulted in the decision by Vanderbilt University to install synthetic turf baseball fields; Examine the benefits that were expected and whether all of those have been realized.

2B – Recycle & Reuse Options for Synthetic Turf & Industry ChallengesJim Catella, Catella Engineering; David Nardone, Stantec Sport; John B. Giraud, Target Technologies International Inc.; Dennis Andersen, Re-Match – A panel discussion on the realities and challenges of recycling and reusing synthetic turf systems. Learning Outcomes: Review the updated STC guidelines for Recycle, Reuse, and Removal of Synthetic Turf Systems, including definitions for recycle, reuse, and repurpose; Describe the purpose of independent verification processes and chain of custody forms; Discuss the benefits of continuous testing, lessons learned and pitfalls, and future separation technologies that will benefit the entire industry.

2C – Where is the Global Synthetic Turf Market Headed? Michael Taylor, MDT World Consulting, Inc. – This presentation evaluates important developments and trends in materials, technology, demographics, consumer preferences, policy and regulations determining future growth and demand for the global synthetic turf industry. This session is about better equipping business decision makers to strategically plan for the next ten years of market demand. Attendees should gain the following: (1) knowledge of the most important trends and how they are likely to impact demand directionally; (2) knowledge of the global growth markets; and (3) how and where industry growth is likely to shift over time.

2D – Landscape Installation Certification & PlanningBrad Borgman, USGreentech; George Neagle, SYNLawn – An introduction to the new STC certification program for landscape synthetic grass installation. Learning Outcomes: Identify the eligibility requirements and criteria to register and apply for the certification program for landscape synthetic grass installation; Review the installation best practices for landscape residential and commercial installations of synthetic grass; Discuss how the STC can be most effective educating landscape installers and carrying out its mission to serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

Interactive Work Group Sessions:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Networking
  • European
  • Landscape

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

3A – Deep Dive with Dr. KentRichard Kent, PhD – A deeper look into the NFL’s work on lower limb and head injuries due to interaction with the playing surface.

3B – Turf Warranties – What are the different types of warranties in the synthetic turf industry (non-specific to any company)? What defines failure, what is covered, what are typical exclusions, and what are owner obligations that if not done will void the warrant? This session will also provide an overview of proper maintenance best practices.

3C – Turf Talks – Talented STC members will present a 15-minute technical talk about industry case studies, lessons learned, experiences created, and notable anecdotes.

  • The Dreaded Mohawk, Joe Wadkins, “Ask JW” Synthetic Turf Consultant
  • Damage Response: Flooding – Mike Gentile, Sports Labs USA
  • Strategy, Innovation, and Leadership – Mike Cobb, InnovaNet
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STC is an Approved Education Provider of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

As an approved provider of education with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the STC qualifies the educational content of its Membership Meetings so licensed landscape architects may earn continuing education credits.

Please see a staff administrator for the sign-up sheet and evaluation survey for each course you attend (required).



The STC Gratefully Acknowledges its Meeting Sponsors









New Members
Re-Match A/SRecycling of artificial turf
Expertise Sports Design LG Inc.Independent landscape architecture consultants, specialized in sports facility design
Go Green Synthetic Lawn SolutionsUS manufacturer of synthetic turf, selling direct through select distributors

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