Synthetic Turf Council Holds Spring Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Monday, March 25, 2013
Posted by: Terrie Ward, Synthetic Turf Council
ATLANTA, GA – The
Synthetic Turf Council’s (STC) spring membership meeting was held in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 11-13. It attracted 177 members and
guests from 102 companies in the synthetic turf industry, including builders,
landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers,
suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other
specialty service companies.
STC Chairman John
Baize, ACT Global Sports, led the two-day meeting that featured two dynamic and
engaging keynote speakers – economist Brian Beaulieu and legendary Pittsburgh
Steeler, Rocky Bleier. In addition to
hearing other instructive technical presentations, the group broke into small
work groups to address key industry issues.
From the Institute
for Trend Research (ITR Economics™), economist and CEO Brian Beaulieu presented
his economic outlook for the synthetic turf industry and the global
economy. Beaulieu recommended the
business strategies that should be undertaken now to maximize profit potential
in the years to come.
On the final day of
the meeting, the inspiring Rocky Bleier from the Pittsburgh Steelers shared his
gripping tale of courage and accomplishment on both the football fields of
America and the battle fields of Vietnam.
His overall message was how ordinary people can become extraordinary
achievers. Despite sustaining serious
wounds to both legs during a fire fight in Vietnam, Bleier was able to overcome
his injuries and play running back on a Pittsburgh Steelers team that won four
afternoon, the STC hosted its first pre-conference "Whistle-stop” seminar to
which architects and engineers, as well as buyers and end-users of synthetic
turf sports fields and playgrounds, were invited. The following topics were presented at the
- Funding a Field led by panelists: Ernest
Graham, ELA Sport; and Matthew Madden & Brian Jamiolkowski, The NCS Group,
- Maintenance & Performance Guidelines led
by panelists: John Baize, ACT Global Sports; Alastair Cox, Labosport
International; and Will Wolverton, Wiedenmann North America
- Realistic Expectations led by panelists: Webb
Cook, Sprinturf; and Matt Hogg, The Motz Group, Inc.
"The response to
our first pre-conference seminar was very gratifying and convinced us that
these seminars are an effective way for the STC to expand its educational reach
to architects, engineers, athletic directors, and parks officials who want to
know about the design, selection, installation, and maintenance of synthetic
turf,” stated Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.
On October 7-9,
the Synthetic Turf Council will hold its annual meeting and 10th
Anniversary celebration in Orlando, Florida.
Visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org for more information on the upcoming meeting and other future meetings.
About the Synthetic Turf Council
Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.