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Schedule of Events

Dates, times, assigned rooms and activities subject to change

Sunday, October 9

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(Closed) FY16 Board of Directors Meeting & Lunch

San Xavier

6:30 p.m.

(Closed) FY16 Board of Directors Dinner


Monday, October 10

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exhibitor Set Up

Salons E/F

9 - 10 a.m.

(Closed) Committee Chair Meeting

San Pedro 1&2

12 - 5 p.m.

Golf Tournament

Starr Pass Golf Club

1 - 6 p.m.


Tucson Registration Desk

5 - 6 p.m.

New Member & Guest Orientation

San Pedro 1&2

6 - 8 p.m.

Welcome Reception & Exhibitor Showcase

Salons E/F

Tuesday, October 11

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Arizona Guided Hike: Each morning a complimentary guide is here to help you experience this journey through Tucson Mountain Park

Meet at Concierge;
Hike is conducted near the Resort

7:30 - 8 a.m.

Morning Ritual: The traditional burning of sage and a Native American flute serenade

Salud Terrace

7:30 - 8 a.m.


Tucson Registration Desk

8 - 9:15 a.m.

Membership Meeting

Salons E/F

9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Blue Collar Leadership

Mack Story, Leadership & Cultural Transformation Expert

Mack Story tells of an amazing journey of personal and professional growth. He began his career in manufacturing on the front lines of a machine shop. He advanced into upper management and found his niche in lean manufacturing and along with it, developed his passion for leadership. As a certified John C. Maxwell Leadership Trainer, Coach and Speaker, Mack has spent thousands of hours helping leaders at all levels develop 360° of influence. 

Salons E/F

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Track 1A: Characterization of Rubber Recycled from ELTs and Assessment of the Risks Associated with Dermal and Inhalation Exposure
Daniele Fornai, R&D Manager, Ecopneus


Salons C/D


Track 1B: Landscape Synthetic Grass Systems & Specialty Applications
Joe Wadkins, Synthetic Turf Consultant, Joe Wadkins Consulting, LLC; Mike Alexander, Owner, Turf and Sport/Artificial Grass Superstore

Salons G/H


Track 1C: Ask a Lawyer Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Law
William Bell, Minor Bell & Neal; Aalok Sharma, Foley & Mansfield

Salons I/J

12 - 2 p.m.

Exhibitor Showcase & Lunch: Connect with STC members and invited guests to learn about the latest products and services in the synthetic turf industry. There will be prizes!

Salons E/F

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Track 2A: Turf Specifications 101
Catherine Eiswerth, Manager, Landscape Architecture, Sports & Rec, R.F. Binnie & Associates; Erik Sweet, Principal, SLA Landscape


Salons C/D


Track 2B: Playgrounds: What are they and what do we need to know about them?
Butch DeFillippo, Managing Partner, PlaySafe LLC

Salons G/H


Track 2C: Marketing your Business Through Social Media Trends & Best Practices
Todd Britton, Brand Manager, Shaw Sports Group; Dan Zacchei, Managing Director, Sloane & Company

Salons I/J

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

Track 3A: Backings & Urethanes
Tom Perry, Technical Sales and Service, The Dow Chemical Company


Salons C/D


Track 3B: Painting Synthetic Turf: A systematic approach
Jeffrey Graydon, Associate Director, Princeton University; Jim Brady, Director of Marketing and Sales, Eco Chemical Inc.; Doug Schattinger, President, Pioneer Athletics

Salons G/H


Track 3C: Standards for Playgrounds, Playing Fields & Other Recreational Facilities
George Neagle, VP National Sales, STR Corp. (Moderator); Butch DeFillippo, Managing Partner, PlaySafe LLC; Blu Alexander, Director of Business Development, ThermaGreen Environmental; Terry Stricklin, Owner, SYNLawn Houston; Richard Hawley, Robertson Industries, Inc., A Playcore Company 

Salons I/J

4:30 - 6 p.m.

Exhibitor Breakdown

Salons E/F

5:30 p.m.
Evening Ritual: Joining together to partake in the Legend of Arriba, Abajo Toast in celebration of new and old friendships.

Salud Terrace

Wednesday, October 12

7 - 7:30 a.m.

Morning Ritual: The traditional burning of sage and a Native American flute serenade.

Salud Terrace

8 a.m.

Membership Meeting: Recognize Departing Board Members; Introduce New Board of Directors

Salons E/F

8:15 a.m.

Coalition Update from the STC's PR & Marketing Firms
Dan Zacchei, Sloane & Company; Nancy Nord, OFW Law Firm


9:00 a.m.

Synthetic Turf Imports
John Baize, Act Global; Mike Cobb, InnovaNet Group


9:45 a.m.

Recycling & Reuse Task Force Update
David Nardone, Stantec Sport; Denise Kennedy, DK Enterprises


10:10 a.m.

ASTM Update
Denise Kennedy, DK Enterprises


10:20 a.m.

New STC Guidelines & Status Updates

  • Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Base Systems
  • Essential Elements of Synthetic Turf Systems 
  • Environmental Guidelines for Infill 


10:30 a.m.

Interactive Work Group Sessions

  • Advocacy (Red)
  • Education (Blue)
  • Marketing (Green)
  • Membership (Yellow)
  • European (Red+Blue)
  • Landscape (Green+Yellow)


  • Salon B
  • Salon C
  • Salon D
  • Salon I
  • Salon J
  • Salon H

11:30 a.m.

Interactive Work Group Sessions Reports

Salons E/F

12 p.m.

Adjournment of STC Annual Membership Meeting

Salons E/F

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

(Closed) FY17 Board of Directors Orientation & Election of Officers

Salon G



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