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STC Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Fall Membership Meeting in Orlando, Florida

Thursday, September 12, 2013  
Posted by: Terrie Ward, STC Marketing & Education Director
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Atlanta, GA – From October 7-9, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC) will be holding its Fall Membership Meeting in Orlando, Florida at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. This year marks the 10th Anniversary for the national non-profit trade association representing the synthetic turf industry.

Attracting over 200 industry leaders including manufacturers, suppliers, installers, landscape architects and engineers, testing labs, and maintenance equipment and service companies, the STC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting will feature educational speakers, exhibitor showcase with table-top displays, special events and a pre-conference "Whistle-stop” seminar on landscape recreation, synthetic grass.

"This marks a major mile stone for not only the STC but the industry as well,” said Rick Doyle, President, Synthetic Turf Council. "We will take this opportunity to look back on the evolution of synthetic turf systems, and the STC’s 10 years of effective advocacy, and look ahead to the future of this dynamic industry.”

In addition to a compelling educational program, the 2 ½ day conference will feature some additional special anniversary events, including a "Whistle-stop” Seminar designed specifically for buyers, end-users, and architects and engineers, a private anniversary celebration at SeaWorld’s Shark Encounter, a golf tournament at the Grand Cypress Golf Club, and team-building activities.

During the "Whistle-stop” Seminar on Monday, October 7th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., attendees can gain valuable insight from industry professionals on such topics as:

  • New STC Quality Guidelines for Landscape & Recreation Synthetic Grass led by: John Baize, Act Global; Brad Borgman, Heavenly Greens
  • Different Applications for Synthetic Grass led by: Dakota Harp, Controlled Products, Inc.; Brian Karmie, ForeverLawn
  • Environmental Benefits of Synthetic Grass led by: George Neagle, SYNLawn

After the seminar, attendees are invited to attend an exhibitor showcase with tabletop displays and interact with the panelists and other professionals in the synthetic turf industry.

On Tuesday, the STC’s educational program begins with instructive recollections about the industry, the products, and the business models from the STC’s past Chairman: Lanny Bailey, Controlled Products, Inc.; Tom Peeples, Universal Textile Technologies; Joe Motz, The Motz Group; and John B. Giraud, Target Technologies International, Inc. The session will be moderated by current Chairman, John Baize, Act Global.

For more information on the 10th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Membership Meeting and to register, please visit Non-member guests are welcome. Meeting registration fees include access to the evening reception on Monday, all educational sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, and admission to the Exhibitor Showcase on both Monday and Tuesday afternoon as well as the Tuesday night event at SeaWorld. Registered attendees will also receive access to all available session handouts, including attendee and exhibitor lists.

About the Synthetic Turf Council

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

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