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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



New Members
PSport Systems SASBuilders/installers of sports fields-first new member of STC Latin America
Keystone Sports ConstructionSales, installation, maintenance and renovation of synthetic turf fields
Fine Chemical Co. Ltd.Fine Chemical Co. Ltd. manufactures TPE infill for artificial turf

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