SOURCE: Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)
Virtual experience free of charge to 2021 STMA members
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – has opened registration and released the schedule for its 32nd annual Conference and Exhibition, which is being held virtually January 12-13, 2021.
As the premier annual event in the sports field industry, STMA has converted the most popular aspects of its traditional conference into virtual format. These include the trade show, student challenge, education tracks, annual awards and keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker is personal and professional development coach Pete Smith presenting “Dare to Matter: How Sports Field Professionals Rise to Significance.” This year, the registration fee ($375) has been waived, with the event being free to all 2021 STMA members. The full conference brochure can be viewed by clicking here.
Tuesday, Jan. 12
9 am-6 pm EST – Virtual Trade Show Open
10-11:30 am EST – Education/General Session
10 am-5 pm EST- Networking Rooms Open
2-3:15 pm EST – Education – Choose from 4 concurrent sessions
4-4:45 pm EST – Welcome Reception & Student Challenge Recognition
Wednesday, Jan. 13
9 am-5 pm EST – Virtual Trade Show Open
10-11:15 am EST- Education – Choose from 4 Concurrent Sessions
10 am-5 pm EST – Networking Rooms Open
2-3:15 pm EST – Education/Keynote Address/Annual Meeting & Awards
“Our staff has worked diligently to ensure the event meets the high standard we’ve set for our annual conference,” says Jimmy Simpson, CSFM, President of the STMA Board of Directors. “Everything we initially planned for the 2021 conference has been integrated into a new and safe format that will be extremely valuable for STMA members and exhibitors.”
Included with registration is access to a conference education program that will be held on a weekly basis following the event, through March 2. Featured speakers include industry experts from universities and organizations including North Carolina State, Ohio State, Iowa State, the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds.
STMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 32 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.