Show business

It’s show time! Pack your bags, field care pros, it’s time to escape the snow and head to sunny Daytona Beach, Fla., for the 24th annual Sports Turf Managers Association Conference and Trade Show. This year’s event promises to be the best one yet, with the addition of the STMA Academy, pre and post-conference workshops offering high-level learning opportunities. As always, there will be a plethora of educational sessions ranging from new technology to water efficiency to concert setup. If you’re scoping out new gear to add to your equipment arsenal, the trade show floor is where you need to be. Dozens of the industry’s leading manufacturers will be showing off their latest and greatest offerings. And let’s not forget what is perhaps the most valuable component of any trade show: networking. Where else will you find hundreds of other sports field management pros in one place? Take advantage of the opportunity to meet your peers, trade stories, ask advice and share your knowledge. See page 22 for a sneak peek at what will be on display and a list of booth numbers to help you navigate the expansive trade show floor. Don’t forget to stop by booth 934 to say “hi” to SportsField Management!

There’s no need to limit yourself to one show a year. With regional events across the country and throughout the year, there are a variety of options for sports field managers no matter where you are in the country. Coming up February 6-8, 2013, in Boston is New England Grows, the green industry’s best-attended event in the Northeast. We are pleased to announce that New England Grows has chosen Moose River Media (publisher of this fine magazine) as its official media partner. While not targeted specifically to sports field managers, this great show offers something for anyone working with turf, landscapes or trees. Visit to learn more.

Happy New Year!

The new year is here! We’ve finished off the champagne, swept up the confetti and made (and broken) resolutions … time to get back to work. We’ve got some great things planned for this year, and look forward to continuing to provide you with the information you need to keep your fields beautiful, playable and, above all, safe. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions, comments or suggestions – I love hearing from you. Cheers to 2013, let’s make it the best year yet!

Katie Meyers