Education Highlights

Pre-Conference Seminar*:

Meeting the Challenges of Leadership in Today's Workplace
Lynda Pinnington, PhD, Owner and Principal, Pinnington Training and Development

Key Topics include:

  • Attracting and retaining staff in today's work environment
  • Generational differences and their impact on the workplace and working relationships
  • Creating an environment where people can do their best
  • Employee engagement and motivation

*Requires seperate registration

General Sessions:

Tuesday, February 13

Partnership is the New Leadership
Presented by Ty Bennett, CEO, Entrepreneur, and Best-Selling Author

A leader's approach to building relationships, providing value, creating buy-in, and communicating with influence; proven strategies and techniques to increase the leadership and overall commitment of your people

Ain't Nuthin' Like the Reel Thing: Natural Turf vs. Synthetic Surfaces
Presented by John Sorochan, PhD

A discussion about the benefits and challenges of natural turf vs. synthetics by a member of TPI's research committee and international consultant on sports field performance


Why My Sod is Better: Communicating the Value of Natural Turf
John Sorochan, PhD and Tomas Silvani

Turfgrass Cultivar Selection for Drought and Cold Resistance
Jack Fry, PhD

Reducing Inputs and Enhancing Turfgrass Growth through Site Specific Management
Gerald Henry, PhD

Thursday, February 15

Who Dun-it? Fraud and Ethics in the Workplace
Presented by R. Kevin Cross, CPA, Author, Financial Counselor, and Federal Tax Expert

Learn about fraud and ethics in the workplace from an individual who embezzled thousands of dollars from his employer, got involved with the Mob, and spent time in prison for his crime before changing his ways and becoming a CPA


An Overview of Technology Tools Available for Sod Producers
Douglas Karcher, PhD

Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
Lisa Goatly, MS, LPC

Seeding Your Fields While Having a Cocktail on Your Porch
Mike Wagner & Ed Lee

Show & Tell:
Jim Keeven, SelecTurf, Inc.
Keith Wittig, Central Turf Farms, Inc.

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