Dear Turgrass Professional,
Immediately after the 2009 Conference & Show (C&S), the FTGA conducted a survey to ascertain which areas of the C&S met the attendees' expectations, and in which areas they would like to see changes. This September, we will introduce a new and improved C&S based on the responses to that survey.
Location, location, location...
The survey indicated that you wanted to move the C&S to a central location with family activities. We are pleased to announce that this year the FTGA C&S moves to the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, situated in one of America's top tourist and family destinations. The FTGA has negotiated an inclusive $99 room rate at this beautiful resort for you and your family.
Double your value
This year, the FTGA launches an exciting opportunity for turf industry businesses to double the value they receive at the C&S. This exciting addition allows member companies the occasion to schedule a meeting during the C&S. With this new program, you can hold one of your recurrent meetings at the C&S, and the FTGA will handle the details for you. We will arrange free meeting space and provide refreshments. It doesn't get any better than that.
Enhanced networking events
There's much more in added value at the 2010 C&S. We are focused on providing a premium networking experience seamlessly woven into the C&S experience.
To that end: All of our C&S packages include education and trade show credentials as well as lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. This allows attendees, instructors, exhibitors, sponsors, students and others the chance to visit together in one place with no need to take off for lunch away from the action. The lunches on both days will also enable us to provide brief announcements, sponsor recognition and the availability of event staff to answer questions. For exhibitors, the Thursday lunch will double as the ribbon-cutting for the opening of the trade show, with extended hours and improved opportunities for showcasing products and services.
The Awards Luncheon will be significantly updated. This year, it is combined with our traditional prayer breakfast to create a new morning kickoff on Thursday. While retaining a motivational theme and speaker, the Thursday breakfast is intended to be a positive kickoff for the day, and it will include comments from our Executive Director, Pete Snyder, on the "state of the association" and our industry.
Our Golf Tournament and Corn Boil will remain the outstanding events participants have come to expect. The Golf Tournament will be held at one of Orlando's outstanding golf courses. The Corn Boil will be located on site at the Caribe Royale, but it will retain its flavor and purpose as an opportunity to have fun, see old and new friends, and allow you the chance to bid on some great auction items.
Mark your calendars now for the best ever FTGA C&S this September 15 - 17.
Conference & Show Chairman