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2018 Seminar

February 4 - 8, 2018
Hotel Del Coronado • San Diego, CA



This rambling white clapboard legend, with red-peaked roof, crimson turrets, and lazy verandas, is said to be “one-third sun, one-third sand, one-third fairy tale”.  Radiating gracious Victorian splendor, this classic beachfront resort was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977.

We can’t promise you’ll see the resident ghost, but we can guarantee that you’ll experience another one of it’s most famous permanent residents, Otis #61. One of the first fully functioning electric elevators manufactured in America, Otis #61 has graced the main lobby of the Hotel del Coronado since the resort opened in 1888. You’ll see many other photos and landmark plaques throughout the hotel describing it’s amazing history. 
Otis #61 has graced the main lobby since the opening of The Del in 1888.. one of the first fully functioning electric elevators manufactured in America!
In 1958 the Hotel Del made Hollywood history as the setting for the 1959 film "Some Like it Hot" starring icon Marilyn Monroe.
The beach at Hotel del Coronado has been named one of the top ten beaches in the country. You’ll see why when you take a look at this live web cam https://hoteldel.com/live-webcam/, with the view from the hotel. 

All SMA meetings and events, with the exception of the Tuesday afternoon Petco tour and dinner on the USS Midway, will be held at this property. Seminar events include sponsored transportation from host hotel. Check the SMA web site for a more complete cost estimate.


Registration is open, and we encourage you to start calling the Hotel del Coronado to make your room reservations. Call: 800-468-3533 and ask for the SMA room block. Your company or facility must be a member of SMA to reserve this rate. 

The single / double rate is $270 per night. The resort fee is waived for our group, so you won’t pay for internet access or self parking at the hotel. In addition, they offer discounted tickets to many local attractions like Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
These rates will sell out before January, so please don’t wait to secure your room. To participate in all of the Seminar events, you should be there by Sunday, February 4 at 3pm, and stay until Thursday, February 8 at 2pm. You’ve got a weekend on either side, so take advantage! Limited rooms are available for the extra weekend nights. You will not regret having a little more time to enjoy the beach. 


The hotel is located just across the bay from downtown San Diego, and only a 15 minute drive from the San Diego International Airport (SAN). Uber and Lyft operate from the airport. Taxis are plentiful, and less costly than one night of valet parking. 

2018 Seminar Event Sponsors

Thank you to the companies listed below for their early commitment to support different events during the week of Seminar. Click their logos below to learn more about the products and services they offer! 
 AwareManager  Covermaster Daktronics, Inc.  Hunt Construction Group  Irwin Seating Company        Populous   SC Railing Company   Terraplas, a division of Checkers Safety Group Walter P Moore  Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc.

New Members

Institutional Member

Syracuse University

Brett Burke
Peng Han (Pou) Chen
Marisa Duval
Philo Germano
Paige Hammond
Jessica LaRoussa
Kevin Martuscello
Kelsey Meisenzahl
Brendan Marks
Anna Vergara
Janelle Williams
Jifu Yao
Anna Zorn

Dr. Gina Pauline
Dr. Patrick Walsh
Dr. Jeeyoon (Jamie) Kim

Corporate Sponsors

Dura-Trac Flooring, LTD
Daniel Oblath

Dura-Trac Flooring, LTD is a Global Leader in Outdoor Flooring and Temporary Flooring. Using a proprietary slide and lock system, Dura-Trac SE floors are built for speed and ease of installation. Dura-Trac is a full service flooring manufacturer for the special event industry. 

Student Members

David Dymond
Slippery Rock University

Noah Hastigs
Slipper Rock University

Mitchell Overdorff
Slippery Rock University

Partner News


National Weather Service

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors--

Welcome to meteorological fall and National Preparedness Month. NOAA and the National Weather Service want to first thank all of our ambassador organizations that helped spread life-saving messages across Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey's Destruction.

Unfortunately, there is no time to rest. The western states have been battling extreme heat, wildfires, and poor air quality. Severe storms have been making their way through the Heartland.

Now, as much as ever, we need you and your ambassador organizations to spur action from communities across America this Fall. On Friday, the NWS launched its Fall Safety Campaign with fresh infographics, social media posts, and other templates for you to access and become a force multiplier.


and for hurricane preparedness specifically,


What can you do?
Engage your employees and serve as an example for others.
Spread WRN safety messages across your social media platforms.
Share how your actions are helping build a Weather-Ready Nation.

Together, we can help get communities prepared and ready to take action. Thank you for all your efforts.

-- The WRN Team

ENERGY STAR for Commercial Buildings and Industrial Plants

Register today for the ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Partner Meeting
Registration is now open for the ENERGY STAR Commercial Buildings Partner Meeting, an interactive, two-day meeting to convene energy efficiency leaders from across the nation to discuss energy management trends, share best practices, and hear from leading sustainability experts.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 24th, and Wednesday, October 25th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, in conjunction with the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Stakeholder Meeting. It’s open to anyone interested in attending, including all ENERGY STAR stakeholders and partners.

View the Agenda and Register

Upcoming Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR
Improve your skills by registering for a no-cost webinar! Click here to view the upcoming sessions!

Other News

Download the full PDF of the July-August edition of Sports Facilities and the Law.
Keynote speaker Nick Saban
Former SMA Keynote speaker Nick Saban explains the 'And' or 'But' Philosophy as the key to team excellence in this Forbes article.. written by Don Yaeger.

Member Spotlight

Company Name: 
THP Limited Inc.

Primary Contacts: 
Chris Przywara, P.E., Stadium Consultant (pictured above)
Liz Zimmer, Marketing Manager (pictured below)

Company Description / What does your company do? 
THP is a client focused, professional structural and architectural engineering consulting firm established in 1973. The firm specializes in large scale, complex structures, parking and restoration. Stadium restoration and waterproofing have been a focus of THP’s services for 30 years dating back to our initial efforts in Riverfront Stadium, the previous home to the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals.

Stadiums and Ball Parks
THP provides waterproofing, restoration, structural engineering, and maintenance master planning for stadiums nationwide. THP’s stadium experience ranges from targeted reviews of specific, typical waterproofing issues, to whole facility condition assessments and master plans, to large and multi-year restoration projects to the structural design of a major-league baseball facility.

Liz ZimmerWhat we would change about the industry.
Better appreciation by stadium and ballpark owners and managers that specifying and implementing effective waterproofing projects for their facilities is challenging, yet necessary.

One of our favorite stories that we tell about the business. 
The success of THP’s late 1990’s combined seating replacement and waterproofing restoration project in Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums in Kansas City, after others told the Sports Authority the project was not feasible.

We don’t have a quote we focus on but rather a premise that the best compliments we receive are when our clients extend their contracts with us and when they refer us to others. We appreciate our long, sustained, and trusted relationships with our clients in the stadium industry.

One of our favorite memories about Seminar..
We have attended the SMA Seminar each year since 1990. It is hard to narrow down to just one favorite memory when each year is so unique and memorable. However, the THP team playing golf cart polo in Palm Springs will never be forgotten. Every year we enjoy the one-of-a-kind events, spending time with clients and friends, networking, and updates on the industry. 

Ways to connect with us: 
Website: www.thpltd.com
Email: cprzywara@thpltd.com liz@thpltd.com
Phone: (513) 241-3222 office; Liz Zimmer (513) 518-3953

Thank You to Our Corporate Sponsors..
These SMA Corporate Sponsors have committed their financial support and industry expertise to support the Stadium Managers Association's mission to be a primary resource for sport facility managers.

Find them in one click and listed by their products on the SMA website vendor guide, or click on their name below to go directly to their website. Consider them first as your industry resource for products and services this year!
Able Services  ABM Industries * AMK9 * Andy Frain Services Anheuser-Busch, Inc. * Arena Maintenance Solutions, LLC * AwareManager * Barton Malow Company BASF Construction Chemicals * BASF Performance Floors * Bigelow Companies, Inc. * Birdair, Inc. * BOCA Group International * Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, Inc. * Caddy Products, Inc. * CAPS Payroll * CEIA USA * Centerplate * Clarin by Hussey Seating * Contemporary Services Corporation *Corsair Display Systems, LLC Covermaster, Inc. * Crossroads Consulting Services * Crown Castle Daktronics, Inc. * Dant Clayton Corporation * Delaware North Companies SportService * Detex Corp. * Dura-Trac Flooring, LTDEaton's Ephesus Sports Lighting * EMSEAL Joint Systems LTD *  eVerifile Evonik Corporation * FabriTec Structures LLC *  FieldTurf USA Inc. * Gensler SportsGilbane Building Company * Gordon Brush Manufacturing * Hardesty & Hanover, LLC * HOK * HKS, Inc. * HNTB Architecture, Inc., * Hunt Construction Group * Idibri * imageOne Uniforms * Impark * Integrated Dispense Systems, LLC Ironhide Seating Solutions by GSR * Irwin Seating Company * ISS 24/7 * Jani-King International, Inc. * Knight Facilities Management, Inc. * Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc. * Langan Engineering & Environmental Services * Manhattan Construction MARSH USA * Matrax, Inc. * Max-R MCMcCormick & Associates, LLC * Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Diamond Vision Division * Mortenson Construction * Neogard  * Osborn Engineering * Panasonic System Communications Company of North America * PC Sports Peerless-AV * Performance Clean, LLC * Petrone Risk * Philips Lighting NA * Pioneer Athletics * Populous * Pritchard Sports & Entertainment * PSAV * Quick Bridge Systems *Royal Corporation* Rust-Oleum Stadium Team * Safway Group SC Railing * Schuff Steel Sentry Event Services, Inc. * SGL * Show Pros Entertainment ServicesSignature Systems Group LLC. /EventDeck * Spec Seats * Southern Bleacher Company SP Plus Gameday * Stantec * StageRight Corporation * Staging Concepts * Stratacache * Sunbelt Rentals * SunBrite TV TEAM Coalition, Inc * Terraplas USA, Inc. * The Shade Experts THP Limited, Inc. * Thornton Tomasetti * Treat 'Em Right * Tremco * TURFalliance * Tyco SimplexGrinnell Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment *Venue Solutions Group Visiontron Corp. * Walter P Moore * Western Specialty Contractors * West Pond Enterprises Whelan Security * World Class Athletic Surfaces, Inc. * Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams, Inc.