November 2017

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Seminar Registration Is Open!

A few things you should know…and that’s why I’m in your life.
San Diego has the greatest climate in the world.  Temperature averages in the 60’s year-round and it is considered to be the birthplace of California!
Now, along comes SMA with our 2018 Annual Meeting and Seminar. We will be operating out of the world-famous Hotel del Coronado on the island of Coronado. What a tremendous vista for our Super Bowl party on Sunday and the SMA Foundation Golf Tournament on Monday. Our sessions begin Tuesday morning and end up with a tour of Petco Park and dinner/fireworks on the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway. More of our topical sessions continue on Wednesday and will take us through Thursday until we hit the SMA Brunch, Gift Exchange and Grand Prize Giveaways. 
Just so you know, there have been a couple of site visits by your Annual Meeting and Seminar team to prepare such a place for the onslaught of the 2018 Stadium Managers Association Annual Meeting and Seminar. 
The very first Site Visit ever…hosted by Bill Wilson and Ron Labinski…occurred in 1542 and it was the first step for the Europeans on Pacific soil.  Spain got wind of it and came in to claim it
before Mexico made it part of their Republic, who then lost it to the US during the Mexican-American war. 
After all that, Zorro came in to run things until California was admitted into the Union.  Now retired, Zorro is a frequent visitor to San Diego and Los Angeles.
It’s always fun…It’s always informative…and you pile up a huge number of networking friends in the same business…be the buyers or sellers. Make your reservations now!
See you in SAN DIEGO!
Rick Nafe, Program Chair


Book Your Reservation at The Del Now!

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. You may also reserve your room online by clicking here.

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. 

Register for the Seminar

View our registration webpage by clicking here, where you can now register online or download/print a hardcopy registration form. Hard copy forms can be faxed back to our office at 515-282-9117. Register by January 12 to be included on the attendee list.

Registration fees include all Seminar sessions, USS Midway tickets and tours, event transportation, breakfasts, breaks, Tuesday lunch and dinner, and all evening social events. Guests may not represent any corporate entity, member or not.
Thanks to our amazing sponsor support, manager members may bring their first guest at a discount of $100 for full registration.

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.


Travel to San Diego

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.

2018 Membership Directory Updates

Managers, Faculty, Student Members

All SMA manager, faculty, affiliate & student members should have received an email with a sample of how their directory listing & member photograph will be displayed (pictured below). Do you have changes that you would like made to your Membership Directory listing? If so, follow the instructions below or email Molly at the SMA office. and she can assist you.

1. Log on to the SMA website using your username & password
2. Click Edit My Profile in the Member Central section.

Corporate Sponsors & Members

All corporate sponsors & corporate members should have received an email with a sample of their directory listing. Corporate sponsor companies can list two representatives from their company as well as have a full page ad printed in the directory. Visit the link below for full instructions on uploading an ad:


If you have questions please email Andrew at the SMA office.
The deadline for all directory updates is November 20th!

New Members

Manager Members

Alli Slater – University of Virginia Athletics
Stephen Rodriguez – SANCA @ Nathan Benderson Park
John Polka – Buffalo Bills
Brian Burd - Buffalo Bills

Student Members

Robert Yant – University of San Francisco
Michael Whittington – Slippery Rock University
Katherine Ridyard – University of South Florida
Lukas Holland – Slippery Rock University
Chelsea DeLamielleure – University of Northern Colorado

Corporate Sponsors

Iowa Rotocast Plastics
Charlie Rolf

Iowa Rotocast Plastics, Inc. founded in 1986, is an industry leader in the design and fabrication of mobile carts and semi-permanent kiosks for food & beverage concessions. IRP equipment is used in professional and collegiate stadiums and arenas spanning the globe.The IRP family of brands also offers Grizzy Coolers, ice-down merchandising solutions, and electronic refrigeration.
Res-Tek, Inc.
Stephen Lasko

Res-Tek is a leading U.S. manufacturer dedicated to the formulation and production of seamless commercial and industrial resinous flooring systems, concrete deck coatings, and polymer concrete repair mortars. Our innovative, proprietary product lines, based on high quality reactive acrylic resins (methyl-methacrylate) and cementitious urethane, are reliable, durable, and fast curing; offering a superior solution for the most challenging environments.

Foundation News

The Ron Labinski SMA Foundation Sports Scholarship Update

The Ron Labinski Scholarship has received many generous donations and has raised over $30,000 in less then 2 months! Every donation is appreciated but we would like to give special thanks  to Mortensen Construction for their donation of $10,000! If you would like to donate, click here to reach the donation page.

Partner News

Green Sports Alliance Webinar

Beyond Efficiency: Strategies for Understanding and Mitigating Your Environmental Footprint
Wednesday, November 15th
Time: 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

During this webinar, a panelist of sports industry stakeholders will share how sports teams and events can advance "net positive" thinking and extend their greening initiatives beyond their respective venues to capture their overall environmental footprint. Attendees will leave with better understanding of "net positive" concept and how it can be applied to mitigating their carbon and water footprint.

Click here to register.

November Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR offers many webinar training's each month, click the links below to learn more.
10-Minute Takes from ENERGY STAR Partners - Thursday, Nov. 14th, @ 1:00pm EST
Portfolio Manager 201 - Tuesday, Nov. 21st, @ 1:00pm EST
Portfolio Manager 301 - Tuesday, Nov. 28th, @ 1:00pm EST


The Department of Homeland Security Resources

Stadium Manager Members:

The Department of Homeland Security has, with your input, developed many instructional resources for you and your staff that address active shooter incidents, insider threats, vehicle-ramming episodes, and many other security incident related documents. These often include indicators of potential threats, and suggested protective measures.  They can be a valuable resource to you and your staff.

Unsure how to access the Resource Sharing Library on the SMA website? Click here for instructions!

Other News

MLB's New Diversity Fellowship Is A Small Step But A Big Deal

Lindsey Adler
Major League Baseball is launching a “diversity fellowship program” aimed at creating roles specifically for women and people of color in front offices and in the Commissioner’s Office in New York.
Diversity has been a core objective for the league under Rob Manfred, with MLB expanding its youth baseball programs in inner cities, and the Commissioner sending out repeated “memos” about clubs making an effort to find minority candidates when managing and other high-ranking jobs become available. The league has in place a “Selig Rule,” which stipulates that “minority candidates” must be considered “for all general manager, assistant general manager, field manager, director of player development and director of scouting positions.”

Click here to read full article.

Job Posting

Position: Stadium Manager - Fortress Obetz
Closing Date: 12/8/2017

The ideal candidate for the Stadium Manager position will have both operations and event management experience as well as experience overseeing service contracts and budget responsibility. The ideal candidate will have the ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects simultaneously, meet tight deadlines and function under stress. This position must have the ability to work irregular/extended hours, including nights, weekends and holidays as needed.

Click here for full job description.

Member Spotlight


Company Name: SunBriteTV

Primary Contact: Josh Litwack, Director - Commercial Business Development

Company Description / What does your company do?
SunBriteTV designs, engineers and manufactures the only time-tested TVs in the world that are specifically built from the ground up to deliver superior brightness, while resisting the harsh effects of rain, dirt, insects, extreme temperatures and UV rays.
SunBriteTV invented the outdoor TV and is the choice for many professional sports stadiums including: Yankee Stadium, Gillette Stadium, Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, Marlins Park, SafeCo Field, PetCo Park and many others.
What we would change about the industry.
Can we all just please standardize on some kind of IP video protocol/format?
An idea or invention that we wish we had thought of.
HD over coax video distribution. (Also app based food ordering for stadiums. I mean…WOW.)
One of our favorite stories that we tell about the business.
When the hurricanes hit Houston and S. Florida, we braced and prepared for a rush of customer warranty, product failure and replacement claims. With all the terrible things that happened, we were ready to be a great partner for our customers and help them get their TVs replaced with minimal fuss. However, as it turns out, the vast majority of SunBrite TVs that are installed in the regions, survived the winds, rain and flooding with only a handful of failures. It’s a small thing in comparison but we were still proud of our product.
Quote that inspires the work that we do.
"Customer service isn’t just a department, it’s our entire company."
One of our favorite memories about Seminar.
Never been, excited for the first one!

Ways to connect with SunBriteTV:
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 *  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. * Eaton's Ephesus Sports Lighting * EMSEAL Joint Systems LTD *  eVerifile Evonik Corporation * FabriTec Structures LLC *  FieldTurf USA Inc. * Flock FreeGensler SportsGilbane Building Company * Hardesty & Hanover, LLC * HOK * HKS, Inc. * HNTB Architecture, Inc., * Hunt Construction Group * Idibri * imageOne Uniforms * Impark * Integrated Dispense Systems, LLC * Iowa Rotocast PlastiesIronhide 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 * PrismviewPritchard Sports & Entertainment * PSAV * Quick Bridge Systems *Res-Tek Inc.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. * THP Limited, Inc. * Thornton Tomasetti * Treat 'Em Right * Tremco *TURF NATIONVan 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.