August 2017


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.

Six Months to San Diego


We're over halfway to our 2018 SEMINAR in San Diego, CA at the Hotel Del Coronado.. our calendars are marked, are yours?

SMA Annual Seminar
February 4-8, 2018
Hotel Del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Registration is not yet open for the Annual event, but we encourage you to start calling the Hotel Del Coronado to make your room reservations. Attendees should phone in their reservations to the following numbers: 800-468-3533 or fax to 619-522-8238. Identify yourself as a part of the Stadium Managers Association. An online reservation link will be available soon.

The single / double rate is $270/per night. The resort charge is waived for this program, so attendees will receive all amenities typically covered by a resort charge! Some of these includes high-speed internet, Fitness Center access and classes, and discounted Coronado Tennis Center court access. In addition, guests will enjoy discounted attraction tickets to San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, Legoland, Safari Park, The old Town Trolley and Disneyland. (these discounts are subject to change).

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Hotel Del Coronado is going to become a Hilton

The Hotel Del Coronado will soon become a Hilton hotel, joining the huge hospitality company's smaller Curio Collection of more unique, upscale properties around the world. Read the full San Diego Union-Tribune article here.
Click the image above and check out the live beach webcam at the Hotel Del Coronado! 

SMA is Now Accepting Seminar Internship Applications

The Stadium Managers Association (SMA) has opened applications for the 2018 Seminar student intern program, February 4-8, 2018 in San Diego, CA!

This will be the tenth year for the intern program. Our participants use this internship to expand their industry experience and to meet league officials and top facility managers that, for many, have led to job opportunities with the NFL, MLB, MLS, and intercollegiate stadiums as well as with vendors who service these stadiums.

For consideration, the application must be complete and accurate and the applicant must be an SMA Student Member in good standing.
Internship Information

New Members

Corporate Sponsors

Jeremy Dehnel
Safway Group

With more than 115 locations in the U.S. and Canada and distribution channels worldwide, Safway Group delivers high-performance multiservice solutions – THE SMART WAY®. Offering the widest range of equipment and the greatest depth of expertise in access, scaffolding, insulation, fireproofing and coatings

Jordan Hergott
Spec Seats

The Spec Seats (Hergott) Family manufactured the first all-steel, X-frame double-tube and channel portable folding chairs in the United States in 1925. In early 1973, Spec Seats Chairman, Harvey Hergott, created logo seating and that concept has since been used for many portable seating applications. Our initial market niche included high schools, colleges and universities, professional sports teams and the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) market.

Corporate Members

Tom Wunderlin
Flowcrete Americas

Flowcrete Americas' is a world leader in the manufacture of seamless polymer flooring solutions for stadiums. The Flowcrete technologies offer a variety of decorative, slip resistant and functional flooring systems to ensure that stadium managers and owners meet their expectations in improving the fan experience and offering long service life systems that promote safety for slip and falls as well as aesthetics. 

Student Members

Brian McAuley
Saint Leo University

Christopher Papp
Slippery Rock University

Last Issue if You Don't Renew!

Have you renewed your membership yet for 2017-2018? Renewing online is easy, a green initiative, and takes just a few minutes to do.

1) Login  to the "Member Central Login" on our website.
2) View your profile by clicking on "Edit my Profile" on the right-hand Member Central Menu.
3) Click on the Dues & Donations Tab (you may need to scroll)
4) Click on the "Renew Now" button to be directed to PayPal to pay by Credit Card.

(You do not need a PayPal account to pay online. Simply enter your card information when prompted.)
Renew Now!

Partner News

Safety and Security Best Practices - Now Available for Download!

NCS4 - National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security

The latest editions of NCS4 Safety and Security 'Best Practices' Guides are now available! Download your complimentary guides today: 

Marathon and Running Events Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
Intercollegiate Athletics Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
Interscholastic Athletics and After-School Safety and Security Best Practices Guide
Commercial Sports and Entertainment Facilities Best Practice Guide

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Raising the Bar: Strategies for Engaging Staff in Sustainability Initiatives

Date: Wednesday, August 16th
Time: 10:00am PT/1:00pm ET

During this webinar, attendees will learn about successful staff engagement strategies across the sports industry and how these organizations are promoting a culture of sustainability throughout their organization. 
Learn More & Register

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August Training Opportunities with ENERGY STAR

Improve your skills by registering for a no-cost webinar with ENERGY STAR! Click the button below to see all upcoming webinars along with descriptions and registration links.
Upcoming Webinars

Cleveland Browns Celebrate Win, 2016 Bud Light Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge

TEAM Coalition

The Cleveland Browns were recognized on June 7, 2017 for winning the 2016 Bud Light Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge against the AFC North. Representatives from the Browns, Aramark, MADD and TEAM Coalition gathered for the celebration.

The Bud Light Good Sport Designated Driver Challenge tracked the number of fans who pledged to be designated drivers at all 2016 regular season home games for the AFC North. Each fan who pledged to be a designated driver at FirstEnergy Stadium earned the Browns 6 points in the challenge. Fans also had the opportunity to show support of their team’s responsibility efforts on social media to earn additional points. The Browns finished with 6,245 points compared to the Bengals with 886.
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Member News

All-time Victory Field Attendance Reaches 13 Million

Check out the below article that features SMA member and friend, Randy Lewandowski:

INDIANAPOLIS - Sunday, July 30, 2017, is a milestone day in the history of Victory Field as earlier today the Indianapolis Indians welcomed the 13 millionth fan through the stadium gates. The venue opened in downtown Indy's White River State Park during the 1996 season. Over the past 21 years, Victory Field has gained national recognition as one of the best ballparks in the country from publications such as Midwest Living, Sports Illustrated, Baseball America and more. 

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Hotels Train Workers in the Personal Touch

New York Times

Congrats to SMA members, Temple University, and "Treat 'Em Right" for their training program success..

Technology, some hotels are finding, has its limits.

“Technology cannot hug a repeat guest,” said George Aquino, the vice president and managing director of AHC+Hospitality, formerly the Amway Hotel Corporation, based in Grand Rapids, Mich.

That is the reason his company, which manages several hotels, has been running a training program for some of its managers and other staff members to improve their hospitality skills, connect with local business leaders and learn more about local tourist offerings.

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Other News

How to Motivate Yourself When You Don't Want to Work: Jeff Havens Big Pow!

You may remember Jeff Havens, a former keynote speaker at the SMA Seminar. Here are a few articles from his latest newsletter...

How to Become More Productive by Doing Less Work

Why "Doing Nothing" Should Be a Part of Your Workday

Delightful Ways to Destroy the Morale of Your Salespeople

Click above to read the July-August 2017 edition of Sports Facilities and the Law!

Member Spotlight

This month's member spotlight features Russ Simons, Chief Listening Officer & Managing Partner for VSG (Venue Solutions Group). You might remember Russ from our last newsletter, when he was featured in our member news section.

1. What is your favorite thing in your office? Send a picture!
My favorite thing in my office is my collection of rubber ducks. I have an affection for rubber & plush ducks, (you should see my car, below) the lamp is from Michael Marion he can explain that.

2. Who is an influential person in your career?
I am genuinely influenced in a positive way by people every day. It is my nature to listen and gather as much information as possible from those around me. Equally as important is the ability to gain perspective from them. This what helps me be better every day. It would not be fair or respectful to not answer this question in the traditional manner. I was very fortunate to have my student internship at The Summit in Houston and the people I worked with there are still among the biggest influences in my personal and professional life; Mike McGee, Sydney Greenblatt, Mark Miller, Alan Freeman, Henry Thomas and Jeff Gaines, Steve Patterson and David Greenbaum. It seems like I communicate with one of them most every day.
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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. * Canam Heavy, a division of Canam Steel Corporation * 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. * 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.