April 2018

2018 Seminar Recap

Did you miss the 2018 Seminar in San Diego, CA? Login to the website to view notes from each session. A full seminar recap will be published in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

#MyStadiumStory Contest Winner

Congratulations to Joe Abernathy who was the winner of Mortenson's #MyStadiumStory contest. What did Joe say about Busch Stadium? Click here to read his tweet..

View other tweets by using the hashtag #MyStadiumStory & #SMASeminar18 in a twitter search.

2019 Seminar

SMA members - pencil in the 2019 SMA SEMINAR today on your calendar.. you won't want to miss it! We're heading to the MARGARITAVILLE BEACH RESORT in HOLLYWOOD BEACH, FL.

We know you have SEVERAL different industry meetings that you can choose to attend. So why choose SMA? SMA has the BEST networking at a leadership level. All of the education is planned by members, and tailored to make sure it is specifically relevant and helpful to YOU. All of the SMA events are family friendly, and there is sure to be something that everyone can enjoy planned throughout the week. Oh, and a beach resort in February certainly doesn't hurt our case either!

Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and author Jimmy Buffett, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is a destination resort and entertainment complex on the legendary Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. Hollywood Beach is a classic South Florida beach town that’s enchanted visitors since the 1920s. Often compared to quaint European and funky California beach towns, the character of this inviting area is all Florida. Evening strollers, morning joggers, bicyclists and roller-bladers share the brick paved, beachfront thoroughfare with those enjoying the many cafes and bars along the way.

With an extensive array of amenities and a high level of hospitality, service and attention to detail, the 349-room 17-story destination resort is the perfect setting for guests to escape the everyday and just chill.  Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort brings an entirely different resort perspective to South Florida with its unique, authentic, “no worries,” tropical vibe and the feeling of escape that is experienced immediately upon arrival.

The Resort
What’s your paradise? It could be as simple as a day relaxing under a beach umbrella or hanging out at the Lone Palm Beach Bar followed by a great steak and a bottle of wine for dinner at JWB Prime Steak and Seafood. Or maybe you prefer active adventure with body surfing, paddle boarding and surfing on the FlowRider®. For some, paradise is a lavish menu of indulgent spa treatments to nourish the body and soul and escape the everyday. With eight casual and upscale dining and entertainment venues including Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, LandShark Bar & Grill and the 5 o’ Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill – there is a place at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort where you can raise a glass and take a bite out of paradise. Whatever escape you envision, we are here to take you there!

Source material: https://www.margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.com/the-resort/

SMA Board
of Directors



Troy Brown
VP, Stadium Operations
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland, OH


Past President

Tony Pereira
VP, Stadium Operations
Arizona Cardinals
Phoenix, AZ


Vice President

Joe Abernathy
VP of Facility Planning & Engineering
Busch Stadium
St. Louis, MO

Treasurer / Secretary

Matthew Kastel
Stadium Manager
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Baltimore, MD

Corporate Director

Nicole Andrews
Managing Director, Global Sales
Matrax Inc.
College Park, MD


Director at Large

Matt Kenny
VP of Stadium Services and Events
Kansas City Chiefs Football Club
Kansas City, MO

Director at Large

Mario Coutinho
VP Stadium Operations & Security
Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club
Toronto, Ontario

College Director

Justin Durfey
Director, BYU LaVell Edwards Stadium
Provo, UT

Ex-Officio - Annual Seminar Chair

Rick Nafe
VP of Operations
Tampa Bay Rays
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, FL

Ex-Officio - Annual Seminar Vice Chair

Jim Folk
Vice President, Ballpark Operations
Cleveland Indians
Cleveland, OH

Ex-Officio - Legal Counsel

Mike McCormick
McMcCormick & Associates
Greenwood, MO

Emeritus Director & Historian

Bill Wilson
Retired Stadium Manager
Big Bear Lake, CA


Jim Minish
Retired Stadium Manager
Cedar Grove, NJ

Foundation News


SMA Scholarship Deadline

Application Deadline is THIS FRIDAY April 13, 2018. Please encourage students to apply!
The SMA Foundation was created to provide annual scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited college or university. This scholarship program strives to provide an opportunity for outstanding students enrolled in sports administration programs, with an emphasis on facility and/or event management to learn more about the profession through networking with leaders in the field in an educational, and informal setting.

Students in relevant programs are also encouraged to apply for the Seminar Internship Program, click here for more information.

Keelee Armor
James Madison University

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipient

"Being a scholarship recipient helped me to continue pursuing my dreams as a stadium manager. The scholarship helped me earn my bachelors of science in sport and recreation management, along with gaining a new network of stadium managers. As a recipient, it opened the doors to an abundance of resources and allowed me the unique opportunity to meet true leaders in the field. I am forever thankful for the opportunity and assistance from the Stadium Managers Association."

MacKenzie King
Slippery Rock University

2017-2018 Scholarship Recipient

"I was honored to receive a Stadium Managers Association scholarship for 2017-18 academic year. While this scholarship eased some of my financial worries for school, it also opened up many doors for within the sport industry. From this scholarship, I gained a one-year membership to SMA! This membership allowed me to have full access to all the great members, both stadium managers and sponsors, who are able to share their knowledge and experiences in the industry with me. Due to this scholarship, I was also more apt to apply for the internship program through SMA. I was selected as one of six interns who were able to attend the annual seminar and learn from these wonderful professionals. My next internship could come from one of the members I met through SMA."

Partner News

April 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.

Ask The Expert Sessions:
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:00pm EDT
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00pm EDT
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 12:00pm EDT

Background on BOMA's Water and Waste Challenge -
Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:00pm EDT
Preparing for EPA's ENERGY STAR Metric Updates -
Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:00pm EDT
Portfolio Manager 201 - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:00pm EDT
Portfolio Manager 301 - Tuesday, April 17, 2018 1:00pm EDT


NOAA'S National Weather Service Update

For your awareness, NOAA's National Weather Service has made an update to its lightning safety guidance for outdoor venues.  The biggest change was to update guidance for the resumption of play.  Previously, guidance indicated a venue must wait 30 minutes after the last detected lightning strike within an 8-mile radius of a venue before resuming play. 

In several scenarios, particularly with fast-moving storms, the new guidance allows for events to resume faster when they are consulting with a professional meteorologist that has real-time lightning data.  Click here to view the full plan.


2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit Invitation
June 26th-27th, 2018

The Green Sports Alliance would like to formally invite SMA Members and their stakeholders to join the 2018 Green Sports Alliance Summit: presented by NatureWorks.  The annual event is a great opportunity for individuals to engage with marquee stakeholders and explore development opportunities in sustainability, sports and facility management, and the future of the green sports movement. 

This year, we're adding more networking opportunities and focusing on hands-on workshops for attendees to work through challenges, share lessons learned, and gather valuable take-aways to implement in their communities. Your full conference ticket will get you access to multiple networking opportunities with peers and vendors, various exhibitors providing tools to help you meet your sustainability goals, food, and beverage throughout the conference and effective take-aways to bring back to your organization.
Please email Rahul Devaskar at Rahul@greensportsalliance.org

Other News

Staxi Announces Its New Partnership with the American Widow Project (AWP)

Staxi, is proud to announce that we will be supporting the American Widows Project (AWP) as our charity of choice.

The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in their grief. Every military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools available to help rebuild their life. Because of that, the American Widow Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future. Click here to read full press release.

For more information or additional details, please contact us at contactus@staxi.com

RFP/RFQ Portal: Open for Bid

Click here for more information on open RFP's

RFP for Stadium Reroofing Project at Raymond James Stadium
Posted 1/22/2018

Interested in having your RFP posted to the SMA website? send an email to SMA including a link back to your website (where members can view the complete RFP/RFQ) or a full electronic version, as well as the due date and any pertinent information. SMA vendor members are notified by e-mail when a proposal is posted. Must be a current stadium manager member in order to utilize this service. Must log in to the website to view.

Member Spotlight



Courtney Porcella | VP, Marketing & Sales

Company Description / What does your company do?
AwareManager provides total venue management software, covering facilities, incident tracking and staff scheduling.
What we would change about the industry.
We’re already starting to see welcomed change in how the industry is embracing new technology that’s been transforming other industries for years – biometrics, mobile applications, process automation, etc.
An idea or invention that we wish we had thought of.
The Post-It
One of our favorite stories that we tell about the business.
Less of a story, but more an observation. To thrive in this business, you have to love it. 21 day stretches at the stadium without a day off, long days (nights too), the list goes on. Our favorites stories are the ones we hear from our clients who truly love their work.
Quote that inspires the work that we do.
“Being a sports fan is a complex matter, in part irrational but not unworthy; a relief from the seriousness of the real world, with its unending pressures and often grave obligations.” – Richard Gilman
One of our favorite memories about Seminar.
This year’s fireworks on the USS Midway were truly spectacular.
Ways to connect with us:
Website: www.awaremanager.com
Email: marketing@awaremanager.com
Facebook: facebook.com/awaremanager
Twitter: twitter.com/awaremanager
Other: linkedin.com/awaremanager

We'd like to recognize our 2018 event sponsors listed below for their additional support of the meeting -- THANK YOU!

  AwareManager  Covermaster Daktronics, Inc.   Hunt Construction Group   Irwin Seating Company        Populous        Terraplas, a division of Checkers Safety Group  Walter P Moore  Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc.
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!
24/7 Software Able Services ABM Industries * Anheuser-Busch, Inc. * Arena Maintenance Solutions, LLC * AwareManager * Barton Malow Company BASF Construction Chemicals * BASF Performance Floors *  Birdair, Inc. * BOCA Group International * BrandSafwayBuro Happold Consulting Engineers, Inc. * Caddy Products, Inc. * CEIA USA * Centerplate * Clarin by Hussey Seating * CLEAR * Contemporary Services CorporationCovermaster, Inc. * 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 * IBM Sports and EntertainmentIdibri * imageOne Uniforms * Impark* Iowa Rotocast Plastics * Irwin Seating Company * Jani-King International, Inc. * Knight Facilities Management, Inc. * Landmark Event Staffing Services, Inc. * Langan Engineering & Environmental Services * Legends Project Development * Manhattan Construction MARSH USA * Matrax, Inc. * Max-R MCMcCormick & Associates, LLC * Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Diamond Vision Division * Mortenson Sport + Entertainment * Neogard  * Osborn Engineering * Panasonic System Communications Company of North America * ParkHub * PC Sports * Pecora Corporation * Peerless-AV * Performance Clean, LLC * Petrone Risk * Philips Lighting NA * Pioneer Athletics * Poly-Tuff Systems International Corporation *  Populous * Prismview - A Samsung Electronics CompanyPritchard Sports & Entertainment * PSAV * Quick Bridge Systems *Res-Tek Inc.Royal Corporation* Rust-Oleum Stadium Group * Schuff Steel Company Sentry Event Services, Inc. * SGL * Shawmut Design & Construction * Show Pros Entertainment ServicesSignature Systems Group LLC. /EventDeck * Southern Bleacher Company SP Plus Gameday * Spec Seats * SPS North America Stantec * StageRight Corporation * Staxi Corporation Ltd.Stratacache * Sunbelt Rentals * SunBrite TV TEAM Coalition, Inc * Terraplas USA, Inc. * The Vollrath Company THP Limited, Inc. * Tremco *Trex Commercial ProductsTURF 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.