January 2018
Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado

Seminar Registration Is Open!

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Thank you to the companies listed below for their additional monetary support of different events at the SMA 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        Terraplas, a division of Checkers Safety Group  Walter P Moore  Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams Inc.

We're less than a month away from sunshine, palm trees and good company at the SMA Annual Seminar!

You can look forward to a chock-full week of networking with your SMA family, attending a great lineup of educational sessions, and getting involved in a great deal of different activities planned throughout the week.


It's the Super Bowl watch party of the year! Join us in the Ballroom and Vista Walk from 3:00-8:30pm.


Experience "Immaculate greens, wide inviting fairways and dramatic views" at the Coronado Golf Course for the SMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament. Managers will be playing FOR FREE at this event. Have fun, win prizes, and support college scholarships for future leaders in the industry.

New to SMA this year? Join us Monday evening at "How to Work the Seminar" at 5:30pm for tips on getting the most out of the conference. At 6:00pm we'll gather on the sundeck for the sponsor appreciation reception.


Morning sessions will kick off at 8:30am with opening remarks. Our 2018 Keynote Speaker is Paul Zikopoulos (pictured right), VP of Cognitive BigData Systems at IBM. You can learn more about him here. Later on, top officials in the NFL, MLB, MLS, NCAA, NASCAR, and CFP will give updates in the "Concerns & State of the Business" panel. Later on in the morning panels will discuss Atlanta stadiums and public attacks and drones.

Facility specific breakout sessions will take place in the afternoon, followed by professional development sessions, giving you a choice to attend one of two expert panel discussions. Busses will take off at 3:30pm for the tour of Petco Park and afterwards the Foundation Benefit Gala aboard the USS Midway.


Peter O'Reilly, Sr. Vice President of Events at the National Football League, will Skype in Wednesday morning to give everyone an inside perspective review of the 2018 Super Bowl. Exciting sessions will continue for the rest of the day:
  • "Was That My Inside Voice?" - In this year of presidential tweets and blurts  - how do you control that and yourself?
  • "Welcome Back World" - In 2028, LA will once again host the world in the 2028 Summer Olympics.. without building new facilities.
  • Renovation Design in Your "Off Season" - Design-led, design built projects that you need to have done on a tight budget or in a single off-season time frame.
  • "5x5x8" - Five stadium managers have five slides and eight minutes each to talk about innovative work in their facility.
  • "New Revenue Generation" - Facility operators are under increasing pressure to come up with new ideas for non-game revenue. SMA members will discuss operational strategies to grow your new source of revenue into a full-fledged profit center.
  • "A New Light on Sustainability" - Joe Abernathy brings together managers and their partners for an update on best practices and innovative ideas in sustainable operations.
  • Operations Committee Meeting - Review and discussion of 2017 Operations survey
  • A League of Their Own - Career stories and tips from SMA's Women in Leadership Committee


We'll squeeze a few more sessions in on Thursday morning, firstly being the SMA Annual Business meeting followed by "Did'Ya Know", a popular and regular feature of the SMA Seminar with David Broughton of Sports Business Journal.

We'll conclude thingswith the Brunch, Gift Exchange and Grand Prize Giveaway. It's a truly over the top event where we give out everything from travel mugs, to T-shirts, to flat screen TV's. 

..Make sure to view the detailed agenda for session times, speakers, and info about the amazing sponsors who help make this all possible!

SMA will once again be launching a mobile app created by PSAV and sponsored by Mortenson Construction on January 15th! Look for more information then. Download the mobile app to access the mobile agenda, attendee & speaker list, SMA feed and more at that time!

Hotel Reservations

The Hotel del Coronado is nearly full, but you may still be able to book a room there in general availability at varied rates. Call at 800-468-3533. 

There is a really nice independent hotel across the street, the Glorietta Bay Inn, selling rooms at $210. Call 800-283-9383. 

Marriott has a property on Coronado Island. Call 619-435-3000 for rates and availability.

If you like a dive with atmosphere, call the El Cordova at 619-435-4131. It is also directly across the street from our host hotel. The rooms are dated, but it is a beautiful, Spanish-style hotel with a courtyard that does not look like your typical Embassy Suites!

If you’ve booked an extra room at the Hotel del Coronado that you don’t need, please let us know! We’ll take over the room and transfer the group rate to one of our members. 

Questions? Call the SMA staff at 515-282-8192.

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. 
Register Now - Deadline Friday!

2018 SMA Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Effective February 2018, the following positions will be open to interested and qualified Members:

Two (2) Regular Director at Large positions
One (1) Corporate Director position

Voting for new Directors will take place during the SMA Seminar, February 4-8, 2018. The elected Directors will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting of the membership on February 8, 2018.

If you are interested in serving on the SMA Board of Directors, please submit a letter of intent and resume to the SMA office at mmycka@assoc-mgmt.com or to Nominating Committee Chair Mark Burk, mburk80@yahoo.com. For more information regarding SMA Board Member responsibilities, please refer to the Board time commitment document, or contact SMA Executive Director, Mary Mycka, at mmycka@assoc-mgmt.com or 515-282-8192.

Click here for more information.

New Members

Manager Members

Michael Hillburn - Seattle Mariners
Kane Webb - War Memorial Stadium
Jim Previtera - Tampa Bay Rays

Corporate Sponsors

Legends Project Development
Paula Portz
Mark Giles
Shawmut Design & Construction
Vincent Spataro
Terry McIntyre

Corporate Members

Act Global
John Baize

OAI Visual Branding
Shamyl Di Cristanziano
IMEG Corporate
Lisa Feeley

Foundation News

The Ron Labinski SMA Foundation Sports Scholarship Update

The Ron Labinski Scholarship has received many generous donations and has has raised almost $50,000 in less a few short months! If you would like to donate, click here to reach the donation page.

Opportunities for Donation

Have you made your donation to the Foundation this year? The mission of the Scholarship Foundation is to provide tuition assistance for educational purposes, special projects and programs that will facilitate the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of stadium management and related fields.
How do you benefit? Informed, experienced, and committed graduates in sports management and hospitality fields are prepared to be better employees for all of you! SMA interns and scholarship winners have gone on to significant positions in the industry, and you get an early opportunity to meet them at the Seminar and preview their potential. Take a look at the group chosen as scholarship recipients and interns for this year. These students have paid for SMA membership, and cover their own travel costs to volunteer at the Seminar.
How can you help?
  • Add a donation on your SMA membership dues invoice or to your Seminar registration form.
  • Click here and donate to the Ron Labinski SMA Foundation Sports Scholarship.
  • Look around your office and facility for items to donate to the Seminar Silent Auction, and plan to bid on these items at the conference. Send us a picture of the item you will donate, and we will promote it before the Seminar on our mobile event application.
  • Can you offer a game ticket package that the Foundation can resell? We know you can put together an experience that will distinguish our group from typical ticket resellers.
Contact Mary or Molly at the Foundation office, 515-282-8192 for assistance with your donation. Thank you all for helping us support the next generation of sports business professionals! If you have a family member or friend in a relevant degree program, please encourage them to apply for a scholarship. Application information and details on current recipients can be found on the SMA website.

Partner News

January 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 - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:00 PM EST
Ask the Expert - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 PM EST
Portfolio Manager 101 - Thursday, January 4, 2018 1:00 PM EST
Portfolio Manager 201 - Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 PM EST
Verifying the ENERGY STAR Application - Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST
Portfolio Manager 301 - Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:00 PM EST
ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems - Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:00 PM EST
Using EPA's ENERGY STAR Target Finder and Portfolio Manager Tools for Commercial New Construction Projects - Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Updated 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Warehouses - Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM EST
Updated 1-100 ENERGY STAR Score for Worship Facilities - Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST

Other News

2015 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization
Department of Energy, November 2017

Thanks to SMA manager members for offering their input on this report of lighting products operating in our facilities.

2018 Venue Operations Summit Registration is Open
Venue Solutions Group

Brentwood, Tennessee, January 4, 2018 – Venue Solutions Group (www.venuesolutionsgroup.com), an industry leader in operational consulting to the public assembly facility industry, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Venue Operations Summit (www.venueopssummit.com).

To read the full press release please click here.

Check out this roadmap report, designed to help sports teams and venues develop a successful recycling green team, published by the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council).

RFP/RFQ Portal: Open for Bid

Click here for more information on open RFP's

RFP for Field Paint at Raymond James Stadium
Posted 12/18/2017

RFP for Lower Concourse Domestic Water Re-Piping at Maryland Stadium Authority
Posted 12/4/2017

RFP for Labor, Equipment and Materials to Install Sports Field Lighting at Hillsborough County Countywide Soccer Complex - Tampa Sports Authority
Posted 11/6/2017
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

IBM Sports & Entertainment
2018 Keynote Sponsor
Primary Contact: Paul Cathcart, Consortium Executive

Company Description / What does your company do? 
Provide the fusion of design, strategy, technology and data to improve fan engagement, venue optimization and team performance.  Making the Fan Engagement meaningful and personalized! Empowering your Enterprise with the IT services and solutions to communicate directly with your consumer base and bring your desired brand experience to life.  Provide Venue Optimization to help manage your business more efficiently to drive bottom line profit and top-line revenue.  This includes the design, build and management of the network that operates and monitors your venue 365 days a year and creates the in-venue connectivity your fans demand.  Working to optimize Team Performance to provide business solutions to optimize performance of internal departments and team players to more efficiently drive bottom line profit and top-line revenue.

What we would change about the industry. 
The way the Industry currently approaches Digital Transformation within a venue.

Quote that inspires the work that we do. 
"By partnering  with IBM, we will ensure our fans and guests an unparalleled  interactive  and engaging experience,  helping  to make the new Atlanta stadium the marquee sports and entertainment venue globally."   Jared Miller –CTO, Atlanta Falcons

One of our favorite memories about Seminar. 
This is our first.  Looking forward to great memories.
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.