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December 2018

2019 Seminar

Keynote Speaker Announcement

Eugene "Mercury" Morris

Mercury Morris played eight seasons in the NFL (1969-1976), was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion. He was a key member of the legendary 1972 Dolphins team that went undefeated, with the only perfect season in NFL history.

Seminar Links


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Current Agenda >>
Cost Estimate & Travel Tips >>
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Seminar Registration


Registration Deadline: January 11th - take care of registering before the Holidays, and avoid a late registration fee! One more thing to cross off your list!

Our room block at the host property has filed quickly, and there may only be a few rooms left under our special room rate. Below is a list of some other nearby properties to consider.

HOST PROPERTY: Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort
1111 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 • 954-874-4444

Hollywood Beach Marriott
2501 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood FL 33019 • 954-924-2202

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hollywood Beach
4000 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood FL 33019 • 954-454-4334

The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton
3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019 • 954-602-6000

Not sure if you're registered or not and want to confirm? Contact us today and ask.
Register for Margaritaville

Other Seminar Highlights


"Concerns and State of the Business" 

Pictured left to right: Joie Chitwood III, Chief Operating Officer, International Speedway Corporation, Bill Hancock, Executive Director, College Football Playoff, Anthony Holman, Managing Director, Championships & Alliances, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Cathy Lanier, Senior Vice President, National Footbal League, John Skinner, Vice President, Security & Facility Management, Major League Baseball, Jeff Stonebreaker, VP Safety & Security, Major League Soccer

Top officials in our industry will update us on the 'Business We Have Chosen' and give us insight, as well as their own personal thoughts, on factors and concerns affecting the leagues and governing bodies that play in our facilities.

"YOU HAVE TO ASK THE QUESTION: Can you fit all of the highlights and parts of a $4 Billion Plus stadium into a 45-minute presentation?"

Moderated by Troy Hoberg, Vice President of Project Development, AECOM Hunt
Paula Portz, COO, Legends Project Development
Bill Rhoda, President, Legends Global Planning

A look at the new Rams/Chargers Stadium in LA

"Take Inventory, Stock Your Bars with Alcohol Management Best Practices"

Jill Pepper, Executive Director, Team Coalition

TEAM Coalition is taking stock of each sports and entertainment facility's alcohol management best practices - from alcohol service cut off times to ID checking ages to case studies of highly successful partnerships with law enforcement and ride share apps. And the end result will be a searchable, web-based database sharing the results. SMA members are encouraged to participate in the research and benefit from the results. The session will help you get your bars fully stocked with alcohol management techniques to improve the guest experience.


Introduced by Todd Stewart, President Show Pros Entertainment
Moderated by Bob Flynn, VP of Facilities and Game Day Operations, Tennessee Titans
Tres Thomas, SVP, Global Operations, Live Nation
Mike Dugan, President, Messina Touring Group

"How to Work the Seminar"


"Super Bowl 2019 Review"

"Department of Homeland Security: Analyzing and Anticipating Today's Threats"

"MLS Facility Review"


League Breakouts

Event & Facility Operations Breakouts

  1. Facility Operations
  2. Guest Services/ Security
  3. Engineering/Project Management
  4. Municipal Owned

General Breakout Sessions

  1. 5x5x8 - A panel of five managers sharing their latest war stories
  2. Risk Management Resilience Strategy
  3. Major Capital Planning

Professional Development Series

  1. Emerging Technologies - Guest Services
  2. How Security Can Benefit Guest Experience

SMA Scholarship Foundation Golf Tournament

SMA Dinner Cruise - It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!

Walk across the street from Margaritaville, enjoy a beverage with your toes in the sand, and get ready to board the South Beach Lady for a sunset dinner cruise highlighting the glamorous intercostal waterways and the homes of the rich and famous.

Monday & Tuesday Night Sponsor Appreciation Receptions

Hard Rock Stadium Tour

SMA Annual Business Meeting

Women in Leadership Networking Reception


Brunch, Gift Exchange and Grand Prize Giveaway

'Don't Chu Know?'

David Broughton, Research Director, Sports Business Journal

A new stadium without HVAC? Another with no parking? A Shakespearean-inspired remodel? A $75 burger? The return of the Great Hambino? Stick around Thursday, as David Broughton walks us through the highs and lows of what has been the most lucrative three-year period in the history of stadium construction, takes a look at our industry's year ahead and offers proof that when it comes to stadium business, it's always five o'clock somewhere.
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2019 SMA Interns

SMA would like to sincerely congratulate the eight interns selected to participate in the 2019 Seminar:
Henry Castillo
Arizona State University
Class of 2019

Baylee Douglass
Syracuse University
Class of 2019

Micah Findley
West Liberty University
Class of 2019

Keifer Mays
University of South Carolina
Class of 2019
Dajah Mincey
Slippery Rock University
Class of 2020

Nicholas Riordan
University of New Haven
Class of 2020

Kevin Stryker
West Liberty University
Class of 2019

Nicole Walen
Missouri Baptist Unviersity
Class of 2019

Thank you to Our 2019 Event Sponsors!


SMA Foundation News

Silent Auction Donations

It’s never too early to start thinking about what you can donate to the 2019 Silent Auction at Seminar. All proceeds benefit the SMA Foundation, which helps provide students studying in the field with tuition scholarships.

Not sure what makes a good auction item? In the past, popular items have been signed items, luxury purses, tickets to concerts and events, etc. 

If you have something you would like to donate, contact Molly in the Foundation office at 515-282-8192 or email her at 

2019 Foundation Golf Tournament: Sponsor a Team - Support A Scholarship!

Make a $500 Donation to the SMA Foundation

As you know, the 2019 SMA Scholarship Foundation will be held at Topgolf in Miami Gardens. There is great enthusiasm about this chance for more golfers to play, and registrations are strong!

Sponsors - your $500 donation helps support scholarships for students in sport business management programs - you'll meet many of them at the Seminar.

Your benefits as a team sponsor:
  1. One bay that you can decorate with your sign or swag
  2. Help choose your team of six (as a sponsor, you will be able to choose at least one stadium manager from the list of those registered)
  3. Recognition of your sponsored team when awards are given
This is a great way to make new connections with more members! The tournament is from 12-3pm including a lunch. Transportation from the hotel is provided. Click the button below to indicate your interest and request an invoice from the SMA office.
Sponsor a Team

New Members

Stadium Managers

Alan Wendlandt - Watkins Glen International

Eddie Crawford - SMG - Osceola Heritage Park

Corporate Sponsors


Glen Denny
Christy Bechtel
Baron is the leading provider of critical weather intelligence to venues nationwide. Our Threat Net system delivers accurate information on radar, potential tornadoes, hail, flooding, road condiations and more, using any app or any browser. 

ColorID, LLC

Mark Degan
Jacqui Chenard
ColorID is a value added reseller/distributor of Identification, biometric and service/support solutions. We are a vertically based company which allows us to learn our customers specific needs and custom tailor solutions for their mission critical projects.

LAZ Parking, LLC

Antonio DiPaolo
Steven Gresh
We’re more than just the fastest growing and second largest company in the country - we are truly focused on building strong business partnerships with our clients in order to provide the highest level of customer experience, quality, innovation and an operation that is site-specific and unique to the requirements of that location. 

Corporate Members

Amfab Steel, Inc.
Robert Vanderhei

RFP/RFQ Portal

RFP for Expansion Joint Repair at Raymond James Stadium
RFP for Bowl Seating Cupholders at Raymond James Stadium
RFP for Bowl Seating Letters & Numbers at Raymond James Stadium
RFP for Labor for Installation of Bowl Seat Backs at Raymond James Stadium
Interested in submitting an RFP, RFQ or job posting to SMA? Email us today!

HOW to Avoid Death, Prison, Hospital While you Travel

Here are a few tips from my time as a CIA officer that will help you avoid dangerous situations during your travels.

There is something very appealing about packing a bag and hopping on the first flight out of town —maybe because we never quite grow out of our childhood desire to run away. However, taking the time to do some research and plan a little before you go will help make even the most experienced traveler safer. Here are a few tips from my time as a CIA officer that will help you avoid death, prison, and hospital on your travels. Read full article >>

Member Spotlight

Company Name: Stratacache, Inc.

Primary Contact: Ken Boyle
Company Description / What does your company do? Provide Digital Transformation Technologies and Services to optimize revenues and fan memories.
What we would change about the industry:
Maximize the utilization of all venues by their surrounding youth communities.
An idea or invention that we wish we had thought of..
E-Ticket Turnstiles
One of our favorite stories that we tell about the business.
“Another sold out family game day for the Dayton Dragons”  
Quote that inspires the work that we do. “Stay positive, work hard, make it happen”
Ways to connect with us: 

Seminar 2020 Announcement

SMA is headed to Phoenix in 2020! Check out this sneak peak of the hotel, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Mark your calendars today - Sunday February 2-6, 2020!
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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!
24/7 Software ABM Industries * Act Global * AECOM HUNTAnheuser-Busch, Inc. * Baron * Barton Malow Company BASF Construction Chemicals * BASF Performance Floors * BOCA Group International * Brailsford & Dunlavey, Inc.BrandSafway * Caddy Products, Inc. * Cadmus * CEIA USA  * CLEAR * Color ID, LLC Contemporary Services CorporationCovermaster, Inc. * Cres Cor Sport Daktronics, Inc. * Dant Clayton Corporation * Delaware North Companies SportService * Detex Corp. * EMSEAL Joint Systems LTD * Evonik Corporation * Excel Dryer FabriTec Structures LLC *  FieldTurf USA Inc. * Flock Free * Gensler SportsGilbane Building Company * Hardesty & Hanover, LLC * HKS, Inc. * HNTB Architecture, Inc., * Hussey Seating Company * Ident Solutions * 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 *  LAZ Parking, LLCLegends Project Development  * Marsden Bldg. Maintenance LLC * Matrax, Inc. * Max-R MCMcCormick & Associates, LLC * Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Diamond Vision Division * Mortenson Sport + Entertainment * Nasatka SecurityNeogard * ParkHub * PC Sports * Pecora Corporation * Peerless-AV * Performance Clean, LLC * Petrone Risk * Pioneer Athletics *  Populous * Prismview - A Samsung Electronics CompanyPritchard Sports & Entertainment * PSAV * Res-Tek Inc. * Rust-Oleum Stadium Group * Schuff Steel Company Sentry Event Services, Inc. * SGL  Show Pros Entertainment ServicesSignature Systems Group LLC. /EventDeck * Southern Bleacher Company SP Plus Gameday * Spec Seats * SPS North America * StageRight Corporation * Staxi Corporation Ltd. * Stratacache * Sunbelt Rentals * SunBrite TV TEAM Coalition, Inc * Terraplas USA, Inc. * The Vollrath Company * The Weather Company, an IBM BusinessTHP Limited, Inc. * Tremco * Trex Commercial ProductsTURF NATION * Venue Solutions Group Visiontron Corp. * Walter P Moore * Western Specialty Contractors * West Pond Enterprises Whelan Event Staffing Services * World Class Athletic Surfaces, Inc. * Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon, & Williams, Inc. * Zurn Industries, LLC

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