The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) have joined forces to present an innovative trade show experience, Feb. 9-11, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), and National Golf Foundation (NGF) are serving as supporting organizations for the Golf Industry Show by presenting a number of key education opportunities for attendees.

More than 22,000 golf industry professionals are expected to attend this year's show, which will feature approximately 850 exhibitors over more than 270,000 net square feet of exhibit space. In addition, a number of special features have been designed to enhance the show experience for attendees. Showcased on the floor will be six “solution centers” focused on a particular area of golf facility management, each offering interactive demonstrations, presentations and case studies by industry experts, and informative displays.

Along with the show, GCSAA and NGCOA will be presenting their annual education conferences — GCSAA's Education Conference will take place Feb. 6-11, while NGCOA's Solutions Summit will be held Feb. 7-10.

The objective of the Golf Industry Show is to provide the golf industry with a dynamic, progressive trade show event that provides unparalleled networking opportunities and hands-on access to golf course and facility management solutions for the professional members that GCSAA, NGCOA, GCBAA, ASGCA and NGF serve. The Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will join the show in 2007, in Anaheim, Calif.


During its 15th annual meeting held in Lake Las Vegas, the RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) Governing Board elected Stephen P. Briggs as chairman for a two-year term beginning in January 2006. Briggs is director of the BASF Specialty Products Department based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

As chairman, Briggs will lead a 12-member Governing Board representing 200 members of RISE, a national trade association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with specialty pesticide products and fertilizers used in turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation as well as other non-food/fiber applications.

Prior to becoming chairman, Briggs served his first term on the RISE Governing Board from 1999-2003. From 2000-2003, Briggs was chairman of the RISE Program and Membership Committee. He was elected to return to the Board in September 2004 as vice chairman and chairman of the Strategic Oversight Council for one year.

“Steve has given long, loyal and dedicated service to RISE and the specialty pesticide industry,” said RISE President Allen James. “His commitment has helped contribute to the success of our association.”

During his welcome speech as new chairman, Briggs addressed some of the challenges facing the specialty pesticide industry.

“Our industry serves a central role in providing effective tools for use in combating harmful and troublesome pests,” Briggs said. “RISE will continue to support our industry's efforts to provide valuable and effective products and services to our customers.”

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