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San Diego played host to one of the most successful conferences on record for STMA . Approximately 1200 attendees were represented from 48 states. A record high of 175 exhibitors sold out the trade show floor and with more than 600 exhibitor personnel on-site, created the largest conference STMA has hosted. Attendees and exhibitors agreed it was an exceptional event.
Be sure to sign up for committee service by Feb. 11. Even if you served on a committee in 2015, you must sign up to serve again on that committee or a different one for 2016. To avoid overburdening our volunteers, you are asked to sign up for just one committee. Uncertain about which committee you would be interested in serving on?
At the STMA Annual Meeting, held Jan. 21 in San Diego, Calif., the 2016 Board of Directors officially took office.
Every year STMA awards its "Founders Awards", the highest honors in the industry. The four awards, named after STMA's founders, were presented during the STMA annual awards banquet on Jan. 22. Members nominate worthy candidates and the STMA Board independently votes on those who were submitted. Winners names are kept confidential until announced.
SAFE, the charity of STMA, held many successful fundraising events during the STMA conference last month. These events include the Diamond Pro Golf Tournament, FIELDS INC. Bowling Tournament, and the SAFE silent and live auctions, which raised more than $27,000. SAFE would like to thank The Toro Company, Pennington Seed Inc., and all those who donated to SAFE and participated in the fundraising.
Congratulations to all STMA Student Challenge participants for their exceptional performance on the 2016 exam! The Student Challenge is presented by SAFE, Founding Partner Hunter Industries, and supporting sponsor Ewing. Ten two-year teams and 22 four-year teams competed for $4,000 awards in each division. Winning the two-year competition was Mt. San Antonio College – Team 208. Penn State University – Team 205 took second place, and Mt. San Antonio College – Team 202 took third place.
STMA partnered with IntelliQuest Media again to record educational sessions at the 2016 conference. Recorded sessions are available through an On-Line Library where users can have access to education at any time throughout the year. The Library features recorded presentations, speaker biographies, and presentation slides and handouts. The Library is accessible on portable devices such as iPad, iPhone, and other tablet devices.
We want your feedback! If you attended the 2016 Conference in San Diego, California, please be sure to take a few moments to evaluate your experience using the online survey. The survey has been sent to all conference attendees in a separate email. We value your feedback in developing the conference for future years. You may take the survey anonymously, or fill out your personal information and be entered into a drawing for one free conference registration to the 2017 Conference in Orlando, Florida.