Golf Course Management

JAN 2019

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52 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.19 are a number of reasons why we continue to partner with GCSAA and attend GIS year after year, including developing trusting relationships, gaining insight on and sharing our own most recent product innovations, and being able to take some time to care for our customers who have been integral to our suc - cess as a manufacturer." GCSAA's longevity is noteworthy, says Nicole Bowman, vice president, marketing and communications, for The International Association of Exhibitors and Events. Bow - man's association also began in 1928, the year of GCSAA's first solo attempt to host the show. "It says something about the health of the industry it serves," Bowman says about GCSAA's clientele. "They're bringing buyers and sellers together. Trade shows still are a well-respected and viable option for people who want to get their products out to others, and the trade show allows people to form true relationships." This year's GIS is also special for Turfco. The company is celebrating its 100-year an - niversary in 2019. With help from superinten- dents, Turfco introduced the first mechanized topdresser in 1961. "GIS this year is time to pause and reflect, and it's pretty special because of our 100th," Turfco executive vice president Scott Kinkead says. "The golf show is a great opportunity to see a wide range History in the making Need a hotel for the Golf Industry Show? It'll cost you $2.50. Don't get too excited. That was what was being promoted in 1927 for the price of a room at Hotel Sherman in Chicago. If you shared a room, it cost $5! When 75 members of GCSAA — founded in 1926 and known at that time as The National Association of Greenkeepers of America — met at Hotel Sherman and participated in the International Golf Show and Country Club Exposition, it served as a launching pad for a universal offer - ing that has lasted into the 21st century. The Golf Industry Show next month in San Diego is a milestone event. It will be the 90th trade show in which GCSAA has par - ticipated, including 1928 in Detroit, when the association hosted the first show of its own. The only years in which there was no show was the span from 1943 to 1945 during World War II. Two mainstays of the Golf Industry Show that have been there since the beginning are The Toro Co. and Jacobsen. Others in at - tendance when GCSAA went to Chicago all those years ago include Worthington Mower of Stroudsburg, Pa.; Walter Hagen Golf Prod - ucts of Detroit; and Premier Poultry Manure of Chicago. "We are extremely proud to be a longtime supporter of GCSAA and are honored to have been involved in the Golf Industry Show since the very beginning of the event," says Randy Harris, Toro's director of marketing. "There The trade show at the 2019 Golf Industry Show will feature over 170,000 square feet of exhibit space and new hours — on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the show kicks off with the Distributor Preview from 8:30 to 10 a.m. before the floor opens for all attendees from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursday, Feb. 7, the show will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to http://bit.ly/2C7grVH . Trade show 1929 1950 1989

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