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84 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 01.17 A greener retirement Thinking green, as in greenbacks, long be - fore retirement looms is the most judicious way to ensure a financially secure future. Former GCSAA president Dennis D. Lyon, CGCS, will be the moderator of "Another $hade of Green" (Monday, Feb. 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m.), a session designed to help superintendents get ready to make the golf course a playground in - stead of a workplace. Currently a member of the planning and zoning commission for the city of Aurora, Colo., Lyon, who retired as the golf division manager for the city, will also be presenting at the program, during which panel members will explain financial terminology and describe various savings and investment strategies, all with a focus on golf course su - perintendents. Other members of the panel are Keith Smith, vice president, Morgan Stanley, Hudson, Ohio; Mark Nothnagel, QPFC, se - nior vice president, Mariner Retirement Advi- sors, Leawood, Kan.; and Chase Cameron, golf course superintendent, The Country Club of Waterbury (Conn.). Fast learners Tuesday will be a banner day for fans of fast- paced learning, beginning at 8 a.m. with an hour of "Verdure Live" moderated by Auburn University professor Beth Guertal, Ph.D., who writes the monthly "Verdure" column in GCM. Following the premise of Guertal's column, professors from five universities will distill the results of their multiyear research projects into brief presentations summarized in one or two slides. The presenters are Kevin Frank, Ph.D., Michigan State University; Scott McElroy, Ph.D., Auburn University; James A. Murphy, Ph.D., Rutgers University; Fred H. Yelverton, Ph.D., North Carolina State University; and Erik Ervin, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University. Ignite! your brain cells In the spirit of sound bites, tweets and snap - chats, GCSAA will be offering a 90-minute session of Ignite! talks on Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The session will be mod - erated by Frank Wong, senior regulatory affairs consultant at Bayer CropScience. Ignite! talks are short and sweet, giving each speaker only five minutes to convey the core message. Twenty slides accompany each talk, and the slides automatically advance every 5 seconds, encouraging the speaker to keep pace with the slide show. Don't think 5 minutes is long enough to convey meaning - ful information? Scott Berkun, an author and speaker, points out in his instructional Ignite! talk that the Gettysburg Address is only 2 min - utes long — be prepared to be informed! The Ignite! talks at GIS cover a wide range of topics, from making a good first impression in a job interview to minimalist turfgrass man - agement practices and lessons from 28 years in the golf course industry. For examples of Ig - nite! talks and information on how to develop your own, go to www.ignitetalks.io and http:// youtu.be/rRa1IPkBFbg . Government affairs: This ain't no filibuster In the wake of the 2016 presidential elec - tion, government matters are top of mind for many in the U.S. GCSAA's Government Af - fairs team will provide insight into the possi- ble effects of the election on the association's Washington agenda on Tuesday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. John Fulling, CGCS, a member of the GCSAA Board of Directors since 2013 and GCSAA Government Affairs Committee chair, will moderate the session. Members of the GCSAA Grassroots Am - bassadors program will be present to relate their experiences at home and in Washington, D.C., and the winner of the 2017 Excellence in Government Affairs Award will be recognized. GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans will wind up the session by launching GCSAA's best man - agement practices (BMP) initiative, which has the goal of establishing BMP in all 50 states by 2020. By establishing BMP across the coun - try, the golf industry will demonstrate profes- sional land management through sound agro- nomic and environmental practices that ensure healthy turfgrass for quality playing surfaces. Evans will discuss the importance of this key initiative to help golf facilities ensure their continued license to do business. (For more details about establishing a BMP program in your state, see the research section in this issue of GCM.) Beyond average The Tuesday afternoon sessions continue from 3 to 4 p.m. with "Beyond Average: Ex - press Learning," an hour-long installment, fea- turing past GCSAA president Tommy Witt, CGCS, and 2016 GCSAA vice president Bill Maynard. The program will have the feel of a face-to-face conversation as Witt and Maynard discuss their careers and how superintendents can rise "beyond average" in the field of golf course management. The moderator will be professional development speaker and coach Laura Katen of Katen Consulting. Additional information about GCSAA's Education Conference Sessions is available at www.golfindustryshow.com/gcsaa-education- conference/sessions . — Teresa Carson, GCM science editor Not your dad's GCSAA conference GCSAA's education sessions at the Golf Industry Show are available to anyone who has registered for the full conference, and they range from in-depth discussions about issues beyond the course to fast-paced presentations on the science of turf management. EDUCATION Photo by Roger Billings