GCSAA show hits marks
Records set in 2008 return to Orlando
For the GCSAA, and its Golf Industry Show, Orlando has truly become “the happiest place on Earth.” Final figures from the 2008 version of the event conducted January 31 to February 2 reveal that records were set in a variety of categories.
Overall was 25,737, surpassing the previous high of 23,099 established last year in Anaheim (an 11.4 percent increase). In terms of qualified buyers – those who can directly influence a purchase decision – 10,553 walked the floor, eclipsing the mark of 8,793 last year (a 20.0 percent increase). The trade show itself was the largest ever with 965 companies represented with exhibits covering 300,900 square feet. Last year’s event in Anaheim featured 291,250 square feet.
The Golf Industry Show is designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring interactive solution centers, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders in one of the largest trade shows in North America.
The Golf Industry Show now includes the National Golf Course Owners Association and Club Managers Association of America, along with supporting organizations Golf Course Builders Association of American, American Society of Golf Course Architects and the National Golf Foundation.
Show partners announced they have signed a letter of agreement to execute a contract extending the show through 2014. Next year’s event will be conducted Feb. 5-7 in New Orleans.
“In just four short years the Golf Industry Show has taken hold as a must-attend event,” show officials noted. “Attendees and exhibitors appreciate the team approach we promote and the enhancements we make to increase the event’s value.”
David S. Downing II, CGCS, vice president of operations and construction for Signature Golf Group in Myrtle Beach, S.C., was elected GCSAA president during the Orlando show.
Elected as vice president was Mark D. Kuhns, CGCS, director of grounds at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J. James R. Fitzroy, CGCS, director/superintendent at Wollaston Recreational Facility/Presidents Golf Club in North Quincy, Mass., was elected secretary/treasurer.
Robert M. Randquist, CGCS, director of golf course and grounds at Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Fla., Keith A. Ihms, CGCS at Country Club of Little (Ark.), Sanford (Sandy) G. Queen, CGCS, manager of golf operations for the city of Overland Park, Kan., and Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, director of golf course maintenance operations at The Olympic