Tuesday, January 28

GCSAA Education Conference

All Day

Hear from top researchers, superintendents, equipment managers and assistant superintendents on ways to improve your course and career. The GCSAA Education Conference includes 103 fee-based seminars, 23 free sessions, and 400+ hours of education.

Fee-based seminars will be held in the Orange County Convention Center, West Concourse.

Free sessions included with GIS fullpack registration will be held in the North end of the Orange County Convention Center, North/South Concourse.

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Behind the Scenes at Bay Hill - Learning Tour

8 a.m.-Noon
Room: W102 – West Concourse

This half day educational opportunity will take place onsite at the Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Attendees will see how Bay Hill addresses common and unique challenges faced in the golf industry. As an added bonus, a hands-on Foley grinding demonstration walks through everything you need to know for reel and bedknife grinding to help you make the most informed grinder purchases. Learn More 

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Chapter Management Session

8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Room: S210A – South Concourse

This session is packed with interactive presentations, an assistant superintendent panel and roundtable discussions highlighting initiatives and programming that have been adopted by GCSAA chapters and have been successful. GCSAA CEO J. Rhett Evans, will share a GCSAA Update with the attendees. GCSAA staff will share a preview of the just finished Chapter Assessment Survey and gather input from attendees on the Field Staff program.

Chapter presidents and executives are encouraged to attend! Lunch will be provided.

RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Leann Cooper, Senior Manager, Chapter Services.

GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador Academy, Part 1

9-11 a.m. 
Room: N310GH – North Concourse

John BoehnerAmbassador Academy is back at GIS in 2020 featuring a presenter you won't want to miss. The GIS is honored to have John Boehner, the 53rd Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to train ambassadors in Ambassador Academy 1. He served as speaker from January 2011 to October 2015.

This event is intended solely for all GCSAA Grassroots Ambassadors. If you are not yet an Ambassador, but would like to become one, contact Michael Lee, manager of government affairs, at 785-832-3612 or mlee@gcsaa.org.

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First-Time Attendee Lunch

11:45 a.m

Doors and lunch buffet open


12:10 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.


Rosen Centre Hotel –  Junior Ballroom

Are you attending the Golf Industry Show for the first time? If so, don't miss the First-Time Attendee Lunch! Kick off your first GIS with complimentary lunch and networking opportunities with industry leaders. This year's lunch will feature a panel discussion about enhancing your involvement in the industry.

Moderator: Ralph Bilyeu, Golf Channel Representative
Panelists: Darren J. Davis, CGCS, GCSAA Immediate Past President
Shelia Finney, GCSAA Senior Director, Membership Programs
Mitch Savage, Golf Course Superintendent at Broken Tee Golf Course in Englewood, CO

You'll also learn tips and tricks on navigating the show and advancing your career. This event is by invitation only. All first timers will receive an invitation via email in early 2020.

Questions? Contact Libby Queen 

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Quorum Call: The Inside Scoop on Issues and Advocacy in 2020

1:30-3:00 p.m.
Room: N310GH – North Concourse

This fast-paced government affairs session will be packed full of short, informative presentations offering issue updates and profiles in local, state and federal engagement. Come be inspired to join GCSAA’s grassroots army and arm yourself with legislative and regulatory intel to take back to your facility.  Learn More 

EIFG Donor & Grassroots Ambassador Appreciation Reception

3-4:30 p.m.
Room: Destination Lounge - S222 – South Concourse

Join your fellow EIFG donors and GCSAA Grassroots Ambassadors in a reception to recognize your commitment to leadership and your support of the golf course management industry. This special event offers you time to network with industry leaders who are making progress possible

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in becoming a GCSAA Grassroots Ambassador, contact Michael Lee, manager, government affairs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 3612. For information on donating to the EIFG, contact Mischia Wright, associate director, Environmental Institute for Golf, at at 800-472-7878, ext. 4445.

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Opening Reception

5-6:30 p.m.
Rosen Centre Hotel –  Poolside

Join fellow attendees poolside to celebrate the start of the 2020 Golf Industry Show! This kick-off event provides the perfect opportunity to network with new colleagues and connect with old friends. Enjoy complimentary entertainment, food, and drinks. Don’t miss the chance to have some fun in the Orlando sun!

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