Growing Better: The 2017 TPF Annual Meeting & Show
Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5, 2017
Join us at Quail Creek Plantation in Okeechobee, Florida for networking, business connections and a bit of fun in a beautiful old-Florida setting. Growing Better combines networking and social opportunities, time for browsing through exhibitor displays from supporting companies, great speakers on topics relevant to your business, and the opportunity to connect with the association in a single day-and-a-half format.
Register Online or Download a Registration Form Here:
Deadline to register is Friday, April 28.
Tabletop Exhibit Space ($300) is available on Friday at the Quail Creek Pavilion (there will be no equipment demonstrations in 2017). Admission and lunch for one company representative to all Friday events is included (reception & dinner and skeet shoot are not included with basic exhibit space). Deadline to reserve your space is Friday, April 28.
Sponsor Growing Better!
Sponsorships help us provide the best business and educational events and are a great way to give an extra boost to the association or say “thanks!” to your customer-members. Many include exhibit space, admission to events or advertising opportunities, making them a great value. Click here to view this year’s Sponsorship Opportunities or give us a call and let us customize something just for you. Deadline for inclusion on event signage is Friday, April 21.
Thursday, May 4 | 12:00 PM Registration | 1:00 PM – Competition
Sign up individually to be placed in a team or gather a group of your favorite shooting buddies for an enjoyable afternoon on Quail Creek’s beautiful clay shoot range. Prizes will be awarded for the top finishing teams and top scorer. Shooters arriving early can enjoy lunch on your own at the Lodge at Quail Creek beginning at 11:00 AM. ($100 per person; $400 per team of four).
Thursday, May 4 | Lodge at Quail Creek | 6:30-9:00 PM
Join us at the Lodge at Quail Creek for our Growing Better reception and dinner, where we’re always cooking up something delicious and something fun. Visit with friends, relax around the firepit, and see what we’ve cooked up this year! Round trip bus transportation provided from the Hampton Inn. ($50 per person)
Friday, May 5 | Quail Creek Pavilion | 8:30 AM-1:30 PM
From cutting edge innovation to tried and true reliability, explore a wide variety of products and services designed to help your business thrive at this year’s TPF Trade Show. Grab a cup of coffee and breakfast (courtesy of Everglades Farm Equipment), wander through vendor displays, pop in to a pop-up seminar or two, and then join us for our annual meeting lunch and special guest speaker. ($50 per person)
Pop-Up Seminars | Friday, May 5
Friday, May 5
Short, sweet and to the point: pop-up seminars are 20 minute sessions that give you all the facts without the fluff. Pop-Ups will be offered throughout the morning so you can stop by to hear the latest on key business topics yet still have plenty of time for browsing the trade show and visiting with colleagues. Check when you arrive for the latest schedule, beginning at 9:30 AM.
Topics to date:
- Update on FDOT Trucking Regulations & Enforcement
- Tropical Signalgrass Control
- Florida’s Economic Outlook and Seven Keys to Better Banking
- Lease or Purchase: Choosing the Right Option for New Equipment
Annual Meeting Special Guest Speaker
Winning Your Defining Moments
Dave Acosta | YouTactical
Why do some athletes push the limits of human ability and achieve greatness? What’s the difference between a rookie police officer who is shot multiple times and survives and the veteran cop, shot once in the arm, who dies while calling for backup? For over twenty years, Dave Acosta has studied the factors separating average from elite performers and has found that the formula for success is the same regardless of the environment. Dave draws on his experience as a law enforcement SWAT team point man and a specialized security and protection training consultant overseas to share the key qualities that can transform your business team and ensure you’re ready to respond when your defining moments come.
2017 PARTNER LEVEL SPONSORS
Thursday, May 4
11:00 AM – Lunch on your own for early arrivals, Quail Creek Lodge
12:00 PM – Clay Shoot Registration and Safety Orientation
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Clay Shoot Competition
5:45 PM to 6:00 PM – Bus Departs from Hampton Inn
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Reception & Dinner, Quail Creek Lodge
Friday, May 5
7:00 – 800 AM – Tabletop Vendor Move-in (must be complete by 8:15 AM)
8:30 AM – Registration | Breakfast, courtesy of Everglades Farm Equipment | Trade Show Begins
9:30 AM – Pop-Up Seminars Begin (see schedule on-site)
11:30 AM – Annual Meeting Lunch with Guest Speaker Dave Acosta
1:30 PM – Show Closes | Vendor Move-Out
Hampton Inn (direct link to the TPF Group Reservations Page)
1200 State Road 70 East | Okeechobee, Florida 34972 | Tel: 863-824-0003
Make your reservations before Friday, April 14 for the group rate of $109 per night (standard room, plus applicable taxes; self-parking is free). Call directly and ask for the TPF group rate or use the link above to our Group Reservations Page to book online. Round-trip bus transportation will be provided from the Hampton Inn to the Lodge at Quail Creek Plantation for Thursday evening’s reception and dinner. (There will be no bus transportation on Friday.) Reservations made after April 14 are subject to availability and the group rate is not guaranteed.
Quail Creek Plantation
12399 Northeast 224th Street | Okeechobee, FL 34972 | Tel: 863-763-2529
A VERY LIMITED number of accommodations are available at Quail Creek on a first-come first-served basis (10 fully-equipped one bedroom cabins and 8 private suites). Contact Quail Creek directly for more information; be sure to indicate that you’re with the Turfgrass Producers of Florida group.
For Your Travel Planning
Quail Creek Plantation is located approximately 21 miles from the Hampton Inn in Okeechobee (take Highway 441 North to NE 224th Street). There are two entrances to Quail Creek; if you’re approaching from 441, the first is the range, and the second is the Lodge and cabin area.