A new turf expo has been born. In October, the inaugural Deep South Turf Expo (DSTE) will debut in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This turf conference and trade exhibition is a collaboration of the Alabama Turfgrass Association, Mississippi Turfgrass Association, Alabama Golf Course Superintendents Association, Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Louisiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendents Association. Not since the Southern Turfgrass Association disbanded has a regional effort of this magnitude came together.
The formation of the Deep South was partly at the behest of exhibitors and sponsors who felt they could get more “bang for their buck” by bringing turfgrass professionals from the Southern states together, but the organizations ultimate focus is on providing service to their membership, according to Tricia Roberts, executive director of the Deep South Turf Expo.
“With a regional turf conference we can bring in the top educators to provide the highest quality educational program for all turf managers,” Roberts said. “Additionally, the DSTE will offer networking opportunities that will span over a four-state region — not one state and/or organization. Members can reunite with college buddies, share success stories with peers outside their ‘competition zone’ and make new friends and business contacts.”
Stephen Miles, the certified golf course superintendent of The Preserve Golf Course in Biloxi and former presidents of both the Louisiana/Mississippi GCSA and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association, is the first president of DSTE.
The DSTE Conference is set for Oct. 13-15 at the Beau Rivage with a static tradeshow at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center.