The inaugural Deep South Turf Expo will launch in Biloxi, Mississippi from Oct. 13-15, 2015. 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.

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. 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, CGCS, was elected the first President of DSTE, and he is a fitting choice as a superintendent of The Preserve Golf Course in Biloxi and former president of both the Louisiana/Mississippi GCSA and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association.

The DSTE Conference will be hosted at the Beau Rivage, with a tradeshow at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center that will have enough room for greens mowers, sod harvesters, chemical sprayer trucks and forklifts. Of course, the DSTE will also feature outstanding educational sessions for every segment of the industry as well as serving as a place where those in the Turfgrass industry can network with their peers. The Preserve Golf Course will host the golf tournament for the event on October 13th.

According to Miles, “This will be an excellent opportunity for education, socializing and networking, and I am honored to be working with so many influential industry leaders in our area.”