The eighth-annual Syngenta Business Institute (SBI) is now accepting applications from golf course superintendents who want to learn more about business strategy and management. Each year, Syngenta and the Wake Forest University School of Business partner up to teach superintendents business and management skills to further their careers.

The program takes place Dec. 5-8, 2016, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. To apply, superintendents must submit an application, which includes educational background, relevant professional experience and a short essay on why he or she should be selected. Applications are due Aug. 16, 2016. Accepted superintendents will be notified in October.

SBI 2014’s attendees found it to be extremely valuable and a very rewarding experience.

“It’s important to be able to discuss current affairs in the business with your peers,” said Tim Huber, superintendent at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas. “This is a difficult business, and while it’s competitive, it’s important to be able to lean on your peers and know that there’s a mutual respect in what we do. We get each other. We know what we’re up against, and especially at an event like this, you meet guys and you can relate to issues they’re facing. You talk it out, get different perspectives, and it helps out a lot.”

Robert Meyer, Associate Editor of Superintendent, also attended the program in 2014.

“What impacted me the most was how well this collaborative environment really worked. Also how it provoked and stimulated discussion. The amount of knowledge and insight presented was staggering.”

SBI is now accepting applications through Aug. 16.

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