Bang for a Buck!

It must be fall because the National Recreation & Parks Association annual conference and trade show kicks off later this week, October 5-8 to be exact. This year the event takes place at the America’s Center Convention Complex in beautiful downtown St. Louis, smack dab in the middle of the U.S. This annual event signals the start of the trade show season for those of us in the sports turf industry. As the growing season begins to fade from north to south, the education events ramp up.

As it has been for the past several decades, Beacon will be a participant in the trade show. We are looking forward to seeing many of our Park & Rec friends there. Be sure to drop by Booth 1129 on the trade show floor to say hello to Beacon reps Josh, Kevin and David. They’ll be on hand to answer inquiries and talk to you about what’s new with Beacon. We’ll have the Streamliner chalker in the booth as well as information about our newly updated online training at GroundsKeeper University (going live October 1). We’ll also have the SweetSpot Tamp System where you can participate in our NEW “Bang for a Buck!” event.

Here is how it works: when you visit our booth at the NRPA in St. Louis, ask to try out our SweetSpot Tamp. For every person that gives the tamp a try, Beacon will donate $1 to the Boys and Girls Club of America. So bring all of your counterparts who are attending the show with you and stop by the Beacon booth and help us ramp up the total donation for the kids.

See you in St. Louie!

Paul Zwaska

Paul Zwaska

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 with a Bachelor's in Soil Science with a specialty in Turf & Grounds Management. Paul took over as head groundskeeper for the Orioles’ final season at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and then was heavily involved throughout the design and construction phases of Oriole Park at Camden Yards which debuted on April 4, 1992. Paul has led Technical Sales Support at Beacon Athletics since the summer of 2000. In 2012, Paul authored and oversaw the launch of "Groundskeeper University", the first online ballfield maintenance training venue. Over the years, Paul has donated thousands of hours working with West Madison Little League, which also plays a critical role in the research and development for many of Beacon’s innovative field maintenance tools.