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By John Reitman

Syngenta offers VR, networking, health awareness experiences at GIS


Carlos Arraya's successor to the Superintendent of the Year award will be announced on Jan. 30 in the Syngenta booth next month at the Golf Industry Show.

A virtual reality experience, health and skin cancer screenings, a 5K run, a women in turf panel and the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year award are a few of the things Syngenta will have on tap next month at the Golf Industry Show.

During the show scheduled for Jan. 25-30 in Orlando, Florida, Syngenta will provide GIS attendees with opportunities for networking, prioritizing their personal health and learning about innovative solutions for defending their turf. 

Visitors to the Syngenta Booth (#2628) can experience a unique look at the science behind the company’s Action-branded solutions through virtual reality. The experience will allow visitors to the Syngenta booth to see how acibenzolar-s-methyl, the plant defense activator in Daconil Action, Heritage Action and Secure Action fungicides, helps protect turf from stress. They also will be entered for a chance to win one of six sets of Sonos One Bluetooth speakers.

During the show, Syngenta will introduce two new fungicides and also will support numerous events, including the TurfNet Superintendent of the Year award presentation, the Ladies Leading Turf panel discussion and more. 

Additionally, as part of Condition. Perform. Recover. from Syngenta, which focuses on turf health and superintendents’ personal health, attendees can receive free wellness check ups at the Mobile Wellness Unit in Booth #2607 and free skin cancer screenings at the GIS Wellness Pavilion. Online registration is also open for the annual Health in Action 5K fun run. 

“Through our Experience the Action virtual reality, we’re excited to show superintendents an in-depth look at how the Action family of products helps manage turf stress,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager at Syngenta. “But we also know their jobs come with their own stresses, so we hope attendees take a moment to focus on themselves with our free health checkups and skin cancer screenings.”


Rick Tegtmeier and Jorge Croda were co-winners of the Superintendent of the Year award in 2017.

Below is an overview of all the Syngenta highlights at GIS 2020:

Experience the Action – Virtual Reality Experience 
Syngenta Booth #2628
Jan. 29-30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Go inside a turf plant via virtual reality to see how acibenzolar-s-methyl, the plant defense activator in the Action-branded solutions, helps protect turf from stress like disease, heat and drought. 

Mobile Wellness Unit – Free Medical Checkups and Skin Cancer Screenings
Booth #2607 – in the GIS wellness pavilion 
Jan. 29-30, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Syngenta will offer free health screenings for turf management professionals at its Mobile Wellness Unit. A registered nurse will provide blood pressure measurements, cholesterol screenings, glucose analyses and more. Additionally, this year, attendees can again receive free skin cancer screenings. Health counseling for medical concerns and informational brochures discussing health and wellness topics will also be provided at no cost. 

Sign up for an appointment with our registered nurse here

Opening Reception
Rosen Centre Hotel 
Jan. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.

Syngenta and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will host a reception for all GIS attendees to meet and network with industry professionals from across the country, while enjoying complimentary appetizers and cocktails. Attendees who share a photo from the opening reception on social media and include #ExperienceTheAction will be entered for a chance to win a Sonos One Bluetooth speaker.

Opening Session
North Hall, main stage – North Concourse 
Jan. 29, 8:30-9:50 a.m.

To kick off the show, Syngenta and the GCSAA will honor several industry professionals, including the Certified Golf Course Superintendent Class of 2019, the recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award and the Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards. Mike Parkin, global head of Professional Solutions at Syngenta, will provide a special welcome to attendees. 

GCSAA Certification Luncheon
North Hall, main stage – North Concourse 
Jan. 29, 12:30-2 p.m.

At this luncheon, Syngenta and the GCSAA will celebrate the Class of 2019’s newly Certified Golf Course Superintendents (CGCSs) and provide special acknowledgements of 25- and 40-year CGCSs in attendance.

Ladies Leading Turf Discussion Panel and Networking Reception
Convention Center, S230AB – South Concourse 
Jan. 29
3-4:20 p.m. – “Next level leadership – building your diverse team” – Panel discussion
4:30-5:30 p.m. – Reception 

Syngenta, Ladies Leading Turf and the GCSAA have partnered to host the third annual diversity and inclusion session, celebrating women in the turf industry. In this session, you'll hear from leading women in turf about their journeys to success in the industry and how you can foster diversity within your organization. 

Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta, will provide welcoming remarks, and the session will be moderated by Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA, golf course architect at Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design, Inc. 

Panelists include: Cathy Harbin, owner, Pine Ridge Golf Course; Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D., professor at Auburn University; Kayla Kipp, golf course equipment maintenance manager, Lodestone Golf Course & Fantasy Valley Golf Course; Laurie Bland, golf maintenance manager, Miami Springs Golf & Country Club; Ellen Davis, vice president, SportZmix Solutions, Waupaca Sand & Solutions.

Health in Action 5K 
Orange County Convention Center
Jan. 30, 6:30 a.m.

Syngenta and the GCSAA will partner to host the fourth annual 5K fun run. Register by Dec. 27 to be guaranteed a T-shirt in your preferred size. Follow and join the conversation on social media using #GIS5K. 

TurfNet Superintendent of the Year Presentation
Syngenta Booth #2628
Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m.

Syngenta and TurfNet will announce the annual TurfNet Superintendent of the Year award winner, which recognizes the accomplishments of an outstanding golf course superintendent nominated by their peers.

Edited by John Reitman

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