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Alliance Event Managers Featured in Meetings & Conventions’ Rising Stars in the Meetings Industry

Meetings and Conventions

Culbert and Martin among M&C’s 15 talented professionals making their mark on the industry

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KATIE CULBERT  Events and operations manager / Green Sports Alliance / Portland, Ore.

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KELLEY MARTIN Director of operations / Green Sports Alliance / Portland, Ore.

Twin passions for sports and the environment are a winning combination for the careers of Katie Culbert and Kelley Martin. The duo works for the Green Sports Alliance, which promotes sustainable practices among some 500 member sports organizations and venues around the world. They coordinate all of GSA’s events, including its jewel, the Green Sports Alliance Summit.

Martin (pictured), 35, a former collegiate tennis player, spent 10 years as an environmental scientist until she decided to channel both her loves of sustainability and sports into a profession. Culbert, 39, landed at the GSA after working as an event manager for the Rose Quarter (a complex that includes the Moda Center, home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers). “Being sustainable is how I do things personally, and I try to incorporate that into the events,” she says.

The eighth annual GSA Summit will be held in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta this June. The event has welcomed up to 800 people from member sports teams, stadiums, athletic conferences and leagues, along with a mix of eco-friendly vendors. “Sports is nonpartisan, and climate change should be nonpartisan as well,” notes Martin.

The two also help members arrange individual events, such as a vegan night hosted by the Pittsburgh Pirates to focus on food recovery and donation. “I definitely see us on this path forever,” says Martin, “making sure our events are green, and getting that message out.”

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Programs For PGA Forum Stage Presented By Omega Announced for the 65th PGA Merchandise Show, Jan. 24-26

The Golf Wire

Davis Love III, John Daly, Greg Norman, Lou Holtz, Ron Jaworski, Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean, Larry Rinker, Bailey Mosier, Matt Adams, Michael Breed and Debbie Doniger join PGA of America leaders, industry executives and other top PGA Teachers as featured speakers and hosts

Photo Credit: PGA 2018 Merchandise Show

Photo Credit: PGA 2018 Merchandise Show

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (January 17, 2018) – The PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA at the 65th PGA Merchandise Show will offer a full schedule of compelling speakers and diverse programming for thousands of attending PGA Professionals and industry leaders at the annual “MAJOR of Golf Business,” Jan. 24-26, in Orlando, Fla.

Presentations will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 24, with the event’s keynote program, “100th PGA Championship Celebration” – a panel discussion featuring past PGA Champions Davis Love III and John Daly who will share memorable moments from their major championship victories and announce the PGA’s plans for the upcoming 100th PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12, at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis. Additional first-day programming highlights include the Sirius XM Teachers Town Hall featuring Michael Breed, Hank Haney, David Leadbetter, Jim McLean and Larry Rinker, and programming on technology in golf, environmental initiatives and employment opportunities.

Days 2 and 3 presentations on the PGA Forum Stage, presented by OMEGA, cover a diverse array of topics including golf facility management, industry diversity, growth-of-the-game programs, employment, technology, teaching and a new live fashion show.

“The 2018 PGA Forum Stage presented by OMEGA covers a wide scope of meaningful presentations designed to inspire important dialogue that will help move forward the careers of our PGA Professionals, their businesses, the golf industry and growth of the game,” said PGA of America President Paul Levy. “It’s great to see so many industry leaders utilize this platform to connect with so many PGA Professionals, buyers and golf executives gathering in Orlando.”

Organized by the PGA of America, the PGA Forum Stage was introduced in 2007, to provide the game’s leaders with an unprecedented opportunity to reach the more than 40,000 attending international industry professionals on key matters that impact the business of golf. Those in attendance will roam nearly 10 miles of PGA Show aisles, featuring more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands displaying a wide range of products and services.


Green Sports Alliance Executive Director, Justin Zeulner is speaking on the following panel:

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Greening the Greens: Improving Golf’s Environmental Footprint – Panel discussion revolving around energy efficiency, environmental impact and best practices featuring various experts in the field. Guests include NFL personality and multi-golf course owner Ron Jaworski; Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance; Andrew Singer, Vice President of Retail Power at Constellation; and Honorary PGA President and current General Manager of TPC Sawgrass, Derek Sprague. The discussion is moderated by Matt Adams of Golf Channel and SiriusXM.

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National Institute of Building Sciences Appoints Jury for 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards

National Institute of Building Sciences

Award Recipients to Be Honored During Building
Innovation 2018

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“Welcome to the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards jury,” said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. “This year’s jury has a diverse range of experience in achieving high performance in a variety of building types. I thank them for participating on the jury and look forward to seeing who they select to receive Beyond Green™ Awards in January.”

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards recognize those buildings, initiatives and innovations that are influencing, informing and inspiring the high-performance planning, design, construction and operations processes. The jury is responsible for selecting those projects and activities that best exemplify the eight design objectives of high performance from all of the entries submitted to the Institute by the extended November 15 deadline.

Deane M. Evans, FAIA, is director of the Center for Building Knowledge (CBK) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. CBK is a multi-disciplinary research and technical assistance center focused on improving the performance of buildings and communities. A registered architect, Evans has over 30 years of experience in both the private and public sectors in creating and disseminating information on high-performance buildings; including jobs as: senior principal at Steven Winter Associates, a building systems consulting firm; vice president for research at the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C.; and the founding director of the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) program at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Evans helped initiate the Beyond Green™ Awards Program when he served as vice-chair of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council.

Justin J. Zeulner, executive director and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, is one of the principal leaders of the sports greening movement. Zeulner has helped guide the Green Sports Alliance in reaching critical mass and major influence within the global sports industry. Prior to joining the Green Sports Alliance, Zeulner was a senior program developer at Vulcan, Inc., the philanthropic and innovation company founded by Paul G. Allen. In this role, he was responsible for public engagement and campaign development around conservation and climate change. Prior to that, he served as senior director for sustainability and public affairs for the Portland Trail Blazers. Among his accomplishments there, he was directly involved in economic development, government relations and environmental initiatives that led to the Trail Blazers assuming a leadership role in the sports greening movement and the Moda Center achieving LEED Gold status, the first LEED Gold existing building in professional sports in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon with a Master’s degree in Business Administration, Zeulner is a native of Portland, Oregon.

Bill Updike is a principal with Integral Group. He focuses on the company’s sustainable consulting practice as well as assisting with business development for their deep green engineering practice. Prior to joining Integral Group, Updike served as the chief of the Green Building and Climate Branch in the District of Columbia’s Department of Energy and Environment, where he was responsible for policies and programs related to green building, climate change and other built environment sustainability planning for the city. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a project manager for a renewable energy company, as a green building construction manager for a design/build firm and as an outside sales representative for a green building supply company. In the early part of his career, Updike worked as an environmental journalist for two national magazines. He received one of the inaugural BOLD Awards at Greenbuild in 2015 and a Living Building Challenge Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute, also in 2015. Updike holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.

Evans, Zeulner and Updike will select the winners of the 2017 Beyond Green™ Awards from all of the entries submitted. The 2017 award categories include: High-Performance Buildings; High-Performance Attributes and Systems; High-Performance Initiatives; and Innovations for High-Performance Buildings and Communities.

In a change of venue, the Institute will recognize the 2017 award winners on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, during its Annual Awards Banquet. As part of the awards presentation, the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awardwinners have the opportunity to present their projects and highlight the challenges and opportunities they faced while delivering high-performance buildings.

Learn more about the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards.

The Awards Banquet is one of a number of events taking place during Building Innovation 2018—The National Institute of Building Sciences Annual Conference and Expo, January 8-11, at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C. Find out more about the Conference.

You may attend the Awards ceremony or the entire Conference. Register for tickets.

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