TOCA Talk – Winter 2019

TOCA Talk – Winter 2019

TOCA Talk is proudly sponsored by EnP. EnP has been Engineering Optimal Plant Health™ for nearly 30 years, manufacturing specialty fertilizers under two brands: Foliar-Pak, and Age Old Nutrients. Because EnP professionals believe that collaboration and the exchange of ideas are essential for innovation, they are proud to support the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA).

Thank you, members of the Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association, for supporting this industry through your information, education, and outreach.

The President’s Corner

By Russell Warner, TOCA Board President

As you read this article, it’s 2020. But being that my column is due before Christmas, I can’t help but reflect on the year that has passed and all I am thankful for. Besides, it’s never too late to give thanks, right? Read his entire article here.

2020 TOCA Annual Meeting

By Kristy Mach, Executive Director

The TOCA Annual Meeting is the marquee event of the year for the organization. This year, the meeting will take place in Denver, April 28-30. If you’re looking to bring more colleagues and friends to the TOCA meeting, you might be interested in what some other first-timers had to say after the 2019 meeting. Read more here.

TOCA Breakfast at the Golf Industry Show

By Kristy Mach, Executive Director

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And while the Golf Industry Show (GIS) focuses on golf, green industry communicators know it’s more of a marathon! Start Jan. 29 off with a hearty meal with friends and colleagues. The TOCA New Member Breakfast – sponsored by FMC – starts at 7 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center North/South Concourse, Room S210B.

Hear brief updates about TOCA, FMC and Project EverGreen. Get all the details regarding the 31st TOCA Annual Meeting in Denver, April 28-30, at the Crown Plaza Hotel.

The TOCA breakfast is free and open to all green industry communications professionals. Bring your friends and colleagues to learn all about how TOCA can help them grow!

RSVP for the breakfast at GIS here.


TOCA Rolls Out New Membership Platform

By Kyle Wieskus

Thank you for being a Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) member and supporting TOCA in 2019. And now it is time to renew your dues for 2020!

We have some exciting news to share. TOCA rolled out a new membership platform and we are in the process of upgrading the TOCA website. A new look to the website will be coming out during the first quarter of 2020. Read more here.

Rain Bird – “Defend Your Turf” Winged Foot Golf Club Video

Gardner Award Winner for Photography, Video and Multimedia – Marketing Communications

We asked Swanson Russell’s Stephanie Hays, vice president and account director, the following questions about their winning project “Rain Bird – “Defend Your Turf” Winged Food Golf Club Video.”

Read about it here.

Syngenta Dollar Spot Solutions Website

Gardner Award Winner for New Media – Marketing Communications: Websites

We asked Lyndsey Newnam, vice president of G&S Business Communications, the following questions about their winning project, “Syngenta Dollar Spot Solutions Website.”

Read about it here.


International Update – Join TOCA at BTME

By Kristy Mach

Are you heading across the pond for the British Turf Management Exhibition, hosted by the British Golf Greenkeepers Association? Join TOCA and TurfNet on Jan. 22, at the Crown Plaza Hotel to celebrate a week of great learning opportunities, new friends and appreciation for the golf greenkeeping industry.

Kick off the evening festivities with a happy hour from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Springs Bar & Terrace in Harrogate, England. TOCA is growing in the United Kingdom and all are welcome to meet up with old and new friends.

Click here to RSVP. For more information, contact Jon Kiger at 404-915-6484. All are welcome!


Winter Running: Is it Overrated?

By Dan Gardner, TOCA Special Running Correspondent

Now that the holidays are over and we’ve given proper reverence to our selected “turkey or other relevant main course,” it’s time to get back to some serious conditioning. REALLY.

Where there is snow on the ground/roadways, running in the northern states can sometimes be challenging. However, wintertime running can be invigorating, as long as you prepare appropriately. (For those of you who live or winter in the South, you can skip to the bottom of this piece as this mostly deals with cold-weather workouts.) Since I winter part time in Florida, I’ll skip that myself.

Read more here.