SFMA Featured Speakers of the Month for January

The SFMA Conference Education Committee has put together an exciting and informative education program for the 2024 Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida. Each month, speakers will be featured to highlight a sample of what will be offered to attendees at the conference. This month’s featured speakers are Brad Jakubowski and Derek Hollanitsch.

Jakubowski has been in the Green Industry for over 30 years and has been active with the SFMA for over 20 years. He currently teaches for Penn State University and enjoys working with sports field managers at all levels. He is excited to see how much the association has grown and treasures the opportunities to see it continue.

Jakubowski will have two presentations at the SFMA Conference in Daytona Beach;

  • Back to Basics: Understanding Weather Concepts and Making Weather-Based Decisions
  • Total Toolbox Troubleshooting for Irrigation: Sights, Sounds, Shovels and Circuits!

Hollanitsch is a 36-year employee of the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Division. He is currently a maintenance crew leader for the Municipal Athletics Department where he oversees the maintenance of various sporting facilities for youth and adult programming. The City of Saint Paul has a combination of natural and synthetic surfaces used for baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse, ice hockey and broomball. Saint Paul has diversified recreational offerings to include futsal, top spin and takraw. Derek has been an active member in Minnesota’s Parks Sports Field Management Association. He just completed his chapter presidency in 2023.

Hollanitsch will be presenting Parks and Recreation: An Overview of Situational Maintenance Activities.

Recorded education sessions will be available for viewing the same day as the live presentation through an online library. Sessions will be audio recorded and synchronized with PowerPoint presentations. The library will be available on iPhones, iPads and other tablet devices. The full conference package is $149 and single sessions are $20.