(Columbus, December 1, 2017)  — We may be approaching the white snow of winter, but the green industry’s Ohio Turfgrass Foundation is preparing to “Gear Up for Growth!” as the theme of the 2017 OTF Conference & Show to be held December 4-7 at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“We’re excited to be here and showcase the new facility to our attendees,” said Brian Laurent, director of OTF, in reference to the GCCC’s $140 million, 22-month expansion and renovation completed in July.

Workshops begin December 4, along with the annual meeting, awards and scholarship dinner. Educational sessions begin on December 5 in a variety of tracks, including golf turf management, sports field management, professional lawn care, general pest management, equipment management, turf technology and The Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course.

The keynote address on December 5 at 2:15 p.m. will be presented by Mike McKinley, an entrepreneur known for utilizing a fun, results-oriented approach designed to transform today‘s challenges into tomorrow’s business. He will focus upon leading by teaching more than managing to assist staff members in growing, working well with others and more productively.

There will also be Turf Bowl competitions on December 5, and a Morning with the USGA meeting on December 7.

The trade show will be open 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. December 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 6 and will feature dozens of exhibitors ranging from golf outfitters to crop production services.

Founded in 1961, OTF advances the turfgrass industry through research, advocacy and education and has grown to provide resources on an international scope.

“The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation has been a valued client of ours for decades. We are excited for the 2017 OTF Conference & Show attendees to experience the facility’s new enhancements during this year’s show,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page.