Dear TVMA Members,
Only 37 days before our annual meeting. We are working on the details to make this a great meeting. We have received our first scholarship application. If you know of any students that would like to apply now is the time.
Exhibitors please remember to bring your door prices. We always have a great time giving them out.
We still have booth space for more exhibitors and we need more Sponsors for the breaks, breakfast and reception. Please help support your TVMA. You will receive plenty of acknowledgement, see below for the details or call me.
The cutoff for the hotel is coming up soon, September 12. Please book your rooms. All the rooms are booked for Monday night but there are still several available for Tuesday night at the $119 rate. After this the rates go to as high as $234 per night.
Dear TVMA Members,
Thanks so much to all who have registered for our meeting. I would like to announce that we will have 10 continuing education points for most of our license categories, including ROW 06, demo 10 and dealer 12. Turf and ornamental 03 will receive 9 points. Forestry 9 points and Aquatic 5 points. This is the best educational program that we have had to date.
Many changes have been made to the website please go and check it out. We are announcing our entertainer Chad Pfeiffer. He is an up and coming Nashville singer song writer. He will perform for us at our reception after the first days meeting. This year we will not have a banquet. Many people told us that they needed to get home or that they were going out to dinner with colleagues to one of the many great Nashville restaurants.
I have also made changes and improvements to the website and I would like to thank the many people who have made suggestions and found errors. Let me know of any other errors.
The hotel cut-off is coming up quick please contact the hotel and make your reservation before September 12, 2013.
To our valued exhibitors and sponsors. Thanks so much for your response to date. We do still have room for booths. Sponsors please consider our level 3 contribution for recognition at the breakfast, the breaks and on the website. Level 4 people at the reception we will be serving hors d’oeuvres and drinks. You will be acknowledged here and on the website.
Please see my letter posted below for more details for our TVMA meeting.
TVMA Secretary Treasurer
Dear TVMA Members,
I would like to announce that the 2013 Tennessee Vegetation Management Association Annual Meeting registration is available now. Please go to our website and process your registration as soon as possible. Our annual meeting will again be at the Franklin, TN Marriott hotel. This year’s dates are October 8 and 9. The meeting starts at 12 noon central time.
We have another great educational and interesting meeting for you. This year Dr. Joe DiPietro, president of the University of Tennessee will kick off our meeting.
Continuing Education Credits will be available in our industry categories. Our website is a work in progress. For example the 2012 agenda is loaded but the 2013 agenda will be loaded shortly. Also other website changes are in process. Please check back for updates.
Exhibitors please register as soon as possible for space in our exhibitor’s room. We are expecting a full room.
Sponsors please let us know your intentions. We have sponsorships available for the two breaks, breakfast and our evening reception.
Sponsors for the scholarship please let us know your intentions.
We look forward to entries for the scholarship monies from our TVMA member’s children or acquaintances. Please read the scholarship program for details in our website.
Best way to register for the annual meeting is through the Eventbrite site and using PayPal. Inside the TVMA website at, www.tvmaweb.com , highlight Annual Meeting and Registration, Click on registration, and at the bottom of the page, click here to register for the event.
TVMA Secretary Treasurer
2013 Annual Meeting Entertainment
Chad Pfeifer was born to sing and play country music, or so it would seem. Raised on the family farm in southern Minnesota , the first sounds he heard as an infant were the notes and chords played and sung by his musical parents who were members of a weekend country and western band. Emulating the sounds coming from his parent’s basement jam sessions, Chad began honing his own musical chops at the early age of four and by age eight he was playing in his parent’s band, forming a deep’ seeded appreciation for traditional country music.
Chad made his big stage debut in 1999 at the age of ten being spotlighted on his Fender Telecaster picking Merle Haggard’s “Workin Man Blues”, while opening for national recording artist Daryl Singletary. At that point he was hooked and has never looked back. Through his teen years, Chad played various instruments and was a mainstay on bass guitar after the original bass player retired from his parent’s band.
Chad put on hold his musical aspirations as high school athletics grabbed his interest, though he never lost his true passion of performing country music. As a choral student at his local high school, Chad explains that “ he feared singing in front of people and was very shy”. He beat his case of personal shyness after singing on stage at a country bar while attending college. It was at that moment singing for people was all Chad wanted to do.
Fronting the country rock band Relentless and traveling across the upper Midwest, performing at every type of venue and opening for major national acts , Chad decided to venture out on his own to explore the opportunities and offerings of Music City USA, Nashville, TN. After meeting with a family friend that had worked in the music industry, Chad was encouraged to make the move and follow his dreams. Moving to Nashville, Chad soon began to impress the local musician’s and club owners with his vocal talents.
Today Chad performs his love of country music for people from every corner of this earth. When not on stage, he puts pen to paper hoping to write the next #1 country hit, but singing is his real love and hopes soon to embark on his own recording career.
So country music fans, be on the watch for this new voice in country music, a voice that blends the rootsy traditional sound with the energy for today!
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The 2013 Annual TVMA Metting will be held on October 8 & 9 at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN.
More information on this year’s meeting coming soon. Be sure to get the latest by checking back here at the TVMA News page.
Thank you for your applications this year. The Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce our $1000 Scholarship Winners for this year is Robert Lord from UT Knoxville. Congratuations and we look forward to seeing you at the 2013 TVMA Meeting.
Also pictured below are out two winners from last year. Kyley Dickson from UT Knoxville & Colton Jones from UT Martin. Congratulations from the TVMA.