Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.–For the fourth consecutive year, Keiser University bestowed one if its’ highest honors, the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award, “Instructor of Distinction”, on pool and spa industry veteran, Connie Sue Centrella.

Centrella, Program Director of the Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, has played a significant role in pioneering the online 2-year college degree program, now beginning the sixth year.

Keiser online students can learn anytime anywhere, from all over the world, on their own schedule, even while they work. For more information about the degree, call (866) 534-7371, or visit


A-Turf Opens Third Location

Cheektowaga, NY–A-Turf, a synthetic-turf field builder, announces the company is opening a third office in Arizona; it will cover the neighboring states of New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington.

News of the expansion follows a history of steady growth for the field builder since the start of the company. With more than 250 fields installed across the nation, A-Turf has more than quadrupled in sales over the last six years. For more information, visit


PorterCorp CEO Leaves Legacy William H. Porter, 82, CEO and founder of PorterCorp, died November 10 in Holland, Mich. Porter founded W.H. Porter, Inc. in 1963 to build balsa-wood cores for boats. That business evolved into PorterCorp and the manufacturing of structural insulated panel systems (SIPS), hog confinement buildings, park shelters and gazebos. The PorterCorp line includes Poligon Park Architecture, Porter SIPS, Parasol Fabric Shade, Poligon Wood Shelters, and Adapt Building Systems.

Contributions in his memory can be made to the Land Conservancy of Western Michigan (, with funds dedicated to the Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area.




2-5 Michigan Recreation and Parks Association Conference & Trade Show, Grand Rapids, Mich.—Amway Grand Plaza;

8-10 Arkansas Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Trade Show, Fort Smith, Ark.—Holiday Inn City Center;

28-3 New Jersey Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, Atlantic City, N.J.—Trump Taj Mahal;


2-5 Missouri Park & Recreation Association Annual Conference and Expo, Lake Ozark, Mo.—Tan-Tar-A Resort;

3-5 Texas Recreation & Park Society Annual Institute & Trade Show, Frisco, Texas—Frisco Conference Center;

9-12 California & Pacific Southwest Recreation & Park Training Conference, Palm Springs, Calif—Expo Hall;

10-11 Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo, Honolulu–Neal S. Blaisdell Center; or e-mail

20-24 Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society Annual Conference,

Champion, Penn.—Seven Springs Mountain Resort;

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