ITODA sets annual RISE meeting

The Independent Turf & Ornamental Distributors Association (ITODA) will hold its 4th Annual RISE/ITODA Breakfast at 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 7 at the 76th Annual Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Conference and Show here.

ITODA officials and members of Responsible Industry for a Safe Environment (RISE) have been getting together since 1999 at the GCSAA headquarters hotel. This year the breakfast is at the Rosen Centre (formerly the Omni Rosen), near the Orange County Convention Center on International Drive.

President Don Naumann of Sierra Pacific Turf Supply in Campbell, Calif., also announced 2002 summer and fall meetings for ITODA, which was formed in 1990 to foster the trade, commerce and interest of those engaged in the business of servicing and marketing turf and ornamental products.

The summer session will be conducted June 20-23 at the Toll House Hotel in Los Gatos, Calif. The fall meeting will be held October 16-20 at Marriott Frenchman's Reef in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

More information is available from ITODA Executive Secretary Erin Griebe at 810-229-9405. ITODA was formed with the desire for distributors and manufacturers to come together in a true business partnership. Its intent is to recognize all philosophies of manufacturers or suppliers so that there can be common ground for the betterment and survival of both. Its offices are located at 9864 E. Grand River, Suite #110-326, Brighton, Mich. 48116; telephone 810-229-9405; fax: 810-229-9899; E-mail:

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