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Jim Tressel to Deliver the 2013 OTF Conference and Show Keynote Address presented by Syngenta

Monday, June 24, 2013  
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The Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF) and Keynote Address presenting partner, Syngenta, are pleased to announce that former Ohio State football coach, Jim Tressel, will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 OTF Conference and Show being held December 3-5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

Tressel, a native of Mentor, Ohio, currently serves as the vice president of strategic engagement for the University of Akron. During his tenure at Ohio State, Tressel’s teams accumulated an overall record of 94 wins and 22 losses. A highlight of his coaching career at Ohio State includes an undefeated 2002 season, which was capped by a victory over the University of Miami in stunning fashion to win the BCS National Championship.

In addition, his Ohio State teams won seven Big Ten titles and appeared in a total of eight BCS bowl games. Prior to taking the helm at Ohio State, Tressel led Youngstown State to four Division I-AA national championships. During his coaching career, he received several awards including numerous Coach of the Year honors, a testament to his passion for teaching and coaching.

A proven leader, Jim Tressel is sure to captivate the audience with his message of teamwork and preparation. The Keynote Address presented by Syngenta will take place on Wednesday, December 4th as part of the Awards, Scholarships and Keynote presentation beginning at 1:00 pm on the tradeshow floor’s main stage.

For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show, including exhibitor information, please visit or contact OTF at 614.285.4683.

About the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation:

Founded in 1961, the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation has become one of the leading organizations of its kind, contributing nearly $5 million to the industry in the form of research grants, gifts and student scholarships. Each year, thousands of industry professionals attend OTF events including the OTF Conference and Show. OTF strives to provide its members and event attendees with value for their investment through regular industry updates, legislative representation and leading continuing education opportunities. For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and the Conference and Show, visit

About Syngenta:

With more than 20 years experience developing and marketing products specifically for turf, Syngenta delivers disease, insect, and weed control products as well as turf grass growth regulators to golf superintendents, sports turf managers and professional lawn care operators.

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