Athletic Business Show 2018


Wednesday, Nov. 7 - Tours and Workshops




Louisiana State University Gymnastics Training Facility, UREC & Field Complex, Baton Rouge

AB Show is heading to Baton Rouge to tour several of LSU's beautiful new facilities.

Our first stop will be the LSU Gymnastics Training Facility, which opened in 2016. The 38,000-square-foot facility contains 18,000 square feet of practice space, team and coaches' locker rooms, a cardio area, dance studio, a video review room with theater seating and a roof-top terrace.

Next, we’ll tour the UREC Field Complex, which features four lighted softball fields and eight multipurpose lighted fields. Then we'll head to the University Recreation Center (UREC), which recently underwent a massive expansion and redesign. Designed around a philosophy of "healthy building for healthy bodies," the renovation and expansion provides much-needed facilities for fitness, wellbeing, aquatics, sport programs and outdoor adventure in a sustainable, flexible environment.

The renovation and expansion includes new cardio/weight space, an indoor jogging trail, a turfed functional training area, an indoor sloped training ramp, a 35-foot climbing wall and bouldering area, an outdoor pool area with a LSU logo-shaped leisure river and 8-lane lap pool, three additional indoor courts, a fitness assessment center, a boxing studio and a mind/body studio. The indoor pool and locker rooms were also remodeled.
Cost: $49 (includes lunch)


Musco Lighting
Northewest Rubber




JCC New Orleans Uptown & the Ochsner Fitness Center, Harahan

Join AB Show as we tour two of New Orleans’ most impressive health and fitness centers.

The first stop will be at the JCC New Orleans Uptown, which recently completed a major expansion project that includes the new Goldring Woldenberg Sports and Wellness Complex with additional cardio workout space, an enlarged personal training area and fitness classrooms for indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates and other group exercise. The aquatics area was also completely renovated and includes a recreation pool with a splash pad and slide, a new six-lane heated outdoor lap pool and a toddler pool, as well as an indoor warm-water teaching/therapy pool. Larger child-care facilities were also added, as well as a multipurpose youth activity center.

Next, enjoy a short ride to the Ochsner Fitness Center, a service of Ochsner Health System. The 180,000-square-foot facility has more than 150 group exercise classes per week; a large personal training program; a Kidsports facility with play areas for childcare, birthday parties and summer camps; indoor and outdoor full-services cafes; indoor and outdoor lap pools; an outdoor recreational pool; child and baby pools; and a whirlpool, steam room, sauna and cold dip.

The facility also includes a full-court outdoor basketball court, five racquetball courts, an extensive nutrition program, a mind-body area and a new Afterburn Room for functional training.
Cost: $49 (limited to 50 attendees).



AB Show's workshops get right to the heart of what matters most to you on the job. Workshops are a great opportunity to dig in deep and learn from the experts.


Motivation, Inspiration and Manipulation: Creating and Leading Teams to Leave Lasting Imprints

Team building requires people who are engaged, recognized, motivated and inspired; people who can challenge, transform and be accountable. Explore the complex role of group interaction and individual behavior in order to guide and optimize strong leadership skills and a strategic mindset. This interactive session will help you understand the origins of behavior and manage change while maintaining focus on the goal. It will make you think – creatively and critically – so that you can motivate and inspire those around you to get on the bus that’s headed toward your organization’s vision and mission.
You’ll learn how to:
• Identify the difference between motivation, manipulation and inspiration and how they can be used to build teams that will affect change toward fulfillment of organizational or personal initiatives.
• Recognize cognitive bias and how it influences behavior and decision-making on ourselves and others.
• Pinpoint how controlling the input can create lasting belief systems and behaviors in ourselves and others, and can transform the human resources that drive the success of a business or organization.
Faculty: Judson Laipply, Inspirational Comedian, Evolution of Dance
Cost: $64



Get Your Financial House in Order

Are you convinced that your organization’s financial condition is healthy and stable? As we continue to experience tremendous economic uncertainty, that’s simply not a yes or no question any longer. Understanding basic business planning strategy is a great first step in getting your financial house in order. Content and conversation will focus on recognizing the essentials of being smart in how we think about our work, our efforts to best manage our fiscal resources and how this sets the stage for organizational resilience in the best and worst of times.
You’ll learn how to:
• Recognize the importance of business acumen and its application in the public sector.
• Explore elements of an organizational financial health “checklist”.
• Discuss ideas and methods to create a resilient, agile and thriving agency.
Faculty: Lisa Paradis, Vice President and Principal, 110% Inc., Boston, Mass., and Jamie Sabbach, President and CEO, 110% Inc., Salida, Colo.
Cost: $64



Forecasting the Recreation Center of Our Future

Join Jack and Nathan for an activity-based seminar (blocks, models, VR, sketches, break-outs, etc.) and brainstorming session (every cool thing you or the speakers have ever seen) where you will collectively consider and craft a recreation center for the future. Consider the profound influences, tremendous opportunities, generational impact and coolest features that might soon be commonplace. The speakers will focus on the “why” before the “what”.
You’ll learn how to:
• Consider, hypothesize and discuss with your peers about what future recreation facilities may be like.
• Brainstorm in an interactive and participatory fashion, considering what parts and pieces will constitute the next wave of contemporary recreation facilities.
• Visualize with verbal and graphic tools the necessary parts and pieces for recreation and wellness facilities of the future.
Faculty: Jack Patton, Principal, and Nathan Harris, Project Architect, RDG Planning & Design, Des Moines, Iowa
Cost: $64



Time Management and Delegation Tactics to Make You More Successful

Take a moment and reflect on your accomplishments the past year. Did you do everything you wanted to? Are there lingering goals left undone? Are you so busy that you don’t have time to even think about your ambitions? How about starting off with a new game plan to be more productive and organized? If you want to become more efficient, effective and productive, this is a critical program for you to attend. This session offers a common-sense approach to finding more time in your day, to be more productive and to delegate more efficiently – and help you become more successful!
You’ll learn how to:
• Destroy (or at least minimize) the top 10 time eaters.
• Deal with drop-in visitors and interruptions, and make phone calls more productive.
• Set priorities using the A-B-C list, handle paperwork using the Four D’s and use delegation skills to manage time and resources more effectively.
Faculty: Ruby Newell-Legner, Fan Experience Expert, 7 Star Service, Littleton, Colo.
Cost: $64