48th MSC Annual Meeting
Hilton Palacio Del Rio
San Antonio, TX
September 24 - 26, 2019

Mark your calendars to join the Mulch & Soil Council on the San Antonio river walk September 24-26, 2019.


The San Antonio River symbolizes the heart and soul of the city. Hundreds of years ago, the river was a gathering place for Native Americans. Architect Robert H. H. Hugman developed River Walk plans from Nueva to Lexington, completed in March of 1941, just in time for Fiesta. The project transformed downtown through beautification, preservation and flood control.

The Alamo was founded in 1718 as the first mission in San Antonio, serving as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. In 1836, decades after the mission had closed, the Alamo became an inspiration and a motivation for liberty during the Texas Revolution.

When the stars come out over San Antonio, it’s time to head to the nightclubs and dance halls. Main Plaza, in the heart of downtown, has live music all year long. Two-step to a country-western band at Cowboys Dance Hall, or soak up Tejano’s Latin rhythms at Graham Central Station. San Antonio is home to the revered Jim Cullum Jazz Band and they play live at Bohanan’s Prime Steaks & Seafood. Whatever your mood, San Antonio offers a wide range of entertainment options when the sun goes down.

Come, explore San Antonio.

Full Meeting Registration

All advance registrations must be accompanied by the appropriate registration fees to be eligible for the registration discount. Registration fees cover attendance for all meetings, receptions, Thursday lunch and coffee breaks. Entertainment and tour fees are additional. Lodging is not included in the registration fees.

Non-Member Participation

Participants from non-member companies are welcome to attend the meeting and all functions. Non-member participants may attend one association meeting as a "first-time registrant" and are entitled to the member registration rate. Participation at a second meeting as a non-member is permitted at non-member registration rates. Attendance at additional meetings is by special invitation.

Cancellations & Refunds

Requests for cancellation of meeting registration or guest tickets must be received in writing at the MSC office. Cancellations received by August 15, 2019, will be subject to a cancellation fee of 25%, which will be deducted from the refund. No refund will be made for cancellation requests received after August 15, 2019.

Limits of Liability

The planners and sponsors of the MSC Annual Meeting and its associated events claim no liability for the acts of any supplier to this meeting, nor for the safety of any attendee while in transit to or from this event. Attendees who purchase non-refundable airline tickets do so at their own risk. In the event of meeting cancellation, the total amount of liability of the planners and sponsors will be limited to a refund of the registration fee. Submission of the registration form acknowledges acceptance of these provisions.

Join the Mulch & Soil Council & Receive an Immediate Discount

Non-members of MSC may join the Council at any time prior to the Annual Meeting and receive an immediate discount on the registration fee. For information on becoming a member, contact the MSC office at (806) 832-1810






2019 Program Agenda


(Subject to Change)

Tuesday, September 24

MSC holds open events and all members in good standing are invited to attend Council meetings of the Board of Directors and committees as observers.

1:30p-5:00p MSC Committee Meetings – MSC Members in good standing are invited to observe Council committee meetings. See first-hand how industry issues are approached and solutions made for the benefit of the entire industry.

Wednesday, September 25

1:00p-1:30p Opening Welcome – Join us for the official welcome by Council President Chris Littlefield and Program Chair Byron Morgan.
1:30p-2:30p The Crow Political Report – MSC Legislative Rep David Crow will review the effectiveness of the present Administration's policies in promoting jobs, the economy, national security and other key legislative and regulatory reforms promised since the last MSC annual meeting.
2:30p-3:00p Break — Sponsored By Social Marks Media
3:00p-4:00p Mulch & Soil Research Foundation Updates – Hear Updates on: (A) Debunking Spontaneous Combustion in Landscapes & Gardens, and (B.) Risk Assessment on Metals Content in Mulches & Soils.
4:00p-5:00p Annual Business Meeting – Join us for reports from the President, Treasurer, committees and Executive Director. We will also conduct elections for members of the MSC Board of Directors
5:00p-7:30p Opening Reception – Join our Affiliate and Associate Members for cocktails and displays on the latest technologies and equipment. SPONSORED BY: AgriCoatings.
7:30p Dinner On Your Own

Thursday, September 26

8:30a-9:00a Morning Coffee — Sponsored By Trinity Packaging
9:00a-10:00a New Developments in Colorant Technologies – David Roller, Colorbiotics/BASF
10:00a-10:30a Break — Sponsored by Milagro Rubber Company, Inc.
10:30a-11:30a Advances in Automated Packaging Technologies - Ed Pickens, Hamer-Fischbein, Inc.
11:30p-2:00p Keynote Luncheon:

If You’re Going to Lead, You Need to COACH

— Becoming a better leader and developing a stronger service culture

Your company’s success depends on the example set by its leaders. Since great customer service always begins at the top, it is imperative that a leader learn and model the principles of service. In this upbeat, interactive, and substantive program, Charles tells stories from his own leadership journey, and relates the hard fought and hard won customer service lessons he’s learned along the way. Leaders aren’t born, they’re developed, so if you’re ready to see your team improve, it’s time to take a look at what makes a great leader great, and what makes a poor leader fail.

Charles Marshall is the founder and president of M Power Resources, a company dedicated to providing growth resources for business and individuals. He has over 20 years of full-time experience as a motivational speaker and comedian and is recognized as one of the best humorous keynote speakers for any corporate event. He is the author of several books including: The Seven Powers of Success and I’m Not Crazy But I Might Be A Carrier. He also has produced and performed two full-length comedy videos, Fully Animated and I’m Just Sayin’!

SPONSORED BY: Colorbiotics/BASF

2:00p-3:00p Advances in Inventory Management Technologies – Maury Margol of Stockpile Reports will present an MSC case study showing scalable, reliable, and affordable inventory and production management systems for single operators up to regional and national multifacility companies. See how providers track their production and inventory using actionable data in a very easy-to-consume format. Ultimately, this allows companies to make informed business decisions using data not previously available.
3:00p-3:30p Break — Sponsored By Landscapers Pride
3:30p-4:30p How Rolling Stock Safety Saves Lives! — Tony McGuire of Caterpillar, Inc., will present a crash course from one of the world’s leading heavy equipment manufacturing companies on equipment safety from the cab (machine operator), machine safety working environment and the potential cost of equipment down time due to unsafe practices
4:30p-6:30p Presidents Reception – Join us for our closing event as the President’s Reception gives participants the opportunity to recap the bounty of information presented at the meeting and say goodbye to old and new friends before returning home.
6:30p Meeting Ends

Download an Annual Meeting registration form: Registration Form







Hotel Information

Hilton Palacio Del Rio
September 24-26, 2019

Set on the banks of the San Antonio River, Hilton Palacio del Rio is across the street from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and in the middle of River Walk entertainment, shopping and dining. River boat tours load just outside our doors and we're only eight miles from San Antonio International Airport.

Savor American and South Texas cuisine at River's Edge Café and Patio Bar. Visit Tex's, the only sports bar on the River Walk where the game is always on. Enjoy all-you-can-eat peanuts and pints at infamous Durty Nelly's Irish Pub, or relax by the floor-to-ceiling windows at Rincon Alegre Lobby Bar. Lush foliage, quaint pathways and cascading waterfalls are the backdrop for all the excitement on the San Antonio River Walk. Ask us for tips on great places to visit. Must-sees are La Villita Historic Arts Village, the city's original settlement by our hotel, and the Alamo, just two blocks away.

Enjoy unique views from your own balcony when you stay at Hilton Palacio del Rio. We were the first luxury hotel in downtown San Antonio, built in a record 202 days. Each of our 485 guest rooms has a 37-inch HDTV, WiFi access and mini-refrigerator. Accessible rooms offer a bathtub or roll-in shower

A special block of rooms has been set-aside for MSC meeting participants. The preferred guest rate for MSC members is: $185 (+tax)/night. The deadline for discounted room rates 
and space availability is when the block is filled or September 2, 2019 - WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

More information about the Palacio Del Rio is available at: HOTEL INFO

To make a hotel reservation for the MSC Annual Meeting please register online at: >>>BOOK RESERVATIONS<<<.

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