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GBA 2023 Spring Conference


Apr 20, 2023 - Apr 22, 2023

Save the date and plan to join more than 150 geoprofessional executive level industry leaders for GBA’s 2023 Spring Conference convening April 20-22, 2023 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. This two-and-a-half-day conference will offer premier programming on key topics as well as networking and social events allowing attendees the opportunity to build lasting personal and professional relationships with major industry stakeholders.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

  •  8:00AM – 1:00PM – GBA Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM – Group Liaison Meetings (Technical, Operations, and External Affairs)  Committee Chairs/Vice Chairs meet with GBA Board of Director Liaisons
  • 2:00PM – 5:00PM – Committee Meetings
  • 4:30PM – 5:30PM – GBA/Terra Insurance Company Joint Board of Directors Meeting (tentative)
  • 5:00PM – 6:00PM – Guest Reception
  • 6:15PM – 7:00PM – First Timers’ Reception
  • 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Networking Reception

Friday, April 21, 2023

• 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Breakfast

• 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Council of Fellows Breakfast & Meeting

• 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming

• 8:00AM – 9:00AM – Guest Breakfast

• 10:00AM – 2:00PM – Spouse Activity (tentative – optional activity – subject to additional fee)

• 12:30PM – 1:45PM – Luncheon

• 1:45PM – 5:00PM – Conference Programming

• 6:30PM – 7:00PM – Reception

• 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Awards Recognition Dinner

Saturday, April 22, 2023

• 7:00AM – 7:45AM – Full Registrant’s Breakfast

• 7:45AM – 12:30PM – Conference Programming

• 8:30AM – 9:30AM – Guest Activity – Yoga

• 9:30AM -10:30AM – Guest Continental Breakfast

• 12:30PM – 1:15PM – Networking Luncheon

• 12:30PM – 1:30PM – Board of Directors and Committee Chairs Luncheon & Meeting

• 1:30PM – 2:00PM – Board of Directors Meeting

Details coming January 2023

GBA will award Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Details available January 2023.

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
1000 PGA Tour Boulevard
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Reservations Phone Line: (800)-228-9290

Reservations can be made now by clicking on

GBA 2023 Spring Conference – Room Reservations link.


Room Rates and Current Taxes:
Run of House Rooms $259 Single/Double Occupancy plus 10.5% tax per room/per night *

An additional Resort Fee of $20.00 per room/per night includes:

• Enhanced high-speed internet access
• Two bottles of water upon check-in
• One (1) drink per stay: (domestic beer, house wine))
• Spa and Cabana Beach Club Fitness Classes
• Miniature Golf
• Private access to the Cabana Beach Club

*Prices are subject to change

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL offers extraordinary amenities and a terrific location just a short distance from Jacksonville. The resort is right next door to the famed TPC Sawgrass Golf Club, and the resort has exclusive privileges with the complex which allows you to play a round of golf or take a lesson. The resort’s modern rooms, suites and family-friendly villas boasts every imaginable comfort. In addition, the resort features four swimming pools, a full-service spa, a private Cabana Beach Club and seven on property dining options.

How to Secure a Room Reservation?

• Phone reservations may be made by dialing: (800)-228-9290

• Mention the Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA) or GBA’s 2023 Spring Conference to be quoted the group rate of $259.00 per night plus taxes.

• An online reservation link will be available in November 2022.

Secure room reservation early: Even though GBA’s cut-off date is Friday, March 17, 2023. Once GBA’s room block is filled the hotel and GBA cannot guarantee availability of rooms at the GBA group rate or any other room rate.

Pre/Post Room Nights: Limited guest rooms may be available for up to 2 days pre/post the official conference dates of April 20-22, 2023 based on availability at the time reservations are made and at the hotel’s discretion. Should you plan to extend your stay, please contact the hotel early for best availability.

Hotel Reservation Changes and Cancellations: The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has a Three (3) day (72-hour prior) room reservation cancellation policy. Room Reservation cancellations received less than 3 days prior to arrival will be subject to one night’s room/tax cancellation. Individuals who cancel must receive a cancellation confirmation number from the hotel.

Please Note: In-order-to minimize any charges to you, your firm, or to GBA, if you need to cancel your room reservation, please do so in a timely manner so that the guest room nights can be sold to other GBA guests. Contact Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can try to assign your guest room to someone else.

Check-in / Check-out Times: Check-in time is 4:00 PM; check-out time is 11:00 AM. The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa cannot guarantee any early check-ins before 4:00 PM. If you would like to check-in early, you may contact the hotel’s front desk representative on your arrival day to see if the hotel has any rooms clean and ready earlier than the 4:00PM check-in time.

Early Departure Fee/Policy: The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa has an Early Departure Fee/Policy; i.e., if you reserve to depart on the 22nd, but leave a day early, you will be charged for the night you “missed” at the group room rate plus tax, unless you make arrangements with the hotel’s front desk manager in advance. Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed by the hotel on a case by case basis.

Beware of unauthorized hotel booking and housing agencies (Poachers): GBA is not affiliated or contracted with any outside hotel contracting company. If someone other than GBA staff or GBA’s chosen hotel (Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa) contacts you and suggests that they represent any GBA event, they do NOT. It is GBA’s recommendation that you book your hotel guest room directly with the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. Don’t be scammed! Should you have any questions, please contact Barb Nappy at 727-457-2272 (cell) or via e-mail at [email protected]

Discover endless activities at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. There are plenty of activities for adults as well as an array of kid-friendly amenities. From lounging poolside or by the beach to experimenting on the resort’s Surfstream® Wave Machine, you will always find something to do at this resort.

Swimming Pools

Find your favorite spot at one of the resort’s four swimming pools located on the property. There is a child-friendly pool and an adult only pool. Towels are provided at each location.

Fitness Center

Maintain your workout routine at the resort’s state-of-the-art fitness center which is open 24-hours a day. The beach resort’s gym features cardiovascular equipment and free weights as well as fitness classes (for a fee).

Bicycle Rentals

Explore the 65-acre Ponte Vedra Beach resort’s many winding paths and roads on a bike. Bicycle rentals can be arranged at the resort pool towel hut from 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily. Cost: $10 per hour, per bike. (Adult bikes available only).


Ping-pong tables are located in Cascades Lawn. Open daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

Miniature Golf

Try your hand at the resort’s 18 holes of challenging and exciting obstacles on the Miniature Golf Course. Open daily from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Check-in at the recreation booth near the resort pool.

The Floating Hole Challenge

Are you up for the challenge? Take a swing at the resort’s Floating Hotel in the signature lagoon. A portion of the proceeds benefit The First Tee of North Florida, a non-profit organization teaching children life skills and core values through the game of golf. Cost $5.00 for 8 balls; $10.00 for 17 balls; $20.00 for 40 balls. Currently open daily at 5:00PM. Located behind Alice & Pete’s Pub. *


A PGA Tour experience awaits golfers who will enjoy privileged golf access to the adjacent TPC® Sawgrass, featuring two championship golf courses: The Stadium Course and the Dye’s Valley Course. The full range of facilities includes a Clubhouse with a restaurant and golf shop, rentals and lessons, a driving range and a putting green.

The Spa

The Sawgrass Spa transports guests to a world of wellness and serenity. The full-service spa features a variety of pampering treatments, services and amenities as well as fitness classes and counseling, a plunge pool, whirlpool, steam room, salon and more.

Learn to Surf

Do you want to learn how to surf? The Surfstream® accommodates one surfer or up to two boogie boarders at a time, while a team of trained spotters and instructors oversee every surfer so they can fully enjoy their epic experience. Participation is booked in a 20-minute session (five minutes of instruction followed by 15 minutes of surf), with up to three people permitted to ride during each turn.

Riding the waves costs $20.00 per person for a 20 minute session.* Reservations can be made once you are on property, but to ensure a specific time, they can be made up to 48-hours in advance by calling 904-285-7777 ext 6707. Currently the Surfstream® operates from 10:00AM to 1:00PM and 2:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday and Sundays. Hours for April could vary depending on the weather.

Cabana Beach Club

Escape to the white sands of Ponte Vedra Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, where the resort’s exclusive Cabana Beach Club awaits. Hop on the resort’s complimentary shuttle to explore 26 miles of private beachfront. Lounge on the sand, play in the ocean waves and enjoy delectable oceanfront dining. For water sports adventures, the resort’s Cabana Beach Club offers a wide selection of beach activities like surf camps and rentals including kayaks, paddleboards, surfboards, boogie boards and Hobie Cats. Kid’s camps and surfing lessons are also available.

*   Prices are subject to change

Ponte Vedra Beach is located less than 22 miles southeast of downtown Jacksonville and less than 28 miles north of St. Augustine. Ponte Vedra Beach is part of the Jacksonville Beaches area.
The Ponte Vedra Beach area is best known for its association with golf and is the home to the PGA Tour and The Players Championship, which is played at the TPC at Sawgrass.

Click any of the links below for information about the many things to see and do while in Ponte Vedra Beach or the Jacksonville area.



https://www.visitjacksonville.com/ (Jacksonville, FL information)

https://www.visitstaugustine.com/ (St. Augustine, FL information)

Jacksonville International Airport:

2400 Yankee Clipper Drive
Jacksonville, FL
(904) 741-4902

Visit flyjax.com for more information.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) is conveniently located near Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, and Amelia Island.

Airlines that service Jacksonville International Airport including: Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

Hotel Parking – Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Details coming soon!

Getting to Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa from the Jacksonville International Airport:

The distance is 35 miles/___ minutes between the airport and the hotel via Uber, Lyft or a taxi depending on traffic and time if day.

App-Based Ride Services or Transportation Network Companies Lyft and Uber are both authorized to provide pick-up service at Jacksonville International Airport. Passengers can make a request once they are located on the terminal curbside. Signs that state “App-Based Ride Services” are positioned on the Lower Arrival Curb outside Baggage Claim Door 3 and to the right.

A refund (less $125/per person administrative fee) will be given to individuals whose conference registration cancellations are received by 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, March 27, 2023. For cancellations received after this date, but not later than 5:00PM Eastern Time, Friday, April 10, 2023, the cancellation fee will be $250/per person, for administration, food service and related guarantee charges that GBA will have to absorb. No refund or credit may be given after 5:00PM on Friday, April 10, 2023.

Please note: GBA may charge an individual whatever GBA has to pay the hotel (in attrition fees) if you fail to cancel a room reservation in a timely manner and GBA is unable to assign the room to someone else. Be sure to notify Barb ([email protected]) or Sara ([email protected]) even if you have to cancel late so that GBA can at least try to mitigate any additional charges.


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