Skip to main content

Syngenta US News

Superintendents can enhance their business skills at the 2020 Syngenta Business Institute

Applications are now open for the 12th annual professional development program for superintendents

​​​​​GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, March 2, 2020
– Golf course superintendents looking to take their leadership skills to the next level can now apply for the 2020 Syngenta Business InstituteSM (SBI), being held Dec. 1-4, 2020, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Now in its 12th year, the SBI program is led by Wake Forest University School of Business faculty. The curriculum, which has been tailored specifically for golf course superintendents, focuses on financial management, work/life balance, navigating generational and cultural differences, leadership skills, effective communication and negotiation tactics.

“We know superintendents are responsible for more than managing the agronomics of a course. They are also held to a high standard for budget and employee management,” said Stephanie Schwenke, turf market manager for Syngenta. “That’s why Syngenta is committed to going beyond our innovative turf solutions and continues to offer opportunities like SBI. Through this program, superintendents learn skills that will help them grow as leaders on the course and within our industry.”

Syngenta will select approximately 25 individuals employed in the United States as a superintendent, director of agronomy or at an equivalent level to attend the three-day program. Applications must be submitted online by midnight on Aug. 11, 2020.

“The value of SBI is so great. I’ve attended a lot of continuing education seminars, and this was definitely the most impactful post-college educational activity I’ve ever been able to participate in,” said Thomas Slevin, golf course superintendent at Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park in Napa, California, who attended SBI in 2019. “The amount of personal reflection I’ve experienced from SBI has only just begun. If you’re willing to challenge yourself and do the personal reflection, you’d be absolutely crazy not to apply.”

To learn more about the Syngenta Business Institute and to apply, visit Superintendents can also contact their local Syngenta territory manager for more information. Completed SBI applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Selected participants will be notified of their acceptance in October.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with @SyngentaTurf by using #SBI20.

About Syngenta

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities. To learn more visit and Follow us on Twitter at and

Media Contacts:
Mark LaFleur
(336) 632-6138

Kelsea Mullane
(919) 870-5718

Web Resources:
Syngenta Business Institute
GreenCast Online
Wake Forest University School of Business

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document may contain forward-looking statements, which can be identified by terminology such as ‘expect’, ‘would’, ‘will’, ‘potential’, ‘plans’, ‘prospects’, ‘estimated’, ‘aiming’, ‘on track’ and similar expressions. Such statements may be subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from these statements. For Syngenta, such risks and uncertainties include risks relating to legal proceedings, regulatory approvals, new product development, increasing competition, customer credit risk, general economic and market conditions, compliance and remediation, intellectual property rights, implementation of organizational changes, impairment of intangible assets, consumer perceptions of genetically modified crops and organisms or crop protection chemicals, climatic variations, fluctuations in exchange rates and/or commodity prices, single source supply arrangements, political uncertainty, natural disasters, and breaches of data security or other disruptions of information technology. Syngenta assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changed assumptions or other factors.

©2020 Syngenta, 410 Swing Rd., Greensboro, NC 27409. GreenCast®, Syngenta Business InstituteSM and the Syngenta logo are trademarks or service marks of a Syngenta Group Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Syngenta Customer Center: 1-866-SYNGENT(A) (796-4368).