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GIE+EXPO workshops, hardscape demos schedule unveiled for 2018 event

June 5, 2018 -  By

GIE+EXPO logoNew for the 2018 GIE+EXPO—set for Oct. 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.—contractors are invited to attend an opening keynote by explorer Dr. Robert Ballard on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Immediately following the keynote at 3:00 p.m., the show floor will open to the entire industry.

The GIE+EXPO workshops, set for Thursday and Friday, will cover a variety of management topics specifically for landscape contractors’ businesses. In addition, Hardscape North America’s co-location with GIE+EXPO provides the opportunity to learn about expanding into the hardscape market.

Kick-Off keynote featuring Dr. Robert Ballard
Wednesday, Oct. 17
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Science, Exploration and the Miracles of Human Achievement
In this presentation, Dr. Robert Ballard will share his stories of exploration, environmental discovery and leadership. With a passion for the last great uncharted territory and a practical approach to team building and execution, Dr. Ballard will entertain and motivate as he discusses his discoveries and adventures, including the 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage. Free with trade show admission.

2018 GIE+EXPO Workshops

Thursday, Oct. 18

Hardscape Workshop 1: Manage, Motivate & Prepare Your Hardscape Team to Generate Winning Projects
8:00 – 9:15 a.m.
Jerry Gaeta

This workshop will explain the systems and steps that will prepare your crews for success. You’ll learn the information and planning that is needed for the crew to understand the scope of the work, including how to develop a realistic and manageable work schedule; track progress to achieve the intended estimated objectives; train, empower and mentor your personnel; and become a better leader.

Hardscape Workshop 2: Better Job Costing and Labor Controls to Increase Hardscape Projects
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Leslie Shiner

We are in a labor-intensive industry. Even with the modern technical advances, power tools and computers, contractors and subcontractors still need a labor force to install, and the cost of that labor force might be more than you know. This session will teach you to understand and measure the true cost of field labor.

NALP Workshop 1: Commitment, Accountability and Communication…the Path to Keeping My Job Safe
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Steve Hamilton and Art Marquez

How are you effectively engaging employees in safety efforts? Discover ways to break down barriers, keeping the information relevant and improving employee buy-in. We’ll dive deep into commitment by leadership, obstacles to training, defined roles within the safety program and measured accountability.

NALP Workshop 2: Inspiring a New Generation of Landscape Professionals
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Phil Harwood

What do your professional development plans look like? Solving the labor crisis requires a multi-tiered approach, from industry-wide initiatives, down to the individual level. Hone in on the individual by better understanding their unique talents, learning how to unlock their passions and discovering best practices for creating a comprehensive professional development plan.

NALP Workshop 3: How Much Equipment Do You Really Need?
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Ed Schultheis

How do you know if you’ve got the amount of equipment you really need? We’ll explore methods for determining what equipment or vehicles your company needs, how much equipment and the key metrics used to measure what you’re really using. Prepare your own plan to maximize your return on investment and review how it impacts other areas of the business.

NALP Workshop 4: Design/Build Systems That Start Clean, Finish Clean
2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Ken Thomas

Design/Build Construction is fun, but complicated, which makes it hard to achieve predictable results. Learn to simplify this exciting service line and achieve predictable results with a solid system that allows your team to sell and deliver quality work.

Friday, Oct. 19

NALP Workshop 5: Customer Relationships That Don’t Stink
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Jeff Korhan

Unlock the value of customer relationships and make this business asset as strong as it can be. The debate today is whether customers have a relationship with products and services or the people in the business. When customers trust your business solutions and the people that make them happen, the upside potential for growth is unlimited. This program reveals dozens of little-known techniques that will take your customer relationships to the next level.

NALP Workshop 6: Getting the Most Out of Your Managers
8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Bill Silverman

If you’re building a management team or want to learn to develop the managers you have into effective, empowered leaders who can run their functions without you, then you have come to the right place! Your success (and sanity) depend on your ability to build a team of independent, trusted managers who can take ownership. Your business is too complex to run everything yourself. Building your management team doesn’t have to be a frustrating process when you learn to develop managers who need less of your time.

NALP Workshop 7: Turnaround Tour Round 2: Stories of Success
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Brian Horn and Panelists: Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme

Find out how Arman and Laflamme helped three contractors who were struggling to reach their goals finally breakthrough and achieve success.

NALP Workshop 8: Next Level Marketing & Sales Strategies for Lawn & Landscape Companies
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Dana Davis

Are you doing what it takes to run and maintain a high-level marketing and sales campaign? We’ll cover the steps to develop a marketing plan and then take it further and develop it into an effective sales program. Having a comprehensive marketing strategy for your lawn and landscape company can be a challenge. Learn how to effectively measure your results and use them to make the choices you need to grow.

Hardscape Demonstrations

(Held in the tented Hardscape North America Outdoor Arena in the Outdoor Demonstration Area)

The hardscape demonstrations will have a new format and presenter in 2018. Frank Bourque is an award-winning hardscape professional, speaker, writer, consultant and entrepreneur with an extensive background in business and hardscape construction. He will present Hardscapes Meet Water, where attendees will learn how to install hardscapes around pools and water features for long-lasting results.

Thursday, Oct. 18

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tools of the Trade

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Base Construction & Paver Installation

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Raised Patios, Walls & Steps

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Outdoor Kitchens, BBQs & Fire Pits

Friday, Oct. 19

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Pools, Water Features & Hardscape Lighting

11:30 AM – 12:30 p.m.
Permeable Pavers 101

Each HNA demonstration is eligible for one ICPI Certified Installer Continuing Education (CE) Hour. Attendees should pick up a tracking form at the HNA registration desk at the trade show.

Registration in advance is required for the workshops and demonstrations. NALP Workshops: $85; Hardscape Workshops: $50. Those who only want to attend the HNA Demonstrations can upgrade their trade show registration for $50 to include all six live demos.

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