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LM travel log: November 2019

December 23, 2019 -  By and

November proved to be another busy month for the Landscape Management editorial team members.

LM Associate Editor Sarah Webb had the opportunity to take part in the Kioti dealer event Nov. 12 near Raleigh, N.C., and Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones, Editor Christina Herrick and Digital Editor Tyler Gunter covered the LM Growth Summit Nov. 11-13.

With a few more industry events coming up toward the end of the year, the LM team shows no signs of stopping.


Kioti’s Greg Bibee gives LM’s Sarah Webb the rundown on Kioti’s CS2210 tractor. (Photo: Kioti)

Kioti’s Greg Bibee gives LM’s Sarah Webb the rundown on Kioti’s CS2210 tractor. (Photo: Kioti)

NOV. 12

Kioti Ride & Drive

A chilly, rainy morning didn’t stop 600-plus Kioti dealers from testing Kioti’s new equipment, including the new ZXC SE zero-turn mower and tractor lineup.

Attendees even had a chance to zip through a newly blazed UTV trail to see how the machines perform in action.

After getting cleaned up, dealers toured the $13 million expansion of Kioti’s plant in Wendell, N.C., which nearly doubled the facility’s former footprint.

To cap off the night, attendees participated in games such as ax throwing, archery, putt-putt, darts and lassoing before sitting down to dinner and an awards ceremony.


LM’s Bill Roddy and Lawn Doctor’s Jerry Grutz head off to the first tee at the LM Growth Summit. (Photo: LM Staff)

LM’s Bill Roddy and Lawn Doctor’s Jerry Grutz head off to the first tee at the LM Growth Summit. (Photo: LM Staff)

Nov. 11-13

LM Growth Summit … Rocks!

The annual LM Growth Summit was held at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 11-13. More than 20 attendees from across the country enjoyed two and a half days of networking, one-on-one meetings with suppliers and fantastic food.

As part of the event programming, attendees played golf on Reunion’s newly renovated Tom Watson-designed course.

And, since Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones is such an audiophile, we had to ask our guests about the first concert they attended.

“Whitney Houston and Kenny G,” says Luke Hawthorne of Emerald Lawns in Round Rock, Texas. “What I took away from it is Kenny G is kind of a rockin’ dude.”

Check out the video on Landscape Management’s Facebook to see all of the hilarious responses and look for more from the event in our January 2020 issue.

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Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor. She can be reached at swebb@northcoastmedia.net.

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