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Science, Exploration and the Miracles of Human Achievement

Dr. Robert Ballard

OPENING KEYNOTE

OCTOBER 17-19, 2018  |  KENTUCKY EXPOSITION CENTER

Events & Features

New Wednesday Format for All Industry

Education for Dealers & Contractors

Noon – 3 PM: Dealer Preview on the Show Floor
3 PM – 7 PM: Show Floor Open to All Industry (Includes Reception)

NEW – KEYNOTES FEATURING

DR. ROBERT BALLARD

Deep Sea Explorer Who
Discovered the Titanic

Wednesday
10:30 AM for Dealers & Exhibitors
1:30 PM for Contractors

Golf & Sports Turf Management Conference

Golf course superintendents and sports turf professionals will have new education opportunities at GIE+EXPO 2017 (Green Industry & Equipment Expo). The Golf and Sports Turf Management Conference, hosted by the Kentucky Turfgrass Council, will take place Thursday and Friday, October 19-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the annual tradeshow.

Thursday’s programs will offer golf sessions in the morning and sports turf sessions in the afternoon, allowing attendees to spend half day in education and half day visiting the trade show. A combined general session is set for Friday morning.

Hosted by: Kentucky Turfgrass Council

Thursday, Oct. 19, 8:30 am-Noon – Only $99

Golf Session Sponsors

Pat Jones

Pat Jones, Moderator
For three decades, Pat Jones has been known for his insights into the golf and turf business and his candid, tell-it-like-it-is approach. As publisher and editorial director of GIE Media’s Golf Course Industry magazine, Pat runs the leading independent publication in the business. He is a prolific writer, blogger and social media commentator and a frequent presenter at regional, national and international turf conferences.

Pat began his career in the industry at GCSAA headquarters. He later created and launched Golfdom magazine before starting his own company, Flagstick LLC, to provide consulting services to golf/turf companies and organizations. He joined GIE Media full-time in 2010 and is a member of the company’s executive team.

Josh Pope

Surviving a Natural Disaster as a Golf Course Superintendent, From Disaster to Rebuild

Josh Pope
Josh will talk about his experience as the golf course superintendent who saw The Greenbrier face a disastrous flooding event June 23, 2016, rebuilt The Old White TPC and hosted a PGA Tour event – The Greenbrier Classic – a year later.

With 16 years of experience in the golf course management industry, Josh started his career at Oakmont Country Club and also spent time at The International Golf Club in Bolton, MA and Pikewood National Golf Club in Morgantown, WV. He has been at The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier since 2014.

Paul Vermeulen

Inside the Ropes on the PGA TOUR – A Look at Course Conditioning Goals and Maintenance Practices

Paul Vermeulen
Paul, who is Vice President Competitions Agrnomy for the PGA TOUR, will give attendees an inside look at course conditioning goals and provide best practice tips for maintenance.

An accomplished speaker and facilitator at educational conferences, Paul has written turfgrass-related articles for various trade magazines. Prior to the PGA TOUR, he was Regional Director for the Mid-Continent Region, Green Section United States Golf Association.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 1:30-5 pm – Only $99

Sports Turf Session Sponsors

Dan Bergstrom

Oversight and Management of High-End Sports Fields

Dan Bergstrom, CSFM
This session will cover a wide range of topics, including daily maintenance of athletic fields for high-end results, tips and tricks for enhancing fields on low budgets, renovation techniques for grass and skinned areas, and keeping fields in condition for year-round play.

A 25+ year veteran of the sports turf industry, Dan has managed grounds crews and playing fields in the NFL, as well as for the University of Kentucky, University of Nebraska and Houston Astros. He is currently at BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo MLS Club.

Tom Samples

Healthy Soils, Better Sports Fields, Fewer Pesticides

Tom Samples, PhD, UT Extension Turfgrass Specialist
In addition to maintaining nutrient-rich soils, this presentation will reinforce the importance of soil texture, structure, organic matter, microorganism activity and drainage.

Dr. Samples received his PhD in Crop Science from Oklahoma State University in 1985. He is an extension specialist of turfgrass management. His primary interests are production, establishment and maintenance of turfgrass science and management.

Laith Ross

Fundamentals of Sports Field Specifications

Laith Ross, Senior Principal, PE, LEED AP
This session will provide valuable insight on ways to enhance your specifications for the construction of a natural grass or synthetic turf Sports Field. Along with a discussion on the types of bids available for such projects, topics will also include key components for sections of the bid package. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how to write, and or review, sports field specifications for construction projects.

A Senior Principal with RossTarrant Architects, Laith has over 25 years of experience as a consulting engineer specializing in athletic facilities, master planning and site design for educational and recreational clients. His client list includes the University of Kentucky, Georgetown College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University and numerous other public and private schools.

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Sports Turf in the Region –
Past, Present and Trends for the Future

Carla Hagan, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Greg Munshaw, University of Kentucky
Dr. Paul Woosley, Western Kentucky University

This panel discussion will highlight trends in sports turf based on research, site visits and the panelists’ experience in the turf industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in the discussion about a variety of issues regarding the planning and maintenance of sports fields.

PRE-SESSION BREAKFAST, Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30-9 AM

Network with your peers while enjoying a continental breakfast.
Included with general session fee.

Friday, Oct. 20, 9-11 am – Only $89

Pat JonesGuy Cipriano

Real World Advise for Twitter and Social Media

Pat Jones and Guy Cipriano
This session will cover the do’s and don’ts for starting or managing an effective social media presence. Attendees will come away with answers to questions related to “all things” social media.

Guy Cipriano, the associate editor of Golf Course Industry magazine, is responsible for key content creation, attending industry events, producing podcasts, coordinating website and social media efforts, and editing print and digital editions. He’s a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association. He will be joined by publisher Pat Jones, who is a writer, blogger and social media commentator.

Bob Scott

Golf, Sports Turf and Landscape Irrigation Trends –
Where things are headed

Bob Scott, PIC ASIC, CID, CLIA
Discussion during this presentation will include a variety of irrigation trends in the areas of technology, water resources, green codes and budgeting. Topics will include Cloud-based controls, HDPE pipe, storm water harvesting, water treatment, pumping systems and filtration options, ground water and reuse water development and much more.

Bob Scott is founder and president of Irrigation Consultant Services, Inc. The advancement of irrigation water resource development and LEED accredited projects has pushed his techniques for irrigation design and consultation to the forefront of golf and sports turf irrigation projects. ICS was awarded the American Society of Irrigation Consultants award honors for work on the Cauley Creek Water Reclamation Plant/Atlanta Athletic Club, Belmont Golf Club in Bermuda and other projects. Current projects include Atlanta Athletic Club water resource development, Carolina Panthers Stadium, Atlanta Falcon Stadium (Home Depot Backyard), Atlanta United FC Training Grounds and CC of Landfall.

Robert BallardYour registration includes the Dealer Keynote featuring Dr. Robert Ballard.

Wednesday, October 17, 1:30 - 3 pm

Science, Exploration and the Miracles of Human Achievement

In this gripping presentation, Dr. Robert Ballard, oceanographer and former U.S. Navy officer, will share his stories of exploration, environmental discovery and leadership. With a passion for the last great uncharted territory, Dr. Ballard will entertain and motivate as he discusses his discoveries and adventures, which include the 1985 discovery of the Titanic wreckage. You'll walk away inspired to think outside the box and take risks to achieve your long-term goals.

Seats are first come, first served.

 

Sponsored By:

Sponsored by John Deere

 

Dr. Robert Ballard

Dr. Ballard is one of the greatest undersea explorers of our times, having conducted over 140 deep sea expeditions. He is an oceanographer with numerous important discoveries in the natural sciences including the first manned exploration of the Mid-Ocean Ridge. But more notably, he is the discoverer of key chapters of human history, including the RMS TITANIC, the German Battleship BISMARCK and President John F. Kennedy’s PT-109. In addition, Dr. Ballard served in the U.S. Navy for more 30 years, applying his underwater skills to a number of highly classified Cold War Missions. He is a well-known author, a film producer of documentaries and an Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and past host of their TV program “Explorer.”

Hardscape DemonstrationsDemonstrations in the Hardscape North America Outdoor Arena

Landscapers - Upgrade your tradeshow admission for just $50* to benefit from industry best-practice secrets and construction techniques shared by experts in the field! Each HNA demo is eligible for one ICPI Certified Installer Continuing Education credit. Pick up a CE tracking form at the HNA registration desk.

Pre-registration is required for the classes below. Click here to register. If you have already registered for the tradeshow and you want to register for the Hardscape Demonstration, use your registration dashboard or call Sellers Expositions, 800-558-8767 or 812-949-9200.

 

Frank BourqueAll new format & presenter: Frank Bourque

Frank Bourque is an award-winning hardscape professional, speaker, writer, consultant and entrepreneur with an extensive background in business and hardscape construction.

Hardscape Meets Water

Learn how to install hardscapes around pools and water features for long-lasting results. Each demonstration is one hour and offers 1 CE Hour for ICPI Certified Installers.

 

Demonstration Schedule

 

10:00 AM – Tools of the Trade

12:00 PM – Base Construction & Paver Installation

2:00 PM – Raised Patios, Walls & Steps

4:00 PM – Outdoor Kitchens, BBQ’s and Fire Pits

9:30 AM – Pools, Water Features & Hardscape Lighting

11:30 AM – Permeable Pavers 101

 

GIE+EXPO WorkshopsAttend the expanded GIE+EXPO Workshops for an exciting, motivational sample of the full conference program specifically for contractors and lawn & landscape professionals, grounds managers and hardscape installers. The Workshops are sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Pre-registration is required. NALP Workshops: $85. Hardscape Workshops: $50. If you have already registered for GIE+EXPO and want to reserve your spot in the Workshops, click here and use your dashboard password. If you need assistance call Sellers Expositions, (800) 558-8767.

 

8:00 - 9:15 AM – Hardscape Workshop 1, $50
Manage, Motivate & Prepare Your Hardscape Team to Generate Winning Projects
Jerry Gaeta
Today the hardscape contractor finds a very competitive, price-driven marketplace. The performance and efficiency of your field production is an advantage for securing contracts and profit. 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.

 

9:30 - 10:45 AM – Hardscape Workshop 2, $50
Better Job Costing and Labor Controls to Increase Hardscape Projects
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.

 

1:00 - 2:15 PM – NALP Workshop 1, $85
Commitment, Accountability, and Communication…the Path to Keeping My Job Safe
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.

 

1:00 - 2:15 PM – NALP Workshop 2, $85
Inspiring a New Generation of Landscape Professionals
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.

 

2:30 - 3:45 PM – NALP Workshop 3, $85
How Much Equipment Do You Really Need?
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/vehicles your company needs, how much, 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.

 

2:30 - 3:45 PM – NALP Workshop 4, $85
Design Build Systems that Start Clean, Finish Clean
Ken Thomas
Amaze your clients, improve your team’s quality of life and make more money! 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.

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM – NALP Workshop 5, $85
Getting to the Heart of Customer Relationships
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.

 

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM – NALP Workshop 6, $85
Getting the Most Out of Your Managers
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.

 

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – NALP Workshop 7, $85
Turnaround Tour Round 2: Stories of Success
Brian Horn with panelists Tiffany Tucker, Michael Mould, Gabe Lobato, Lamont Hess & Kimberly Rowe
For the second straight year, Lawn & Landscape magazine and Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme of the Harvest Group have teamed up for the Turnaround Tour. Find out how Arman and Laflamme helped three contractors, who were struggling to reach their goals, finally breakthrough and achieve success.

 

9:30 AM – 10:45 AM – NALP Workshop 8, $85
Next Level Marketing & Sales Strategies for Lawn & Landscape Companies
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!

 

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GIE+EXPO is Sponsored By:

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Institute
  • Professional Grounds Management Society
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