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The trade fair management has published the training plan for the GIE + EXPO workshops.

Contractors looking to diversify will find two workshops to assess tips and best practices in the hardscape market, as well as an irrigation symposium where a group of executives from all facets of the irrigation industry will discuss important issues such as work and environmental sustainability.

The schedule is below:

Wednesday October 21

12 p.m. to 1.30 p.m. – Irrigation Symposium: Panel discussion, moderator: Chris Pine, CLWM, CID, CIC, CLIA, CIT, BluGreen Solutions, President & IrriTech Training, Principal

3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – The Ins & Outs of Websites, Chris Darnell, The Harvest Group

4:30 pm to 5:45 pm – Creating a Modern Workforce: A 21st Century Management Approach, Neal Glatt, CSP, ASM, GrowTheBench.com

Thursday October 22nd

8:00 am to 9:15 am – Michigan State University’s Landscape Services Technology Tour to Higher Achievement, Adam Lawver, Director of Campus Services, Michigan State University

8 am to 9:15 am – Secrets Every Contractor Should Know About The Hardscape Business, Frank Gandora

9:30 am to 10:45 am – Appreciate hardscape projects with confidence, Jerry Gaeta

11:00 am to 12:15 pm – Human Resource Compliance Best Practices, Steven Cesare, Ph.D., The Harvest Group

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. – How Your Landscaping Company Can Optimize Google My Business to Generate a Constant Flow of Leads, Christopher Yates, Success Landscape Marketing

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. – Creating a Five Star Brand, Jeffrey Scott, Jeffrey Scott Consulting, Inc.

Friday October 23

8 am to 9:15 am – Drones in the Green Industry, Jeremiah Saier, GIS Analyst, Michigan State University

8:00 am to 9:15 am – Reviews online: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Chad Diller, Landscape Leadership

9:30 am to 10:45 am – Benchmarks & Critical Numbers for the Landscape Industry, James Huston, JR Huston Consulting

As part of the GIE + EXPO, the regional association of landscape conservationists is organizing a technology summit on Wednesday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The summit includes:

Robotics and technology in landscaping and maintenance

Olle Markusson, Global Director Product Management, Robotics – Husqvarna

Co-moderator: Pam Dooley, Plants Creative Landscape

“Who what where – which apps are best for tracking work, schedules, and project management?”

Nanette Seven, include software

Co-moderators: Shawn Ryan, environmental design; Todd Coleman, Bonick Landscaping; Mike Mendez, Mariani Landscape

“Disruptive innovation and indispensable technology for the green industry”

Beth Berry, Real Green Systems

Co-moderator: Kendall Hines, LawnBot

Speakers include Pam Dooley, owner of Plants Creative, who also spoke at the Lawn & Landscape technology conference in February and was the cover story in the September issue last year.

Dooley will share how her team is working to use technology to improve the visibility and efficiency of their company. “Our responsibility as business owners is to provide maximum value so that customers want to buy from us and employees want to work for us. Technology gives companies the ability to align their people and processes, which creates profits, ”she says.

Beth Berry of Real Green Systems, who will also speak, emphasizes the importance of technology as it moves into a post-COVID-19 world.

“There has never been a more important time for business owners to harness the power of technology to securely mobilize service teams and deliver world-class communications and technology,” she says. “Whether a company invests heavily in technology or is simply looking for opportunities to transform itself digitally, participants leave this event with a tactical roadmap for technological success.”

Registration is open for the annual fair, October 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Following the summit, landscape experts are invited to the free opening keynote at 2 p.m. with the 4-star Admiral James Stavridis of the US Navy, before the exhibition area opens at 3 p.m.

Further information and online registration for the trade fair and educational program: www.gie-expo.com.

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