GIE+EXPO Preview


Louisville, Ky., Oct. 23-25, 2013

GIE+EXPO 2013 happens at an excellent time for manufacturers to show their complete new lines. There are 750 exhibits throughout 500,000 square feet inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and in the turf area outside, and 19 acres of outdoor demonstrations and test-driving adjacent to the indoor exhibits. The show also features seminars to boost your efficiency and bottom line.

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Educational Sessions

GIE+EXPO Workshops

Attend the GIE+EXPO Workshops that will be delivering cutting-edge information for landscape and lawn service professionals, grounds managers and hardscape pros. The workshops are sponsored by the Professional Landcare Network and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Each session is $50 and preregistration is required.

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • 7:30-9:15 a.m.: Brain Food for Breakfast, “Common Problems, Simple Solutions.” (Light breakfast included)
  • 10-11:30 a.m.: Hardscape Session 1, “Adding Hardscape Installation to Your Company’s Success”
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m.: PLANET Session A, “Understanding Your Sales Process: Is it all about YOU or the CLIENT?”
  • 3-4:15 p.m.: PLANET Session B, “Ten Ways Significant Money is Slipping Out Your Back Door and You Don’t Even Realize It!”

Friday, Oct. 25

  • 7:30-9:15 a.m.: Brain Food for Breakfast, “Calculating Your Equipment’s Owning and Operating Costs” (Presented by Total Landscape Care and Equipment World magazines. Light breakfast included)
  • 10-11:30 a.m.: Hardscape Session 2: “Production Management and Crew Motivation on the Hardscape Jobsite”
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m.: PLANET Session C, “Why Not You? Five Strategic Actions You Can Take Now to Grow”
  • 3-4:15 p.m.: “PLANET Session D, “How to Build a Marketing Plan that Grows with Your Lawn Care Business”

Green Industry Conference

This is the most highly anticipated landscape industry education and networking experience of the year. A speaker lineup composed of the industry’s leaders and most successful entrepreneurs; an exposition floor, hosting nearly 500 exhibits; and an unparalleled opportunity to be inspired, learn about industry trends and build new relationships make this an event you cannot miss.

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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Friday, Oct. 25

  • Green Industry Conference and School of Grounds Management

Wednesday, Oct. 23

  • Dealer Day: 3 – 7 p.m. Dealers, retailers and distributors only.
  • Reception on the tradeshow floor: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Free concert at 4th Street Live!

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • GIE+EXPO open to all industry participants Indoor: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Outdoor: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Free concert at 4th Street Live!

Friday, Oct. 25

  • GIE+EXPO open to all industry participants Indoor: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Outdoor: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Free concert at 4th Street Live!

2013 School of Grounds Management

The PGMS School of Grounds Management is back and better than ever! As always this event will provide attendees with an outstanding multidisciplinary education schedule that is a must for the grounds management profession as well as outstanding networking programs and invaluable insider looks at local grounds operations.

Speakers/Education Programs:

  • Aaron Boggs, assistant director for maintenance at the University of Louisville
  • Markus Hogue, irrigation water conservation coordinator, landscape services at the University of Texas
  • John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri
  • Joe Jackson, CGM, president at EcoGrounds Management Systems, PGMS past president
  • Grant Jones, regional technical advisor and physiologist for Davey Tree Expert Company
  • Brian Jorg, manager of horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo
  • Bob Kief, associate vice president for facilities services at Puget Sound University
  • Joe Kovolyan, manager of grounds/automotive at the University of Puget Sound
  • Jeff McManus, CGM, director of landscape services, golf and airport operations at the University of Mississippi
  • Dr. Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives at the University of Louisville
  • Dr. Tommy Parker, assistant professor at the University of Louisville,
  • Mike Serant, owner of San Jacinto Environmental Supply and president of the Organic Horticultural Benefits Alliance
  • Susanne Wainwright-Evans, ornamental entomologist at Buglady Consulting
  • Mary Sweeney, program manager for the Arbor Day Foundation
  • Chris Wiesinger, The Bulb Hunter, owner of the Southern Bulb Company

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Rental Classes

Whether you rent-to-rent, rent-to-sell or you are an OPE dealer with a rental department, GIE+EXPO has education and training to help boost profits, keep you up to date on regulations. After you take care of business inside, get out to the 19-acre demonstration area and demo that new equipment you are thinking about adding to your fleet.

Learn. Play. Win!

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1 – 3 p.m.

($30, Lunch provided)

Part 1: Effective Advertising for Rental Stores

Newspaper? Other print? Radio? TV? Direct mail? Internet? Social Media? A panel of leading advertising and marketing personnel will provide you with the information and tools you need when planning a call-to-action campaign targeting a large, medium, small or very small audience. You already know that advertising is an investment and not just an expense, but feedback from the panelists will help you learn ways to optimize these investments to ensure the highest possible return.

Part 2: “You Think You Know” Game Show

This will be a lot of fun for participants and those who just prefer to watch. In the “Jeopardy” style, all participants win and some will win very valuable prizes! If you think you know lots about the companies and products of the rental industry, then you should sign up to “Learn. Play. Win!”

Sign up for this two-hour program when you register for GIE+EXPO.

2013 HNA Demonstrations

Upgrade your trade show admission for just $25 to attend these demonstrations in the Hardscape North America Outdoor Arena to learn about:

  • using the right tools
  • constructing the proper base
  • adding fire features to outdoor areas
  • building raised patios and water features
  • maintaining and restoring pavements

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. Note: When you pay for Hardscape Session 1 or 2 in the GIE+EXPO Workshops, you get free access to the HNA Demonstrations.

HNA Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 24

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Essential Hardscape Tools
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: Base Construction for Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Construction of Fire Features for Outdoor Living Areas

Friday, Oct. 25

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Building Raised Patios, Steps and Seat Walls
  • 1 – 2 p.m.: Adding Water Features to Hardscapes
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Paver Maintenance and Restoration

Events and Features

Dealer Resource Pavilion

High-performance dealers understand that people are assets, process is king and having a strong plan is a better strategy than hoping things will turn out alright. At this year’s GIE+EXPO, OPE dealers will have the opportunity to discover how to turn their dealerships into high-performing machines. The Dealer Resource Pavilion, including an Internet café, lounge and leading suppliers’ information booths, will be available to dealers, retailers, technicians and distributors only.

Dealer/Retailer/Distributor Schedule:

Wednesday, Oct. 23

  • Dealer Resource Pavilion Open: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Technicians’ Certified Training Classes: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Technician Certification Testing: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Owners and Managers Will Hear from Bob Clements: 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • Dealer Summit: 12-3 p.m.
  • Lunch-and-Learn for Rental Dealers: 1-3 p.m.
  • Show Floor Open 3-7 p.m. exclusively for dealers, distributors, retailers and media
  • Free Welcome Reception: 5-7 p.m. on Show Floor
  • Free Concerts at 4th Street Live!

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25

  • Dealer Resource Roundtable Breakfast (Thursday, 8-9:30 a.m.)
  • Exhibits and Outdoor Demo Area Open to all Industry Participants
  • Owners and Managers Will Hear from Bob Clements, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.
  • Dealer Resource Pavilion Open All day
  • Free Concert at 4th Street Live!

Dealer Technician Training

Wednesday, Oct. 23: Preregistration is required. If you have already registered for the tradeshow and you want to register for the Tech Training, use your registration dashboard or call Sellers Expositions at 800-558-8767 or 812-949-9200.

All sessions are Power Pro Approved and approved for EETC Continuing Education Units.

Certificates for attendance will be emailed to participants the week following the show.

By completing these CEUs, a technician moves closer to being fully certified through the Equipment & Engine Training Council (EETC).

Power Pro is an accredited program developed by the North American Equipment Dealers Association (NAEDA) for OPE dealers. The program teaches a universal set of standards. Dealerships that employ technicians who meet the Power Pro standards can use those achievements to brand their businesses for consumer and industry recognition.

  • Advanced Electrical Diagnostics (Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 a.m., $45)
  • Advanced Two-Stroke Engine Diagnostics (Wednesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m., $45)
  • Basics in Diagnosing Hydraulic Systems (Wednesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; or 1-2:30 p.m., $30)
  • Basics in Diesel Engine Diagnostics (Wednesday, 8:30-10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; or 1-2:30 p.m., $30)

Outdoor Demonstration Area

One of GIE+EXPO’s most attractive features for exhibitors and visitors alike is the 19-acre outdoor demonstration area. The Kentucky Exposition Center is the only facility in the U.S. that offers such a large outdoor turf area just a few steps from the indoor exhibits. See the new products indoors; then try them for yourself and compare them with the competition in the demo park.

Many exhibitors host competitions and games to encourage spirited use of their newest products. Plan to have fun and come away with a few grass stains during GIE+EXPO! Wear your most comfortable work shoes; there’s a lot of ground to cover and grass to mow at this show.

Landscapers: Upgrade your tradeshow admission to include live demonstrations that will teach you how to make money through hardscape installations. Demonstration topics will cover preparing the base for a hardscape project, transforming ordinary segmental concrete pavements into creative works of art, tools needed on the hardscape jobsite, raised patio construction, revenue potential that maintenance and restoration of pavers can bring to your company and transforming a plain patio design into an outdoor living space. That’s six hours of live demos!

Outdoor Demo Area Hours:

Thursday, Oct. 24: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 25:9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hardscape North America

The 2013 Hardscape North America (HNA) tradeshow will again co- locate with GIE+EXPO. This combined mega industry event will take place October 23-25 at the state-of-the-art Kentucky Exposition Center. By co-locating, GIE+EXPO attendees will gain access to a vast array of manufacturers of concrete and brick pavers, segmental retaining walls, sealers, equipment and tools. HNA attendees will have access to GIE+EXPO’s exhibitors, along with its 19-acre outdoor demonstration area adjacent to the exhibit hall.

Hardscape North America is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) and endorsed by the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and the Brick Industry Association (BIA).

In all, nearly 18,000 participants of both shows will see new products from 750 exhibiting companies.

GIE+EXPO attendees can upgrade their registration to include HNA’s six hours of live demos on topics such as installing, cleaning and sealing concrete pavers; creating beautiful designs; adding the right finishing touches; constructing raised patios and much more.

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New Products Showcase

Exhibitors and attendees at GIE+EXPO 2013 will benefit from the New Products Showcase, an enhanced feature on the tradeshow floor.

Attendees, this should be your first stop before heading to the manufacturers’ exhibits and demonstration areas. Here, you’ll get an overview of what’s new on the show floor.

NHLA Spouse Program

The National Hispanic Landscape Alliance is offering a special tour package for spouses of GIC, GIE+EXPO and NHLA Annual Meeting attendees. This inaugural program at the University of Louisville is designed to inform attendees on how to most successfully navigate the college admissions and scholarship application process and also includes many fun Louisville attractions. For details, visit

GIE+EXPO Concert Series

Fourth Street Live! In downtown Louisville is the place to be after hours at GIE+EXPO! Nissan Commercial Vehicles, a GIE+EXPO exhibitor, is the stage sponsor for three nights of exciting evening entertainment.

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.: Jamie McLean Band

Jamie McLean got his start as a guitarist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band before joining forces with Brian Griffin and Ben Mars to form the Jamie McLean Band. The band now has five albums of true country rock, or, as they say, “downtown rock and roll, country and swampy soul.”

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9 p.m.: Craig Morgan

Country music star Craig Morgan will perform from an impressive body of work that includes 14 Top Ten hits such as “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “Tough.” He’ll also sing some of the songs from his new self-produced album This Ole Boy.

A multi-talented performer, Craig stars in “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on the Outdoor Channel, a 30-minute reality show that offers fans a fly-on-the-wall look at his extreme lifestyle at home, touring and in the great outdoors hunting, aerial bow fishing, bungee jumping and skydiving. In its first season it became the network’s number one rated Saturday morning hunting show.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.: Angie Johnson

Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson had a bumpy ride on her rise to fame. A viral YouTube video led her to star on The Voice, allowing her to finally pursue her dreams of becoming a professional singer. Johnson recently signed with Sony Nashville and will release her first album, “Sing for You,” in May. She continues to serve one weekend each month with the Missouri Air National Guard as a band vocalist to lift troop morale.

Thursday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m.: Three Dog Night

Legendary music icons Three Dog Night claim some of the most astonishing chart statistics in popular music. Over a span of 40 years they have racked up 21 consecutive Top 40 hits including three number one singles, 11 Top 10s and 12 straight RIAA-Certified Gold LPs. With their customary impeccable harmonies and exciting arrangements, they will perform fan favorites including “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to The World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” “One,” “Liar,” “Celebrate” and new songs including “Heart of Blues” and an a-cappella ballad, “Prayer of the Children.”

The band is made up of founding members Cory Wells and Danny Hutton on lead vocals, original band mates Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards) and Michael Allsup (guitar) and completed by Paul Kingery (bass and vocals) and Pat Bautz (drums).

Friday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m.: Olivia Henken

Local celebrity and returning performer Olivia Henken brings a little glam to her country rock and soulful ballads. She has her sights set on taking the country music industry by storm: her goal is to become Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year.