GIE+EXPO 2019 announces two keynotes for landscape pros

Valuable opportunities abound at the 2019 GIE+EXPO for lawn and landscape professionals interested in improving profitability. Two keynote speakers, offering motivation and economic insights, are included with trade show registration. In addition, attendees can add workshops and live hardscape demonstrations to their itinerary. The annual trade show is set for Oct. 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman will present the opening keynote, “Never Fly Solo: The Power of Partnership to Reach New Heights in Business and Life,” Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 2 PM. Waldman is a highly decorated fighter pilot with over 65 combat missions and a valuable message about placing trust in your wingmen and building high-performance teams. The session is sponsored by John Deere. Immediately following the keynote at 3 p.m., the show floor will open to the entire industry, and attendees can enjoy a welcome reception.

Friday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m., attendees will hear from Brian Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists. His keynote, “More Growth – More People – More Business,” will provide insights on the state of the economy and how it relates to our industry to help attendees plan their businesses for the future. Beaulieu, the CEO of ITR Economics, brings more than 35 years of expertise to his presentations.

The GIE+EXPO Workshops, spanning all three days this year, will cover a variety of management topics specifically for landscape contractors’ businesses. In addition, for contractors looking to diversify, Hardscape North America’s co-location with GIE+EXPO provides the opportunity to learn about expanding into the hardscape market.


Registration details

Registration in advance is required for the workshops and demonstrations. NALP Workshops & Irrigation Workshop: $85, except NALP Workshop 1, which is $129; Hardscape Workshops: $65. Those who want to attend the HNA Demonstrations can upgrade their trade show registration for $65 to include all six live demos. Register for all sessions online at