Back for a second year, the Hardscape Contractor Executive Workshop provides hardscape contractors and executives the opportunity to interact with fellow business owners from all over North America to share ideas and best practices on topics critical to their business.

The Contractor Executive Workshop will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1:30-5:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Louisville in conjunction with Hardscape North America (HNA), the industry’s largest tradeshow for hardscape contractors and distributors/dealers. HNA will be held at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Oct. 23 for distributors and dealers and Oct. 24-25 for all industry participants.

The Workshop, which is approved for 3.5 CE credits for ICPI Certified Installers, opens with a presentation entitled “Retaining Employees in this Ever-Changing World,” with speaker Jerry Gaeta of J. Gaeta Business Planning, LLC. Following the presentation, attendees will participate in different roundtable discussions throughout the afternoon.

Roundtable Topics and Facilitators

Retaining Employees in this Ever-Changing World – Jerry Gaeta, Consultant, J. Gaeta Business Planning, LLC
When to Invest in Mechanical Installation Equipment – Fred Adams, President, Fred Adams Paving Company, Inc.
Creating YouTube Videos to Close More Sales – Tom Gardocki, Hardscape Operations Foreman, Interstate Landscape Co., Inc.
How to Turn Cleaning and Sealing into a Profit Center – Richard Colletti, President, Seal ‘n Lock System Corporation
Expanding your Business from Residential to Commercial Projects – Frank Gandora, President, Creative Hardscape Company
How PICP Can Help You Capitalize on Stormwater Initiatives – Glenn Herold, National Commercial Hardscape Engineer, Oldcastle Architectural

The fee for the Hardscape Contractor Executive Workshop is $95 for members of ICPI, NCMA and BIA and $145 for nonmembers.

Other education options at HNA 2013 include hardscape installation courses on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Louisville; the HNA Distributor and Dealer Program on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center; and HNA conference sessions and hardscape demonstrations on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. 

Tradeshow registration ($35 through Sept. 11; $50 Sept. 12 – Oct. 22; $75 onsite)is required in order to sign up for any of the courses and workshops and includes access to the HNA tradeshow, the co-located GIE+EXPO tradeshow, outdoor exhibits, six hardscape demonstrations and three nights of concerts at Fourth Street Live! To register for the tradeshow and obtain education details and tickets, go to