LANDSCAPES 2015 line-up announced

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (formerly PLANET) has released the education schedule and opened online registration for its annual education convention LANDSCAPES 2015 (formerly GIC), which is held in Louisville in conjunction with GIE+EXPO and Hardscapes North America.

This year’s convention will feature more than 40 sessions presented in five different learning formats including town hall meetings, deep-dive workshops, lightning-round sessions, facilitated roundtable discussions, and new this year, NALP members can get one-on-one 75-minute business consultations with leading business owners in the industry who are part of the association’s Trailblazer program.

“Our mentoring program–the Trailblazer program–is one of the most unique and in demand programs that we have, and we are happy to make it accessible to so many more people at LANDSCAPES,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CEO of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. “The ability to get advice about your most pressing business concerns from another successful landscape industry company owner, who doesn’t compete in your market, is a really incredible opportunity.”

LANDSCAPES 2015 will feature the most popular industry speakers as well as leadership and business experts from outside the industry who are appearing for the first time, a few of which include:

David Waits, who is known globally as a thought leader in leadership development and strategy implementation, whose clients include Wal-Mart, Lexus, Major League Baseball and more.

Dave Murray, a customer service and systems experts who works with clients including Anytime Fitness, Carnival Cruise Lines, TravelCenters of America and many more.

Kirk Armstrong, who is an award-winning trainer, speaker and consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of sales, management, strategic planning, interpersonal communications and team building. Known for his experience in developing and training sales tactics and strategies, clients learn how to win more sales, in less time, while creating a common sales language and culture for their organization.


LANDSCAPES 2015 is approved for Landscape Industry Certified recertification at 1 CEU per hour of instruction attended. PGMS and HNA educational programs also qualify toward recertification. Educational sessions are also approved for LA CES.

LANDSCAPES 2015 registration also includes registration to GIE+EXPO, the nation’s largest landscape industry equipment expo.

LANDSCAPES 2015 is sponsored by JOHN DEERE at the Platinum level, with additional support by Caterpillar as Gold Sponsor, and Bayer as Silver Sponsor.


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