Two keynote speakers announced for landscape professionals at GIE+EXPO 2019

Lt. Col "Rob" Waldo Waldman and industry economist Brian Beaulieu are on the lineup

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Valuable opportunities abound at the 2019 GIE+EXPO for lawn & 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.

Dealers looking to pick up profit-boosting tips can attend workshops led by Bob Clements International, technician training and UTV University.

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.

The GIE+EXPO Workshops, spanning all three days this year, will cover a variety of management topics specifically for landscape contractors’ businesses. Many of these sessions are included with trade show registration.

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 p.m.

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 and CEO of ITR Economics for a Special Friday Report.

His keynote, titled "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.

In addition to the education opportunities, dealers will again have access to the indoor show floor earlier than the rest of the industry.

The show floor will open for dealers Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. Dealers, distributors, retailers and the media are invited to the exclusive preview. All attendees are invited beginning at 3 p.m. which includes a welcome reception until 7 p.m.

Hours for Thursday, Oct. 17 indoors and out are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday, Oct. 18 the indoor exhibits will be open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and outdoor exhibits will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Dealer Resource Center will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

For more information and online registration for the trade show and education program please visit