I have just returned from The Green Industry & Equipment Expo (Landscapes 2018) in Louisville, Kentucky. It was my fifth year attending this conference. As expected, it was a busy week, but definitely worth the time. Here’s why:
Breakfast with Champions - I hosted a table both days and really enjoyed meeting new people. The topics were Leveraging Technology and Peer Groups - Are They Right For You? I met some great contractors who are eager to use these resources to improve their businesses.
Course Offerings - This year, there were 135 hours of training offered, targeting specific groups such as CEOs/Owners/Managers, Sales/Marketing/Account Managers and Crew Leaders/Technicians. There was definitely something for everyone!
Ideas - There were so many ideas I came back with - too many to implement, in fact. The key is to pick 3-5 to implement with your team.
Catching Up - I see a lot of people at this event that I don’t get to see at any other event. It’s always so nice to catch up with them.
LMN Conference - I had the pleasure of attending the LMN Conference that took place prior to the opening of GIE+Expo. I see great value in the LMN program and it’s helpful to be with other like-minded companies to see how they’re using this software to improve and enhance their businesses.
Time with the Team - There is something to be said about being away from the operation to reflect on how things are going. When I’m at GIE+Expo, I can reflect on the operation with my team and fellow business leaders.
Community - I’ve thought it myself and I’ve heard others say it, too: “I thought I was the only one who had this problem!” What I love most about this conference is the recognition that I am not alone. Others are dealing with, or have dealt with, the issues I’m facing and they’re always willing to share their experiences and tips for success.
The Great Crew Leader Workshop - On Wednesday, I had the privilege to sit in on The Great Crew Leader Workshop led by Phil Harwood. This interactive session was focused on the primary roles of a crew leader as Worker, Driver, Supervisor, Trainer and Leader. This is an essential course for all crew leaders!
If GIE+Expo (Landscapes) is not a conference you’ve attended in the past, let me encourage you to add it to your calendar for next year (October 16-18, 2019 in Louisville, KY). You won’t be disappointed. I’ll see you there!