BALTIMORE, Md. – Grounds professionals looking for a diverse line-up of educational topics, all available in one location, should make sure they are in Louisville Oct. 21-24 for the Professional Grounds Management Society’s (PGMS) highly anticipated 2015 School of Grounds Management & GIE+EXPO. This year's event is offering fifteen education programs, a pre-conference field trip, live concerts, networking and much more.
PGMS will kick off this four day event on Wednesday, Oct. 21 with a pre-conference field trip to the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol Building in Frankfort, and Bortherum Historical Estate. The tour will be followed by a welcoming reception where professionals from all across the country meet, mingle and exchange ideas. Thirteen education programs will be offered during the GIE+EXPO Thursday and Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. PGMS courses will be focused on the latest techniques and practices with topics such as “Managing your water needs in a sustainable landscape,” “Adding value to exterior spaces with lighting controls,” “Customizing your snow management plan,” and “Equipping and operating an equipment maintenance shop effectively,” among others. Back by popular demand, PGMS will host a Speaker Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 24. From 7:30–8:30 a.m., attendees will learn about “Utilizing social media as a tool for your business,” and from 8:45–9:45 a.m. Nicholas Payne, Ph.D., from the Kentucky Chiropractic Association, will present “Maximizing production by minimizing injuries.”
Grounds professionals interested in taking the first steps to earn a certificate in the School of Grounds Management (SGM) may earn Continuing Education Units at the School of Grounds Management. Strategically integrated into the schedule of events offered at the GIE+EXPO, the PGMS School focuses on four core competencies of grounds management. Those who complete the entire program (usually taking two years) are awarded an SGM certificate by PGMS. More information on the SGM program can be found here.
For those interested in learning more about the PGMS Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program please visit http://pgms.org/accreditation/. Staff members will also be available to provide detailed information.
Details and registration information for the PGMS School of Grounds Management is available online here.
Helping PGMS develop its dynamic education program are its Elite Partners. These industry giants include: Platinum Partners: Husqvarna, John Deere and Toro; Gold Partners: Bartlett Tree Experts and Kawasaki Motors Corp; Silver Partners: Bailey Nurseries, Bayer, Cutting Edge, Davey, EarthPlanter, Hunter, Proven Winners, Ventrac, Gempler’s and Wright; and Bronze Partners: Echo, Jacks Small Engines and Live Wall.