Landscaper education sessions

Landscaper education sessions

Check out these opportunities to gain new skills and hear the founder of Papa John’s Pizza.

August 31, 2016

This year’s GIE+EXPO will offer landscapers a chance to attend educational sessions on topics ranging from how to increase profits, how to hire the right employees and how to add services to your offerings. This year’s GIE+EXPO will offer landscapers a chance to attend educational sessions on topics ranging from how to increase profits, how to hire the right employees and how to add services to your offerings. Plus, a new opening keynote will feature John Schnatter, the founder of Papa John’s. 

Opening Keynote: John Schnatter, Founder and CEO, Papa John’s
Fee: $15 donation, which will benefit The Louisville Zoo

Sponsored by Hardscape North America
Thursday, Oct. 20, 8-9 a.m.

The Papa John's pizza business was founded in 1983 when "Papa" John Schnatter knocked out a broom closet in the back of his father's tavern in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He then sold his 1971 Z28 Camaro to purchase $1,600 worth of used pizza equipment and began selling pizzas to the tavern's customers out of the converted closet. His pizzas proved so popular that one year later he was able to move into an adjoining space. In 2009, Schnatter got the Camaro back by contacting the family that he sold the car to in 1983. Today, the company is the third largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world with headquarters in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, near Louisville. 

Hardscape Workshop: Secrets Every Contractor Ought to Know About the Hardscape Business
Frank Gandora, President, Creative Hardscape Company

Thursday, Oct. 20, 10-11:30 a.m.

Learn insider secrets of running a successful hardscape company. With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Frank Gandora has worked with some of the best manufacturers, CEOs and contractors in the business. He combines their strategies and best practices to run his own successful business. In this session, you’ll learn the tips, tricks and secrets he and other top contractors use to set themselves apart as leading hardscape contractors.

NALP Workshop 2

5 Steps to Increasing your profitability with QuickBooks – $85
Monica Muir, Muir & Associates, LLC, NALP consultant
Thursday, Oct. 20 – 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Frustrated with QuickBooks? Often the issues are due to features missed in setup and procedures which impact workflow and reporting. Learn five steps that can help you increase your profitability with desktop QuickBooks. With just a few changes in setup and procedure, you’ll have more reporting options and new ways to streamline your workflow.

NALP Workshop 3
How not to sell your business – $85
Ron Edmonds, Principium Group, NALP consultant
Friday, Oct. 21 – 8 - 9:30 a.m.

It is estimated that only 25 percent of businesses are successfully sold. For businesses under $1 million in sales or less than 10 employees, the percentage is even lower. A business is usually an owner’s most significant asset, and many are relying on their businesses to finance their retirement. But these statistics paint a challenging picture. Learn why businesses don’t sell, as well as why they do. This session will focus on how you can improve your odds of a successful exit from your business – on your terms and timetable.

NALP Workshop 6
Make more profits, create more free time, and grow your landscape business organically by avoiding these three massive mistakes – $85
Domenic Chiarella, 7 of 7 BEST Business and Life Strategies, LLC, NALP consultant

Friday, Oct. 21 – 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Learn the three mistakes that are present in every company, how to avoid them and tools for solving them. Find out why it is important to have these areas working for you in order to grow profits and gain an understanding of real tools in each area that can be implemented immediately into your business.

NALP Workshop 8
Optimize your cash flow and get paid faster – $85
David Tulkin, Fundbox, NALP consultant

Friday, Oct. 21 – 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Cash flow is essential to business success. 64 percent of small businesses experience late payments, and landscapers are no exception. Chances are if you invoice on net-terms, you have funds tied up in receivables that you need to make payroll, buy supplies or take on the next big job. This informative session will cover key steps to taking control of your cash flow and utilizing technology to optimize your invoicing workflow. It will also cover traditional and alternative types of financing available to landscape owners.


Latino Link for landscape contractors
Presented by the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA)
Free to GIE+EXPO attendees (unless otherwise noted)

To meet growing demand, the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) is expanding its seminar offerings during GIE+EXPO. Sessions will be in English and in Spanish. Whether you are a Hispanic contractors eager to achieve greater success or a non-Hispanic wishing to better engage Hispanic employees, you’ll want to attend an NHLA session.

Connecting-the-dots for more profits and growth (in English)
Thursday, Oct. 20 – 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Moderator: Domenic Chiarella, 7 of 7 Best Business & Life Strategies

Panel: Rafael Diaz, Diaz Group
Jose Arroyo, Jose’s Landscaping
Pam Berrios, ALS Services

Creating a winning culture through staff development (In Spanish)
Mejorando el ambiente laboral a través de entrenamiento
Friday, Oct. 21 – 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Moderator: Pam Berrios, ALS Services

Panel: Rafael Diaz, Diaz Group
Jose Arroyo, Jose’s Landscaping
Marcos Berrios, Rulyscapes

NHLA lunch & learn roundtable discussions (In Spanish & English)
Growing your company by better engaging local Hispanics
Como avanzar en nuestra industria
Friday, Oct. 21 – 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. $30 includes lunch.

Whether you’re a company owner or leader struggling to better engage and grow your Hispanic workforce, or a Hispanic wanting to grow in the industry, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.