Calendar

2014
June 17-19
Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) annual meeting, The Breakers, Palm Beach, Fla. Contact: Marla Popkin, director of meetings, OPEI, 341 S. Patrick St., Alexandria, VA 22314; phone (703) 549-7600; fax (703) 549-7604; info@opei.org. Website: www.opei.org


June 23-27
SkillsUSA’s 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC), Kansas City, Mo. Contact: SkillsUSA, 14001 SkillsUSA Way, Leesburg, VA 20176; phone (703) 777-8810; fax (703) 777-8999. Website: www.skillsusa.org


August 31-September 2
SPOGA+GAFA, International Garden Trade Fair with the International Trade Fair for Sport, Camping and Garden Lifestyle, Cologne, Germany. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 2. Website: www.spogagafa.com


September 14-16
GLEE, International Garden and Leisure Show, NEC Birmingham, England. Website: www.gleebirmingham.com


October 22-24
The Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. Oct. 22 (Dealer Day): Open to dealers, distributors, retailers and media only. Oct. 23-24: Open to everyone. Contact: Sellers Expositions, 135 W. Market St., New Albany, IN 47150; phone (800) 558-8767 or (812) 949-9200; fax (812) 949-9600; info@gie-expo.com. Website: www.gie-expo.com


GIE+EXPO 2014 Dealer/Retailer/Distributor Schedule


Wednesday, October 22 (Dealer Day)
7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Technician Training
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.: Dealer Resource Pavilion open.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements — Dare to Be Different
1 – 3 p.m.: Dealer Day Box Lunch Workshops. Choose one of two. Topics to be announced.
3 – 7 p.m.: Indoor exhibits open to dealers, retailers, distributors, media only.
5 – 7 p.m.: Reception on the tradeshow floor for dealers, retailers, distributors, media and exhibitors
9 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! Montgomery Gentry on the Nissan Commercial Vehicles stage


Thursday, October 23
8 – 9:30 a.m.: Dealer Summit Breakfast — The Crystal Ball Manufacturers’ Panel
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Indoor exhibits and Outdoor Demonstration Area open to all attendees.
10 – 10:55 a.m.: Dealer Summit Special Report — Contractor Buying and Attitude Trends
11 a.m. – noon: Free Management Class by Bob Clements — Add Dollars to Your Bottom Line by Improving Your Service and Parts Departments’ KPIs
2 – 3 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements — Get Out of Your Financial Rut and Generate Instant Income
9 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! The Crashers on the Nissan Commercial Vehicles stage


Friday, October 24
8 – 9:30 a.m.: Dealer Summit Breakfast — Dealer “Best Practices” Panel
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Outdoor Demonstration Area open to all attendees.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Indoor exhibits open to all attendees.
11 a.m. – noon: Free Management Class by Bob Clements — Radically Transform Your Dealership by Improving Your Absorption Rate
1 p.m.: $1,000 giveaway
2 – 3 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements — Turn Your Slow Season into a Profitable Part of Your Year
2 p.m.: $2,000 giveaway
3 p.m.: $3,000 giveaway
4 p.m.: $4,000 giveaway
9 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! Olivia Henken on the Nissan Commercial Vehicles stage

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