Noted economist to speak at GIE+EXPO 2017

One of the country’s most informed economists will deliver a keynote address at the Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), the world’s largest trade show for the garden, lawn and outdoor power equipment industries, held Oct. 18-20, 2017, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky. The Dealer “Kick-Off” Keynote is free with show registration.

Alan Beaulieu

Alan Beaulieu

Alan Beaulieu, a senior analyst at ITR Economics, has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars to thousands of business owners and executives around the world for the past 25 years to help them capitalize on emerging trends. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of U.S. and global economic trends during the next 20 years. He also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes.

In his GIE+EXPO session titled “A Good Year Ahead,” Beaulieu will focus on the uncertainty and volatility that business leaders currently confront. Sifting through the often-conflicting maze of economic information, he will provide a timely snapshot of the current economy, where it is headed over the next three years, and what it means to businesses.

“The addition of Alan to our lineup will provide an outstanding opportunity for dealers to learn where the economy is headed, as well as how they can take advantage of the present economic environment,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), the managing partner of GIE+EXPO.

Beaulieu will deliver the Dealer “Kick-Off” Keynote on Wednesday, Oct. 18 (Dealer Day), 1:30-3 p.m. The session is sponsored by Gravely and Stihl. Following Beaulieu’s keynote, the trade show will open exclusively for dealers, distributors, retailers and media from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a show floor reception beginning at 5 p.m.

GIE+EXPO 2016 broke records with more than 21,000 attendees from around the world, representing a 12-percent increase over 2015. Indoor booths covered 676,000 net square feet (80,000 square feet larger than 2015), and at 20 acres, the hands-on Outdoor Demonstration Area was larger than ever.

GIE+EXPO is an annual event sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).
For information and online registration for the trade show, visit Other contact points include, Twitter @GIE_EXPO and (800) 558-8767/(812) 949-9200.