Dealer Summit announced for GIE+EXPO
Posted: 4/24/2013 |
A highly relevant new seminar has just been announced for Dealer Day at GIE+EXPO in Louisville. On Oct. 23, a lunch-and-learn Dealer Summit will include a session unveiling new research about buying and attitude trends to help dealers be more effective in reaching top contractors. The seminar will also include a panel discussion on important developments like diversification, marketing, social media, sales management and more. Distributors are also encouraged to attend. Attendees will receive a full copy of the research report.
The new research will be presented by GIE Media, the publishers of Lawn & Landscape, Golf Course Industry and Green Industry Supply Chain News magazines.
Another just-announced presentation will include an incisive panel discussion featuring leaders from major manufacturing partners moderated by longtime industry leader Kim Rominger. Rominger is the executive vice president of Association Management Group and one of 16 association executives associated with the North American Equipment Dealers Association, which is helping organize the Summit.
Topics for the panel discussion will include how dealers fit into the future for these companies, how the companies plan to use online sales in the future, compatibility of electronic communications and billing systems and, of course, how they are responding to the challenge of E15.
The new Dealer Summit will run from noon until 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, the site of GIE+EXPO (the Green Industry & Equipment Expo) and the collocated Hardscape North America. Pre-registration is required for participation in the Summit. The cost to attend the Summit is $50 and the cost to register for the tradeshow is $10 through Sept. 11; $25 Sept. 12-Oct. 22; or $50 onsite.
Kris Kiser, president & CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, one of the sponsors of GIE+EXPO, said, "Astute dealers and distributors will jump at this opportunity. This is a chance for them to hear, first hand, about the big trends impacting the market and how their supply partners plan to work with dealers in the future. "
GIE+EXPO's 2013 dates are Oct. 23-25. Wednesday, Oct. 23, will be an exclusive preview day for dealers, retailers, distributors and media. A Dealer Resource Pavilion will be open 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and indoor exhibits will be open 3 - 7 p.m. During a welcome reception on the show floor, 5 -7 p.m., many of the exhibitors will host games, food, festivities and prizes in their booths, including a $5,000 giveaway sponsored by STIHL Inc.
On Thursday and Friday the tradeshow and the adjacent Outdoor Demonstration Area will be open to all in the industry.
Now the 9th largest tradeshow in North America, GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). For information and online registration: www.gie-expo.com. Other contact points: Facebook, info@GIE-EXPO.com and 800-558-8767/812-949-9200.