The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) has announced its new annual conference and expo is ELEVATE. After more than 15 years in Louisville, KY, as part of the GIE + EXPO™, the rebranded NALP event will now be held in different locations each year, starting at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Conference Center in Orlando, FL on September 18-21.
ELEVATE is designed by landscape and lawn care experts, influencers and contractors, specifically with the needs of NALP members and industry professionals in mind. “After a partnership with GIE+EXPO and 15 years in Louisville, it is time for a change,” says Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “So, we are creating an experience that will educate, entertain, and inspire lawn care and landscape contractors across the U.S. ELEVATE will do exactly what its name says; it will provide the education and networking to help contractors to elevate their businesses to the next level.”
“Orlando sounds great,” says Miles Graves, regional manager for The Greenery, Inc. based in Hilton Head Island, SC. “It’s hard to convince your members that you’re getting outdated. I applaud them. It’s a thankless job, but to push the industry to new levels you got to do it.”
The new ELEVATE Expo is designed to be a more focused experience. NALP is deliberately keeping the expo at a manageable size to better enable attendees to find the right tools and have focused conversations with industry suppliers.
Here is the event schedule at a glance:
Sunday, September 18
Morning – Registration Opens
Afternoon – Leadership Meetings
Evening – Welcome Reception
Monday, September 19
Morning – Education Sessions
Afternoon – ELEVATE Expo/Happy Hour Reception
Evening – Awards of Excellence Celebration
Afternoon – ELEVATE Expo/Education Sessions/Happy Hour Reception
Evening – Closing Party
Morning – Breakfast with Champions (Optional)/Education Sessions
11:30am – Meeting Concludes
Afternoon – Facility Tours
Registration opens in February 2022. In 2023, ELEVATE will be held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center in Dallas, TX. Beginning in 2025, ELEVATE will be held in November each year. Learn more at NALPElevate.org.