Denver, Colo., February 11-14

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Topics range from what’s happening in the industry now, training on how to become a better foreman, tips to get the right people on your team, how to be more profitable and a look ahead to the future. Hear from high-profile speakers, like Justice Gregory Hobbs, Bill Arman, Nolan Doesken, Susan J. Tweit, Charlie Hall, Ph.D., Fred Schafer, Bill Calkins, Kathryn Dager, MA, and many more.

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Schedule/Education Opportunities

Tuesday, February 11

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Landscape Water Management and Planning (Intermediate to Advanced). Preregistration and additional fees required.

8:30-10:30 a.m. First Aid Training – Spanish Session (Beginner). Preregistration and additional fees required.

8:30 .a.m-12:30 p.m.: Colorado Certified Nursery Professionals (CCNP) Exam. Preregistration and additional fees required.

8:30-9:30 a.m.:

  • CGG – Greenhouse Pesticide Classification, Uses and Impacts (Intermediate)
  • CDA – Cate

gory 307- Interior Plant Pest Control (Intermediate)

8:30-10:30 a.m.: How to Implement an Effective Safety Training Program (Intermediate)

8:30-11:30 a.m.: Woody Plant ID Workshop (Beginner to Intermediate)

9:45-11:30 a.m.: CGG – Greenhouse Botany and Plant Physiology (Intermediate)

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: CPR Training – Spanish Session (Beginner)

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Summer Safety – Protecting Yourself While Working Outdoors (Beginner to Intermediate)

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: CDA – What is a Right of Way Site Location? (Beginner to Advanced)

12:30-2:30 p.m.: First Aid Training (Beginner). Preregistration and additional fees required.

12:30-2:45 p.m.: CGG – Greenhouse Plant Diseases Class and Lab (Intermediate)

12:30-2:30 p.m.: How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection & What You Need to Know About the New GHS Standard (Beginner to Intermediate)

12:30-1 p.m.: CDA – Spills: What To Do – Public Safety (Beginner to Advanced)

1-4 p.m.: ISA Arborist Certification Training, Part 1 (Beginner to Intermediate)

1:15-2:15 p.m.: CDA – Pollinator Protection – Environmental Protection & Pesticides & Their Families (Beginner to Advanced)

1:45-4:45 p.m.: Turf and Grassy Weed ID Workshop (Beginner to Intermediate)

2:30-4:30 p.m.: CPR Training (Beginner). Preregistration and additional fees required.

2:45-3:45 p.m.: Slips, Trips & Falls Prevention – Spanish Session (Beginner)

3-4:45 p.m.: CGG – Greenhouse Basic Plant Propagation (Intermediate)

Wednesday, February 12

7:15- 8:30 a.m.: ProGreen Kick-Off Breakfast, Denver Athletic Club, Denver, Colo. Preregistration and tickets required.

8-10 a.m.:

  • Introduction to Pumps (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • TransForemen: To Succeed and Improve Productivity (Beginner to Advanced)

8:15-10 a.m.: CGG – Greenhouse Water, Media and Nutrition (Intermediate)

8:30-9:30 a.m.: Laws and Regulations Update (Beginner to Advanced)

8:30-10 a.m.:

  • How to Grow your Green Business with Social Media and Email Marketing (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • The Skill Of Holding People Accountable (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Security and Theft Prevention Practices for Your Autos, Jobsites, Shop and Yard Facilities (Intermediate)
  • 8:30-11:45 a.m.: Landscape Industry Certified Technician – Written Tests. Preregistration and additional fees required.

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: EXPO Open

11 a.m.-12 p.m.:

  • The 5 Steps to Developing a Winning Competitive Strategy (Intermediate)
  • Unusual Woody Plants for your Designs (Intermediate)
  • CGG – Greenhouse Heating and Cooling (Intermediate)
  • “Basket Daze” – A March Moneymaker That Provides Funds When You’re Broke! (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Today’s Garden Consumer – Top 10 Findings from Ball’s Consumer Research (Intermediate)
  • The Latest in Grafted Vegetables (Intermediate)
  • A Glimpse at “Real World” Sprayer Cleanouts – Applicator Safety and Use of Pesticides (Beginner to Advanced)

1-3 p.m.:

  • iForeman: Train Your Brain and Your Phone to Succeed as a Team Leader (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Colorado State University Research Updates (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Water Movement in Soils and Its Implications for Landscape Drip Irrigation (Intermediate to Advanced)

1-2:30 p.m.:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, WHD: Essential Information Specific to the Green Industry (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Outlook for 2014: The Future of the Green Industry (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Invasive Pests and Quarantines in Colorado: Japanese Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer Update (Beginner)

1-2:45 p.m.: CGG – Greenhouse Insect Pests Class and Lab (Intermediate)

1-5 p.m.:

  • ISA Arborist Certification Training, Part 2 (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Save Money with Lean Flow: Principles You Need to Know (Beginner to Intermediate)

3:30-4:30 p.m.: A Look at the Impatiens Downy Mildew Outbreak of 2013 in Colorado and What to Expect in 2014 (Intermediate)

3:30-5 p.m.:

  • Hosting Workshops: Where the Experience Economy Meets Relationship Marketing (Because Sometimes They Wanna Go Where Everybody Knows Their Name) (Intermediate)
  • Panel discussion: Irrigation Incentives vs. Regulations. Which gives the best results? (Beginner to Advanced)
  • The 10 Best Practices Growing Companies Need to Know (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Get The Right People On Your Team (Beginner to Advanced)

5-7 p.m.: ALCC Member Reception and Party, Appaloosa Grill, Denver, Colo. Preregistration required.

Thursday, February 13

8-10 a.m.:

  • Strategies for Dealing with Dissatisfied Customers (Intermediate)
  • Are you a Fierce Competitor? (Intermediate to Advanced)

8:15-11:45 a.m.: GreenCO Best Management Practices for Water Conservation and Water Quality Protection in Colorado Training and Exam (Beginner to Advanced). Preregistration and additional fees required.

8:30-9:45 a.m.: Trees Have Hormones … And They Know How to Use Them (Intermediate to Advanced)

8:30-9:30 a.m.:

  • The Top 10 Inventory Best Practices for Retailers and Wholesalers (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Turf and Trees in the Landscape: Can’t we all just get along? (Intermediate)
  • Colorado’s New Nutrient Control Regulation and GreenCO’s Landscape BMPs (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Attracting and Retaining Profitable Customers: The Key to Success! (Beginner to Advanced)

8:30-10 a.m.: The Velvet Rope Workplace – How to Create a Workplace That Everyone is Trying to Get into and Where No One wants to Leave! (Intermediate)

8:30-11:45 a.m.: Landscape Industry Certified Technician – Written Portion of Test. Preregistration and additional fees required.

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Certified Greenhouse Growers (CGG) Exam (Intermediate). Preregistration and additional fees required.

9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.: EXPO Open

10:15-11:45 a.m. How to Turn a Profit in 6 Simple Steps (Intermediate)

10:30-11:45 a.m.: Organic Pest Control (Intermediate)

10:45-11:45 a.m.:

  • The Evolving Park in a Virtual World (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Best Performing Annual and Perennials from 2013 Colorado State University Trials (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Getting to the Root of the Issue (Beginner to Advanced)
  • 2014 Sate of the Industry: Lawn & Landscape’s National Trends and How Those are Impacting the Industry Nationally (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Subcontractor and Vendor Negotiations (Intermediate to Advanced)

1:45-3:15 p.m.: Marketing Worth Sharing: Advertising Anyone Can Follow, Including Your Customers (Intermediate)

1:45-2:45 p.m.:

  • Food Production Practices: What You Need to Know to be a Commercial Grower (Beginner to Intermediate)
  • Inventory Best Practices for Growers (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Plant Select – New Plants (Intermediate to Advanced)
  • Business Management: I Know What Must be Done, But How Do I Make it Happen? (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Emerald Ash Borer: Kicking Ash in North America (Beginner to Intermediate)

1:45-3 p.m.: Colorado Water Law: Past, Present, Future (Beginner to Advanced)

2-5 p.m.: SketchUp 3D Modeling and Visualization for Complete Beginners (Beginner)

3-6 p.m.: ISA Arborist Certification Exam. Preregistration and additional fees required

3:30-5 p.m.:

  • Weather Patterns, Drought Realities and Expectations for 2014 and Beyond (Beginner to Advanced)
  • 2014’s Top 9 Green Thumb Marketing Tactics for SEO and Social Media (Advanced)
  • High Performance Sales and Marketing: How To Bring So Much Added Value To Those You Serve That They Do Cartwheels Every Time They See Or Hear Your Name! (Intermediate)

3:45-4:45 p.m.: How we Hurt the Trees we Love: A Caregiver’s Dilemma (Intermediate to Advanced)

3:45-5 p.m.:

  • Starting & Maintaining An Effective Biocontrol Program (Intermediate)
  • Transitioning Your Company to the Next Level (Advanced)
  • Understanding QuickBooks Financial Software for Landscape Contractors (Beginner to Intermediate)

4:30-7 p.m.: CNGA Industry Celebration Happy Hour. Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center, Denver, Colo. Preregistration and additional fees required.

Friday, February 14

8:30-9:30 a.m.:

  • Design Solutions for Small Spaces (Intermediate to Advanced – Techniques; Beginner to Advanced – Inspiration)
  • Tree Crown Reduction Strategies (Intermediate to Advanced)

8:30-9:45 a.m.: Affordable Care Act: Impact on Business Owners (Beginner)

8:30-10 a.m.: Designing, Building and Maintaining Sustainable Landscapes for Arid Environments (Beginner to Intermediate)

8:30-11:30 a.m.: Intermediate SketchUp 3D Modeling and Visualization (Intermediate to Advanced)

9 a.m.-12 p.m.: EXPO Open

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.:

  • 10×10 (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces (Intermediate to Advanced – Techniques; Beginner to Advanced – Inspiration)
  • How Research and Practice has Changed the Way we Prune: An International View (Beginner to Advanced)

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Leaders Make Change Work (Intermediate)

1-2 p.m.:

  • Caring for Bluegrass Alternatives: When Mow, Blow and Go Isn’t the Norm (Intermediate=)
  • The Transformation of Denver Botanic Gardens (Beginner to Advanced)
  • “Design By Nature”: It’s All About Relationships (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Firewise Landscaping (Beginner)

2:15-3:15 p.m.:

  • Landscaping in the Pines (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Evidence: Toward Performance-Based Design (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Art on the Rim: Connecting People with Landscape at the Grand Canyon (Beginner to Advanced)

2:15-3:45 p.m.:

  • New Trends in 2D/3D Design Visualization (Beginner to Advanced)
  • Are You Controlling Time Or Is It Controlling You? (Beginner to Advanced)