Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Recreation Ponds from A to Z - Part 1

Larry Carnes, Reflections Water Gardens: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Take a deep dive into the world of recreational ponds led by one of the most renowned builders in the country. Learn about filtration, water flow, aesthetics, safety concerns and much more. If you are currently building recreational ponds or considering adding them to your offering, this seminar is a must.

Elevate EPDM Training - Part 1

Stacy Pruitt, Elevate PondGard: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

This seminar covers the installation techniques of PondGard EPDM pond liner. Includes types of geomembrane liners; liner deployment and installation; liner seaming, penetrations and patching; details of past installation mistakes and preventative techniques.

Recreation Ponds from A to Z - Part 2

Larry Carnes, Reflections Water Gardens: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Recreational ponds is a big subject, and we don’t want to rush through it. Part II is a great place to get all your questions and concerns addressed.

Elevate EPDM Training - Part 2

Stacy Pruitt, Elevate PondGard: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Part 2 of the PondGard EPDM training seminar.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Advanced Estimating- Turning Your Takeoff into a Winning Proposal

Kevin Dougherty: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top

This seminar is designed to improve your closing ratios. Are you tired of estimating jobs and not getting them? Do you wish the jobs you do get would be more profitable? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the advanced estimating seminar may be for you. This seminar will help estimators to think differently about the estimating process, and how to approach each opportunity realistically. We will help estimators to not just look at the estimate as a number, but more as a process from job inception to job completion. This seminar will also help attendees to think more as a businessperson, and to take more of a big picture approach to the estimation process rather than just doing takeoffs and providing numbers.

Get the Most from Your Pond & Waterfall Pumps

Ben Houk, Tsurumi Pump: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top  

The overall success of your water features depends on proper pump selection. Ideal water flow is critical, but pump longevity and energy usage can also make or break a project. Learn how to get the most out of your pumps for happier customers and fewer call-backs.

Linear Diaphragm Air Pump Installation & Maintenance

Mike Miner, HiBlow USA: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top  

Are you getting the best performance and longevity from your air pumps? Learn from the expert how to properly size, install, maintain and rebuild linear air pumps. This seminar will save you from callbacks and needless product replacements.

Developing Frontline Leadership- Supervisory/People Management Seminar

Kevin Dougherty: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

With today’s jobs: more competitive, having aggressive schedules, being inconsistently managed by the customer, skilled manpower shortages, with projects involving more documentation and administrative needs, today’s supervisor is critical for profitability. Gone are the days when the supervisor could wing it – today’s successful supervisor must manage not only the field, but also understand how the whole process fits together. This program will provide today’s supervisor with the tools needed to be successful. Topics to be covered in this program include working with chaotic jobs, improving the communication processes, establishing front-line and job leadership, and becoming proactive with managing jobs.

State of the Art Pond Filtration

Frayne McAtee, Atlantic-OASE: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

Whether you’re dealing with new construction or the renovation of a pond, OASE filtration products provide unique easy to maintain solutions to make any pond crystal clear and healthy. Discover how easy it can be to open a world of satisfied customers.

Lake Aeration from Top to Bottom

Marti Veatch, Kasco Marine: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

Servicing lakes and larger natural ponds isn’t as difficult as you’d think- and can add a whole new revenue stream to your business with minimal investment. We’ll discuss what you need to know about managing larger bodies of water with fountain options, bottom aeration, and treatments.

Making the Number Work - Finances Seminar

Kevin Dougherty: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   Top

Is your contracting business giving you what you need in life? This seminar offers detailed solutions to the number one problem encountered by contractors: failure to charge enough and know the numbers. More than just an accounting seminar, this seminar discusses how lack of income and the stressful nature of an unsuccessful business can affect family, personal, and professional life. The subject matter makes this seminar ideal for owners, spouses, and partners of contracting firms.

External Pump Technology

Greg Gent, PerformancePro Pumps: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   Top

Pump technologies continue to evolve providing better performance and energy efficiency with every new generation. Dig into the technology that is making these advances possible and how it relates to better results for you.

Expand Your Market with Lake Therapy - Part 1

Frayne McAtee, Atlantic-OASE: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.   Top

OASE takes another step towards groundbreaking lake management with new innovative lake therapy products. Discover how these products can add another revenue stream to your business and another offering to your customer base.

Project Communication - Understanding the Importance of Properly Communicating Throughout the Project

Kevin Dougherty: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Top

A program designed to improve your projects profitability- This program is designed to help the contractor and their production teams take charge of projects and determine the most profitable way to proceed. Understand the importance of finishing the project strongly, and all the documentation needs and standards. This program will cover the importance of knowing what you own and how it will/can impact the job and how documentation is an important communication channel.

Gravel Bed Filtration

Jason Steele, Steele’s Landscapes: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Top

Done correctly, gravel bed filtration offers a low maintenance, low-cost solution for pond filtration. When used in conjunction with an air lift system, the savings in energy consumption alone can be substantial. Learn how the system works and how to the proper installation techniques. .

Expand Your Market with Lake Therapy - Part 2

Frayne McAtee, Atlantic-OASE: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.   Top

Part 2 of the new OASE lake therapy seminar.

Friday, March 1, 2024

Planting for Success- The Benefits of Aquatic Plants - Part 1

Kelly Billing, Water Becomes a Garden: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Top

There are two types of people in this world- those who love aquatic plants and those who haven’t heard Kelly Billing speak. The Benefits of Aquatic Plants will dive deep on how well planted water features enhance the landscape and your profits. Identifying strategies for the right plants in the right situations ensures a thriving environment and long-term success!

Tools and Strategies for Growing a Water Feature Business

Chris Lombardo, Michael Hammer and Jordan Witbeck, Aquascape: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Top

Want to make your business take off in 2024 and beyond? This seminar will show you proven concepts that will increase your sales and profitability.

Propel Your Business Forward - The Importance of Your Google Business Profile & Connected Website

BJ Liner, Outdoor Network Services: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.   Top

The importance of your Google connected website has changed in 2024. Are you helping or hurting your business’ online reputation by ignoring or thinking your current profile is “good enough”? Join BJ to gain some knowledge that will help you grow your business’ digital footprint into the future.

Planting for Success- The Benefits of Aquatic Plants - Part 2

Kelly Billing, Water Becomes a Garden: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top

Kelly has so much to share with us about plants- there’s no way we’re cutting her off after just one session!

Using Evolution Aqua Filters and Media to Overcome Cloudy Water and Overstocked Ponds

Don Schnoor, Evolution Aqua: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top

Dealing with a pond with an extreme fish load or one that won’t clear up? Evolution Aqua shows you how easy it is to become a hero make your customer’s pond the envy of the neighborhood.


How AquaReale Increased our Maintenance by 42% in One Year

Laura Reale, Pond Tent - Maintenance: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.   Top

Looking to increase sales and profitability? Laura will show how they turned an underutilized part of their business into a game changer. This seminar is a must for contractors in this economy.

Contractor Round Table

Moderated by Randy Stewart, Pondliner Wholesale: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

Pick the brains of the top builders in the industry. What makes them successful and what they would have done differently? Gain valuable insight that will make you and your business better.

Innovative Products That Will Help Contractors Earn More in 2024

Chris Lombardo, Michael Hammer and Jordan Witbeck, Aquascape: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

Discover new products that will enhance your product offering for the coming year. Many of these are innovative “no-brainer” items that sell themselves when you offer them to your clients.

The Upsell Factor: Grow your Business with Japanese Koi

Lauren Nolan & AJ Mandell, Fitz's Fish Farms: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Top

Painlessly add thousands to your bottom line by offering high end Japanese koi to your high-end customers. Lauren and AJ will show you the nuts and bolts of the sales and delivery processes.

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