GIE+EXPO 2019: The Complete Attendee Guide
To celebrate our 6th year at GIE+EXPO, we’ve created a free guide to the largest and most relevant trade show in the lawn and landscape industry. Find out where to go, who to meet, and what to see at GIE+EXPO 2019, happening October 16-18 in Louisville, Kentucky.
There are two types of landscape professionals: those who’ve been to GIE+EXPO and those who wish they had.
If you’ve ever felt like the latter, this is your year to turn your business around.
And if you’ve been before, then you know just how massive the show can be—both in terms of sheer size and its impact on your business growth.
With 3 full days of demos, dealer previews, workshops, keynotes, free concerts, and rallies, GIE+EXPO is the single largest and most attended green industry trade show of the year.
GIE+EXPO 2019 is going to be no exception.
What should you expect from GIE+EXPO 2019?
- 716 exhibitors across 3 halls
- Daily seminars to boost your efficiency and bottom line
- 20+ acres of outdoor demonstrations and test driving the newest industry equipment
- Complete new lines and products from top manufacturers, including ATVs, aerial lifts, excavators, mowers, and service business software
- Access to Hardscape North America (HNA): two great shows in one location
- Meet and greets with your favourite lawn and landscape YouTubers
- Did we mention free swag?
GIE+EXPO 2019 FLOOR PLAN
GIE+EXPO 2019 takes place across 3 main areas:
- Exhibition Hall
- Outdoor Demo Area
- Hardscape House
You’ll find Jobber at booth #9168 in the Exhibition Hall, right alongside the industry’s best dealers, suppliers, and manufacturers.
GIE+EXPO HOT TIP:
Bring your walking shoes. GIE+EXPO 2019 is spread over 500,000 square feet inside the Kentucky Exposition centre, and more than 20 acres of outdoor demonstrations and test driving.
LOCATION, HOURS, REGISTRATION, AND TICKETS
Ready to attend GIE+EXPO? Here’s the lowdown on tickets, registration, hours, and location:
Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville Kentucky 40209
See below for driving directions, airport info, and parking instructions.
GIE+EXPO 2019 trade show hours are:
- Wednesday, October 16th: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m (indoor exhibits only)
- Thursday, October 17th: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m (indoor and outdoor exhibits)
- Friday, October 18th: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m (indoor exhibits only) and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m (outdoor exhibits).
REGISTRATION + TICKETS:
In order to attend GIE+EXPO 2019, you’ll want to register online ahead of time. Simply fill out the online form, choose your hotel and travel options, and start packing.
Early-bird registration (until September 5) starts at just $15, so the faster you act, the better! Onsite registration is also available, starting at $60.
GIE+EXPO 2019 TICKETS AND FEES
- Tickets for GIE+EXPO 2019 range from $15 (early bird) to $60 (onsite).
- Registration for non-exhibiting manufacturers, suppliers, ad agencies and media sales ranges from $350 to $450.
- Optional fees include:
- Landscape Professional Workshops (from $85 each)
- Hardscape Professional Workshops ($65)
- Technical Training ($30-$45)
- NHA Demonstration Upgrade ($65)
New for 2019, GIE+EXPO is offering free parking to all attendees.
RV parking is also available at a daily rate of $30 per day or $50 per day for an electric hookup (includes water hookups/tank filling and access to a dump station, restrooms facilities and showers.) Visit the Kentucky Exposition Center website to make an RV parking reservation.
Driving Directions to GIE+EXPO 2019: The Kentucky Exposition Center is located at the junction of I-65 and I-264 (937 Phillips Lane) in Louisville. Look for signs reading “Fair/Expo Center” on both interstates. Visitors may want to beat the traffic by entering Gates 2 & 4 on Crittenden Drive or Gate 6 on Preston Highway. Visitors traveling from out of state by air will find getting to the Kentucky Exposition Center easy as it is located just minutes from the Louisville International Airport.
Flight Directions to GIE+EXPO 2019: The Louisville International Airport (SDF) is only seven minutes from downtown and offers easy access to the Kentucky Exposition. Expect to pay between $10-$15 for a taxi ride.
Accommodation can be a stressful part of any travel experience, however GIE+EXPO has partnered with the Louisville Housing Bureau to make booking accommodation simple and safe. All of the hotels recommended by GIE+EXPO and the Louisville Housing Bureau are within an easy driving distance to the Exposition Centre, and free shuttle busses are available.
Plus, GIE+EXPO attendees who reserve their rooms through Louisville Housing Bureau have a chance to win a travel package!
GIE+EXPO 2019 VISITOR CHECKLIST
- Good walking shoes
- Mobile phone and charger
- A comfortable backpack
- Snacks and water bottle
- A selfie stick for when you meet your favorite YouTubers
TOP LAWN AND LANDSCAPING INFLUENCERS TO MEET
One of the single greatest draws of GIE is the chance to meet, talk to, and learn from the greatest lawn and landscape celebrities.
These pros don’t hold anything back, from business advice to their personal experiences. You already know them from YouTube, now get to know them in real life.
Here’s who you’ll see, meet, and learn from at GIE+EXPO 2019:
Dirt Monkey University
SEF the Lawn Surgeon
“I come to GIE+EXPO to meet other entrepreneurs, whether they are brand new or 10 years in. It gives me motivation to get where they are in my own business.”
Alabama Lawn Care & Lawn Care Life
“GIE+EXPO is the largest and most relevant tradeshow to the lawn and landscape industry. I come to see where I can improve and get an edge on my business.”
Kory Ballard Inc.
Carl and Rachel Bennet
Happy's Family Lawn Care
“Our top goal at GIE is to check out the newest equipment and to see what we can invest in next year that will make our job easier and more efficient.”
Eddie and Kenny Brown
Brown Brothers' Lawn Care
Mitchell's Lawn Care
“It’s great to meet and greet the men and women we talk to on social media. Plus we can see what new products are on the market that we may benefit from using in our work.”
Dirt Monkey University
Chant's Daily Hustle
Meet Chant in person at the Jobber booth on Thursday at 1 p.m!
“We go to GIE+EXPO to come back home with more knowledge and new ideas to implement into our business. No matter what it is that you’re looking for, find it, it’s there.”
Nickens Lawn and Landscape
Envision Landscaping Solutions
Britt Dowd and Thiago Guilherme
Green Again Lawn
Weed Whacker Lawn Care
Hickman Lawn & Landscape
Bedell Property Management LLC
Green Industry Podcast
Plemons Lawn Care
FREE WORKSHOPS, MEETUPS AND DEMOS
GIE+EXPO 2019 is Jobber’s 6th year attending this massive trade show. We’re making it our best year ever with giveaways, workshops, and meet & greets with YouTubers and Podcasters we love!
Come find us at booth #9168. It’s the perfect time to:
- Talk shop with fellow lawn care and landscaping professionals
- Get a one-on-one product demo and see how Jobber works for your specific business’ workflow
- Meet our friendly staff in person
- Attend free workshops with Stanley “Dirt Monkey” Genadek, Kory Ballard, and Jason Creel of Lawn Care Life
- Get live access to Lawn Care Leaders and the Green Industry podcast
- Meet and greet lawn care YouTube celebs
- Fuel up with free coffee and snacks
- Get some free swag!
Can’t make it to GIE+EXPO 2019? No worries! Book a time to chat with a Product Specialist to learn more about how Jobber can help you grow.
Free GIE+EXPO Workshops You Won't Want to Miss:
It Takes People to Grow your Business, with Kory of Ballard Inc.
Thursday, October 17, 11 a.m at the Jobber Booth (#9168)
How do you find the right people to carry out your business’ mission? Kory will take us through why building relationships is the key to growing your business, and how you can build a meaningful culture that will attract and retain the right employees.
He’ll answer questions such as:
- What is your business’ story, and how do you tell it?
- What kind of leader are you?
- How do you build a culture to carry out your mission?
- Why it’s crucial to manage your admin as much as your field operations to run a successful business.
Close the Deal: Sales and Bidding Best Practices, with Stanely ‘Dirt Monkey’ Genadek
Thursday, October 17, 1 p.m at the Jobber Booth (#9168)
The one and only Stanley Genadek will be live sharing real-talk advice on how to close bigger, more profitable jobs for your lawncare and landscaping business. Stanley doesn’t beat around the bush. If you want to seriously improve your business’ bottom line, then you need to be here!
Equipment and Pricing Info for Weed Control and Fertilization, with Jason Creel of Lawn Care Life
Friday, October 18, 11 a.m at the Jobber Booth (#9168)
Thinking of adding controlled fertilization to your lawn care services list? Find out how you can upsell package services and win more profitable bids with the right pricing information and equipment, thanks to lawn care master, Jason Creel.
More Free GIE+EXPO Demonstrations and Special Events
Arborist Tree Climbing Instruction
Learn safe and industry-accepted tree climbing techniques from professional arborists.
Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m, Thursday from 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m, and Friday from 9 a.m to 12:20 p.m at Freedom Hall.
TurfMutt Adoption Event
Take a break from the show floor to visit, play with, and adopt rescue dogs at the Mutt Madness event, in partnership with the Kentucky Humane Society.
Thursday, October 17 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m at Freedom Hall.
GIE+EXPO also offers several paid workshops, including an estimating workshop, irrigation workshop, and benchmarking for profit. Pre-registration is required. Visit the Workshops schedule to learn more.
GIE RALLY 2019: GREEN INDUSTRY TAKEOVER
There’s no doubt that the learnings and workshops at GIE+EXPO are valuable for your business.
But getting up close and personal with like-minded landscaping professionals, mingling with YouTube celebs, talking shop, and letting off steam at GIE Rally? Well, that’s priceless.
Join Jobber, Stanley ‘Dirt Monkey’ Genadek, Brian Shane (Top Notch Lawn Care), Brian Fullerton, Chant Singvongsa, Keith Kalfas and many more big names at GIE Rally on Thursday, October 17 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m
There will be food, swag, and lots of fun.
- Naylor Taliaferro, LCR Media
The online community is the best of the best in the Green Industry. There are business owners with all different size companies that have an open mind and want to share their knowledge and experiences to help other business owners, usually on social media. Going to the GIE+Expo is the time we can get together in person, network and have fun.
IN AND AROUND GIE+EXPO: VISITING LOUISVILLE, KC
Between the exhibition floor, live demos, and GIE Rally, you might think GIE+EXPO was the main attraction of Louisville. Think again.
The largest city in Kentucky, Louisville is home to over 90 attractions, 17,000 hotel rooms and 2,500 restaurants. Not to mention GIE+EXPO’s free concert series!
Here are our top picks for Louisville’s must-dos, eats, and sees:
GIE+EXPO HOT TIP:
Be sure to show off your GIE+EXPO badge to get discounts at restaurants and attractions throughout the city.
GIE+EXPO Free Concert Series
To ensure that attendees get their mix of business and pleasure, GIE+EXPO is throwing three nights of free concerts at Fourth Street Live.
The Crashers: Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m
Easton Corbin: Wednesday October 16 at 8 p.m
Cassadee Pope: Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m
Free Pre-Concert Attractions
Want to indulge in some Kentucky culture before the show? GIE+EXPO attendees can take advantage of free entry to Louisville museums – just use your badge as the ticket!
Frazier History Museum: Tuesday, October 16 from 5 to 8 p.m
Muhammad Ali Center: Thursday, October 17 from 5 to 8 p.m
In between test-driving the latest stand-on mowers and commercial blowers, you’ll need to fuel-up. Louisville’s foodie scene will not let you down.
Hammerheads: Foodies, burger lovers, and anyone who needs some serious grub – head on to Hammerheads. Crispy mac and cheese balls? BBQ Lamb ribs? Chicken and Waffles? We want it all! Located in Louisville’s ‘Germantown,’ Hammerheads offers some of the absolute tastiest food this city has to offer.
Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse: Guaranteed belly-busting fun, this 4th street restaurant is a favourite of Brian Fullerton from Brian’s Lawn Maintenance.
Food Truck Thursday: Sample a bit of everything from Louisville’s eclectic food scene without leaving GIE+EXPO! On Thursday, October 17, the city’s most popular food trucks are coming to Freedom Hall and serving attendees from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Just make sure you get there early to beat the lines.
We hope you’re sufficiently hyped up for GIE+EXPO 2019! Thanks to all of our contributors who made this guide possible.
Don’t forget to use the #roadtoGIE hashtag and tag us in your posts as you prep for the show so we can follow along.