GIE+EXPO 2014 is set for Oct. 22-24 in Louisville, Ky., and features the industry’s largest tradeshow, an outdoor demonstration area, an exclusive preview day as well as learning opportunities for outdoor power equipment dealers.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, will be an exclusive preview day for dealers, retailers, distributors and media. The Dealer Resource Pavilion will be open from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and indoor exhibits will be open 3 p.m.-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. On Thursday and Friday, the tradeshow and the adjacent outdoor demonstration area will be open to all in the industry.
The Dealer Resource Pavilion is the hub for dealers and offers free management seminars for outdoor power equipment dealership owners and managers, led by dealership consultant Bob Clements. The pavilion features a showroom, along with a parts and service department where Clements and his team will share their latest ideas and tips on how to turn slow seasons into profitable seasons, improve your bottom line in the parts and service departments and more.
For information and online registration for GIE+EXPO and the dealer education programs, go to www.gie-expo.com. Follow the show on Facebook. For additional information, contact info@GIE-EXPO.com or 800-558-8767 or 812-949-9200.
Here is a schedule of events for the three-day show.
Wednesday, October 22 - Dealer Day
7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.: Technician Training
9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Dealer Resource Pavilion opens
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements - Dare to Be Different
3 p.m.-7 p.m.: Indoor exhibits open to dealers, retailers, distributors and media only
5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Reception on the tradeshow floor for dealers, retailers, distributors, media and exhibitors
8 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! featuring Montgomery Gentry on the Nissan Commercial Stage
Thursday, October 23
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Dealer Summit Breakfast - The Crystal Ball Manufacturers' Panel
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Indoor exhibits and Outdoor Demonstration Area open to all attendees
10 a.m.-10:55 a.m.: Dealer Summit Special Report - Contractor Buying and Attitude Trends
11 a.m.-Noon: Free Management Class by Bob Clements - Add Dollars to Your Bottom Line by Improving Your Service and Parts Departments' KPIs
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements - Get Out of Your Financial Rut and Generate Instant Income
8 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! featuring The Crashers on the Nissan Commercial Stage
Friday, October 24
8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Dealer Summit Breakfast - Dealer "Best Practices" Panel
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Outdoor Demonstration Area open to all attendees
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Indoor exhibits open to all attendees
11 a.m.-Noon: Free Management Class by Bob Clements - Radically Transform Your Dealership by Improving Your Absorption Rate
1 p.m.: $1,000 giveaway
2 p.m.-3 p.m.: Free Management Class by Bob Clements - Turn Your Slow Season into a Profitable Part of Your Year
2 p.m.: $2,000 giveaway
3 p.m.: $3,000 giveaway
4 p.m.: $4,000 giveaway
7 p.m.: Free concert at 4th St. Live! featuring Olivia Henken on the Nissan Commercial Stage