Louisville, Ky. – Retired U.S. Navy Four-Star Admiral James Stavridis will present the GIE+EXPO keynote - "Leadership and a New World Order: The Need for Resilience" – Wednesday, October 20, 2 - 3pm. The longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, Admiral Stavridis will provide answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Admission to the keynote, which is sponsored by John Deere and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), is included with trade show registration. GIE+EXPO partners, OPEI, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), and Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), along with the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (Hardscape North America) have joined together to co-host the keynote.

“This past year and half has reminded us that people and connections are so vital to how we live, partner, and thrive. That’s why John Deere is especially proud to be sponsoring the 2021 GIE+EXPO keynote. We’re honored to help support the return of one of the most important events in our business,” said Stephanie Johnson, Manager, B2C Marketing for John Deere. “And what an amazing time for attendees to return! We’re excited that everyone can join John Deere as we kick off our 25th Anniversary of Zevolution – the evolution of the ZTrak™ 900 Series – as part of our long-standing commitment to the turf care industry. We’ll see you at the show.”

Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy and cyber security. Subsequently, he served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Earlier in his naval career, he was Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. He is currently an Operating Executive at Carlyle Group.

Stavridis has published nine books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs and Latin America. He is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News.

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