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SEP 2015

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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22 • September 2015 www.concreteproducts.com BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Insti- tute-produced Hardscape North Ameri- ca (HNA), October 21-23 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, encompass- es continuing education and networking sessions for product dealers and installers, new products showcase, signature awards program and nightly entertainment. Along Producers finalize Hardscape NA education, dealer sessions, exhibit schedule Industry leaders will continue at Hardscape NA 2015 their prominent roles on the exhibit foor and at the Installer Championship. with co-located Green Industry & Equipment Expo, it spans 750 exhibits in the center plus a 19-acre outdoor demonstration area. ICPI presents this year's agenda as a "formula for a high return on investment." Dealer Program. "Ideas for Dealers Big and Small," Wednesday, October 21, 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Geared for businesses selling hard- scape and landscape products to consumers and contractors, this add-on program will cov- er topics such as human resources, operations, marketing and sales. Dealers are invited to an exclusive HNA trade exhibit preview and wel- come reception following afternoon presen- tations. Author Steve McClatchy will kick-off the program with a keynote session, "Leading Change and Driving Improved Results." New Products Showcase. HNA organiz- ers report an impressive list of new prod- ucts exhibitors will launch in Louisville; a late-September Show Insider Sneak Peak edi- tion will provide a brief overview of what to expect. Trade show hours are 3-7 p.m., Octo- ber 21, for Dealer Program participants, and 9-5 p.m., October 22-23. Expanded Education. HNA has added two sessions to its education lineup, with speak- ers including Charles Vander Kooi, Monroe Porter and Jerry Gaeta. Session topics range from outdoor kitchen installation to hard- scape renovation and restoration, plus "Divas of the Dirt," led by Lisa Lackovic. ICPI-certi- fied Installers can earn continuing education credits for session participation. Installer Championship. Top hardscape con- tractors from the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be tested and recognized for skills, dedication and passion in an event co-sponsored by Bel- gard Hardscapes and Pavestone. Competition activities run October 22-23 in the Outdoor Demo Area. HNA Awards Reception. Winners of the Eighth Annual HNA Awards will be announced the evening of October 22 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The event has been moved from a morning schedule at a conference hotel to allow for a more casual reception immedi- ately following the close of HNA exhibits. The program recognizes outstanding hardscape practice in commercial plazas, driveways, parking lots, patios, residential and commer- cial walkways, and streets. HNA 2015 registration can be obtained by vis- iting www.hardscapena.com or from Sellers Expositions, 888/580-9960. HARDSCAPE NA 2014 IMAGES: ICPI

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