Michelle Simakis
Photo by Ken Blaze

I am thrilled to officially announce the Garden Center Executive Summit, an educational conference that will bring owners, executives and managers from independent garden centers in North America together to engage on topics not addressed anywhere else to learn, move the industry forward and grow together.

The conference will take place Feb. 18-20, 2019, in Denver, Colo.

Dynamic industry leaders who comprise the Garden Center Executive Summit Advisory Board are helping to develop the in-depth educational program, which is the focus of the event. Solutions-based sessions will include topics such as engaging staff and creating a culture that inspires, meeting the evolving needs of consumers today and the latest retail innovations that are applicable for garden centers. The conference will be supported by a group of sponsors dedicated to helping independent garden centers, and the industry, thrive.

The event will include in a mix of keynote addresses, panel discussions and round-table breakout sessions, in addition to opportunities to network before and after the conference. The Executive Summit will also celebrate businesses on Garden Center magazine’s 2018 Top 100 Independent Garden Centers List.

During the next few weeks, stay tuned to your inbox for registration information and details about education sessions. Make sure you’re signed up for our e-newsletters by visiting GardenCenterMag.com, and clicking the “Subscriptions” tab.

The conference has been in the works for more than a year and is the result of conversations with garden center owners and managers from across the country at trade shows, board meetings, and over phone and email, who have shared their challenges with us and are looking for solutions and strategies to manage their roadblocks to growth.

We hear you, and we’ve established this event to provide you with an opportunity to network with, learn from and problem-solve together with your peers. We’ve gathered your great ideas, and they will serve as the educational backbone of the Garden Center Executive Summit so that you leave with tangible ideas to implement.

For registration information, please visit GardenCenterSummit.com. We hope you will join us for this exciting conference. If you have any questions or ideas, don’t hesitate to reach out.