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EXPO Education’s all-star lineup of speakers provided sessions filled with industry-focused education topics helping participants walk away with new ideas and strategies impacting their businesses. The 2021 Nursery/Landscape EXPO offered 32 Breakout Sessions in our 2-day education conference which is in addition to two Keynote Presentations. The EXPO Education provided over 120 CEU opportunities to help you maintain the certifications and licenses you need to keep your business profitable. Many sessions offered during the Nursery/Landscape EXPO Education Conference offer CEUs from multiple crediting agencies. What this means is you can double up and even triple up on the CEUs during just one session. Look for multiple CEUs in the Class Schedule page of this website.

Speakers & Educational Sessions ..... Plan for Success @ Nursery / Landscape EXPO

Oak Wilt -- Overcome the Diagnosis Challenge<BR>Speaker: Kevin Belter, Owner ArborCare & Consulting

ArborCare & Consulting
Friday, August 6 • 1:10 PM - 2:10 PM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
Kevin Belter, Owner, ArborCare & Consulting ISA Board Certified Master Arborist® TX-3374B. Member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists I grew up in the Texas hill country. I spent countless hours outside playing and working. Whether it be vacationing to parks, exploring all around the Boerne lake and its main tributary or dragging cut cedars...
    Foliage First ..... Garden Center Employee Insider!	<BR>Speaker: Nicholas Staddon, Everde Growers

    Everde Growers (TreeTown)
    Thursday, August 5 • 8:00 AM - 9:00AM; Garden Center Employee Insider
    Thursday, August 5 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... Foliage First

    Nicholas Staddon, Renowned Plantsman, Everde Growers For the last 15 to 20 years, as I have been presenting from one side of the United States to the other, I have seen this groundswell of interest in plants. I’ve met so many people who were gardening — and yes, we need to use the terms “gardening” and “garden,” not “yard work” and “yard.” Let’s call it...
      Hemp: Genetic Selection; Insect Pressure on Production<BR>Speaker: Dr. Allison Justice, Co-owner at The Hemp Mine

      Hemp Mine
      Friday, August 6 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... Hemp: Genetic Selection
      Friday, August 6 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... Insect Pressure/Production

      Allison Justice Co-owner at The Hemp Mine  Allison Justice graduated from Clemson University with a Ph.D. in Plant and Environmental Science.  Dr. Justice served as VP of Cultivation for OutCo LLC., a vertically integrated cannabis producer in San Diego, CA, for three years.  During this time, Justice led the cannabis industry in...
        Irrigation Conference: Drip Micro Irrigation; Doing it Right! <BR>Speaker: Steve McCarter, PLA/ASLA, VP Landscape Products

        Landscape Products
        Thursday, August 5 • 7:45 AM - 9:45 AM .... CEU: TNLA 2
        Steve McCarter, PLA, ASLA Vice President of Sales at Landscape Products, Inc. I have more than 30 years of experience as a landscape architect, sales manager and product manager in the irrigation and building materials industry. I am dedicated to the conservation of precious water resources and have applied my knowledge of low-volume drip irrigation design...
          Empowering your Leadership Team .... P/L Your Business<BR>Speaker: McFarlin Stanford, Green Industry business coaches

          McFarlin Stanford
          Thursday, August 5 • 1:10 PM - 3:45 PM .... Empowering your Team
          Friday, August 6 • 1:10 PM - 3:45 PM .... P/L Your Business

          McFarlin Stanford, Dynamic team of Green Industry business coaches Each company is unique .... one-size-fits-all approaches will never help your business reach its full potential. We deliver custom solutions, tailored to you. The vision is to help you in developing your business, your culture, your team, your strategies for growth, and your strategies for...
            “The Game-Winning 3” – Making It Count in Business and Life<BR>Keynote Speaker: Dave Travlin Davlin

            Nursery/Landscape Expo (TNLA)
            Thursday, August 5 • 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM .... “The Game-Winning 3”
            Thursday, August 5 • 1:10 PM - 2:10 PM .... "REBOUND” – Finding Victory

            Dave 'Travlin' Davlin, Keynote Speaker; Energizing Events ... Inspiring Individuals Over 25 years ago, Dave Davlin began bringing smiles to faces with a form of entertainment he developed as a young boy. From NBA and major college arenas across America to the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea— and even to the world-famous Branson Strip— “Travelin”...
              Flourish in the New Next<BR>Keynote Speaker: Randy Pennington

              Nursery/Landscape Expo (TNLA)
              Friday, August 6 • 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM .... CEU: TNLA 1
              Randy Pennington, Keynote Speaker; Author Speaker Advisor Randy has been fascinated with how great organizations and great leaders operate since his very first sociology and psychology classes in college. That continued focus provides you with strategies you can implement today to deliver positive results tomorrow. But most of his life, passion, and energy...
                ROI Your Business! .... Disrupting/Prompting Affect Approach <BR>Speaker: Tom Shay, Principal at Profits Plus Solutions, Inc

                Profits Plus Solutions
                Friday, August 6 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... Disrupting or Prompting
                Friday, August 6 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... ROI Your Business

                Tom Shay Principal at Profits Plus Solutions, Inc  Tom Shay's experiences as a fourth generation small business owner provide him with the knowledge and background to present tried and proven ideas to assist owners, managers, and staff with the day to day operation of their business. During the 25 plus years that Tom was a part of the family business,...
                  Pricing & Selling Plant Health Services<BR>Speaker: Tom Carman, Director Rainbow Treecare/Lawncare

                  Rainbow Ecoscience
                  Thursday, August 5 • 1:10 PM - 2:10 PM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                  Thomas Carman, Director Of Arborist Development at Rainbow Treecare, Lawncare, Pest Experts Tom Carman is a 30 year veteran of the tree care industry who began his career working to protect elm trees from Dutch elm disease. He is an honors graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and History and is also a...
                    Hiring, On Boarding & Training Plant Health Care Technicians<BR>Speaker: Kyle Narveson, Rainbow Treecare/Lawncare

                    Rainbow Ecoscience
                    Friday, August 6 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                    Kyle Narveson, Plant Health Care Foreman, Rainbow Treecare Kyle Narveson is a Plant Health Care Foreman for Rainbow Treecare. He has degrees in Environmental Science and Fisheries & Wildlife from the University of Minnesota and has been with Rainbow since 2013. He rapidly advanced to become foreman of Rainbow's PHC division. Prior to working at Rainbow...
                      Managing Strategies for Difficult to Control Insect Pests<BR>Speaker: Patrick Anderson, Rainbow Treecare/Lawncare

                      Rainbow Ecoscience
                      Friday, August 6 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                      Patrick Anderson, Arborologist: Provides training to improve Arborist, Horticulturalist & Landscape Managers tree and shrub care programs. My goal is to provide responsible, practical, and researched backed tree and shrub care protocols for landscape industry professionals. Years of field experience coupled with continued education has helped inform...
                        The Texas Landscaper’s Guide to Modern Sales & Marketing<BR>Speaker: Jack Jostes, President + CEO Ramblin Jackson

                        Ramblin Jackson
                        Friday, August 6 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                        Jack Jostes, PRESIDENT + CEO ... Ramblin Jackson Jack Jostes leads the digital marketing team at Ramblin Jackson in Boulder, Colorado. Having worked as an editor in a variety of newspapers and magazines, Jack applies his journalistic background to help business owners and their marketing teams develop editorial calendars for their blogs, ezines, social...
                          The Power of Simplicity in Landscape Design<BR>Speaker: Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio

                          Rialto Studio
                          Thursday, August 5 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                          Mike Pecen & Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio - Landscape Architecture Bobby Eichholz, PLA, Principal at Rialto StudioEducation -- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University, 1998 Bobby earned a BLA from Texas A&M University in May of 1998. He has been with Rialto Studio since its inception in November of 1998 where he is a Partner of the firm....
                            How to Start an IPM Program for Proper Tree Care<BR>Speaker: Andrew Wimmel, Arborist - Sam Hill Tree Care

                            Sam Hill Tree Care
                            Thursday, August 5 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                            Andrew Wimmel, Sam Hill Tree Care ... Operations Manager • Arborist • Safety Manager E-mail: andrew@samhilltreecare.com Andrew is the Operations Manager and Senior Arborist for Sam Hill Tree Care. He is a transplant from southwest Missouri that joined the team in 2016. In the Operations role Andrew directs the safety, production and personnel...
                              Food Growing 101: A Primer for the Kitchen Garden<BR>Speaker: Dr. Jared Barnes, Assoc Professor Stephen F Austin

                              Stephen F Austin
                              Friday, August 6 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                              Dr. Jared Barnes, Associate Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University ARTHUR TEMPLE COLLEGE OF FORESTRY & AGRICULTURE Dr. Jared Barnes’ teaching and research interests include crop science, fruit and vegetable production, nursery management, plant breeding, southern perennials, and ecology and cultivation of designed herbaceous plant communities. He...
                                Diagnosis & Life Cycle of Key Insects on Properties in Texas <BR>Speaker: Dr. Erfan Vafaie, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

                                Texas A&M AgriLife
                                Thursday, August 5 • 9:50AM - 10:50AM ... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                                Dr. Erfan Vafaie, Extension Program Specialist IPM Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Overton Mr. Vafaie joined the AgriLife team in 2013 as the extension program specialist in integrated pest management. With a background in entomology, biological control and experience in farming, Mr. Vafaie’s goal is to deliver training in practical,...
                                  Irrigation Conference ..... Water x Weeds<BR>Speaker: Dr. Becky Bowling, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

                                  Texas A&M AgriLife
                                  Thursday, August 5 • 9:55 AM - 10:55 AM .... Irrigation Conference
                                  Thursday, August 5 • 1:10 PM - 2:10 PM .... Water x Weeds

                                  Dr. Becky Bowling, Assistant Professor Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist - Urban WaterDepartment of Soil and Crop Sciences Extension Responsibilities (70%):Dr. Bowling works closely with AgriLife County Extension Agents as well as Regional Program Leaders and other Extension Specialists to provide programming on the topic of water conservation in the...
                                    Information on Tree Diseases & Future Disease Expectations<BR>Speaker: Dr. David Appel, Biological Control Texas A&M

                                    Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences
                                    Thursday, August 5 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... Tree Care & Arborist Track
                                    Dr. David N. Appel Professor, Biological Control ... Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology Graduate Education Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Virginia Tech, 1981 Courses Taught PLPA 301 Plant Pathology PLPA 626 Diagnosis of Plant Diseases FRSC 307 Forest Protection BESC 489 Special topics in Principals of Environmental Regulations Research Emphasis: ...
                                      Mid-Year State of Green Industry<BR>Speaker: Dr. Charlie Hall Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences

                                      Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences
                                      Thursday, August 5 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                                      Dr. Charlie Hall Ellison Chair in International Floriculture at Texas A&M University A native of North Carolina, Dr. Charlie Hall received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Tennessee in 1984, a Master's Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from the University of Tennessee in 1986, and his Ph.D. from Mississippi...
                                        Lawn & Landscape Maintenance: Part I and Part II<BR>Speaker: Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M Horticulture

                                        Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences
                                        Part I: Thursday, August 5 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                                        Part II: Thursday, August 5 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM .... CEU: TNLA 1

                                        Dr. Mengmeng Gu Associate Professor and Extension Ornamental Horticulturist - Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Mengmeng Gu earned her BAgr in Landscape Horticulture and MAgr in Ornamental Horticulture from Beijing Forestry University. She received her PhD in Plant Science/Horticulture from the University of Arkansas. From 2006-2011, Dr. Gu served as...
                                          Turfgrasses -- Ecosystem Services & Environmental Impacts<BR>Speaker: Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M - Soil & Crop Sciences

                                          Texas A&M Horticultural Sciences
                                          Friday, August 6 • 9:50 AM - 10:50 AM; Turfgrasses for Texas Landscape
                                          Friday, August 6 • 1:10 PM - 2:10 PM; Ecosystem/Environmental Impacts

                                          Dr. Ben Wherley, Associate Professor, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences Specialty:Turfgrass Science & Ecology Research: I hold a 70% research/ 30% teaching appointment.  My research program addresses basic and applied research issues related to turfgrass management and ecology.  Research focuses on developing sustainable approaches to...
                                            Irrigation Conference ..... Role of Microbes in your Landscape<BR>Speaker: Dr. Joey Young, Plant & Soil Science @ Texas Tech

                                            Texas Tech Dept AG Sciences
                                            Thursday, August 5 • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM .... Irrigation Conference
                                            Thursday, August 5 • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM .... Understanding Microbes

                                            Dr. Joey Young, Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science; Plant & Soil Science Dr. Young served as a graduate research assistant in the department of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, and at Mississippi State's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. His turfgrass management experience includes a variety of duties at the University of...
                                              Child-Friendly Designs backed by Science<BR>Speaker: Dr. Kristi Gaines & Dr. Lori Guerrero, Texas Tech

                                              Texas Tech Dept AG Sciences
                                              Friday, August 6 • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM .... CEU: TNLA 1
                                              Dr. Kristi Gaines & Dr. Lori Guerrero, Texas Tech Coalition for Natural Learning Dr. Kristi Gaines is an Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Professor in the Department of Design. Through research that investigates ways built environments can accommodate diverse populations through design, Gaines has achieved national recognition as a...
                                                IRRIGATION CONFERENCE: Irrigation Troubleshooting <BR>Speaker:	Craig Borland, Toro Irrigation

                                                Toro Irrigation
                                                Thursday, August 5 • 12:50 PM - 4:50 PM .... CEU: TNLA 4
                                                Craig Borland, Toro Irrigation/Irritrol Craig Borland, has worked for Toro Irrigation/Irritrol for 20+ years. During that time has managed the Controller Repair department, Managed the Service Center Repair program, Warranty Administrator, Inside Sales, and currently Sr. Customer Resource Specialist. As well provides technical support for the Engineering,...
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