Nov 14, 2019
Together, the joint 2019 trade shows of Hardscape North America (HNA) and the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) were an expansive array of innovations, trends and business-building ideas and opportunities that spanned the entirety of the sprawling Kentucky Exposition Center grounds, both inside and out. With over 18,000 hardscape, landscape and design professionals in attendance at the recently held show, even downtown Louisville was abuzz with networking and learning opportunities.
BELGARD HNA HIGHLIGHT REEL
To get an idea of what the overall HNA experience is like, check out our HNA 2019 highlight reel, which offers a peek at the indoor and outdoor displays, as well as some HNA night life. >>WATCH THE HIGHLIGHT REEL
VIDEO TOUR OF THE BELGARD BOOTHS
Belgard hosted a two-story interior booth spanning nearly 4,000 square feet that showcased emerging design trends and the new Collections by Belgard. Separate installations by collection were paired with interior design vignettes to illustrate how each collection coordinates with specific architectural and design styles. Get a peek inside our upstairs VIP area, which offered an exclusive viewing of new Porcelain Paver styles. Also, get a quick look at the outdoor demonstration area that included live demos of Belgard’s new labor-saving U Start Base Block, Tandem Modular Block and Weston® Stone Outdoor Living Kits. >>TAKE THE VIDEO TOUR
HNA PROJECT AWARDS
Battling against a record number of award entries in 18 categories of residential and commercial hardscape design, Belgard projects garnered an impressive 13 honors at this year’s HNA Project Awards. Belgard was particularly honored to sweep all awards in both the residential and commercial porcelain paver categories. >>SEE THE WINNING DESIGNS
HNA INSTALLER COMPETITION
Hardscape contractors from across the country competed at the regional level to win a trip to Hardscape North America and compete against the best of the best. This year’s overall winners were defending champions and Belgard Master Craftsman, Segmental Systems Inc. of Spokane, WA. >> get the inside story
NETWORKING AND EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Education opportunities abounded the conference, from hands-on product demonstrations to certification and continuing education courses on a broad range of topics. HNA 2019 also offered a tremendous amount of networking, both on the show grounds and offsite. Belgard networking events included an in-booth happy hour on opening day and a VIP off-site event on the second evening. The wall-to-wall Belgard VIP event was had at PBR, one of the top hot spots of Louisville’s 4th Street Live concert venue. The evening included local fare, live music, bourbon tasting, bull-riding and hand-rolled cigars made with bourbon barrel-aged premium tobaccos. In the hard-fought bull-riding tournament, Belgard Advisory Council member Matt Griffin of Houston emerged victorious.
KEY LEARNINGS AND EMERGING TRENDS