Aug 19, 2019
Co-located with the Green Industry and Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO), Hardscape North America is the nation’s most influential trade show in shaping and showcasing innovations and trends in the hardscape industry. This three-day mecca offers a wealth of opportunities all in one place—opportunities to learn, network and grow your business. As Platinum sponsors of this annual event, Belgard offers these planning tips to help you get the most of your HNA experience.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF REGISTRATION DISCOUNTS
Why pay full price when you can get a special discounted rate?
TRAVEL AND LODGING TIPS
Book now! Hotels are already filling up and most have a 2-night minimum this year. The airport is only 7 miles from downtown, which offers easy access to the Kentucky Exposition Center. Hotels near the airport or generally less expensive, but you’ll need to Uber or drive to the show. Parking is free for all attendees Wednesday - Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center. HNA also has access to special rates at select hotels closer to the venue and offers shuttle service between those hotels and the Expo Center. Rooms in the HNA blocks are disappearing fast, but there may still be some availability. You can also get special HNA discounts on airfare.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Business owners, installers, crew foremen, marketing professionals, designers, landscape architects—anyone with daily involvement in the hardscape industry will benefit from the shear amount of information, education and networking opportunities available at HNA. For contractors who are trying to grow their business to a multi-crew level, consider picking a few crew members and sending them to the show. With the shortage of good labor plaguing the industry in recent years, the act of demonstrating your willingness to invest in your people can go a long way in creating employee loyalty.
The Belgard booth is always one of the highlights of the show, so we will definitely see you there. But you should also be sure to check out the training and education classes. And be sure to visit the new Hardscape House outdoor exhibition area. Throughout the show, the Hardscape House will offer hands-on demonstrations, and it will also be the venue for the annual Installer Championship, where you will be able to watch the best installers from across the nation compete for the top prize.
ATTEND THE HNA PROJECT AWARDS RECOGNITION
The awards recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Honored projects have been submitted by some of the best designers and craftsmen in the nation. Come and be inspired by the best walkways, patios, driveways, plazas, parking lots and roadways in the industry!
NETWORKING. NETWORKING. NETWORKING.
HNA and GIE+EXPO attract over 21,000 hardscape and landscape professionals from across North America. That’s a lot of networking opportunities. Some of your best opportunities for networking will be at the Belgard booth and Belgard-sponsored events throughout the show. Belgard Authorized Contractors and Dealers will also soon receive an email invitation to an after-hours private event to be held off-campus.
SNEAK PEEK AND SCHEDULE
Want a sneak peek inside the expansive Belgard booth? Click here to get a preview plus a schedule of booth happenings and must-see events throughout the show.