Numbers reveal that top professionals attend Green Industry Expo

The nation’s top professionals attended the 13th annual Green Industry Expo in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 13-16, 2002, according to registration data. A key ingredient in the mix leading to GIE’s success is the education offered by GIE’s sponsor associations—Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA), and Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS).

A breakdown of registrants indicates that 38 percent are owners or presidents of their companies, and an additional 26 percent make or recommend the purchases for their companies. Approximately 8 percent of the attendees are from operations/grounds management, 3 percent are students, and 13 percent are sales and marketing representatives for contracting companies.

More than 25 percent of the contractor companies that sent representatives are large established corporations with annual budgets in excess of $3 million. However, GIE shows a balanced mix—22 percent of attending companies with budgets less than $100,000 and 29 percent in the range of $100,000 to $500,000. The remaining 26 percent of attending companies range between $500,000 and $3 million. Other registration facts covered top services of today and tomorrow.

The top 10 services offered by GIE convention delegates:

Lawn and Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Installation

Pest Control and Fertilization

Landscape Design and Build

Seasonal Color Installation

Irrigation Installation

Hardscape Installation

Snow Removal

Landscape Lighting

Equipment Service and Sales

The most popular services targeted by contractors for expansion are:

Irrigation Installation

Landscape Design and Build

Lawn and Landscape Maintenance

GIE/2003 will be held Nov. 5-8 at the Cervantes Convention Center at America’s Center, St. Louis, Mo. For more information on exhibiting or attending, contact GIE at (888) 303-3685 or visit

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