Opening Day at TPIE Starts with Insights, Ends with Connections!
Complimentary Opening Session & TPIE Happy Hour are FREE with your show badge!

TPIE Opening Session
Innovate & Create – Change That Brings Success presented by John Kennedy
Wednesday, January 22 | 9 – 10 a.m.
Free with your show badge!

TPIE's Opening Session will get your creative energy flowing as sales and service strategist, John Kennedy, provides insights on putting Innovative and Creative thinking to work to solve challenges and incite your business brilliance! John will provide ways to rethink every aspect of your business and offer tools which can be put to use immediately.

About John...
John Kennedy is an international speaker, author and business strategist who stretches your thoughts, bends your comfort zone and pushes you to the limits of creativity. While John has worked with hundreds of industries, he specializes in working with the green industry – including nursery, retail and landscape clients. John's success was galvanized in the hospitality and tourism industry as a restaurant and hotel executive with a strong sense of teamwork, sales and leadership. He's learned from the best and now speaks to many who want to be their best. "Bringing out the best in others is the most rewarding aspect of my life – right behind being a dad."

Sponsored by Live Trends Design Group and SK/Soendgen Keramik.


TPIE’s Happy Hour
Wednesday, January 22, 5 – 6 p.m.
Free with your badge!

Let your hair down and meet with colleagues at the end of the day as TPIE moves outside. Ft. Lauderdale's mild winter temps and an ocean in the background create the ideal conditions to grab a drink, meet with industry friends, take in some tropical entertainment and enjoy South Florida! It's all good!
Sponsored by SunParasol.

TPIE Welcome Orientation
Wednesday, January 22, 8 a.m.
Take advantage of this special meeting designed to help you get the most from the show. Business specialist John Kennedy will offer specific tips to receive the best return on your investment of time at TPIE. In addition you will learn show details and information on the various programs being offered, and meet industry volunteer leaders who can help you throughout the show.

TPIE's Inspiration Entrance – As soon as you walk into TPIE you'll be introduced to ways to increase the value of plants (and price points) through inspirational combinations of plants and products which are available from TPIE exhibitors. Professional floral designers will be using exhibitor products to upscale and upsell tropicals and foliage in new and innovative ways.

TPIE's Create Theater – Offered in partnership with the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), complimentary workshops will be offered during TPIE which focus on creative ways to use and sell tropicals and foliage in non-traditional applications. Each day will target a different market: Wednesday's focus will be on increasing plant use at weddings; Thursday will concentrate on increased use of plants at special events and Friday will offer new ideas for holiday plant sales, Christmas and throughout the year. Additional presentations will take place at TPIE's Create Theater, including various awards presentations and the FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair.

TPIE's Innovation Lounge – Rest your body but keep your brain working at TPIE Innovation Lounge. This is where you'll find the Exhibitor Showcase of Products including new plant introductions. Comfortable seating will be available and ongoing videos providing innovative and creative thinking related to plants, gardens and new ways to incorporate foliage into works and home spaces and public spaces. Charging outlets will be available here.

Cool Stuff at TPIE

Thursday, January 23, 2 p.m.
See what the buyers say are the coolest products at the TPIE! Facilitated byThe Garden Center Group, this session showcase the top 15 cool plants and products which buyers voted for the previous day. Exhibitors with winning products will have a chance to share more information about them during this session.

FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair

Friday, January 24, 11 a.m.– 12 Noon
FNGLA reaches out to tomorrow's leaders by hosting a Horticulture Career Fair at TPIE. This interactive program brings together high school students, industry educators and potential employers in a high-energy environment. Following this educational and competitive event, students are invited to tour the TPIE show floor to learn more about the vast scope of Florida's nursery and landscape industry. Learn more about the FNGLA Horticulture Career Fair.