TPIE Short Course

Held in conjunction with FNGLA's Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) each January, TPIE's Short Course links industry professional seeking top-quality educational programming with the programs they need to increase their knowledge. The program offers a strong focus for the Interiorscape Industry. Attendees gain insight on the latest trends and innovations in design, sales and customer service.

Now Better than Ever!

Produced in partnership with FNGLA, OFA and PLANET, the TPIE Short Course is a custom-built national educational conference specifically for interiorscapers. Learn from seasoned industry pros as well as accomplished experts from related fields. Sign up for the entire package or select single sessions. There is something for everyone.

Cost to Attend

Register for the complete package for $360 or choose your day, Wednesday or Thursday for $225. The TPIE Road Show can be added to your schedule for $75.

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TPIE Road Show: a Chance to Experience More at TPIE!

The TPIE Road Show is headed to Homestead for a fun-filled day of showcasing some of the industry's finest nurseries. Come in a day early and make sure to be on the bus. With lots of stops and plenty of learning opportunities, the TPIE Road Show will round out your TPIE experience with an up-close view of some of Florida's top nursery producers while you get the behind-the-scenes look at their production strategies.

Costa Farms, Sunshine Tropical Foliage, The Jungle Nursery, Plant Creations and RF Orchids are all planned stops.

2014 TPIE Road Show Images:


Please note that hotel shuttle transportation will not available on Tuesday, January 21.  If you would like to attend the tour and are without ground transportation, we recommend that you stay at the following hotels which are a short walking distance from the convention center: Extended Stay America - 17th Street; Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina; Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon








Generate Generational Momentum
Melissa Laughon, Catch Your Limit Consulting, Tallahassee, FL

Melissa Laughon will share the strengths and liabilities of the four generations that make up today's workforce, the important role they play in the talent wars and strategies to help you build an organizational culture that uses generational differences to your competitive advantage. In this session:

  • Understand the similarities and differences between the generations in order to better leverage the talents of a diverse team.
  • Learn which areas to stand your ground and which areas you should be more open minded and receptive to change.
  • Discover the gaps between yesterday and today's expectations of young professionals.
  • Be mindful of the flexibility you'll need to manage and motivate four very different generations.


1:45 - 3:15 p.m.




Survival at the Speed of Life
John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting, Sykesville, MD

John Kennedy will tackle this valuable topic with one goal in mind to save you three weeks a year at work. Find ways to reduce your time wasters and increase your productivity. It's not about getting everything done, it's about getting the right things done. John will provide you with the skills you need to manage your day so it doesn't manage you.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.




Recruit, Engage & Grow Talent
Melissa Laughon, Catch Your Limit Consulting, Tallahassee, FL

Recruiting, engaging and growing talent is one of the greatest challenges facing organizations following the economic downturn.  Think about what we have had to focus on over the past five years!  Looking into the next five years, how will you ensure that talent development is not left to chance?  How will you increase leadership capacity and why is this mission critical?  Where are you on the spectrum of "you're lucky to have a job" to "I'm lucky to have you?"


1:45 - 3:15 p.m.




Handling Pest Problems In High Traffic Areas
Tim Flowers, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL

There is no one better to talk about high traffic areas than a member of Walt Disney World's horticulture team. Tim Flowers will talk about the challenges of handling pest in areas where guests travel to on a daily basis. Find out alternative strategies for maintaining a healthy and pest-free environment. 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.




Mistaken Identities - Pest Identification & More
Dr. Lance Osborne, Mid Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka, FL

This session will take a look at the common pests that are found in interior environments such as fungus gnats, mealybugs, or thrips so techs can successfully identify and control them.  The presentation will also look at the identification of some of the new and potential threats that could be right around the corner.  Come hear what's new so you can be on top of your game.


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon







Take A Walk on the Wild Side – Unique Design Strategies to Push Your Limits
Amanda Campbell Bennett, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, GA

Tap into your creativity as Amanda Campbell Bennett, manager of Atlanta Botanical Garden's display gardens, takes attendees on a visual and informative journey behind-the-scenes at the gardens. From "Atlanta In Bloom" to its "Imaginary Worlds," there is a massive amount of time, talent and creativity that goes into the planning a menagerie of magical creatures ranging up to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide... then transforming the gardens into a twinkling winter wonderland!


1:45 - 3:15 p.m. &
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.




Understanding Your Sales & Customer Service Process: Is It all About YOU or All About the CLIENT
Part One (1:45 - 3:15 p.m. | Sales)
& Part Two (3:30 - 5:00 pm. | Customer Service)
Jason Cupp, Growth Consultant and Kolbe Certified Consultant, Kansas City, MO

Most companies don't have a sales process, and if they do, it is not written or, worse yet, steps are skipped or forgotten. In this engaging sales-focused session, Cupp will share his personal sales process (used to grow his design/build maintenance company) that went from being focused on his company to client-centric in just one short season. Cupp will share his client letters, the process, the sale meeting agenda, and how he created a client-focused process from the first phone call to getting paid.


1:45 - 3:15 p.m.




How to Fix Nutritional Problems Before They Start
Lynn Griffith, A & L Southern Agricultural Labs, West Palm Beach, FL

The time to look at nutritional problems is before they start. Lynn Griffith will help attendees identify potential problems before the problems gets out of control and provide ways to keep the plants at your accounts as healthy and happy as possible.

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.




The Right Time to Replace?
Rich Batcho, Batchoblooms, Oreland, PA

With Rich Batcho's years of experience and passion for plants and people, he knows that plants just don't look pretty by themselves. It is requires both close observation and constant evaluation of your accounts. This session will look at the factors in determining when is the appropriate time to suggest the replacement of plants in your accounts verses trying to fix.


Who Should Attend?

Anyone looking to gain insight on the latest trends and innovations in design, sales and customer service such as interiorscape professionals.

Continuing Education Units

  • FNGLA Certified Horticulture Professional (FCHP)
  • FNGLA Certified Landscape Contractor, Technician & Designer (FCLC, FCLT, FCLMT, FCLD)

CEU's are generally applied for from the following programs:

  • PLANET Certifications
  • Pesticide Applicator License
  • Landscape Inspector's Association of Florida
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD)

For more details on the TPIE Short Course, contact FNGLA's Linda Reindl or call 800.375.3642.