Wednesday, November 20

7:30 a.m. | Check-in and Registration

8:45 a.m. | Welcome: Ben Bolusky, Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, Orlando, FL and Dr. Mackay, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

9 – 9:15 a.m. | State of the ReUnion
John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting, Sykesville, MD
John Kennedy starts off our event with a welcome aboard and welcome back to all of our participants as he crafts a message of economic opportunity in 2014. From 30K feet, how does the industry as a whole look and what efforts and opportunities are going to be available to those who are looking forward...not looking back. John speaks nationally to all aspects of the green industry and brings his working knowledge to the great state of Florida.

9:15 – 10 a.m. | History and Intent of FDOT Landscaping Initiatives
Jeff Caster, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has made the commitment for now and the next few years, to make Florida the most attractive places to do business, to attract visitors and encourage businesses to invest more time and money in Florida. Jeff Caster will share how FDOT plans to implement bold roadside beautification projects. With thoughtful site specific design, this Consistent, Predictable, and Repeatable approach will produce the highest visual impact and distinctive sense of place at the lowest design, construction, and maintenance cost.

10 – 10:45 a.m. | Economic and Environmental Benefits of Landscaping Trees
Mac Carraway, SMR Farms, Bradenton, FL
Questions have been raised regarding the kind of economic and environmental value mature trees have in an urban landscape. Should trees be pruned or removed? How does the industry address homeowners' concerns of lifting sidewalks and driveways, roots growing around irrigation and utility components? Mac Carraway has gathered information and prepared to share what he has found from a variety of sources regarding the cost benefits of trees in the landscape.

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.| Partner Break

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Attraction, Retention and Motivation of our Crews, Teams and Clients
John Kennedy, John Kennedy Consulting, Sykesville, MD
Join John as he approaches this very important subject with a dynamic look at culture, fairness, leadership and measurement. From hiring the right candidates, to establishing set standards of accountability, to driving a culture of rewards and incentives, you will have the tools and strategies to apply immediately!

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch

Following lunch the program offers two concurrent session breakouts.

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. | Fool Proof Ideas for Selling in Todays Ultra-Competitive Market Place

Tom Oyler, Wilson-Olyer Group, Orlando, FL
Don't sell better, faster, cheaper; Sell smarter! Learn how to win customer confidence and wallet share in an ultra-competitive market. Industry veteran and serial entrepreneur, Tom Oyler of Wilson Oyler Group will share innovative sales strategies during this dynamic one-hour presentation. "For the most part, landscaping work is short cycle renewable business. It's important to remember; one does not have to sell the customer, one must simply suppress the competition in short cycle businesses." With over 35 years of real world experience, Tom will teach business owners and managers exactly what it means to suppress the competition, think like the customer, and to understand the dynamics of 'math' in order to gain dominant marketshare.

2:15 – 3 p.m. | Five Steps to Achieve Worker's Compensation Advantages
John Keller, Gulfshores Insurance, Naples, FL
Is your company protected? Come find out how what key changes in worker protection standards could affect your business in 2014. Determine what is the average claim and ways to protect your company from frequent claims and high costs.

3 – 3:30 p.m.| Partner Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | No More Guessing. How One Top-100 Landscape Company Takes the Guesswork Out of Running a Profitable Landscape Company
Mark Bradley, Landscape Management Network, Toronto, Ontario

1:15 – 2:15 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.

2:15 – 3 p.m. | Efficient Use of Fertilizers In Container Production
Tommy Lewis, Graco Fertilizer Co./Stockwood Liners, Morriston, FL
This session will talk about efficient and inefficient uses of fertilizers in container production. Learn effective ways to control runoff and maximize your dollar through proficient production practices.

3 – 3:30 p.m.| Partner Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Getting Out of the Weeds
Bill Bodnaruk, Jon's Nursery, Eustis, FL
This session will take a look at weed control during production. Over the last 41 years, Jon's Nursery, Inc has evolved into a substantial presence in the wholesale nursery industry. Bill Bodnaruk will provide insight and strategies to stay on the cutting edge of weed control before they get out of control.

4:30 – 5:15 p.m. | New Chemistry
Chris Hayes, BioWorks Inc., Land O'Lakes, FL; Frank Fornari, BASF Corporation, Umatilla, FL; Pablo Perez, Syngenta, Miami, FL ; Tobey Barr, OHP, Lakeland, FL
Want to know what new controls are now available? Representatives from four companies will provide the up and coming products available to production nursery growers.


Thursday, November 21

Thursday's program will be outside at the New UF Demonstration Unit (Great Southern Tree Conference Demonstration Site).

8 – 9 a.m. | Continental Breakfast under the Tent & Setting the Stage for Outside

9 – 11:30 a.m. | Station Rotations
• Installation, pruning, fertilizers, planting depths | Russell Adams, LEAces, Gainesville, FL
• Set Your Project Apart from the Rest | Robert Bowden, Harry P. Leu Gardens, Orlando, FL
Smart Irrigation Technology | Dr. Michael Dukes, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Installing Trees & Shrubs Without Distrubing Existing Trees | Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

11:30 – 1 | Lunch Under the Tent

1 – 3 p.m. | Station Rotations

Right Plant, Right Place: What does this really mean for Florida? | Gail Hansen, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Proper Landscape Nutrition Management | Will Womack, Tampa Bay Landscaping, Tampa, FL
Woody Ornamental Tree Market Outlook (2014 - 2017) | Timothee Sallin, Cherry Lake Tree Farm, Groveland, FL
Handling Trees & Palms

For more information on the Great Southern Landscape Field Days:
Toll-Free: (800) 375-3642
Phone: (407) 295-7994
Fax: (407) 295-1619
Email: Linda Reindl
, FNGLA's Director of Education