Greenhouse Grower hosted its first GreenhouseConnect event October 22-25 at Saddlebrook Resort in Tampa, Fla. The event brought together top growers and suppliers for one-on-one meetings and networking, in a focused but relaxed atmosphere.
The event kicked off with a high-energy grower roundtable, moderated by Jim Paluch from J.P. Horizons. The grower-only event focused on important issues that are critical to grower operations. Growers worked together to identify realistic action items on topics including labor, profits, transportation and water management. A welcome reception followed the grower roundtable, providing some more networking opportunities for growers and suppliers.
During the luncheon on Thursday, October 23, Gary Mangum, CEO of Bell Nursery, based in Elkridge, Md., led a wide-ranging discussion on neonicotinoids and pollinator health. Mangum addressed lessons learned from Bell Nursery’s experience growing without neonicotinoids in 2014 and provided an update from his work behind the scenes in the industry.
On Friday, October 24, luncheon speaker Jim Paluch from J.P. Horizons presented, “Working Smarter With Builders And Destroyers.” In the horticulture industry, it is imperative to work smarter with the time that we have available, and use the resources of all of our people to do so. Paluch provided proven tools to help the audience discover ways to work smarter, and to appreciate and inspire their teams.
Paluch was also on hand for a free consultation with growers during the entire three days of GreenhouseConnect. Paluch has been helping individuals and organizations turn ideas into action for more than 25 years with his innovative training programs like the Working Smarter Training Challenge, Leadership Jams, Sales Jams and Owners Network that have elevated the businesses and leaders in hundreds of companies across North America. Learn more about Paluch and J.P. Horizons at JPHorizons.com.
Greenhouse Grower‘s next GreenhouseConnect event will be held in October 2015. To learn more about the event and how growers can qualify to be invited, eMail Laura Drotleff at [email protected] To learn about supplier partner opportunities, eMail George Casey at [email protected]