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The 9th Annual IGC Show Chicago

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Celebrating 10 years at Chicago’s Navy Pier, the IGC Show Chicago serves the special interests of Independent Garden Centers with an expansive trade show featuring thousands of new and proven products, as well as inspiring keynotes, interactive conference sessions and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. It’s Free to All - trade show, three morning keynotes and Tuesday’s Party & Concert featuring REO Speedwagon, rocking the house live! Plus, Sign Up for These Extras - IGC Retailer Conference and ‘Retailers’ Choice’ Garden Center Tour.

VENUE LOCATION

Chicago Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago Illinois,

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Amanda Thomsen

Master Gardener, landscape designer, author, blogger, mom - Gen X’s Amanda Thomsen brings it all to the table. Her frank insights infused with irreverent humor will get you thinking about the younger set - Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z - in an entirely new way. Thomsen draws upon her experience working and shopping at independent garden centers to explain how, she believes, IGC retailers can ditch the bad habits to win today’s young consumers. She will tell you it’s absolutely essential to differentiate your store: “So many garden centers are so tired once the busy season is over that they’re like, ‘We’re not changing anything. We’re going to do it exactly like we did it last year.’ And that’s a real bummer.” Thomsen says garden centers need to dig out of the same-old and do things differently. Selling “weird plants” is a key part of that. Concerned many garden centers are outsiders when it comes to social media, she asks the pointed question, “How are you going to get Millennials, who spend the entire day on their phones, into your garden center if you can’t speak the same language?” Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You, is especially popular with young gardeners for its lighthearted illustrations and laugh-out-loud descriptions that make home landscaping a less scary prospect. Her blog, www.kissmyaster.co, chronicles her own backyard projects in her trademark hilariously honest style. Thomsen has contributed to Fine Gardening magazine and Horticulture magazine’s blog. The new homeowner of a midcentury fixer-upper quips in her personal bio, “I live in Chicago with my family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and I do not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.”

AGENDA

Aug 16   

11 - 11:50 am Aon Grand Ballroom @ Navy Pier Master Gardener, landscape designer, author, blogger, mom - Gen X’s Amanda Thomsen brings it all to the table. Her frank insights infused with irreverent humor will get you thinking about the younger set - Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z - in an entirely new way. Thomsen draws upon her experience working and shopping at independent garden centers to explain how, she believes, IGC retailers can ditch the bad habits to win today’s young consumers. She will tell you it’s absolutely essential to differentiate your store: “So many garden centers are so tired once the busy season is over that they’re like, ‘We’re not changing anything. We’re going to do it exactly like we did it last year.’ And that’s a real bummer.” Thomsen says garden centers need to dig out of the same-old and do things differently. Selling “weird plants” is a key part of that. Concerned many garden centers are outsiders when it comes to social media, she asks the pointed question, “How are you going to get Millennials, who spend the entire day on their phones, into your garden center if you can’t speak the same language?” Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her book, Kiss My Aster: A Graphic Guide to Creating a Fantastic Yard Totally Tailored to You, is especially popular with young gardeners for its lighthearted illustrations and laugh-out-loud descriptions that make home landscaping a less scary prospect. Her blog, www.kissmyaster.co, chronicles her own backyard projects in her trademark hilariously honest style. Thomsen has contributed to Fine Gardening magazine and Horticulture magazine’s blog. The new homeowner of a midcentury fixer-upper quips in her personal bio, “I live in Chicago with my family in a pup tent in the parking lot of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and I do not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.”

Aug 17   

9 - 9:50 am Aon Grand Ballroom @ Navy Pier Mike Ditka has learned a lot during his combined 26 years in the game, as well as in his business plays with his successful chain of Ditka’s Restaurants. Now hear what advice he has for your game in this star keynote at IGC Show Chicago. Ditka “Da Coach” will share his drive to be the best and his team-building skills backed by what he calls ACE - Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm. Case in point: During his first team meeting with the Chicago Bears, Coach Ditka told his players that within two years they would go to the Super Bowl. The players who rolled their eyes or shrugged their shoulders were gone within six months. Ditka wanted players who brought Attitude, Character and Enthusiasm into the locker room and onto the field. The Chicago Bears went to the NFC Championship Game in Ditka’s second season as head coach and won the Super Bowl the following year. ACE is a game plan that works, one that is positioned to take your garden center to the championships. Mike Ditka is an analyst on Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown, and he makes regular appearances on ESPN Radio and SportCenter. He has amassed a career few can match. He is only the second person to win the Super Bowl as a player (Dallas, 1972), assistant coach (Dallas, 1977) and head coach (Chicago, 1986). In 1982, Ditka assumed the head job with the Chicago Bears, and in 11 years, collected six NFC Central titles, three NFC championship game appearances and the Super Bowl XX title (1986). In addition to broadcasting, he owns and operates Ditka's Restaurants with locations in Chicago and Pittsburgh.<>

Aug 18   

9 - 9:50 am Aon Grand Ballroom @ Navy Pier Back by popular demand at IGC Show Chicago - Corey Bordine shares his trademark PROFIT Philosophy as a positive catalyst to fortify and grow your garden center business. Looking for a way to more easily communicate with your team about your garden center’s goals and objectives? You’re not alone. Use the PROFIT Philosophy to unleash incredible power for you and your team, both personally and professionally. PROFIT isn’t just about making money - it’s a tangible tool that will show you how to positively impact your independent garden center business. As a former garden center owner, Bordine knows firsthand the rewards of IGC retailing, as well as the pitfalls and frustrations that can derail success. Get ready to laugh, listen and learn as he helps you and your team forge a new path to improving your retail business for a positive, profitable future. Corey Bordine fires up independent garden centers to go bold in the way they do business. He contributed his talents to The Coca-Cola Company for six years and then to his family’s garden center business, Bordine’s, for more than 15 years. While at Bordine’s, he wore every hat, from accounts payable to co-president. He oversaw the company’s financial/administration/legal affairs, human resources, information technology, inventory management and marketing/branding departments. He left Bordine’s in September 2012, and sold his interest in the garden center in July 2013. Today, Bordine provides multi-faceted consulting services to companies of all sizes in a wide range of industries via MonkeyBar Management.

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