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A Blockbuster GIE+EXPO Gears Up for October: The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and National Association of Landscape Professionals Announce Joint Press Conference

June 10, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – June 10, 2015 – The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) and the National Association of Landscape Professionals will hold a joint press conference at GIE+EXPO on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Room C105 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Reporters are invited to attend and learn about issues, developments and trends impacting outdoor power equipment markets and landscape professionals. Press conference participants will include Kris Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI, and Sabeena Hickman, president and CEO of NALP.

GIE+EXPO is the ninth largest trade show in the world with more than 750 exhibitors in 500,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space and a 19-acre outdoor demonstration area. The conference highlights innovations in the lawn, landscape, outdoor power equipment and utility vehicle industries.

“We anticipate the numbers on GIE+EXPO participation to once again break records,” said Kris Kiser, CEO and President of OPEI.

LANDSCAPES is the signature landscape and lawn care industry education, training and networking experience annually. Previously known as the Green Industry Conference, at LANDSCAPES the industry’s top leaders and entrepreneurs inspire professionals and the trade show features the latest trends in outdoor living.

As the majority partner in GIE+EXPO, OPEI plays a critical role in the trade show’s development and growth, and as the educational manager of LANDSCAPES, NALP leads the industry in education and training.

“We are excited to be bringing some of the best business speakers to LANDSCAPES 2015 to help landscape industry companies create stronger businesses and support their employees’ professional growth,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CMP CEO of NALP.

The press conference will provide:

  • An update on the latest ethanol developments and ‘Look Before You Pump’, OPEI’s ethanol education and consumer protection campaign.
  • The re-branding of NALP over the last year and the association’s heightened profile in advocating for the landscape industry.
  • Discuss the re-branding of the Green Industry Conference as LANDSCAPES.
  • New developments on regulations and harmonization of outdoor power equipment standards on the global front,
  • The newest programs at NALP and research on professional careers in the landscape industry.
  • The latest information on TurfMutt, an outdoor power equipment industry-supported, K-5 education and environmental stewardship program led by OPEI with Scholastic, Inc.

Stop by booth # 11146 to learn more about OPEI and booth # 7114 to get more information from NALP.

About the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing more than 100 power equipment, engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces. For more information, visit

About the National Association of Landscape Professionals

The National Association of Landscape Professionals is the voice of 100,000 landscape industry professionals who create and maintain healthy green spaces. The association advocates on issues impacting its members and offers mentoring and education programs that inspire its members to excellence. Many members become Landscape Industry Certified, achieving the highest standard of industry expertise, business professionalism and knowledge. Get more information at 

Media contacts:
Suzanne Henry, Four Leaf PR, 434-972-7278,
Ami Neiberger-Miller, Four Leaf PR, 703-887-4877,
Lisa Schaumann, NALP, 540-729-2114,