Retailing @ The Garden Center Show
Education Designed for IGCs ... Choose from 13 specialized education sessions for collaborative, tried-and-tested solutions that will improve your store's bottom line.

Explore. Learn. Ignite. A Conference Program Designed for You!


Retailing: Speakers / Session Descriptions -- Plan for Success!

Experiential Merchandising

Speaker: Joe Baer, Co-Founder and CEO, ZenGenius, Inc
Date: August 10, 2022 .... Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Room 203-B

Joe Baer is the Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of ZenGenius, Inc. which provides Visual Merchandising, Special Events and Creative Direction. His career encompasses over thirty years of experience working with many of the top retailers. His passion, drive and enthusiasm...

Are Shipping Rates Killing You

Speaker: Gretchen Peczkowski, Owner, Steel Heart, LTD
Date: TBD .... Time: TBD

Gretchen Peczkowski and husband Jacek founded Steel Heart in 1997 Today, Steel Heart Ltd is one of the leaders in metal home and garden decor. Jacek brings his design talent and artistic abilities he learned from working alongside his grandfather, the village blacksmith, in...

Meeting the Needs of Todays Customers

Speaker: Kim Hartmann of Hartmann Consulting
Date: August 10, 2022 .... Time: 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., Room 203-B

Kim Hartmann of Hartmann Consulting has worked as a communication consultant, garden center manager and landscape designer for the last 35 years. On behalf of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Illinois Green Industry Association, Perennial Plant Association and...

Dealing with Tough Customers

Speaker: Kim Hartmann of Hartmann Consulting
Date: August 10, 2022 .... Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., Room 203-D

Kim Hartmann of Hartmann Consulting has worked as a communication consultant, garden center manager and landscape designer for the last 35 years. On behalf of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association, Illinois Green Industry Association, Perennial Plant Association and...

KeyNote: Brands, Brains and Buying

Speaker: David Kepron ... architect, artist, author, educator
Date: August 10, 2022 .... Time: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., Room 202

David Kepron is former VP - Global Design Strategies at Marriott International and founder of Retail(r)Evolution, LLC and NXTLVL Experience Design, LLC. While at Marriott, his focus was on the creation of compelling customer experiences within Marriott’s “Premium Distinctive”...

2022 Trends - From Crisis to Innovation

Speaker: Katie Dubow, President of Garden Media Group
Date: August 10, 2022 .... Time: 10:00 - 10:45 a.m., Room 201-C

Katie Dubow is president of Garden Media Group, a second-generation women-owned and run public relations firm specializing in the green industry. Author of the annual Garden Trends Report, Dubow presents to audiences from Italy to Chicago. Dubow is also a guest host on QVC for...

Omni-Experiential Future of Marketing

Speaker: Bob Negen, co-founder of WhizBang! Retail Training
Date: August 9, 2022 .... Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., Room 202

Speaker Bob Negen, Co-founder of WhizBang! Retail Training, is a professional retail speaker, consultant, business coach, and author. Bob motivates and trains independent retailers to improve and grow their businesses with practical, actionable tactics and strategies. He speaks...