HNA 2013 Preview
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE Hardscape show for contractors and distributors/dealers. It brings top-notch education, certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls, and to distributors. With more than 750 exhibits indoors and out, networking opportunities, education and live demonstrations, HNA is the No. 1 trade show for the hardscape industry.
New this year at HNA, top hardscape contractors from three countries will compete for the Hardscape North America Installer Championship. Competitors from Canada, the United States and Mexico will test their understanding of industry best practices, safety, quality and craftsmanship in a race against the clock and other top installers. This championship will determine the best of the best in the hardscape industry!
HNA’s Distributor & Dealer Program, “What’s The Big Idea?” is set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Kentucky Exposition Center. This optional full-day program is dedicated to distributors and dealers who sell hardscape and landscape products to contractors and consumers. The program will cover topics such as marketing, social media, sales strategies, retaining quality employees and more. Following the program, distributors and dealers are invited to an exclusive preview of the trade show and welcome reception. Also new this year, the Distributor & Dealer Program will start Tuesday evening with an optional networking reception where dealers and distributors will have the opportunity to come together for an evening of fun, networking and entertainment.
Back for a second year, the Hardscape Contractor Executive Workshop will focus on best practices for hardscape contractor owners and executives. Set for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 1:30–5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville, this optional program will give seasoned hardscape contractors the opportunity to network with peers from across North America and share ideas on topics critical to their business.
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) will host its Hardscape North America Conference Tuesday through Friday. Courses and sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency (Tues-Wed) and at the Kentucky Exposition Center (Thur-Fri). Attendees can earn up to two years’ worth of continuing education credits for ICPI Certified Installers in one central location.
HNA will announce the winners of the 6th Annual HNA Hardscape Project Awards at a breakfast banquet at the Hyatt Regency Louisville on Friday, Oct. 25th. The awards recognize the contractor’s quality construction and craftsmanship in outstanding commercial and residential hardscape projects in North America. Winners will be featured in Interlock Design magazine, other trade publications and on the HNA website.
A big hit last year, the $10,000 Friday Giveaway will start at 1 p.m. on Friday. Winners must be present to win $1,000 at 1 p.m., $2,000 at 2 p.m., $3,000 at 3 p.m. and $4,000 at 4 p.m. To be eligible, register for HNA. An entry form will be mailed along with badges and will include instructions for returning it on-site.
The New Products Showcase will be a launching pad for new products. Attendees can stop here for a glimpse of the latest innovations and make their must-see lists, then stop at the exhibits throughout the show floor to meet with the manufacturers and test the products.