HNA 2017 Highlights
Last October, contractors and dealers from across the U.S. and Canada attended HNA. This year, HNA will take place on Oct. 18–20, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Registration for HNA 2017 is already surging ahead of last year’s record crowd.
CONTRACTOR BRIEFING SESSIONS
Seven FREE Contractor Briefing Sessions will take place in the Trade Show Floor Classroom, including:
- Five Ways to Future-Proof Your Hardscape Business
- The Biz-Builder Blueprint for Contractors
- OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Regulation
- ICPI Installer Certification, Advanced Designations, and Their Value
- Opportunities for Permeable Pavers in Residential and Commercial Marketing
HARDSCAPE DEMONSTRATIONS IN THE HNA OUTDOOR ARENA
Nationally renowned instructor Bill Gardocki, owner of Interstate Landscape Co., Inc., will lead a live continuous two-day build that will highlight interlocking concrete pavement, SRW and permeable interlocking concrete installation best practices. The build will also include one-hour sessions on tools of the trade, hardscape lighting and outdoor kitchens.
850 companies will exhibit indoors and out, including more than 170 hardscape exhibitors. The trade show floor will feature top paver manufacturers and leading suppliers of materials, equipment and services to the concrete paver industry. You will also gain access to the largest hands-on outdoor exhibit area through both HNA and the GIE+EXPO (Green Industry Equipment EXPO), included in your trade show admission.
HNA CONFERENCE SESSIONS
Conference sessions will provide attendees with a broad range of important education for their businesses, including:
- Estimate Accurate Job Costs to Always Make a Profit
- Emerging Online Lead Generation Trends for Residential Hardscape Businesses
- Strategies to Win More Profitable Contracts and Overcome The Low Bid Process
- Setting Up Your Hardscape Crews with the Right Technology to Increase Profits and Efficiency
The HNA Dealer Program, in its seventh year, is designed to help dealers accomplish two objectives: overcome the challenges in their market in order to grow their companies and identify what works and what doesn’t in a company’s unique market area—urban and rural. The program will feature Alan Beaulieu, one of the nation’s most informed economists examining the prevailing challenges confronting business. In addition, Dealer Day activities give dealers a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity and a first look at the trade show floor before it opens to everyone.
INSTALLER COURSES FOR CERTIFICATION AND DESIGNATION
Pre-show courses at the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel in Louisville give HNA participants an opportunity to earn credentials to help differentiate themselves from their competitors. ICPI courses include the Concrete Paver Installer, Advanced Residential Paver Technician, Commercial Paver Technician and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Specialist. Three additional NCMA segmental retaining wall system installer courses are also offered.
HNA INSTALLER CHAMPIONSHIP
Twenty-four of the most talented installer teams will compete for the coveted championship. The competition will test and recognize the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The Grand Prize package is valued at over $10,000!
Award-winning projects from throughout the U.S. and Canada will be on display and honored. The HNA Awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors building residential and commercial walkways, patios, driveways, commercial plazas, parking lots, streets and more. Project categories include concrete paver, clay paver, segmental retaining walls, combination of hardscape products and, brand new for 2017, the porcelain paver category.