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The 2013 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition is expected to draw more than 6,000 industry professionals to sunny Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 23-25 for the show’s 40th anniversary. The 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall will showcase lush tropical plants and foliage and palm trees soaring 28 feet to the ceiling.

TPIE2012-OVERHEADThis overhead view from the 2012 TPIE show captures some of the displays in the 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL.At the opening session Jan. 23, “What’s Next To Grow Your Business: Getting the Edgy Perspective” is the topic and Dan Waldschmidt, author of one of the top seven blogs on the Internet, is the speaker. Mr. Waldschmidt’s presentation will cover five key things to do to be successful growing a business despite past failure, a bad economy or reticent sales prospects.  

The TPIE Short Course, produced jointly by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association, OFA and PLANET for interiorscapers, will offer tracks Jan. 22 for owners and managers and for sales and design professionals, and on Jan. 23 for technicians. Topics for Jan. 22 include employee engagement, presentation skills, and consumer purchasing behavior.

Held again at the Broward County Convention Center, the annual show will offer about 500 exhibiting companies, a new plants and products exhibit, a Jan. 22 pre-show grower tour in the Homestead, FL, area, educational sessions and dozens of hands-on demonstrations. Attendees will vote on a Best New Product award and judges will select Best of Show awards for exhibit booths. Buyers will select their choices for Best New Flowering Plant and Best New Foliage Plant.

The TPIE First Timer’s Orientation offers information on the various programs and an opportunity to meet industry volunteer leaders who can help newbies throughout the show. A “Cool Stuff at TPIE” presentation reveals what buyers say are the potential best-selling products on display. Facilitated by Robert Hendrickson of The Garden Center Group, the session showcases the top 15 plants and products buyers voted on the previous day.

FNGLA, which sponsors TPIE, will again hold a TPIE Horticulture Career Fair to reach out to tomorrow’s leaders. This interactive program brings together high school students, industry educators and potential employers in an educational and competitive event. Afterward, students are invited to tour the show floor to learn more about Florida’s nursery and landscape industry.

Free demonstrations will take place throughout each day of the show. These informal, 20-minute sessions offer peer-to-peer sharing of ideas and expertise.