45th Annual Meeting Presentations

Program Speakers

45th Annual Meeting
Hotel Monteleone
New Orleans, LA.

October 4 - October 6, 2016

Wednesday, October 4

1:30pm              The Crow Report                                                                                 
With the 2016 presidential elections in full swing, MSC Legislative Representative David Crow will inform members about the various forces at play and what to look for as we approach election day just a month after our meeting. Expect a lively presentation on the most highly controversial election in American history. Speaker: David Crow, President, DC Legislative & Regulatory Services, Washington, DC
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3:00pm              How To Avoid Legal Hot Water In Your Business
Large or small, business is complicated enough without unexpected legal issues with your employees or customers. Learn how to identify and avoid potential legal issues to keep your production running smoothly and profitably. Speaker: Ed Harold, Fisher & Phillips, LLP, New Orleans, LA
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Thursday, October 6
8:00am-9:00am               Exciting New Web Ideas "On A Budget"
Developing or revising a website can be as simple or complex as you want, depending on your resources and approach. Hear how MSC reinvented its website using simple, inexpensive options to create a modern web presence on an extremely limited budget. Speaker: Shelli Crockett, Mulch & Soil Council, Shallowater, TX.
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9:30am           Drone Solutions And 3-D Mapping For Inventory Control
Some say the only time you know the volume of a pile is when it is Zero. New drone technology offers a solution to age-old problems with a fast and accurate means of calculating inventory volumes, use rates and more. Speaker: Lauren Elmore, President, Firmatek, San Antonio, TX
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11:00am           Succession Planning For Family Businesses
Planning for the next generation of management is important to every business and absolutely critical to family-owned businesses. It is not just about long-term transition planning. Succession must also anticipate unexpected losses of key personnel, being prepared and knowing what to do when the business is under maximum stress. Speakers: John Crockenberg & Wayne Bailey, Wells Fargo Advisors, Eustis, FL
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12:00pm             Keynote Luncheon: Lawn And Garden Retail Trends
Mass merchants have a unique view and an enormous impact on the lawn & garden market. Our keynote speaker spent over 30 years in upper management at home centers and mass merchants like Courtesy Home Center, Handy Andy and Home Depot. Hear what he has to say about the current trends in the L&G retail space and how it can impact your business as a mulch & soil producers. Speaker: Steve Jansen, Four Seasons Consulting, Inc., Woodstock, GA (Sponsored by BASF)
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2:00pm              What's New In Our Industry:
What new products and technologies are now available and which new products are best for you? Hear from MSC Affiliate members on the latest product offerings to make your business more efficient and cost effective. Presentations by BASF, Beumer, Hamer-Fischbein, & PremierTech
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