Pre-Show Workshops

We’ve added something new and exciting to the education program: PRE-SHOW WORKSHOPS! Be the first to kick off iLandscape with three workshops to choose from. Take a deeper dive into these topics that will give you the tools to get the season started on the right foot! Add any of these three workshops to your tradeshow or education pass:

Irrigation Contractor Essentials: 4-hour Refresher Course

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 

8:00am-12:00pm

This course is approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health for 4 hours of continuing education that is legally required for all registered irrigation contractors in the State of Illinois. Course Approval #: 750-221-C3

Alongside RPZ fundamentals, this four part class covers the essentials for professional irrigation contractors. Join us for (4) round table education sessions which provide hands-on education covering the following topics:

  • Electrical trouble shooting I – Wire tracing – Learn how to trace wires and properly use a wire tracker
  • Electrical trouble shooting II – Multi meter usage – Learn how to use a multi meter and understand the information it returns
  • Work smarter, not harder – From proper diagnosing and some good old thinking, working smarter will save you on your most expensive item – Labor
  • Wi-Fi fundamentals – Everything you want and need to know about Wi-Fi, including basic definitions of Wi-Fi components and how to connect up Wi-Fi controllers.

Workshop Pricing

Member Rate: $115          Non-Member Rate: $170

Instructed by:

Alex Mayfield

JM Irrigation

ILCA Irrigation Committee Chairperson

Use Your Own Data to Improve Performance and Maximize Margins

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 

8:00am-11:00am

“To achieve success, work is required. Suffering is optional.”

Jack Canfield, Author

This groundbreaking workshop is for owners and managers to best understand how to use data to improve performance and margins. The workshop isolates the data that is valuable, helps you better understand how to use it, and finally how to implement changes that directly improve the bottom line. The workshop will provide benchmarking information across landscape businesses of all sizes with a focus on the Midwest. It will isolate key performance indicators that can be reworked to improve profit. It will explore production – where the good data is captured and provide operational efficiencies across all levels. Lastly, it will dive into estimating so that no job walks out the door without the best possible margins in mind. Whether belts tighten, loosen, or stay the same in 2023, your business will be totally prepared.

With decades of experience spanning all aspects of the landscape industry—from spreading fertilizers to building budgets for multimillion dollar firms—Bryan has a passion for helping both people and companies succeed. Most recently he was the former Vice President of Customer Experience at Aspire before launching his own consulting business.

Workshop Pricing

Member Rate: $250          Non-Member Rate: $375

Instructed by:

Bryan Mours

Mours Enterprises LLC

Understanding Burnout and Building Resilient Teams

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 

11:30am-3:00pm

Stress and exhaustion are inevitable, burnout is not. This comprehensive 1/2 day workshop is for any individual, professional, or team dealing with professional burnout. iLandscape went to one of the country’s leading experts on this subject. Paula Davis JD, MAPP, is the Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute, a training and consulting firm that partners with organizations to help them reduce burnout and build resilience at the team, leader, and organizational level.

She is the author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience, which is about burnout prevention using a teams-based approach.

This lively and interactive workshop will cover these three themes:

  • THEME 1: Resilience & Teams Overview
  • THEME 2: Understanding Burnout
  • THEME 3: Building Psychological Safety (Trust among Teams)

It is recommended you bring AT LEAST one other person from your organization to bounce ideas and strategies off-of. However, the workshop is available to all who need a coping mechanism before we plunge into another busy season. Our businesses, colleagues, families, and mental health may depend on it!

Workshop Pricing

Member Rate: $250          Non-Member Rate: $375

Become a member of the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association to receive the discounted member rate for the pre-show workshops and other educational events throughout the year.

To join ILCA, simply select you are not a member when registering for the workshop and follow the prompts to become one.

Instructed by:

Paula Davis JD, MAPP

Founder and CEO of the Stress & Resilience Institute

Author of Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being & Resilience

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