GREEN INDUSTRY CONFERENCE (held in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO) — October 22-24, 2014 — Louisville, Kentucky

 

In October, they arrive — business leaders, buyers, dealers, decision makers, and press — intent on making decisions that define the next year for their companies.

Held in conjunction with the industry's largest indoor and outdoor tradeshow, GIE+EXPO, the Green Industry Conference is the premier educational and networking event for green industry professionals. Attendees look forward to the diverse educational tracks and the various networking events, where they form lasting relationships, learn best practices, and discuss the latest products and services that the industry has to offer.

You can't afford to miss this opportunity to reach approximately 1,200-1,500 decision makers in the green industry — your prime audience — all hungry to learn about the latest innovations and services the green industry has to offer.

All GIC sponsors* will receive:
  • Recognition in the event brochure and pocket program
  • Promotion on PLANET's GIC Web site (GreenIndustryConference.org)
  • An Excel file of GIC attendees for direct mail purposes
<p*NOTE: The Specialty Group Focus Meeting and the PLANET Hospitality Suites are not promoted in the brochure, the pocket program, or on the Web site. See below for the unique benefits of these sponsorships.

 

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Platinum, Gold & Silver Sponsors also receive:
  • Recognition in the graphics used at PLANET's registration areas
  • Logo in PLANET News magazine event promotions
  • Logo and a hyperlink to sponsors' Web sites in blast email event promotions
  • Verbal and multimedia recognition at Newcomer's Rally
  • Verbal and multimedia recognition at PLANET Kickoff event
  • Recognition in PLANET press releases that are distributed to industry trade press
  • NEW! Opportunity to upgrade sponsorship by purchasing any giveaway sponsorship (listed below) at 20% off listed prices

Platinum Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $85,000 
(NEW! Includes Sponsorship of Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening)

  • ALL benefits in BLUE and GREEN boxes, PLUS:
  • Recognition in ALL additional marketing materials that promote the conference
  • Introduction and three minutes speaking time at the GIC keynote address
  • Promotion as the Platinum Sponsor on the cover of the promotional event brochure
  • Promotion as the Platinum Sponsor in the display advertisement for PLANET News magazine (ad is also sent to other green industry publications for possible placement)
  • Six complimentary educational session sponsorships
  • Option to host the State and Regional Association Executive Reception (contact PLANET for more details)
  • Fifteen complimentary registrations to the educational conference and five complimentary tickets to all optional/ticketed events at GIC
  • Recognition in ALL additional marketing materials that promote the conference
  • Introduction and one minute speaking time at the Welcome Reception
  • Opportunity to display equipment at the Welcome reception, facility permitting (may be raffled off if sponsor wishes)
  • Opportunity to distribute a giveaway to attendees at the Welcome reception
  • Opportunity to distribute custom-printed reception-related items, such as cocktail napkins and cups at Welcome Reception
  • Logo on signage at the Welcome reception site
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners at the reception and/or a wall banner
  • Space for company literature in PLANET's GIE+EXPO booth

Gold Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $30,000
(NEW! Includes Sponsorship of Awards Reception & Presentation on Friday evening!)

  • ALL benefits listed in BLUE and GREEN boxes, PLUS:
  • Introduction and one minute speaking time at the grand finale event, PLANET's Awards Reception on Friday evening
  • Four complimentary educational session sponsorships
  • Five complimentary registrations to the educational conference and five complimentary tickets to all optional/ticketed events at GIC
  • Verbal and logo recognition and one minute speaking time at the grand finale event, PLANET's Awards Reception on Friday evening
  • Logo on the printed Awards Presentation program and in the multimedia presentation
  • Logo on signage at the reception site
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners at the reception or a wall banner
  • Opportunity to distribute a giveaway item to Awards Reception & Presentation Attendees
  • Three complimentary tickets to the Awards Reception & Presentation

Silver Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $15,000
(Includes Sponsorship of Newcomers Rally on Wednesday evening!)

  • ALL benefits listed in BLUE and GREEN boxes, PLUS:
  • Verbal and logo recognition and one minute speaking time at the Newcomer's Rally on Wednesday evening
  • Three complimentary educational session sponsorships
  • Three complimentary registrations to the educational conference and three complimentary tickets to all optional/ticketed events at GIC
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners or a wall banner at the Newcomer's Rally Opportunity to distribute a giveaway item and conduct raffles at the Newcomer's Rally

Breakfast with Champions — $11,000 

A hallmark event of the PLANET GIC, Breakfast with Champions begins the day right for approximately 800 of the GIC attendees each morning. Roundtable discussions are led by a facilitator at each table, who introduces eye-opening topics that are highly relevant to today's green industry professionals and encourages attendees to share their experiences with their peers in a noncompetitive environment. Conference attendees often cite this high-energy event as the top reason for attending GIC. The breakfasts are ticketed events and are held on Thursday and Friday.

  • Includes benefits listed in BLUE and GREEN, PLUS:
  • One minute speaking time at the beginning of the breakfast
  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and a giveaway to attendees at each table
  • Logo on signage at breakfast
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners and/or a wall banner at the breakfast
  • Three complimentary registrations to the GIC three complimentary tickets to the sponsored breakfast

CEO Forum Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $10,000 

At this exclusive, invitation-only event, CEOs from leading green industry companies absorb presentations from experts with industry experience, participate in informal discussion groups, and network with fellow industry leaders. Breakfast is served to provide energy for the day's activities, an d presentations are followed by a networking lunch with the Outdoor Power Equipment Industry (OPEI) Board of Directors.

Invited attendees include:

  • CEOs of the companies on Lawn & Landscape and Landscape Management magazines' lists of top 100 land care companies
  • The PLANET Board of Directors, Chairs of PLANET's Specialty Groups, Committees, and Subcommittees
  • Main contacts at PLANET member companies reporting annual sales of $2 Million and
  • ALL benefits in BLUE and GREEN, PLUS:
  • Introduction and two minutes speaking time at the beginning of the CEO Forum
  • Opportunity to show a company video to the CEO Forum attendees during the bus ride from the Louisville Marriott Downtown to the Kentucky Expo Center (where lunch with OPEI Board takes place)
  • Opportunity to distribute company literature and/or a giveaway to the CEO Forum attendees
  • Logo on signage at the CEO Forum site
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners in the CEO Forum room and/or one wall banner
  • Logo recognition in the printed invitation sent to prospective CEO Forum attendees
  • Opportunity to provide an electronic graphic/advertisement to be used in the blast email invitation sent to prospective CEO Forum attendee
  • Three complimentary registrations to GIC and CEO Forum

Specialty Group Receptions (THURSDAY EVENING — TWO SPONSORSHIPS PER RECEPTION) 

Bar Sponsor — $4,500
Hors d'oeuvres Sponsor — $3,500
  • Design/Build/Installation Reception
  • Landscape Management Reception
  • Lawn Care Reception
  • Irrigation & Water Management Reception

At these concurrent receptions, business owners and managers have a chance to network within their specialty. Attendees share best practices, greet old friends and make new ones, and enjoy refreshments.

  • ALL benefits in BLUE and GREEN, PLUS:
  • Introduction and one minute speaking time at the reception
  • Opportunity to distribute company materials and a giveaway to reception attendees
  • Logo on signage at the reception site
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners at the reception or a wall banner
  • Logo and a hyperlink to the sponsor's Web site in an electronic invitation sent prior to the conference
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC

GIC Educational Sessions (MULTIPLE AVAILABLE) — $2,500 each

Some think that GIC isn't a conference — it's a marathon! GIC offers multiple tracks of education with a number of 90-minute sessions per track. Each session is a sponsorship opportunity, so there are ample Opportunities for recognition. For suppliers, this is an opportunity to support a specific track, topic, speaker, or theme. Wednesday workshops may also be sponsored!

 

  • ALL benefits in BLUE and GREEN, PLUS
  • One minute speaking time at the beginning of the session to introduce your company as the sponsor
  • Opportunity to distribute company materials and a giveaway to session attendees
  • Logo on signage at the session site
  • Opportunity to display a freestanding, retractable banner in the session room or a wall banner
  • Two complimentary registrations to the educational conference

Specialty Group Focus Groups (ONE PER SPECIALTY AVAILABLE) — $2,500

  • Design/Build/Installation
  • Landscape Management
  • Lawn Care
  • Irrigation & Water Management

PLANET's specialty groups host these private focus group meetings to discuss issues that are specific to their segments of the industry. The meetings are by invitation only and will include approximately 25-35 green industry professionals from companies of various sizes and geographical locations. For the sponsor, this is an opportunity to hear first-hand the needs of a specific segment of the industry and to be viewed as a true advocate. The sponsor is encouraged to participate in the discussions, asking questions and collecting data of their own.

* Contact the PLANET office at 800-395-2522, x 106, to find out which Specialty Groups are hosting a focus group meeting at the 2012 Green Industry Conference

  • Introduction and one minute speaking time at the beginning of the meeting
  • Opportunity to distribute company materials and a giveaway to the meeting attendees
  • Logo on signage at the meeting site
  • Logo and a hyperlink to sponsor's Web site in an electronic invitation
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC
  • Excel file of meeting attendees for direct mail purposes

PLANET Hospitality Suites - $5,000 each 

On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, GIC attendees are invited to relax and unwind in the PLANET Hospitality Suite where they can enjoy a hosted bar (liquor, beer, wine, soda, and water) and light snacks. PLANET members and leadership look forward to these popular receptions and schedule them into their evening plans. The suite will open at approximately 9:00 pm and remain open until midnight.

  • Opportunity to be the exclusive host for an after-hours networking reception with conference attendees and a targeted audience of PLANET's leadership
  • Opportunity for the sponsor to invite current and prospective customers and other guests to the hospitality suite on the sponsored night
  • Opportunity to distribute a giveaway to hospitality suite attendees and/or to conduct a raffle drawing and collect attendee business cards as the entry tickets
  • Opportunity to display freestanding, retractable banners in the suite
  • Logo on signage in the PLANET Hospitality Suite
  • Logo and a hyperlink to the sponsor's Web site in an electronic invitation
  • One complimentary registration to GIC

GIC Giveaway Sponsorships

Make your brand front and center! These coveted sponsorships ensure the longevity of your visibility by existing during AND after the event. PLANET produces these giveaway items, which are imprinted with the sponsor's and PLANET's logos.

All give away sponsors will receive:
  • Logo in the brochure, pocket program, and on PLANET's GIC Web site.
  • Excel file of GIC attendees for direct mail purposes
GIC USB Flash Drive Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $20,000

The flash drives contain GIC educational workshop and session information/notes.

  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Opportunity to include an electronic file (product catalog, company brochure, advertisement, etc.) on the flash drives
  • Five complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Portfolio Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $20,000
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Five complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Tote Bag Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $15,500 
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Three complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Lanyard Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $10,000 
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Mobile Phone App — $5,000 

Set your organization apart by taking advantage of this revolutionary sponsorship opportunity. Put your company in the palm of attendees' hands while being on the cutting edge of technology with the GIC mobile phone app. This App will engage attendees for nearly 90 days before, during and after the conference allowing you maximum, high quality exposure to more all conference attendees.

  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Pen Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $6,500
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC Highlighter Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $6,500
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary registrations to GIC
GIC T-Shirt Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $7,500 
  • ALL benefits in yellow box, PLUS:
  • Two complimentary registrations to the educational conference
Hotel Key Card Sponsorship (EXCLUSIVE) — $2,500 

Put your logo and message in front of the conference attendees who stay in PLANET's reserved rooms at the GIC host hotel, the Louisville Marriott Downtown. More than 500 rooms are reserved for PLANET, and attendees will be reminded of your company each time they enter their rooms throughout the week.

  • ALL benefits listed in yellow box, PLUS:
  • One complimentary registration to the educational conference
Create Your Own GIC Giveaway Sponsorship — PRICES VARY

Don't see something here that grabs you? Have a better idea for how to promote your company's brand? Call us and we'll discuss! PLANET is always open to new ideas to help our sponsors to reach their goals.

For more information on GIC, including a full schedule of events, please visit:http://www.landcarenetwork.org/GIC/