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Old 10-16-2013, 04:08 PM
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CENTS Convention to Feature International Keynote Speaker DJ Vanas

CENTS Convention to Feature International
Keynote Speaker DJ Vanas

The Midwest’s largest green exposition aims to inspire

CENTS Marketplace (The Central Environmental Nursery and Landscape Trade Show) announced today it has secured the talent of international
speaker, author and leader D.J. “Eagle Bear” Vanas. Recognized for his work with entities like IBM, Walt Disney, NASA, the Secret Service, and the American Cancer Society, this decorated U.S. Air Force offi cer and member of the Odawa tribe brings a unique message about taking on professional and personal challenges in the spirit of a warrior.

“CENTS brings some 7,500 professionals together each year, and we intend to make it count, “states Amy Eldridge, new manager of the 80+ year-old event. “In today’s business environment conventions need to provide top talent and opportunities, and D.J. Vanas represents the best of that thinking. Excellence is why CENTS Marketplace continues to thrive through the OSU Nursery Short Course and our convention and business programming; we lead by example.”

Vanas is an entrepreneur like many members of CENTS nation, dedicated to
“building the warriors of tomorrow.” The green industry is full of these modern day tribes, according to Eldridge—organizations, companies, clients and customers who can benefit from exposure to the warrior approach to workplace challenges and opportunities.

“CENTS Marketplace draws the industry’s best because we have forged a community committed to growth in every sense,” explains Kevin Thompson, Executive Director of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. “CENTS leadership takes very seriously the trust of this outstanding group of professionals. This year we’re making a statement about what it takes to capture the attention of convention-goers, and what organizers must do to engage and thrive. We are inspired by loyalty to CENTS Marketplace, and we
intend to give that inspiration back to our industry.”

CENTS Marketplace recently rolled out a new website, CENTSMarketplace.com, to highlight the green and business education, events and inspiration that can be found there.

About CENTS Marketplace
Slated for January 13-15, 2014 at The Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, the CENTS Marketplace Convention is a dynamic regional convention with national presence and a local flavor. The event draws growers, independent garden centers, landscape contractors, arborists, turf, and pest management professionals who seek a national industry show for industry people. This high-energy forum enables attendees to buy, sell, learn and meet at a convention that goes beyond the green side of the business to the business side of the business, to help the industry prosper with inspiration and fresh thinking. For more information about CENTS Marketplace 2014, call (800) 825-5062 or visit www.CENTSmarketplace.com.
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