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CENTS 2012 to Feature Nationally Renowned Green Industry Experts

CENTS 2012 to Feature Nationally Renowned Green Industry Experts at Short Course Education Sessions

CENTS 2012 will feature talks from several well-known and
highly respected green industry experts.

Dr. Charles Vander Kooi has been impacting audiences for 25 years by coupling his true-life experiences as a professional estimator and contractor with stand-up comedy and a little fire and brimstone.

Vander Kooi has been involved in the construction industry for over 4 decades as an estimator and consultant. He has bid over a billion dollars in work over his career. As a private consultant, he has helped over 1,500 companies in their estimating/bidding systems and has lectured to over 200,000 people nationally and internationally. Vander Kooi is also the creator
of HardScape Magazine, providing a knowledge base for hardscape installation while also addressing the business needs of companies doing the installing.

Dr. Vander Kooi’s short course sessions will include Estimating and Expense Tracking in the Landscape and High Maintenance Project Bidding. As well as Chasing Away the Overhead Storm Cloud.

David Nowak is a Project Leader for the United States Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Syracuse, New York. Nowak specializes in studying the effects of urban trees on environmental quality and human health. Understanding that optimal vegetation designs and management practices are essential to sustain human and environmental well-being for current and future generations, Nowak and his team are working to provide forest and community managers accurate information on the urban forest resource, how it is changing, and the ecosystem services it provides. Decision-making tools are also being developed to guide management and policies related to improving ecosystem services provided by trees.

Nowak’s short course sessions include The Urban Understory: The Value of Urban Trees and The Color of Carbon is Green.

James Urban specializes in the design of trees and soils in urban spaces. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of urban tree planting and has been responsible for the introduction of many innovations including most of the current standards relating to urban tree plantings. His 2008 book “Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils in the Built Environment”, is becoming one of the principle tree and soil references.

James Urban was instrumental in the development of structural cells and structural planting soils for use under sidewalk pavements, and is credited with helping to re-awaken the profession of landscape architecture to the skills required to successfully plant trees in difficult urban soils. In 2007, he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for this contribution to the profession of Landscape Architecture.

Urban’s short course sessions include The Origin of Soils: The Urban Story and Street Tree Design for Survival: Using Structured Soil in Urban Environment.

An industry show for industry people, CENTS keys in on tools and resources that provide mission-critical information, especially about business. From lead generation and operations information to pre-season buying incentives and Short Course educational programs, CENTS creates a high-energy forum where attendees can buy, sell, learn and meet.

Show dates are January 23- 25 2012 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.
Michael J. Donovan, Sr.
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