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Hearth & Home January 2018

HPBExpo 2018: All That’s New for Nashville!

More products, more exhibitors, more buyers, more fun! The stage is getting set for HPBExpo 2018 in Nashville.
HPBExpo 2018 is shaping up to be spectacular! With registration numbers outpacing previous years, to hundreds of manufacturers already signed up to exhibit, to coming back to our most popular host city of Nashville, there’s a lot to look forward to.

BRAND NEW show highlights and events you just can’t miss.
New to the show this year! HPBExpo will kick off on Thursday, March 8 at 8am with a Keynote Address by David Brown, Partner at Hoffman York from Milwaukee, WI. David will reveal the findings of an extensive $100,000 research study of over 900 consumers who were interested in either major remodeling or purchasing a home. He’ll provide insights into what your customers really want, how homeowners connect emotionally to different rooms, and how their design directly correlates to those emotions. You’ll learn strategies on how you can increase your customers’ purchase intent from a design standpoint and how to sell more products and services, as well as increase your customers’ satisfaction. BONUS! Copies of the Hot Spots Design Guide, a 60-pg. hardcover book filled with design ideas and techniques based on the study findings, along with a detailed outline of the Hot Spots research itself, will be distributed to all those who attend this signature event.

The outdoor burn area at the HPBExpo 2017.

Also new for 2018 is Barbecue Your Breakfast!
Taking place in the Outdoor Burn Area on Saturday, March 10 from 9am-11am, you’ll have the chance to sample barbecue breakfast offerings from outdoor exhibitors while enjoying local Nashville entertainment and refreshments from the mimosa and bloody mary bars. Highlighting this event will be a Celebrity Cooking Demonstration by the Cooking Channel’s Shannon Ambrosio, host of Big Bad BBQ Brawl. Working on Napoleon grills, Shannon will be cooking up one of his signature recipes and providing ideas you can duplicate in your own store demonstrations.

Reimagined for 2018, the Outdoor Burn Area will be phenomenal.
The Outdoor Burn Area is HPBExpo’s biggest attraction. It’s the spot to see, smell, and taste for yourself what the latest products can do, giving you the knowledge and experience to make the best recommendations to your customers. And, since we’re in Nashville, not only is the Outdoor Burn Area conveniently right off of the indoor show floor, it will feature live entertainment each day of HPBExpo.

The Outdoor Burn Area is also home to the Annual HPBExpo Tailgate and Big Green Egg Cook-Off Competition. Come see HPBA regional teams grill up their most tempting treats to impress a panel of “highly seasoned” pitmasters. We’re introducing an exciting new twist this year: for the first time, you’ll get to sample the competing teams’ Cook-Off entries and see if your vote for the champion is the same as the judges’.

Nashville at night.
Photo Courtesy: ©2018 Jake Matthews.

And don’t forget, HPBExpo is also about getting armed with knowledge.
The HPBExpo Education Program contains the most recent, most relevant industry knowledge, providing you with information you can trust. With more than 30 sessions, HPBExpo is the perfect opportunity to update your skills, get informed about the latest strategies to grow your business, earn NFI Certification, and stay on top of safety issues.

New for 2018! Register for any of the four NFI Certification exams and you’ll have access to the online version of the NFI Exam Review Class, which means you can take the practice exam before arriving in Nashville. Once you’re at the show, you’re free to focus on your areas of greatest concern in the live class before taking the exam. Register for the course and online log information will be sent via e-mail. All four certification review classes will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday in Nashville.

Get ready for a great year starting with HPBExpo 2018. Learn what you need to know!
The indoor-outdoor living market only keeps getting bigger and better. Fueling this growth are consumers looking for a greater level of sophistication in their homes, and products and services that meet their evolving lifestyles… and they’re looking to you to provide it all.
That’s why you’ve got to be at HPBExpo 2018 in Nashville. As North America’s premier indoor-outdoor living event, it’s the best place to see and try products from hundreds of manufacturers and connect with thousands of industry professionals. From the First-Time Exhibitors Pavilion to the ever-popular New Products Pavilion, you can experience the latest technologies and gadgets that will be making their way into homes very soon. Exhibitors will also be coming with show specials to offer, increasing your chances to make great deals right on the expo floor. Don’t miss out on the fun and the possibilities. Register now at


Wednesday March 7: Ted Topping from Creative Insights will again be at HPBExpo! Ted’s presentations always receive the highest possible ratings from attendees, and this year he’ll teach five classes, including a special series called “Retail Right: Create an Amazing Showroom” on Wednesday at 1:45pm and then stick around for “Grooming Your Successor: Case Study Examples”.

Thursday March 8: Werner Ladder’s “Ladder Safety/Fall Protection” is a unique hands-on presentation at their outdoor booth #4164 from 1pm–3pm. Learn everything you need to know to provide proper training and foster a culture of safety. The class is limited to 22 people and pre-registration is required. An Education Passport or a Single Course Ticket plus a special $29 registration fee are also required.

Friday March 9: Bob Wise, from CVC Coaching, will lead two “Gas Hands-On Troubleshooting” classes (9am–12pm and 1pm–4pm) where you’ll learn how to troubleshoot both millivolt and electronic ignition gas modules. Each session is limited to 20 people and an Education Passport or a Single Course Ticket plus a special $29 registration fee are required. Werner Ladder will also reprise their Ladder Safety/Fall Protection class from 10am–12pm

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