June 15, 2008
Two dynamic speakers on business, sales and marketing for the nursery trades, Anne Obarski and Roy Prevost, will headline LO’s Garden Centre Symposium. This education event for garden centre and nursery professionals takes place the day before Garden and Florist Expo on Mon., Oct. 20, at the Toronto Congress Centre.

Obarski is executive director of Merchandise Concepts in St. Louis, Mo., and the author of Applied Retail Mathematics and Surprising Secrets of Mystery Shoppers. Prevost is a Vancouver-based consultant and strategist with more than 25 years of experience in marketing, wholesale, retail and manufacturing for the giftware industry. He forecasts consumer trends and his upcoming book, Competing with a 700 lb. Gorilla, focuses on the tools and techniques retailers need to thrive and prosper in the big box retail environment.

The Symposium will also feature other education sessions, an awards luncheon recognizing the industry’s top achievers, and a sneak peek of Garden and Florist Expo.