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$450
PONDEMONIUM 2017
The premier educational and networking event for the water garden industry!
  • PONDEMONIUM 2017 - $450 (This is on sale for $401 until June 6th)
  • Pre-event Leadership Workshop: $149 (per track, per person)
  • Pre-Event DiSC Leadership Workshop: $149 (per track, per person)
  • Advanced, CAC only Build-A-Pond Day: $49 (per person)
  • Optional Tour – Chicago Excursion: $99 (per person)
  • Top Golf: $75 donation (per person)

from The Pond Guy - Greg Wittstock

It’s Pondemonium Time, Baby!!!

NOW is the time for you and your team to register for the largest event in the world dedicated to YOU – the industry’s BEST water feature professionals!

“A Purpose Driven Business” is the perfect theme for what will be Aquascape’s 19th annual Pondemonium. Whether you are a regular attendee or someone considering attending for the first time, one look at the agenda will tell you why this year’s event is a must-attend for new and old alike.

A Purpose Driven Life

At Pondemonium 2017 “A Purpose Driven Business,” Ed will deliver a keynote intended to translate his vast expertise on nature into successful conservation practices that can be applied at the residential level. When you can integrate his level of awareness of our environment and translate that to the consumers you are working for, your business has a higher purpose than only installing a water feature for its esthetic beauty.

speakers

Once again, we’ve gathered our favorite speakers to present topics that will inspire you to take your business to the next level. You’ll gain valuable insight as they share their experience and expertise in engaging ways! Scroll through the images below and get to know this year’s presenters.

Leadership Boot Camp | A Purpose Driven Business

  • AUG 23, 25
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

GREG WITTSTOCK

Owner / CEO of Aquascape, Inc.

The Importance of Nature to Planet Earth

  • AUG 26
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

HEIKO BLEHER

Researcher, Author, Photographer and Filmmaker

Leadership Boot Camp

  • AUG 23
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

Dr. JAMES MACDONALD

Founding and Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel

Leadership Boot Camp

  • AUG 23
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

DR. JIM CAIN

Author of the award winning book Teamwork & Teamplay

DiSC Leadership Workshop

  • AUG 23
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

LAURI MITCHELL

President, Mitchell Motivation

The Importance of Nature to Planet Earth

  • AUG 26
  • 9:00AM
  • Q Center

ED BEAULIEU

Vice President of Field Research

How Your Maintenance Department Can Drive Growth in Your Installation Business

  • AUG 26
  • 10:30
  • Q Cener

BRIAN HELFRICH

Construction Manager for Aquascape

How Your Maintenance Department Can Drive Growth in Your Installation Business

  • AUG 26
  • 10:30
  • Q Center

Chris Hanson

Aquascape Construction Team Leader

How Aquascape Marketing is Helping You Grow Your Business

  • AUG 27
  • 03:30
  • Q Center

AVELINE HAUSER

Director of Marketing

Product Development – What’s New, Innovative, and Exciting

  • AUG 25
  • 01:30
  • Q Center

DAVE KELLY

Vice President, Product Management

How Aquascape Construction Markets, Sells, Installs, Maintains, and Follows Up

  • AUG 25
  • 11:00
  • Q Center

JEFF PAYTON

Exec. Vice Pres., Business Development

Successful Retailer Profiles

  • AUG 26
  • 01:30
  • Q Center

DON SCHNOOR

Aquascape, Inc. Sales Manager

Aquascape Academy Hands-On Training

  • AUG 26
  • 10:30
  • Q Center

CHRIS WILSON

Aquascape, Inc. Sales Manager

Successful Retailer Profiles

  • AUG 26
  • 01:30
  • Q Center

DEREK DUNPHY

Aquascape, Inc. Sales Manager

Aquascape Academy Hands-On Training

  • AUG 26
  • 03:30
  • Q Center

TAVIA TAWNEY

Technical Services Agent

schedule

The Pondemonium 2017 schedule of events offers something for everyone. From construction, to management, to retailers and distributors, we have learning tracks available to suit your business needs and interests.

7:00 p.m. Networking Mixer for Leadership Workshop Attendees
Dr. Jim Cain – grassy area next to tennis courts
Pre-event Leadership Workshops ($149 per track, per person)
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. “Cup of Coffee” Roundtables – Fox River Ballrooms 1 & 2
Led by members of the Aquascape leadership team
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. TRACK 1 : Leadership Boot Camp –  Fox River Ballroom 4
Featuring Greg Wittstock-The Pond Guy, Dr. James MacDonald, Dr. Jim Cain, and former Navy Seal Jim O’Connor
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. TRACK 2 : DiSC Leadership Workshop –  Fox River Ballrooms 1 & 2
Presented by Lauri Mitchell-The Pond Mom
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Top Frogs Dinner/Ed’s Beer Garden – Invitation Only
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Buses depart 7:30 a.m.*
Aquascape Academy Hands-On Training Aqualand Contractor and Foreman Attendees
7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Buses depart 6:30 a.m.*
Advanced, CAC Only Build-A-Pond Day
Recreation pond in Arlington Heights
Pre-registration required
Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) Attendees ($49 per person)
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Distributor Meeting
Q Center – Fox River Ballroom 1/2
Distributor Attendees
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Buses depart 8:15 a.m.*
Chicago Excursion
Architecture and History Tour, Garfield Park Conservatory, and Christy Webber Landscapes Tour
Optional Tour for Pondemonium Attendees ($99 per person)

* Buses for all off-site events will pick up and drop off in the South Circle at the Q Center.

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. “Cup of Coffee” Roundtables
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  A Purpose Driven Business
Greg Wittstock-The Pond Guy, Ballrooms 5 & 6
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Connecting the Dots with the Aquascape Construction Team; How Aquascape Construction Markets, Sells, Installs, Maintains, and Follows Up
Jeff Payton and Brian Helfrich, Ballrooms 5 & 6
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Product Development – What’s New, Innovative, and Exciting
Dave Kelly, Ballrooms 5 & 6
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Regional Breakout Sessions
Northeast / Southeast / Midwest / Central Plains / Western / Canada / International
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Group Photo – in front of pond located outside of Q Center Dining
6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Dinner – Q Center Dining
Evening Aquascape Foundation Fundraiser
Topgolf – $75 donation per person
CONSTRUCTION
TRACK
RETAILER
TRACK
MANAGEMENT
TRACK
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
“Cup of Coffee” Roundtable
Ballrooms 1 & 2
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Importance of Nature to Planet Earth
Heiko Bleher and Ed Beaulieu
Ballrooms 5 & 6
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Break
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How Your Maintenance Department Can Drive Growth in Your Installation Business


Brian Helfrich and Chris Hanson

Ballrooms 5 & 6

How to Train and Keep Employees for Your Retail Business

Don Schnoor and Derek Dunphy

Demonstration of “My Aquascape” Online Customer Portal

Anthony Marola

Ballrooms 1 & 2

How Employee Theft Led Us to the Verge of Bankruptcy and We Pulled Through It to Be Stronger Than Ever!

Matt Griffin

Ballroom 4

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
Q Center Dining
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Best Practices Of Successful Water Garden Retailers
Don Schnoor and Derek Dunphy

Ballrooms 1 & 2

How Aquascape Marketing is Helping You Grow Your Business
Aveline Hauser

Ballrooms 5 & 6

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Care and Keeping of Maximum Um Nishikigoi (aka Koi)

Bleher’s Biotopes – A Workshop on Species Specific Biotopes

at Aqualand, Heiko Bleher

Board the Bus to Aquascape

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contractor Pond Tour
Board the Pond Tour Buses
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Hands-On Academy Overview

Greg Wittstock and Aveline Hauser

Ballrooms 5 & 6

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Break
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Artist of the Year Panel Discussion

Ballrooms 5 & 6

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Awards Presentations
Ballrooms 5 & 6
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner
Q Center Dining
8:00 p.m.
Blow-Out Bash Celebration
Q Center Pavilion

* Buses for all off-site events will pick up and drop off in the South Circle at the Q Center.

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Non-Denominational Church Service

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Re-live the memories from last year's Pondemonium.