PONDEMONIUM® 2017 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
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RETAILER
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MANAGEMENT
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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.

Firestone EPDM Pond Liner Seaming Course

Ballroom 4

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