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
Pre-event Leadership Workshops ($149 per track, per person)
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. “Cup of Coffee” Roundtables
Led by members of the Aquascape leadership team
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. TRACK 1 : Leadership Boot Camp
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
Presented by Lauri Mitchell-The Pond Mom
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Top Frogs Dinner/Ed’s Beer Garden
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Buses depart 8:00 a.m.
Aquascape Academy Hands-On Training Q
Center and 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
Lincoln Park Zoo
Certified Aquascape Contractor (CAC) Attendees ($49 per person)
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Buses depart 6:30 a.m.
& 9:00 a.m.
Distributor Meeting
Lincoln Park Zoo
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)
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
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
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
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
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Dinner
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
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
The Importance of Nature to Planet Earth
Heiko Bleher and Ed Beaulieu
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

How to Host Successful Retail Events

Aquascape Sales Team

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

Matt Griffin

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Firestone EPDM Pond Liner Seaming Course

Successful Retailer Profiles
Don Schnoor and Derek Dunphy

Sales Best Practices
Panel Discussion

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Care and Keeping of Maximum Um Nishikigoi (aka Koi)
at Aqualand
Heiko Bleher
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bleher’s Biotopes – A Workshop on Species Specific Biotopes
at Aqualand
Heiko Bleher
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Contractor Pond Tour
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Break
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Artist of the Year
Panel Discussion

Retailer Inspiration from the Field
Aquascape Sales Team

How Aquascape Marketing is Helping You Grow Your Business
Scott Rhodes

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner
Evening
Blow-Out Bash Celebration
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Non-Denominational Church Service