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January 21-22, 2020


Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Centerhotel
Center of the ISU Campus
201 Broadway | Normal, IL 61761
Ph. 309-862-9000


About the Event

InVigorateU is an annual education event geared toward those looking not only for continuing education credits, but also for practical and productive learning in an efficient yet robust “let’s get to work” environment. 

room 1On day one, we bring everybody together - the architects & designers, growers & nurseries, greenhouses, arborists, garden centers & retailers, business owners & managers, educators & students, governmental entities and other industry organizations - and focus on the centerpiece around which our entire industry revolves: plants, plants and more plants!

We'll offer irrigation training, presented by Hunter Industries, to help irrigation contractors satisfy the continuing education requirements required by Section 892 of Illinois Plumbing code.  

On day two, each segment breaks out into their respective educational tracks to dig deeper into the details that are specific to their professional discipline and industry interest.  Together, the two days of vigorous education serve to inspire and motivate our participants so they leave eager to embrace the new season!


Exhibitor Setupschedule
    Monday, January 20 - 3pm - 7pm
    Tuesday, January 21 - 6:30am - 7:30am

    Tuesday, January 21
        8:30am - 5:00pm (Irrigation training begins at 8:00am)
        Social Mixer - 5:15 - 7:30

    Wednesday, January 22
        8:30am - 4:15pm (Irrigation training from 8:00 - 5:00)

Stay tuned for a more detailed agenda to be released in August.

Keynote Speakers


Amanda Thomsen
How Are We (Green Industry) Holding Ourselves Back

There are many small ways we hold ourselves back from success each day. In this humorous presentation, Amanda Thomsen will motivate you to snap out of your old ways and get excited about finding new solutions, trialing ideas and setting intentions for a strong 2020.


Dan Heimsdanheims
Plant Marketing Around the World

Dan has visited 28 countries, taking a keen interest in how plants are promoted, presented, and sold. Check out the best of the best and the worst of the worst. Dan will also discuss his unique perspective on marketing and how participants can better put themselves and their products forward.



How Can Your Company Get Involved?

The Illinois Green Industry Association invites you to take advantage of sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities: 

  • Premier or Event Level Sponsorship
  • Sponsor an Education Track - Prime visibility with your target segment!
  • Support the Social Mixer through sponsorship
  • Keep attendees caffeinated with a Coffee/Tea Sponsorship
  • Meal Sponsorship
  • Place an ad in the Event Program Book - LEARN MORE


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Register My Company for Exhibit or Sponsorship




Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Center of the ISU Campus
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761
Ph. 309-862-9000

Important: InVigorateU room block deadline is December 30, 2019.  Reserve before 12/30 to get the special rate of $127, which includes free wifi and covered parking.  If you call to book your room, be sure to tell them you are with Illinois Green Industry Association.  Or, click the link below to book online.

Reserve Your Hotel Now



2020 Sponsors

Event Sponsors

Compeer logo   Hortica logo


Education Sponsors



LA CES Partner


Social Mixer Sponsors


unilock logo

 Midwest Trading

Coffee / Tea Sponsors


J Frank Schmidt

 Wilson Nursery

 Lanyard Sponsor


Davey Tree Co



Supporting Sponsors

Goodmark Nurseries - Learn More
Russo Power Equipment - Learn More



Special thanks to our InVigorateU Committee!

Kim Hartmann, Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery, & Garden Center 
Eric Simmons, Hunter Industries
Pete Worth, Kankakee Nursery
Mike Mennenoh, Mariani Plants
Meagan Provencher, Wasco Nursery & Garden Center
Committee Chair:
Mark McWilliams, CopperTree Designs