CENTS Marketplace (The Central Environmental Nursery and Landscape Trade Show) announced it has secured the talent of international speaker, author and leader D.J. "Eagle Bear" Vanas. Recognized for his work with entities like IBM, Walt Disney, NASA, the Secret Service, and the American Cancer Society, this decorated U.S. Air Force officer and member of the Odawa tribe brings a unique message about taking on professional and personal challenges in the spirit of a warrior.
"CENTS brings some 7,500 professionals together each year, and we intend to make it count," states Amy Eldridge, new manager of the 80-plus-year-old event. "In today's business environment, conventions need to provide top talent and opportunities, and D.J. Vanas represents the best of that thinking. Excellence is why CENTS Marketplace continues to thrive through the OSU Nursery Short Course and our convention and business programming; we lead by example."
Vanas is an entrepreneur, like many members of CENTS nation, dedicated to "building the warriors of tomorrow." The green industry is full of these modern-day tribes, according to Eldridge-organizations, companies, clients and customers who can benefit from exposure to the warrior approach to workplace challenges and opportunities.
"CENTS Marketplace draws the industry's best because we have forged a community committed to growth in every sense," explains Kevin Thompson, executive director of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association. "CENTS leadership takes very seriously the trust of this outstanding group of professionals. This year we're making a statement about what it takes to capture the attention of convention-goers, and what organizers must do to engage and thrive. We are inspired by loyalty to CENTS Marketplace, and we intend to give that inspiration back to our industry."
CENTS Marketplace recently rolled out a new website, CENTSMarketplace.com
, to highlight the green and business education, events and inspiration that can be found there.