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Pondliner Wholesale Announces the 2018 Water Garden Expo

Kevin Dougherty headlines Pondliner Wholesale’s 2018 Water Garden Expo, which will be held between Feb. 20-23 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

For the last 31 years, Kevin Dougherty has been speaking to the construction industry. Kevin represents a changing industry — aggressive, realistic and open-minded. Kevin’s work and education experience enables him to relate to today’s problems and provides tangible solutions in an easy-to-understand style. He has taught thousands of people in various seminars. His client base ranges from family-owned businesses to corporate conglomerates.

In addition to speaking and writing articles, Kevin has served in a variety of leadership roles for a multimillion-dollar specialty services contractor. He has also been a frequent speaker for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Rain Bird Sprinkler Systems, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the Small Business Administration and other trade organizations.

Tuesday and Wednesday will feature hands-on construction at the Pond Pro Shop with two pond rehab projections, each centered on unique concepts. Jake Langeslag with Aqua Eden will lead one project using airlift technology, while John Eccles with Waterscape Creations of Oklahoma and the team from Living the Pond Life will complete the second pond using OASE pumps and filtration. Aquascape’s Brian Helfrich and Chris Hanson will also demonstrate a water wall installation. All three projects will illustrate real-world applications.

The presentation of POND Trade’s 2018 Water Artisans of the Year will kick off Thursday morning, with 24 seminars following over the next two days. Three educational tracks will provide learning opportunities for all knowledge levels. Highlights include Kevin Dougherty (“Developing Front-Line Leadership”), Andy Schoenberger (“The Science Behind Water Pumps”), Ken Rust (“The Nuts and Bolts of Expanding into Lake Management”) and Paul Amos (“Firestone PondGard Certification Class”).

Demi Fortuna, Greg Wittstock, Jim Chubb and Eric Triplett are among the industry’s top experts also scheduled to speak. Attendees can also visit with around 25 manufacturers exhibiting in the trade show and network with peers from across the country.

The Water Garden Expo is free for trade professionals. Visit www.WGExpo.com or call 866/219-3561 for more information.

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