For the first time, industry professionals can enjoy the best of three shows under one roof.

The renamed International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo brings together the longstanding International Pool & Spa Expo, Backyard Living Expo and the AQUA Show.

“Having the three shows together is a great thing for the industry,” said Rick McConnell, senior vice president of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, which owns IPSPE and this magazine. “We are giving them three reasons to go instead of one. People don’t have to make a tough choice [about which show to attend] anymore.”

IPSPE takes place Nov. 15-20 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The dates are a little different than usual, with exhibits open Tuesday through Thursday of that week, and educational programs beginning on a Saturday.

Keynote speaker Bill Walton kicks off the exhibits Nov. 18. The NBA legend will present “Nothing But Net,” a talk about teamwork, overcoming adversity and other ingredients that go into success.

On the exhibit floor, organizers expect nearly 700 companies to show their wares, with approximately 15,000 in attendance. In addition, visitors can enjoy specialized sections. The Backyard Living Pavilion highlights furniture and other products that help create outdoor living rooms. The Genesis 3 Pavilion showcases high-end products. The New Product Pavilion introduces professionals to marketplace debuts. Live workshops will take place on the floor all three days.

The educational program, which begins Sat., Nov. 15, has more than 80 seminars, including three major programs.

“It’s a really nice opportunity, especially with our economy,” Conference Manager Tracy Beaulieu said. “Everything’s going to be here in one place. The education that we’ve put together helps builders, retailers and service companies address what they must do to meet their bottom lines.

“There are also cutting-edge design classes for builders, landscape architects and landscape designers.”

The Executive Academy will debut, targeting those involved or interested in upper-level management. These two- and three-hour seminars will occur on show days and address topics such as how to manage the gap between a manager’s natural skills and job position, and how to align a company’s resources and energies for success.

The APSP Career Institute will sponsor special one- and two-day sessions aimed at builders, retailers and service professionals. The Advanced Builders, Retailers and Service programs are included, and take place in the days leading up to the exhibits portion of the event.

And for the first time, Genesis 3 design courses will be incorporated into the Expo. Sessions cover topics ranging from basic design to the history of water in architecture to color theory. The program includes one-day and 2 1/2-day classes, as well as two-hour sessions running alongside the exhibitions.

Some “green” courses will debut at IPSPE, showing how to create a green store and promote ecologically friendly products.

Off-hours, attendees can socialize at the Welcome Party, held Tues., Nov. 18, at TAO Nightclub in the Venetian Hotel. Also on Tuesday, Genesis 3 will present its Family Reunion & Winemaker Dinner in Rain Nightclub at The Palms. The APSP International Awards of Excellence reception will take place Wed., Nov. 19, at the Mandalay Bay Ballroom.

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