2017 Hawaii MIDPAC Conference

The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry


Discover the latest industry trends at the 2017 Hawaii MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo, August 3-5, 2017, at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii! MIDPAC will include a brilliant assortment of professionally designed plant installations representing Hawaii’s wide array of premium foliage and flowers. Also learn from industry leading speakers through their engaging conference sessions focused on The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticultural Industry.


Brian Parker, Senior Live Goods Merchant with The Home Depot, will discuss today’s customers versus yesterday’s suppliers, with an in-depth conversation on customers’ needs and expectations versus growers’ and suppliers’ responsiveness in his conference session, The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same.


Gerry Leider, Vice Chairman of Ambius, will present The Past, Present, & Future of the Horticulture Industry, discussing the drastic changes that have occurred within the horticultural industry, from the burgeoning business of the 1960’s and 70’s to the conglomerates of today, and where the industry is going.

World-renowned palm expert and Hawaii local, Jeff Marcus, will provide insight on new palm species that could be commercially cultivated in his conference session, Bringing New Palms to Commercial Cultivation. Learn about new potential palm varieties Hawaii growers can produce to expand the Hawaii horticulture industry!

A panel of “Next Generation” nurserymen from different sectors of the horticulture supply chain will discuss their perspective on where the industry is going and what innovations they brought to their companies as second to fifth generation nurserymen in: The Next Generation: From Farmers to Businessmen.


Finally, take the time to network with leading industry professionals and key decision makers representing the entire tropical plant supply chain throughout North America. MIDPAC’s intimate conference provides multiple opportunities to meet new growers, wholesalers, brokers, and end users! To register for 2017 MIDPAC Horticultural Conference & Expo and learn more about conference events, visit www.hena.org today!

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