On a recent episode of the Kid Contractor Podcast, host Caleb Auman welcomed Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), to discuss the highly influential Equip Expo trade show. As the leader of both OPEI and Equip Expo, Kris provided invaluable insight into the history and impact of the annual event.
Kris detailed how Equip Expo, formerly known as GIE Expo, has grown over its 40 year history to become one of the largest trade shows in the country. Attracting over 50,000 industry professionals each year, Equip Expo is a one-stop shop for the latest equipment, technology, educational opportunities and networking events. Kris also shared how the show generates significant economic benefits for its host city of Louisville, cementing its importance for professionals across the outdoor power equipment and green industries.
Listeners gained a behind-the-scenes look at the immense coordination required to put on such a massive trade show. Kris also discussed OPEI's role advocating for its members with government organizations. It was fascinating to hear his perspective leading two iconic industry organizations. I came away with a new appreciation for Equip Expo and encourage anyone involved in landscaping, construction or related fields to check out the show.