The Fall Event is all about sharing, learning, and growing. And this year's event is packed full of incredible networking and learning opportunities. Our speakers are leaders in the industry – thought leaders that embody The Group spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurial drive. These powerful presentations by inspired thinkers can shape your future in the ever-evolving world of garden retailing. Be ready to dive in, share and learn!

See The Fall Event 2023 Schedule or the Speakers & Sessions page for a complete list of Speakers and Sessions.



John Kennedy is Co-Owner
of BoomerWrangle

Learn more about 
John Kennedy

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Emerging Leaders Lunch & Learn: 
Developing the Leader Within You–Part 1
Facilitated by John Kennedy, BoomerWrangle

Building a leadership team starts with building a bench of managers who will be ready when needed to take on the role of leader. John Kennedy will take you through the difference between management and leadership and set you up for success in your emerging career in the retail garden center workplace. The tools and techniques for your toolbox will include effective communication, strategic thinking, impactful influence, and consistent engagement.

The emerging leader will find this workshop to be valuable to their skill-building and career development and set them up for success not only in the present but also long into the future of their careers.

Lunch will be provided during this session. Part 2 of this workshop will be presented on Tuesday afternoon during the Breakout Sessions.



3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Emerging Leaders: Developing the Leader Within You–Part 2
Facilitated by John Kennedy, BoomerWrangle

Join John Kennedy as he picks up where he left off from the Emerging Leaders Lunch & Learn. John will challenge the audience members in a team-building exercise that will reinforce the messaging of the initial workshop. This engaging and fun breakout session will focus on how to manage resources, people and time in a team environment to produce the very best outcomes for the project. From this exercise, we will open the floor to real-life challenges and issues within the retail garden center space (managing and leading people who are older or who are peers, balancing accountability and responsibility, how to influence under-performers, how to address conflict within the workplace or any other challenge you care to bring to the confidential discussion).

The emerging leaders will leave this workshop with a deeper relationship with like-minded peers, a more focused approach to their leadership development, and a strategy and plan to begin implementing the very next week after the Fall Event!

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Working Smarter: GroupSpace Intranet Platform for The Busy Retail Garden Center
Facilitated by John Kennedy, BoomerWrangle

Discover how every Garden Center Group Member can have big business solutions for their small to medium-sized business and budget! www.YourGroupSpace.com is a customized yet affordable intranet platform that houses all of your operational & organizational needs in one single, easy-to-navigate location.

Scheduling. Employee Engagement. Ordering. Communication. Training. Marketing. Reporting. 
Strategic Planning. On-boarding. Benefits. HR.
With over two dozen customized workplace solutions and applications included in this platform, it’s easy to see why nearly 20 Garden Center Group Members are already working smarter, not harder! So if you are an existing GroupSpace user who’d like to learn about all of the new upgrades, or an interested garden center who’d like to learn about the platform, join the team at BoomerWrangle and learn to Work Smarter! 




John Kennedy is Co-Owner
of BoomerWrangle

Learn more about 
John Kennedy

9:30am - 10:30am
Building the Bridge from Good to Great!
John Kennedy

There’s an old saying—“successful people know what they need to do and do it! Unsuccessful people know what they need to do…and don’t.”

Join John as he discusses the journey from good to great with the unique qualities & characteristics needed to bridge the gap to greatness.

John will provide examples & samples of how some businesses fly & some businesses float and how the structure, design, and architecture of entrepreneurship and innovation created the right foundation for their business to span success from one year to the next, and the next and the next.

John Kennedy is Co-Founder of BoomerWrangle LLC with his amazing wife Souny. 

BoomerWrangle is the corporate entity that houses all of their talents & tools to support The Garden Center Group. 

For innovative solutions such as "Your GroupSpace" and customized on-boarding videos to strategic planning and team engagement through John's coaching and consulting, BommerWrangle LLC has become a single source digital & strategic agency to maximize employee engagement, strategic planning, organizational excellence, ease of ordering and operational efficiency!



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