June 28 2020 06:47 AM

James Starvridis will speak on leadership and the need for resilience.

GIE Expo

James Stavridis, a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, will deliver the 2020 keynote at GIE+Expo Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. in Louisville, Kentucky. Stavridis will give attendees insights on “Leadership and a New World Order: The Need for Resilience.” Admission to the keynote, which is sponsored by John Deere and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, is included with the trade show registration.

OPEI, the National Association of Landscape Professionals, and Professional Grounds Management Society have joined together to co-host the keynote.

"John Deere is delighted to support the keynote address at the 2020 GIE+EXPO," says Stephanie Johnson, John Deere's director of turf & utility marketing. "The leadership insights provided by Admiral James Stavridis will inspire all of us to believe in the power of people."

The longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, Stavridis will provide answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as supreme allied commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, counter piracy and cyber security. Subsequently, he served for five years as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Earlier in his naval career, he served as commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. He is currently an operating executive at Carlyle Group.

Stavridis has published nine books on leadership, the oceans, maritime affairs and Latin America. He is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and chief international security analyst for NBC News.

According to Kris Kiser, president of OPEI, managing partner of GIE+EXPO, show organizers are working closely with the Kentucky Exposition Center to implement plans for running GIE+EXPO responsibly and are preparing an education lineup that includes sessions to help businesses transition into a post-COVID world.

GIE+EXPO 2020 is set for Oct. 21-23.