NPGA Benchmarking Council

The next NPGA Benchmarking Council meeting will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, September 26 - 27, 2014

Click here to register for the September Benchmarking Council Meeting


Headquarters Hotel

The headquarters hotel for this Benchmarking session is:
The Embassy Suites Convention Center
5055 International Boulevard
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: 843-747-1882

The Embassy Suites Convention Center, North Charleston, South Carolina is the headquarters hotel for the Benchmarking Council . The Hotel is offering participants a discounted group rate of $169 single/double occupancy, plus tax. Please contact the hotel directly to make your room reservation; 1-800-362-2779 and request the 2014 Benchmarking Council group rate to reserve your hotel accommodations. Participants must reserve accommodations by Wednesday, August 27, 2014  to receive the discounted group rate. Click here to make your hotel reservation online. 

Please note: Individual Benchmarking groups meet on Friday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 27, from 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon.  The steering committee will meet on Friday morning, September 26, starting at 7:15 a.m.

Optional Training Event

PERC along with NPGA will be offering the Benchmarking Council meeting attendees the option to attend PERC's Marketer Technology and Sales Training (MTST) workshop: GO GREEN with Commercial Mowers. This MTST workshop will be limited to the first 30 people who register; there is no fee for this workshop. You can register for this workshop during the Benchmarking Council registration process. 

About the workshop: Now is an ideal time to show cost-conscious landscape contractors the money savings and green benefits of mowing the propane. Research shows that propane-fueled mowers cost about 30 percent less to operate than gasoline mowers. And because propane-fueled mowers generate up to 50 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, busy landscape contractors can continue to operate on ozone-alert days. 

This session will introduce you to a dozen popular propane mower brands, help you identify the opportunities for use in your community, and provide selling tools to get the contracts that can boost your summer fuel sales by 1,000 gallons power mower. You will learn how to work with landscape contractors, municipalities, and commercial mowing businesses to create a strategic plan that leverages the power of propane in this fast-growing market. Attendees also will learn about demonstration and incentive programs that are available to help offset the higher upfront costs often associated with propane-fueled equipment. 

When: September 25, 2014 9:00am - 4:30pm

Where: Embassy Suites Charleston, Ideation Room - Charleston, South Carolina


Future Benchmarking Meetings:

  • January 16-17, 2015: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • May 1-2, 2015: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • September 25-26, 2015: Albuquerque, New Mexico

If you have questions regarding the meeting agenda, please contact Baron Glassgow at 866-881-6309 or

If you have questions regarding hotel reservations or meeting registration, contact NPGA meetings department at 202-355-1335 or















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