Kevin O’Connor to deliver keynote at 2024 Equip Expo

Kevin O’Connor

This Old House host and home improvement expert, Kevin O’Connor, will deliver the keynote address at Equip Exposition this fall. O’Connor will focus on energizing the landscapers, contractors, dealers and manufacturers who attend the trade show and helping them identify ways to build their business.

Equip Expo will be held October 15-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville. The keynote address is sponsored by Kress.

“We’re excited to have Kevin join us this October for Equip – he’s a seasoned contractor and really knows the business,” said Kris Kiser, president of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, which owns and manages Equip Exposition. “He’s one of us, and he’ll have a great story to share with attendees.”

O’Connor said he has profound respect for the professionals who attend Equip. “The people who run and make these businesses work, who show up every day, who employ and provide and get after it, those are my kind of people.”

During his keynote address, O’Connor is expected to address some of the larger trends happening in the industry.

He praised the backyarding trend, which is getting more homeowners to expand their living spaces outside. “The backyard is the new front porch,” he added, making the work of landscape contractors and others so important for creating these spaces as people move from formal living spaces to casual outdoor time.

“The outdoor kitchen is hot, and it is only going to get hotter as more products and solutions make this shift more affordable and comfortable. Patios, decks, and yards can now have fire, refrigeration, water and lighting and our living space can grow by ten to thirty percent without adding an addition or moving to a new home,” said O’Connor.

He added, “I think it’s important professionals are honest with homeowners and guide them wisely in their choices. Recommending best-in-class class materials and equipment that will last and perform is important.”

Attendees can register for Equip for the spring savings price of only $25 through May 31, 2024. Prices will go to $30 on June 1 and rise to $60 after Early-Bird Pricing ends on September 5. Registration pricing after October 13 is $120 per person. Register at

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