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Year: 2010

The Power of Innovation

This past fall, I had the pleasure of spending three days with some brilliant minds in our green industry.  We gathered in a picturesque valley in Montana to focus on the Crystal Ball Report #30.  When I arrived on the first day, I was greeted by a rainbow over the mountains. At that moment, I […]

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We're in a good place

If you’re looking for signs that the industry is moving toward recovery, look no further than this year’s Green Industry Conference (GIC) in Louisville. The mood was definitely positive and numbers were up nearly across the board. A ramped up GIE+EXPO trade show with the addition of Hardscape North America exhibitors kept both the indoor […]

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Strengthening our communities … Lawn care summit is just an example

Recently, PLANET’s Board of Directors put together a special task force to focus on strengthening the communities within our specialty groups. I was fortunate to participate, and it was a powerful discussion with exciting outcomes and potential for PLANET and its members. PLANET’s membership is contained within four areas — Design/Build/Installation, Interior Plantscaping, Landscape Management, and […]

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We're Working for You

One of the ongoing challenges for any business owner is untangling from the minutia of daily life and taking a good look at the big picture. What’s the old saying — “can’t see the forest for the trees”? Well, I would like to take a few moments to share a view of the PLANET forest. […]

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GIC: The Aftermath

I, as well as most of the PLANET staff, am starting to gain some sort of feeling back in my legs. The Green Industry Conference was a busy one; always standing, walking, and talking. A couple days have gone by since the end of the show, and there is a lot to reflect on. Let’s […]

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GIC from a staffer

Of course you can read all of the printed material and gaze at the colorful advertisements to understand how big the Green Industry Conference and GIE+EXPO really is. When you get there you can kick tires and shake hands. However, the one thing that cannot be advertised, printed, or artificially created for that matter, is […]

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Through the eyes of a student ambassador

I started my story in the middle instead of the beginning. Let me start over by introducing my self. I am a Landscape Management student at Hinds Community College in Raymond Mississippi and I am serving as a Student Ambassador for PLANET at this year’s GIC. As my graduation date approaches, I am more concerned […]

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GIC 2010- from a student ambassadors' perspective

Hello from PLANET’s GIC Expo Floor. I have been asked to keep you posted about my experiences as a student ambassador, but they have been so numerous now is the first chance I have gotten! This afternoon I will be introducing Kevin Kehoe for his session in room B101 on Managing Costs and Budgets. This […]

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Networking: Make the most of your time out of the office!

I recently attended a CEO luncheon with some of my industry peers. We do this once a month as a way to catch up and to keep one another informed on what our organizations are working on. Since I got there a few minutes early, I decided to use my spare time to update my […]

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Five years later … time to celebrate!

It’s been five years since the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) and the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) merged to form the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). Mergers are never easy. They often present unique challenges that take time to overcome. Looking back five years, we’ve been through all the pain of change. […]

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