Year: 2011

The Trailblazer Advantage

Several years ago, we were hearing from other companies in our industry about the Trailblazer program. They said that they were meeting great industry leaders and learning new innovative ideas from these leaders. So, we gave the Trailblazer program a try. The PLANET Trailblazer program has been immensely helpful to our company.   The Trailblazer […]

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Sharing the Trailblazer secret

As a member of PLANET, you probably already know about most of the great benefits that they have to offer. Most of us have attended at least a few events that PLANET has to offer, but only a few have taken advantage of what I consider the best kept secret in PLANET. So what is […]

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Green Industry Great Escape to Paradise Island

As the weather turns cold on the East Coast, the summer sun is just a memory. But, rather than pining away for those lazy, hazy, crazy days this year, PLANET members have the chance to soak up the sun in March at the Green Industry Great Escape (GIGE) in Nassau. Like its predecessor, the GIGE […]

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New Year’s Certification Challenge – Promote and Maintain

From one Landscape Industry Certified professional to another, let’s make a New Year’s resolution to step up our promotions and make sure our customers, peers, friends, and family know that we’re certified and proud! After all, certification can make you and your company more attractive and more in demand. You’ll stand out, but not if […]

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Could You Use A Crystal Ball In The New Economy?

  For more than thirty years, PLANET with the help of its suppliers, has sponsored a semi-annual report known as “The Crystal Ball Report”. If you have never heard of this report you are in the majority and man have you been missing out! Each report predicts trends and recommends actions you can take to […]

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Growing as a Student Ambassador

Let me start be introducing myself. I am Jeremy Thorne, from the little town of Sugarloaf, Pennsylvania. I am a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, majoring in ornamental horticulture with a landscape emphasis. This year, I had the great opportunity to represent my school and PLANET at the 2011 Green Industry […]

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Timing is right for new specialty group

With the addition of the Irrigation & Water Management Specialty Group, PLANET now represents five distinct segments of the green industry. The timing couldn’t be better. Water and water management impacts every member of the green industry, and issues regarding the conservation and proper use of this valuable resource have become a key concern, not […]

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What is PLANET's Crystal Ball?

Early in 1970, a few members of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) (now the Professional Landcare Network or PLANET) gathered together, agreeing that the green industry should become more proactive in determining its future. They believed that if landscape contractors could accurately predict future opportunities and roadblocks, they could plan to maximize opportunities, […]

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'Growing' in Louisville

Growth is the theme of this year’s Green Industry Conference (GIC). So, in keeping with this theme, PLANET will provide members with an opportunity to “grow” our industry’s impact on the city of Louisville. To do so, we’ve teamed up with Metro United Way, the local United Way affiliate, to identify a few small community […]

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What defines a strong association?

As PLANET president, I am directed by by-laws and policies to facilitate and coordinate ongoing PLANET Board of Directors processes and functions. I am also charged with the responsibility to ensure a successful annual agenda for board activities and for the overall association.   Most incoming presidents (I’m no exception) have strong feelings about certain […]

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