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Year: 2011

Peer-to-Peer

The Green Industry Conference (GIC) is PLANET‘s largest event of the year. But, what makes it a must-attend event? Is it the educational sessions; the show floor and hands-on, outdoor demonstration area; the networking opportunities; or all of the above? Each is important in its own right, but nothing beats that one-on-one, face-to-face time with […]

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Safety is no accident

  Safety is a major part of Todd’s Enviroscapes business plan as it should be for any landscaping company.   Enviroscapes has learned over the years that if you are verbal about having a safe work place throughout your entire staff; it ultimately creates a safer work environment. They have scheduled weekly meetings on Wednesday mornings […]

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Now is the time to go and grow

I attended my first national conference and trade show in Indianapolis in 1984. My reason for going was simple. I wanted to get into the lawn care business and needed to find out as much as I could about the industry before taking that big first step. What I learned at the event helped me […]

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Looking forward to another PLANET "Day on the Hill"

As the calendar turns to July, green industry professionals across this great country begin to plan for the annual PLANET Legislative Day on the Hill. Unfortunately, I haven’t attended all of these annual events over the years but I can tell you from my personal experience, that Day on the Hill is one of the […]

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The award that keeps on giving

    Spiegelberg Landscape Design won a Grand Award from PLANET’S Environmental Improvement Awards Program in 2005. It’s the award that keeps on rewarding.  As I meet with new clients and show them my portfolio, this project that received a Grand is first in the presentation. This does two things:  it allows me to sell […]

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Turf Appeal, Inc.'s Day of Service

At 4:00 AM, on April 22nd, I woke up knowing that we were going to make a difference that day, knowing that our PLANET Day of Service was going to be the biggest and best ever.  I could feel the excitement build as our convoy of volunteers pulled into the main entrance of the Ft. […]

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Taking the Gavel

For those of you who may not know me, I am the COO of a lawn care company, ArborLawn, Inc., and an irrigation company, Spartan Irrigation, Inc., both of which operate from a base in Central Michigan. I am a graduate of Michigan State University, father of two adult children, and grandfather of three. If […]

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Landscape Industry Certified – Year Two & Growing

Last year I wrote a blog “Back-story on Certification Rebranding” to herald the debut of PLANET certification’s new name. Hard to believe we’re in our second year of major rebranding from an alphabet soup of acronyms to a single, marketable banner Landscape Industry Certified. This new brand name did not happen overnight. After many discussions […]

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Bring it on!

Seventeen years ago, I was president of the state association in Oregon and attending an Executive Forum Meeting in Sun River, Oregon. At the time, I remember making it a goal to one day become president of the ALCA group (now one of PLANET’s legacy organizations). That time has come and passed, and serving as […]

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…and that's a wrap!

Congratulations to every student, sponsor, and PLANET individually and collectively.  The 35th Annual Student Career Days is in the record books!  Special congratulations to BYU-Provo for their first place finish.  Michigan State can take great pride in second place and I know that BYU-Idaho is equally proud of their third place totals.  Here at Chattahoochee […]

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