Mark these dates on your calendar, Feb. 21–23. That’s when PLANET members and their families will gather in Las Vegas to attend the second annual Green Industry Great Escape (GIGE). In two short years, what used to be known as the Executive Forum has developed a dynamic all its own. Last year’s event at the Atlantis on Paradise Island set the tone. Who can forget the big evening reception with a great island band, lots of food, and plenty of networking time, and that was just one of many highlights. See here…
This year’s venue, the new Cosmopolitan hotel in Vegas, will be just as entertaining. In addition to a few morning meetings and roundtable discussions, we can look forward to a tour of the famous Bellagio Gardens. If you want to totally escape from “green,” how about a tour of the Eldorado Gold Mine or a Scoot Tour of the Red Rock Canyon. The gold mine I can envision, but I don’t have a clue about the scoot. If I were to bet (after all we’re in Vegas), I would say it will be fun and very memorable.
Amid the glitz and glitter of this desert oasis, PLANET will be conducting some interesting, business, too. One focus of the afternoon meetings will be a presentation from JP Horizon’s Jim Paluch who will roll out PLANET’s involvement with his “Come Alive Outside” initiative. If you’re at all curious about this new partnership, you won’t want to miss this session. One hint—the theme of this year’s PLANET Day of Service will be, you guessed it, “Come Alive Outside.”
By now, most of you have also heard about PLANET peer groups. Over the years, several landscape business owners, including PLANET members, have taken advantage of this unique benchmarking process. The impetus is to create a way for like-minded business professionals to share ideas and strategies for profitable growth. Of course, in doing so, the groups also provide a special networking opportunity for members and an opportunity to develop relationships that can last a lifetime.
PLANET wants to expand this important process by hosting its own peer groups and has turned to Bruce Wilson from Wilson/Oyler to champion the program. This industry veteran has facilitated several such groups over the years and has intimate knowledge of what makes them tick. He will hold a special Q&A session at GIGE to talk about the peer group program and answer questions about how its works and can benefit participants.
There’s other important business to conduct at GIGE, as well, not the least of which is the installation of new officers and board members. For me, GIGE means my time as PLANET president is coming to a close, although I won’t officially hand over the baton to Glenn Jacobsen until May. The old saying about how time flies is absolutely true, especially when you’re doing something you truly enjoy.
There’s still time to register…. !!
I look forward to seeing you in Vegas!
Norman Goldenberg, Landscape Industry Certified Technician