Green Industry Conference

The people of PLANET

  There’s an old saying in business: You’re only as successful as the people you surround yourself with. I believe this implicitly from my experience in the corporate world, working with other trade groups, and certainly, most recently, serving as your president. It’s been an exciting and very rewarding year for me in many ways, […]

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Expanding membership by expanding partnerships

Expanding membership to state groups is something other national associations have done successfully.

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Partnerships pay dividends for everyone

As many of you already know, PLANET and PGMS have extended their contracts (and partnerships) with OPEI/GIE+EXPO through 2018. Yes, we enjoy working with both OPEI and PGMS, but that in and of itself would never be reason enough to commit to several more years in Louisville. Instead, the move happens to be a very […]

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Past successes lead to future goals

Happy 2012! PLANET is excited about the upcoming year, and is looking forward to serving you for another year. While 2012 promises to be full of education, events, and networking, the accomplishments of 2011 have surely helped to get us where we are today. In the spring, planning started for the inaugural PLANET Gives Back, […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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