Professionalism

You can't leave it on the field if you don't have a successful business

As part of our #NALPKnows series, we talked to Joy Diaz, Landscape Industry Certified, executive vice president of Land Care, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, about working together as a team, and leaving it on the field during LANDSCAPES 2015. The truth is, you cannot leave it on the field if you don’t have a successful […]

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    The landscape industry day of service made an impact

    The 2015 Day of Service has come and gone, and it was a great one. It’s always so inspiring to hear about the many community service projects that take place that same day all over the country. This year we had more than 60 projects within 25 states, approximately 700 volunteers, and more than $200K […]

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      Company Tip: Win With Certification

      I heard some recent comments on certification that stopped me cold. In essence, credentialing has no sales value to the company. It’s a wonderful individual achievement and that’s it. And, unless PLANET gets consumers to demand certification it will never truly garner ROI (return on investment). I’ve heard these statements before and, unfortunately, we often […]

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        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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          Safety at its Best

          Edward J. Snyder III, Owner Greenleaf Services, Inc. located in Linville, N.C. was one of PLANET’s recent Safety Recognition Awards winners but notably one of the seven recipients to have won the ‘Best of the Best’ award. This particular award honors the companies that have won the Overall Safety Achievement Award–Gold Performance status for the […]

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            Certification: An Olympic-style achievement

            Are you ready to compete for your credential? PLANET’s Student Career Days—The National Collegiate Landscape Competition event held in Auburn, Ala., March 7 – 10, 2013, is described as a “Landscape Olympics.” Last year, I wrote a blog “Go for the Certification Gold,” using the summer Olympics in London as my theme. “In this Olympic […]

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              Marketing Your Expertise

              If you hold a credential, a degree or a certificate, you should be proud of your achievement and make sure you put it to good use throughout your career. Especially when marketing to customers, your expertise should be readily available, accessible and noticeable. As they say, “it’s a sad dog that doesn’t wag its own […]

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                Go for Certification Gold

                I recently visited our certification partners to the north. Last summer as an auditor for the Landscape Industry Certified Technician-Exterior exam test site in Milton, Ontario, administered by Landscape Ontario and this February as a liaison for the International Certification Council (ICC) attending the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association’s (CNLA) Certification Committee meeting in Halifax, Nova […]

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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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                    …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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