From The President

Then, now, next

Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified Manager,

PLANET President

 

At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., I met with the Department of Labor to renew the PLANET/OSHA Alliance. During the meeting, the words “then,” “now,” and “next” were used to highlight the organization’s progression over the years. A different way to describe the past, the present, and the future, the words stirred me to reflect on my term as PLANET president.

 

Nine years ago, ALCA and PLCAA merged to form PLANET. That was then, and this year we will mark our ninth anniversary. What a “now” it is. Thanks to the merger, we offer more member benefits than ever before in resources and events and have an industry presence that continues to grow.

 

I have been very fortunate to be part of the now. This experience not only challenged me to grow as a leader, but it also taught me new skills and reaffirmed why I chose to have a career in this great industry. I encourage every PLANET member, if they haven’t done so already, to take a leadership role and become more involved with PLANET. You’ve heard it before, but it’s true. You always get back more than you give.

 

Now, for some of the highlights of my tenure:

  • The first was accepting this position. I was honored, humbled, and excited to accept it, and I’ve truly enjoyed the experience.
  • Being able to speak at Arlington National Cemetery for Renewal & Remembrance about choosing to serve, whether it’s in the military or elsewhere, is something I will never forget. It was a time to remember and honor those who served our country and to renew our pledge to help sustain that hallowed ground.
  • GIC, held in conjunction with GIE+EXPO, is the industry’s premier event. It was a privilege to be there and represent PLANET as the “voice of the industry.”
  • Working with Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CMP, PLANET CEO, and her staff has been nothing but a great experience. They are so competent and dedicated, and they made my job so much easier than I ever anticipated.
  • Leading the PLANET board has been very rewarding. The group, composed of talented and devoted industry professionals, is totally committed to helping to improve and grow our organization.
  • The same can be said for getting to better know our supplier, consultant, and educator members, all of whom play such an important role in our ongoing success.
  • Being president has also given me the opportunity to get closer to our members and better understand their needs and aspirations.
  • Having the opportunity to visit the manufacturing facilities at John Deere, Caterpillar, STIHL, and New Holland among others was an educational highlight for me.
  • I enjoyed representing PLANET at the AEF strategic planning session in Virginia Beach and look forward to meeting with students at Student Career Days this spring. Students are our industry’s potential future leaders and anything we can do as an organization to support them will help ensure our future and theirs, as well.
  • Last but not least, another highlight has been working with writer Rod Dickens and copy editor Sonia Myrick on this column. I’m rarely lost for ideas, but they somehow know just how to put them in the right order.

The next is something to which we can all look forward. PLANET has several new and exciting initiatives in the works, some of which may even be rolled out later this year when Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified, takes over as PLANET president. Jim is a longtime PLANET member and leader, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. Join me in welcoming Jim and looking forward to many good things ahead for PLANET and our industry. Stay tuned!

 

In closing, I want to reiterate how much of an honor it has been to serve as your president. The experience has been challenging and rewarding. My thanks go out to the PLANET board and membership for giving me the opportunity to serve.

 

God bless.