PLANET Specialty Groups
Design/Build/Installation Specialty Group
Chair: Barb Stropko
Committee Staff Manager: Sonia Myrick
This specialty group strives to ensure that the member companies that fall under its umbrella get the most out of their membership. An open communication with this portion of the membership has been established to improve PLANET’s offerings according to their needs and desires, as well as to increase their participation in the programs and services offered by the organization.
The D/B/I group is also actively engaged in the effort to standardize the membership satisfaction and needs surveys to help in recruiting new members and retaining the existing members. This specialty group has created links with the other specialty groups, committees, and subcommittees to improve programs and services for its membership base.
Interior Plantscaping Specialty Group
Chair: Chris Raimondi, Landscape Industry Certified Manager
Committee Staff Manager: Cecilia Riek
The Interior Plantscaping specialty group ensures that the needs of interior plantscaping company members are met and are represented on each committee. Additionally, the group supports the Green Plants for Green Buildings initiative and helps raise awareness of Interior Plantscaping within the membership and externally to consumers.
Irrigation and Water Management Specialty GroupChair: John Eggleston
Committee Staff Manager: Pamela Moore
The Irrigation and Water Management Specialty Group was launched in May of 2011, after it was discovered that a majority of PLANET's landscape contractor members were doing some form of irrigation or water management in their businesses. The specialty group focuses on meeting the short-term and long-term needs and concerns of the irrigation and water management contractor. Members spearhead irrigation-related initiatives, such as ensuring that there is an irrigation component to all of the PLANET events, and developing resources that are helpful to building a successful irrigation business.
Landscape Management Specialty Group
Chair: Eric Cross, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician
Committee Staff Manager: Lisa Schaumann
The Landscape Management Specialty Group addresses the short-term as well as the long-term needs and concerns of the landscape maintenance contractor members. Members spearhead maintenance-related initiatives, such as increasing attendance at maintenance educational programs, increasing the membership of landscape management companies, developing publications, and improving their overall satisfaction.
Lawn Care Specialty Group
Chair: Andy Ziehler
Committee Staff Manager: Betsy Demoret
This specialty group sets standards and criteria for PLANET’s lawn care members. Its purpose is to recommend improvements to PLANET products, services, and increase participation in the association’s programs as they relate to the lawn care industry. The group achieves these goals through comprehensive ongoing surveys of the lawn care industry, feedback and direction to PLANET committees.