Front Page News - July 2005PLANET leaders come together in Washington
From July 14–19, Washington, D.C., was host to three important PLANET events. PLANET leaders and other members of the industry gathered for PLANET's Summer Leadership Meeting, Legislative Day on the Hill, and Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Specialty Symposium early-bird deadline extended
You can save money by registering for PLANET’s upcoming Specialty Symposium — Employee Development: Maximizing the Return on Your Investment by the extended early-bird deadline of July 27th. (The hotel cut-off date has been extended to July 27th, as well.) The symposium, led by Jim Paluch and Bob Coulter, will be held August 12–14, 2005, in Chicago, Illinois. If recruiting and retaining good employees is a challenge, this event will be of help to you. The event is geared toward owners of small design/build/installation, interior, lawn care, or maintenance companies or managers/supervisors of medium to large size companies.
Judith Guido to lead a PLANET sales and marketing workshop
Registration is now open for “Monopolize Your Marketplace — A Hands-on Sales and Marketing Workshop for Guaranteed Success” to be held September 9–10, 2005, in Atlanta, Georgia. This interactive workshop, led by Judith Guido of Guido & Associates, is designed for owners, managers, and employees of design/build/installation, interior plantscaping, lawn care, and maintenance companies who are responsible for generating sales and retaining profits. Participants will leave the workshop with a new marketing plan and budget along with the knowledge to bring their companies high-yielding profits.
Masters seminar features new updated format
The “Masters in Management for the Green Industry” workshop has been reformatted to include new research on performance benchmarks, new information and examples of building business systems that reduce costs and increase quality, and new information on management reporting strategies. It is a hands-on program that can be successfully used by industry members as a workshop/consulting opportunity to involve their entire management team in an off-site planning session.
New CLP exam now available
The process to develop a new Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) exam began in 2002 with an occupational analysis study attended by 20 landscape contractors from the United States and Canada. The findings from the study also led to the creation of new study material, which consists of seven study manuals. These manuals are the source for all the questions on the new exam.
Last call for Environmental Improvement Awards entries
Don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase your best projects by entering them in the annual Environmental Improvement Awards program. Entries are due to PLANET headquarters by August 2, 2005.
August 18 is deadline for three PLANET awards programs
There is still time to participate in the Landscape Contribution Awards program, the Community Service Award program, and the Association Partner of the Year Awards program. The deadline for all three awards programs is August 18, 2005.
Certification council welcomes new members
The PLANET International Certification Council (ICC) recently named Rachel Kelly, CLP, vice president of R.A.R. Outdoor Services, Baltimore, Maryland, and Joseph Hafner, CLT, of Fine Earth Landscape, Inc., Poolesville, Maryland, to chair the renewal program and observer program, respectively. Kelly has been a Certified Landscape Professional (CLP) since 2002. Hafner achieved the Certified Landscape Technician-Exterior (CLT-E) designation in 1999. Congratulations to both of you on your appointments.
It’s time to send in your Operating Cost Survey
Don't forget to complete and return the Operating Cost Survey that was mailed to you in June. We need your participation so that the data will be truly representative of the entire green industry. The completed survey and the voucher need to be returned in order to receive the discounted price on the book. The deadline for submitting the survey has been extended to July 31, 2005.
Email Sherry for more information …