Front Page News - November 2005GIC attendance breaks record
Networking, education, and new product demonstrations were just some of the many opportunities available to a record-breaking number of attendees at the recent PLANET Green Industry Conference in Orlando, Florida.
More than 2,000 participants attended this popular annual event. “This GIC is bigger and better than ever,” states PLANET President Dan Foley, CLP, “and I could not be more proud of all of the outstanding accomplishments that we’ve attained over the past year, including GIC.” Plans are already underway for next year’s event, which will be held November 1–4 in Columbus, Ohio.
Judges’ Award presented to exterior and interior companies
LaurelRock Company in Wilton, Connecticut, and Gardeners’ Guild in San Rafael, California, were named recipients of the 2005 PLANET Judges’ Award at the recent Green Industry Conference awards banquet. Because of the exceptional quality of LaurelRock’s exterior residential design/build project, “Putnam County Retreat,” and Gardeners’ Guild’s “555 California Street” interior maintenance project, judges of this year’s Environmental Improvement Awards Program chose to honor these companies with this prestigious award.
Members recognized for their contributions to the industry and PLANET
The following PLANET awards were presented at the Green Industry Conference awards banquet. PLANET applauds the leadership and dedication of these outstanding members:
2005 Community Service Award recipients
The Brickman Group, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Moyer & Son Home Turf Advantage, Souderton, Pennsylvania; and Wheat’s Lawn & Custom Landscape, Vienna, Virginia, were honored for their leadership, dedication, and contribution to the good of the community.
2005 Association Partners of the Year
Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, Inc., and Sandy Munley, of the Ohio Landscape Association, were honored for their contributions to the green industry within their own states and nationally as members of PLANET.
Trailblazers roster continues to grow
PLANET Trailblazers are an elite group of individuals who have made significant, long-term contributions to the green industry and who will set aside one day to provide on-site mentoring to a PLANET member. PLANET congratulates its new Trailblazers.
Congratulations to the 120 companies who were recognized at the Green Industry Conference awards banquet for their overall commitment to safety in the workplace.
AEF receives contributions from PLANET members
Two PLANET members were recognized for their recent contributions to the ALCA Educational Foundation (AEF). AEF Ambassador and AEF board member Rick Doesburg, CCLP, recognized James River Grounds Management, Inc., for its $5,000 contribution and AEF Ambassador Hunter Industries for its pledge of an additional $10,000. The presentations were made at the PLANET Green Industry Conference awards banquet in Orlando, Florida.
Gals in Green presents new award for support of industry women
PLANET’s Gals in Green presented its first-ever recognition award to Denne Goldstein, publisher of Irrigation & Green Industry magazine, for his ongoing media efforts, support, and promotion of women in the green industry.
PLANET continues support of Renaissance Park
PLANET continues to support the City of New York’s efforts to build Renaissance Park, a memorial park honoring the heroes of 9–11. The association originally planned to build the park during 2004; however, after still not receiving plan approval in early 2005, PLANET decided to scale back its role in supporting the city’s efforts to build the park.
Crystal Ball Committee focuses on LEAN Management
The Crystal Ball Committee recently gathered for its annual meeting. This year’s group discussion focused on "LEAN Management" — the total process of eliminating waste through continuous improvement. This management strategy will change how people think and look at the way they do business. Information from the meeting will be compiled into a report, one of a series published annually. When completed, one copy of the report will be mailed free of charge to each PLANET member and also will be available in the PLANET Bookstore at landcarenetwork.org.
Newly revised Operating Cost Study premieres
The newly revised 2005 Operating Cost Study is now available — just in time as you begin planning for 2006. This comprehensive collection of financial data from green industry firms surveyed nationwide can be purchased in the PLANET Bookstore. The publication provides the financial information that green industry professionals need to evaluate and better manage their businesses.
Electronic version of Who’s Who unavailable after end of year
Access to the 2005 PLANET Who’s Who membership directory and buyers’ guide that members received in an electronic format earlier this year will not be available as of January 1, 2006. Instead, visit landcarenetwork.org for the most up-to-date membership information.
A wealth of information at your fingertips
Do you take full advantage of all that the PLANET Web site has to offer? It is PLANET’s most comprehensive source of information and available 24/7. You can find out how to get certified, where to find industry suppliers, what industry-specific books and CDs are available, who is looking for a career opportunity, when educational events are taking place, and more.
TPIE Awards Banquet reminder
The Interior Awards Banquet will be held at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE), in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Friday, January 20, 2006. The banquet will celebrate the recipients of this year’s interior awards in PLANET’s Environmental Improvement Awards Program.
We’re still looking for the shirt off your back!
A special commemorative project is in the works for Student Career Days (SCD). PLANET needs to find someone who has the T-shirt (or even a picture of the T-shirt) from the 1983 SCD event that was held at Richland College. If you can be of help, e-mail Kirsten Combs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 395-2522.