Front Page News - January 2006Merger update FAQs
ANLA (American Nursery & Landscape Association) and PLANET are engaged in an 18-month, thorough evaluation of the benefits and disadvantages of the two organizations merging. Member and leader discussions about the merger are slated to continue in January and February at industry trade shows, Executive Forum, and ANLA’s Management Clinic. In February and March, both associations’ Boards of Directors will consider preliminary approval to merge. If adopted, additional details will be provided to association leaders and members.
PLANET seeks members' opinions
PLANET wants to continue to provide resources and information to help your business succeed. That's why we're seeking your opinions of our products and services. We've partnered with MemberSurvey.com, an independent research firm, to conduct an online survey about your use of and opinion of these products and services. A small sample of members have been randomly selected to receive the survey. Answers are kept strictly confidential. Please be sure to complete your survey so we can better understand and respond to your needs. The independent research firm misspelled PLANET's name in its cover e-mail and apologizes for this mistake.
Managing to win at Executive Forum
Executive Forum offers PLANET members an event that is a true combination of business and pleasure. The three-day meeting, held February 2–5 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort, includes morning educational sessions, discussion groups, and networking opportunities, as well as time for golf, sightseeing, shopping, and entertainment. Workshops include sessions on creating an environment conducive to results, effectively filling management roles, and developing a system to support commitment to goals. Company owners and top management find it to be the perfect time to see old friends, make new acquaintances, and share best practices while gaining valuable knowledge on the hot topics and business issues that concern them most.
Stephen Covey to lead free workshop at SCD
At this year’s Student Career Days, Brigham Young University (BYU) will offer participants the opportunity to attend a free workshop presented by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the bestselling author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. Covey has been recognized by Time magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Americans,” and is co-founder and vice chairman of FranklinCovey, the leading global professional services firm with offices in 123 countries. His books have been recognized throughout the world as some of the most influential business books ever published. To participate in the workshop with Dr. Covey, participants must preregister by February 21, 2006.
Follow the path of today’s industry experts
PLANET’s Trailblazers represent a group of dedicated PLANET members who were nominated by their peers for making significant, long-term contributions to the green industry. These individuals are committed to giving to future leaders by setting aside one day per year to provide on-site mentoring to other PLANET members, to develop and grow their businesses. For the chance to learn from a PLANET Trailblazer, look for the brochure in the January PLANET News.
Watch your mailbox for safety awards applications
All green industry companies are invited to participate in the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) annual Safety Recognition Awards Program. Applications will be mailed in January and also will be available at landcarenetwork.org. Entries must be returned to PLANET by April 7, 2006, and require a $25 administrative entry fee. The program covers the period of January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005.
Return your AEF Scholarship applications
The deadline for ALCA Educational Foundation (AEF) Scholarship applications is just around the corner. Applications are due January 20. The Foundation funds educational excellence by awarding scholarships to green industry students, who will define the standards of professionalism and use their education to meet inevitable challenges.
New names for PLANET committees
To better represent its sector of the industry, the name of PLANET’s Maintenance Specialty Group was recently changed to Landscape Management Specialty Group. The Board of Directors also approved name changes for the Employee Recruiting Committee and the Safety/Insurance Committee. They will now be called the Industry Recruiting Committee and the Safety and Risk Management Committee.
PLANET bumper stickers coming
Start off the new year with a PLANET bumper sticker on each vehicle in your fleet. Your feedback has been heard — each PLANET member soon will receive a bumper sticker. Look for yours in the March 2006 edition of PLANET News. PLANET logo window clings are still available as well. To order additional bumper stickers and PLANET logo window clings, call the PLANET office at (800) 395-2522.
Electronic version of Who’s Who no longer available
Access to the 2005 PLANET Who’s Who membership directory and buyers’ guide that members received in an electronic format in early 2005 is no longer available. Instead, visit landcarenetwork.org for the most up-to-date membership information.