Green Industry Conference Offers Breakout Sessions in Spanish

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently announced that the organization will offer an Hispanic track at this year’s annual Green Industry Conference (GIC).

“We are delighted to offer educational seminars for our Hispanic members,” states Gerry McCarthy, PLANET member and this year’s GIC chairperson. “Through this program, we are providing participants with some key business tools to help them be even more successful.”

Seminars offered in Spanish include:

  • “Your Toolbox for Success”, (“Tu ‘Caja de Herramientas’ Para Exito”). A powerful presentation that will give attendees the tools to succeed in a very competitive world. Participants will be asked to search deep within themselves and make new commitments that will forever improve their lives. This course is presented by Manuel Castandea of Pro Landscape, Inc. in Hillsboro, Ore.
  • “Permanent Residency for Temporary Workers” (“Residencia Permanente para Trabajadores Temporales”) will provide information about the procedure to obtain permanent residency for skilled workers who have had a minimum of 24 months experience. The presentation will address what is needed to be eligible for permanent residency, the process and any questions. The program is presented by Dean Ngo, Esq. with The Federation of Employers and Workers of America, Denver.
  • “Cultures and Customs: Side-by-Side” (“Discussion Tocante a las Dos Culturas”) will discuss the differences between the American and Hispanic cultures and customs and will try to identify the things that motivate one or the other to get up in the morning and be the best they can be. Chuy Medrano CLT of CoCal Landscaping in Denver is the presenter of this seminar.

The Green Industry Conference is the premiere educational event for green industry professionals. It will be held this year in Orlando, Fla., from Nov. 2-5. The conference features a wide array of educational seminars, sessions and hands-on opportunities to learn about new equipment and new technologies. For more information and to register, visit the PLANET Web site at

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