PGMS Launches Grounds Management Seminars and Site Visitation Series

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) will launch a series of regional Grounds Management Seminars and Site Visitations programs March 9-10 at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

"We are really excited about introducing our new Grounds Management Seminars and Site Visitations," said PGMS president Ellen Newell, CGM, assistant grounds manager at ASU. "The programs are designed to fill a real need for the grounds manager. The goal is to have attendees come and really learn, think and leave with solid management and leadership ideas that they can then implement at their own facilities."

Featuring classes on customer service, motivating staff, time management and benchmarking and managing a diverse work force, the leadership seminars are designed to provide grounds managers with the hard-to-find opportunity to gain knowledge, ask questions and network with others about challenges and issues specific to their profession.

Included in a PGMS seminar and site visit program, will be behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds management programs at the host institute (ASU) as well as a tour to another area grounds program. The March program will visit the Phoenix Zoo, for instance.

The ASU campus is the nationís largest public university with over 52,000 students, and the tour will focus on how the Sun Devils' grounds program has developed innovative solutions to combat wear and tear on the landscape as well as extremes in temperature of the desert climate. The behind-the-scenes tour of the Phoenix Zoo will showcase its desert and subtropical plant communities as well as the everyday challenges faced by such a public facility.

"The seminar's classes and tours have been designed to allow ample opportunity for questions and discussions," stressed Newell. Additionally, a small exhibit of Green Industry suppliers and two evening networking events included to stimulate further discussions and the sharing of transferable ideas among with the instructors, staff and attendees.

The ASU regional seminar and site visitation will be the first of two scheduled by PGMS in 2006. Another will be offered later this year at the University of Delaware. Beginning in 2007, PGMS will offer three regional programs annually.

For further information, including registration materials, please visit PGMS online at

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