PLANET Names New President

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently installed John Gibson, CLT, as its 2006 president. The installation of leadership took place at the recent PLANET Executive Forum held in Las Vegas.

Gibson is a director of operations for Denver-based Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care. He has been with Swingle since 1991 and has worked his way up through the maintenance, lawn care and plant health-care divisions. Prior to joining Swingle, he worked for former Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) president Tom Garber for four years.

PLANET’s new president has a rich history of working with associations at both the state and national levels. He is past president of the Colorado Association of Lawn Care Professionals (CALCP) and has chaired the state’s Certified Landscape Technician (CLT) irrigation test.

Gibson also chaired the WELL Committee for the Green Industries of Colorado, a committee charged with leading the way for a more water-efficient landscape while the state prepared itself for an eventual drought. Over an 18-month period, from 2001 to 2002, he attended more than 100 drought-related meetings with legislators and water providers, representing the interest of several green industry groups.

Gibson joined the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) Board in 2001 and was association vice president and a member of the task force during the ALCA/PLCAA merger discussions. He recalls, “If you had told me when I started my career that I would be a member of both ALCA and PLCAA and then participate in merger discussions between the two groups, I wouldn’t have believed you. In some sense, I believe I have traveled full circle, starting in maintenance with Tom Garber’s company and moving to lawn care at Swingle, being a member of both legacy groups, and now serving as president of PLANET.”

Throughout his career, Gibson has won several awards for his volunteer efforts, including the 1998 CACLP Golden Gun Award for years of service, the 2001 Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association’s Distinguished Service Award, and the 2002 Green Industries of Colorado Person of the Year Award.

Gibson holds a degree in Business Management and is a Certified Landscape Technician in maintenance and irrigation, as well as a licensed pesticide applicator.

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