PLANET Returns to Popular Format for Specialty Symposium

This year, PLANET returns to its popular format of four specialized tracks for its upcoming Specialty Symposium—lawn care, design/build/installation, interior plantscaping and landscape management—each designed to hone in on attendees’ specific business areas. After a general session on learning to treat customers like precious commodities, participants will attend educational sessions with others in their own specialty group.

The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee in Milwaukee, Wis., from Aug. 4–6, 2006, and is designed as an educational opportunity for both owners and managers to take an in-depth look at running a green industry business. Green industry professionals will lead the presentations and discussions, sharing their experiences and approaches to facing the changing business climate.

Chuck Zamora, founder of Zamora training, will be the keynote speaker. Zamora is an expert in the field of sales and customer service and has been recognized throughout the world as one of the leading providers of on-site and public seminars. At this year’s symposium, his high-energy style will fuel an entertaining, dynamic presentation designed to improve participants’ understanding of business communications.

Optional ticketed events this year include a facility tour of Kujawa Enterprises, Inc. (KEI). Completed in 2003, KEI's new headquarters facility is nearly 50,000 square feet on a seven-acre tract. The building includes offices, employee areas, a large service center, a greenhouse and a warehouse and production facility for KEI's interior and holiday decorating business. Expandable and extremely energy efficient, this facility embodies numerous features favored by potential buyers of any kind.

The facility tour also will include a behind-the-scenes visit to Miller Park, home to major league baseball's Milwaukee Brewers. This private tour includes the dugout, luxury suites, clubhouses, press boxes, The .300 Club and other stadium attractions.

A Plants at Work “Train the Trainer” session will be held prior to the symposium. This optional session provides attendees with the opportunity to be trained as an AIA Continuing Education Units Provider. Participants will leave the training equipped with a binder full of tools to effectively reach architects in their region, including contact resources, full PowerPoint presentation, session handouts and research studies.

On the last day of the symposium, Judith Guido of Guido & Associates will lead an optional interactive working seminar, “Executive Master’s in Sales and Marketing.” This ticketed seminar is a dynamic, interactive working session for owners, managers and any employee responsible for generating and retaining profits.

For more information and to register for the symposium, visit or call (800) 395-2522.

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