|Meet the NW Green Industry Committee|
Your NW Green Industry Conference Committee Shares Their Prospective
Value From Attending. Fun & Network. And, They Participate in Planning!
· Rachel Zuetenhorts, CPH | T&L Nursery in Woodinville
· Megan Pulkkinen, CPH, EPC | Megan Pulkkinen Landscape Design in Bremerton
· Lloyd Glasscock, CPH | NW Flower & Garden Show
· Linda Carroll | Jefferson Landscaping in Woodinville
· Timothy Gray | Pacific Stone Company in Everett
· Ryan Carpenter | Sunbreak Nursery in Bellingham
What does Green Culture mean to you?
RZ: Green Culture to me is the camaraderie, and passion, people in our industry share as a whole. We cultivate lasting friendships and relations with people in our industry and hopefully are spreading our passion and knowledge to others, through are clients, customers, and stewardship to our environment.
MP: As a conference theme, “Green Culture’, represents an inclusive circle of people who are interested in the ideas, solutions, and values that move our community forward thoughtfully.
LG: To me, Green Culture is the existing network in all facets of the Green industry; Nursery, Design, Landscape, Turf Management, etc. It’s the way each facet of our industry works as a whole to make our surroundings more livable.
What value do you receive from attending the Northwest Green Industry Conference?
RZ: Attending conference is a great way to stay connected to your peers. As a vendor I feel it important to support our members and this is a great way to show support. I look forward to this years venue and hearing Thomas Hobbs!
MP: We have a shorthand with each other that allows us to get right to the point in discussions on a wide variety of topics. I love the discussions with colleagues after the speaker sessions. We may have different opinions on methods and strategies, but I think our green industry culture is fairly unique in this willingness to share openly.
LG: I enjoy the networking opportunities more than anything. The education I can get anywhere, but the direct exchange of ideas with peers is what makes the Conference worthwhile.
LC: It is an opportunity for great educational tracks, a chance to get caught up on certification credits, a mini-vacation, but most importantly it is a chance to connect with our peers. It is a lot of fun. We get so busy with day to day operations, that when we get a chance to spend quality time with those who love this earth as much as we do it fills us up. These are the people who support us, who cheer us on and those who compete against us. They have become our friends.
Who, within your company, attends the Northwest Green Industry Conference?
LC: It is also an opportunity for us to show our gratitude to our employees for their efforts. We invite key employees and their spouses for the Awards dinner and to stay the night so they too can have a fun break from the routine. It is great for team-building and again a lot of fun.
Who are you hoping to see and connect with at the Northwest Green Industry Conference?
RZ: Garden Centers!
LG: Friends in the Industry I see only occasionally, especially those from hours away. Others that I have had an ‘electronic’ relationship that I would like to put a face to.
Why do you serve on the planning committee for the Northwest Green Industry Conference?
MP: I am on the planning committee to represent the interests of a wide variety of WSNLA members who I have gotten to know. We want the attendees to feel they have gotten an excellent value for the time and money invested in the conference. Our speakers should be thought provoking and relevant. I feel that our committee works very hard to achieve this.
LG: I serve on the committee because I enjoy it. I also think I offer a perspective not given by others on the committee.
What are you most excited about for the 2017 Northwest Green Industry Conference?
LG: Probably the networking opportunities it offers and the chance to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while.
Northwest Green Industry Conference
January 26 & 27, 2017