Direct Solutions and PLANET Trailblazing at the 2012 GIE+EXPO

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Unique sponsorship allows Direct Solutions to bring PLANET education and mentoring program, valuable real-world best-practice business advice to two lucky green-industry pros

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We want to thank Direct Solutions for presenting this special opportunity to participate in the Trailblazer program, which members continually rank as one of our top benefits.

Direct Solutions and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) today announced that two lucky 2012 GIE+EXPO attendees will be offered a mentoring and business learning opportunity through the PLANET Trailblazer program.

Attendees who visit the Direct Solutions booth at the GIE+EXPO, Oct. 24-26 in Louisville, Ky., will be able to enter a drawing for an experience with the PLANET Trailblazer program. This PLANET-member education program enables participants to spend a day learning business-boosting advice and techniques from a mentoring Trailblazer, an industry leader who shares knowledge about building long-term business success with other members.

Direct Solutions is sponsoring travel expenses and related costs for the Trailblazer to visit the winners’ businesses or vice versa for a day of learning and networking.

“The PLANET Trailblazer program offers an invaluable education and mentoring opportunity for landscaping professionals, and Direct Solutions is delighted to afford this tremendous experience to the recipients,” said David Gingrich, Managing Director, Direct Solutions. “Direct Solutions constantly strives to share best practices and practical business advice that can help our customers grow successful, sustainable businesses. This is a great way to give a motivated green-industry pro access to an exclusive education program.”

PLANET launched the Trailblazers program in 2002 to recognize leaders with a minimum of 10 years in the green industry who are willing to share their wealth of knowledge with PLANET members. Trailblazers are a select group of people nominated by their peers for being dedicated professionals who have made significant and long-term contributions to the green industry.

The program involves a competitive application process because PLANET members who would like to receive business mentoring often exceed the number of available Trailblazers each year.

“We want to thank Direct Solutions for presenting this special opportunity to participate in the Trailblazer program, which members continually rank as one of our top benefits,” said PLANET CEO Sabeena Hickman. “One of PLANET’s primary goals is to provide its members with the tools to create a solid business foundation, and the Trailblazer program enables participants to learn insights and practices in a day or two that might take someone years to experience without this education and mentoring program.”

For a complete list of programs and products available at Direct Solutions, or to find a sales representative near you, please visit

About Direct Solutions
Direct Solutions is the industry-leading distributor of slow- and controlled-release fertilizers, plant protection products, grass seed and micronutrients for the horticulture and professional turf markets. With 39 locations and 150 professional field representatives across North America, Direct Solutions offers premium quality products, streamlined distribution and unsurpassed customer service to ensure you find the right product for your needs.

Direct Solutions is a division of Agrium Advanced Technologies. For more information, please visit

The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) is an association representing more than 100,000 lawn and landscape professionals in the United States and Canada. PLANET member firms provide a wide range of landscape, lawn care, tree care, irrigation and water management, and interior plantscape services, including consultation, design, installation, and maintenance. PLANET members are dedicated to improving the environment through public service projects and responsible stewardship. PLANET promotes professionalism in the industry by providing continuing education, legislative advocacy, and administering the professional certification known as Landscape Industry Certified. For more information about PLANET, visit

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