On February 23-25, Stihl joined landscape business owner and entrepreneur Marty Grunder, The Grow Group and more than 700 landscape professionals in Nashville, Tenn., at the GROW! 2022 Annual Conference. As the exclusive handheld outdoor power equipment sponsor, the Stihl platinum sponsorship focused on industry education and assisting The Grow Group in its mission to help its members improve their businesses and increase their profitability.
“At the heart of the Stihl brand is our desire to help our customers with the products, programs, and service they need to make their work easier, safer and more efficient,” said Roger Phelps, Stihl Inc. corporate communications manager. “We support Marty Grunder and The Grow Group because they provide innovative programming, peer-groups and real-world resources to help business owners and their teams succeed.”
The three-day event featured innovative sessions focused on solutions to the challenges green business owners and their teams face. GROW! featured an inspired lineup of speakers and topics covering everything from fleet and equipment to human resources. GROW! is led by award-winning entrepreneur Marty Grunder and The Grow Group. An unusual combination of a full-time landscape professional and leading green-industry coach — Grunder is uniquely positioned to deliver real-world, real-time guidance to Grow Group clients.
“The goal of The Grow Group and conferences like this is to create a community of success-minded landscape professionals who can learn from each other to advance and better run our businesses,” said Grunder, president and CEO of The Grow Group. “Working with companies like Stihl that back and believe in this process is key to cultivating this community.”
Stihl hosted the opening reception and led a breakout educational session that provided information and technical data to help landscapers make better decisions when considering adding battery-powered equipment to their operations. Featured speakers included Stihl Inc. Battery Communications Marketing Manager, Steve Wilcox, and American Green Zone Alliance (AGZA) President, Dan Mabe, who presented the AGZA mission and opportunities for landscapers to stand out with the AGZA service pro certification. In addition, an on-site product demonstration held at the Milosi Landscape HQ showcased the latest Stihl professional battery products and charging solutions and included an opportunity for all GROW! attendees to demo the units.
Photos courtesy of STIHL and John Rossi, JAR Photography