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Roger Phelps of STIHL Inc. Appointed to PLANET's Academic Excellence Foundation Board

Release Date: 7/8/2011
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VIRGINIA BEACH , VA STIHL Inc. is pleased to announce that Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for the company, has been named to the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) Academic Excellence Foundation (AEF) board of directors. STIHL Inc. is a founding partner of PLANET AEF, which was formed to provide academic assistance to promising students hoping to pursue a career in the green industry.

A Navy veteran, Phelps joined STIHL in 2001 as the company’s event marketing specialist. In his current position, he oversees the activities of the promotional communications department, which includes public relations, social media, events and sponsorships.

“I am honored to serve the PLANET AEF board and its mission to promote and advance the green industry by funding educational excellence,” said Phelps, who is a certified landscape professional as well as a board member for PLANET and the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA). “These young people are the future leaders and advocates for our industry, and it is vital that we do everything possible to support their education and professional development.”

Since its inception in 1998, the PLANET AEF has given almost $600,000 in scholarships and awards. As part of its support, STIHL annually awards a student studying in the area of green industry a $1,000 scholarship. Starting in 2011, the STIHL scholarship will be awarded to a Hispanic student interested in a green industry career.

For more information on PLANET AEF, visit and for more on STIHL Inc. visit  

About STIHL Inc.:
STIHL Inc. manufactures the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America for homeowners and professional landscapers*, as well as the number one selling brand of chainsaws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast — not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit the STIHL dealer locator on the STIHL website at
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL is pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand , the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) , International Society of Arboriculture (ISA ), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) , National FFA , Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) , the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) , National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the National Association of State Park Directors .

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