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Roger Phelps of STIHL Inc. Appointed to National Hispanic Landscape Alliance Board

Release Date: 6/21/2011

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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 National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA) board of directors. The NHLA fosters the well-being, integrity, and advancement of Hispanics in the landscape 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.

“This segment of the landscape population is crucial to the future of the green industry,” said Phelps, who is a certified landscape professional as well as a board member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). “I am honored to be able to serve this association. At STIHL, we believe that sponsorship means not just funding but contributing in practical ways, and, in this position, I believe I can assist in furthering the NHLA mission.”

The NHLA seeks to inform, encourage and support Hispanic professionals in the green industry in becoming highly successful professionals and leaders and provide them a voice in the national dialogue on environmentally responsible landscape practices, the livelihood of their employees; and the quality of life in the communities where they live and work. The NHLA will host its annual meetings in conjunction with the annual PLANET Green Industry Conference (GIC) and Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) held each October in Louisville, Ky., and will contribute to the overall educational program with classes specifically for Hispanic landscape professionals.

Different levels of membership and sponsorship of the NHLA are available. Regular members include independent garden centers, growers, landscape architecture and design firms and landscape contracting firms. Supporting members include manufacturers of professional landscaping equipment and supplies.

For more information on the NHLA, visit  For more information 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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