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Rich Arlington Named a Green Industry's Most Influential Person

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Erie, PA – December 2012

Rich Arlington, founder and president of Rich Arlington & Associates, was recently named one of the Most Influential People in the Green Industry. Individuals are nominated by their peers.

Green Media then makes the selection based on those who have led by example, been industry innovators, worked for the betterment of the Green Industry, inspired change and whose impact has been felt by others in tree care, landscape, irrigation, outdoor power equipment, sports turf management, and other Green Industry fields.

Rich Arlington Rich Arlington, founder and president of Rich Arlington & Associates, a consulting firm that educates and trains contractors, property management firms, facility owners, universities and others in the exterior maintenance field to achieve business success.

As Consultant and Business Manager of Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc. based in Lake City, Pennsylvania, Arlington has also assisted in the company's growth from double digits to over 5,000 Affiliate Partners providing lawn, landscape, power-washing, sweeping and snow management services in over 39 States. In that capacity, Arlington was featured in a WorldSweeper.com podcast presentation on ways for sweeping contractors to effectively deal with third party vendors.

Arlington is a PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) Trailblazer representing a select group of 118 individuals nominated by their peers as dedicated professionals who have made significant and long-term contributions to the green industry. He is a past board member of the national Snow and Ice Management Association and was instrumental in starting the association's mentor program to assist new members and early-staged snow contractor companies achieve success.

His recently released book, Why Not You? – his life story – reveals how a homeless 16-year-old living on the streets of Erie, Pennsylvania became a successful, wealthy entrepreneur and business owner. All profits from book sales are donated to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Texas Freedom Tribute Foundation to help fund scholarships and other veteran causes nationwide.

Today, Arlington travels throughout North America speaking on a wide range of business and industry-related topics including his "Why Not You? Empower Hours" that explores the tools, techniques and attitudes necessary to achieve both professional and personal success.

For more information on Rich Arlington & Associates or to book Rich Arlington for an event, visit www.richarlington.com or call (866) 454-0948 and for more on the book Why Not You? go to www.richarlington.com/books-and-articles.

For more information on the national organization, American Veterans Traveling Tribute ('AVTT') and Foundation, visit: www.avtt.org/2012/home.html.

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