Meet the Trailblazers

Trailblazers are an elite group of landscape industry experts who were nominated by their peers for making significant, long-term contributions to the industry. Trailblazers mentor others in the industry through the Trailblazer Mentoring Program.

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The Newest Trailblazers

Chase Mullen
Mullin Landscape Associates, LLC
Saint Rose, LA

Skip Thompson
Tidewater Landscape Management
Columbus, GA

Christopher Brown
Teed & Brown, Inc.
Norwalk, CT

Design/Build/Install Trailblazers (click here to expand)

Neil Bales Neil Bales

LandPatterns, Inc.
Dallas, TXtho
Years in the Industry: 12 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales & marketing, landscape design and maintenance with focus on the high‐end residential; goal setting & tracking, financial management; networking; leadership development & overall company culture & image.



Michael Bellantoni Sr., Landscape Industry Certified 

Bellantoni Landscape - The Art of Science
White Plains, NY
Years in the Industry: 50+ years
Specialty Area: D/B/I, landscape management, blending services to provide complete landscape solutions.



Glenn Bonick Glenn Bonick

Bonick Landscaping, Inc.
Irving, TX
Years in the Industry: 34 years
Specialty Area: Focus on sales, estimating, design collaborations, and hardscape construction.




Mark Borst, Landscape Industry Certified

Borst Landscape & Design
Allendale, NJ
Years in the Industry: 22 years
Specialty Area: Sales process for high-end residential
Design/Build clients. Creating goals and installation processes for management staff



Jan-Gerrit Bouwman

Grant & Power Landscaping, Inc.
West Chicago, IL
Years in the Industry: 25 years
Specialty Area: Sales training, marketing, partnering with power partners, quality improvement, recruit good employees, management training, goal setting, and financials.



Scott Byron

Scott Byron & Co., Inc.
Lake Bluff, IL
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: High-end residential design/build firm with special focus on customer service.



James Cali James Cali

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on C‐Level leadership, strategic planning, operations systems, financial management and sales & Marketing.



Jason Craven

Southern Botanical, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Irrigation & Water Management, Landscape Management



Burt DeMarche, Landscape Industry Certified 

The LaurelRock Co.
Wilton, CT
Years in the Industry: 20 years
Specialty Area: Residential design/build and maintenance in affluent markets, client relationship building, succeeding as a full-service provider, organizational structures, family businesses.



Nick DiBenedetto, Landscape Industry Certified

N.D. Landscaping, Inc.
Georgetown, MA
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Systems and sale



Rick Doesburg, Landscape Industry Certified 

Thornton Landscape, Inc.
Maineville, OH
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales and marketing



Paul Fraynd, Landscape Industry Certified

Sun Valley Landscaping
Omaha, NE
Years in the Industry: 16 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Lawn Care, Landscape Management with focus on building a successful company culture and strategic planning.



Marc Funderburk
LandPatterns Inc.
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 41
Specialty Areas: Design/Build/Installation and Landscape Management


Jud Griggs, Landscape Industry Certified

Scapes
Roswell, GA
Years in the Industry: 25 +years
Specialty Area: Residential projects w/emphasis on Sales and business development.



Joel Hafner Landscape Industry Certified

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.
Poolesville, MD
Years in the Industry: 26 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build high-end residential arena. Main expertise is organizational systems to run a very lean business.



Mike Hoffman, Landscape Industry Certified

Hoffman Landscapes, Inc.
Wilton, CT
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Planning for and achieving company growth, marketing, estimating, sales, job tracking and organizational structure for both residential landscape management and design/build, residential and commercial snow services.



Michael Hommel 

Designs by Sundown
Englewood, CO
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Endure the test of time in the high-end residential design/build market; total client satisfaction.



Jim Hornung Jr Jim Hornung Jr., CSP

Elbers Landscape Service, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Years in the Industry: 17+ years
Specialty Area: Business administration, financing, insurance, human resources, growth. Project management; managing both private and government projects both locally & out of town. Snow; all aspects of sales, data collection, routing, safety & training.



Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified

Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction, In
Midland Park, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management



Seth Kehne

Lawn Butler
Knoxville, TN
Years in the Industry: 19 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Landscape Management with emphasis on budgets, financial management, leadership, safety, goal setting, and visions.



Jeff Korhan, Landscape Industry Certified

Landscape Digital Institute
Chicago, IL
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Unifying sales, marketing, service and recruiting practices to deliver a consistently exceptional customer experience.



Miles Kuperus Jr., Landscape Industry Certified  

Farmside Landscape & Design
Wantage, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Residential, operating systems, goal setting, production.



Ed Laflamme, Landscape Industry Certified

The Harvest Group
East and West Coast locations
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Assisting company owners "Harvest Their Potential" by creating sustainable systems, growing their company, and increasing profits.



Jim Martin, Landscape Industry Certified

James Martin and Associates, Inc.
Vernon Hills, IL
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Business growth and strategic direction; lean management and continuous process improvement



Frank Mariani, Landscape Industry Certified

Mariani Landscape
Lake Bluff, IL
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Sharing and communicating our company culture with vendors and clients, generating sales via networking.



Joe Palimeno

Ledden Palimeno Landscape Company
Sewell, NJ
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: all facets of business in the design build/installation arena



Steve Pattie, Landscape Industry Certified

The Pattie Group, Inc.
Novelty, OH
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: People skills, finding the right person for the job, team building, motivation, and sales.



Michael Prokopchack
Walnut Hill Landscape Company
Annapolis, MD
Specialty Areas: Design/Build/Installation/, Lawn Care, Irrigation&Water Management



John Puryear
Puryear Farms
Gallatin, TN
Years in the Industry: 28 years
Specialty Areas: Design/Build/Installation/, Lawn Care, Irrigation&Water Management


Ed Quinn 

E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc.
Glastonbury, CT
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Hardscaping, high-end residential design/build, mulch blowing, hydroseeding and erosion control. Our 28 years of experience has taught us a lot about the business. As we grew we have created and implemented procedures for practically everything from fleet management, to staffing to utilizing the H2B program and learning the ins and outs of how it works. We have been utilizing that program for approx. 8 years.



J. Landon Reeve IV, Landscape Industry Certified

Chapel Valley Landscape Co.
Woodbine, MD
Years in the Industry: 35+ years
Specialty Area: Implementation of projects, problem solving, and team building



Brad Rowe Brad Rowe, Ph.D

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Green roof systems: design, installation, and maintenance. Sustainable landscape practices. Landscape construction.



Barry Schneider
Surrounds Inc.
Sterling, VA
Years in the Industry: 38 years
Specialty Areas: Design Build and Landscape Management


Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott Consulting
Trumbull, CT
Years in the Green Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Sales, marketing, branding, strategy, goal setting, organizational development, personal effectiveness, selling/servicing affluent homeowners.



Dan Stearns Dan Stearns

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Years in the Industry: 43 years
Specialty Area: Program and curriculum development, student mentoring, industry networking.




John & Barb Stropko , Landscape Industry Certified

New Desert Gallery, Inc.
Tucson, AZ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasizing the importance of a "holistic" approach to the sales, design, and build of high-end outdoor environments, pools, hardscapes and custom amenities.



Pete Wilkerson

Scapes, Roswell, GA
Years in the Industry: 28+ years
Specialty Area: High-end residential and negotiated
commercial/design/build work. Process oriented in terms of bid margins, job tracking, and job close out. Creative with the ability to deliver a realistic project.



Interior Plantscaping Trailblazers (click here to expand)

James Cali James Cali

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on C‐Level leadership, strategic planning, operations systems, financial management and sales & Marketing.



Connie Hom, Landscape Industry Certified

Buckingham landscapeery, Inc.
Buckingham, VA
Years in the Industry: 29 years
Specialty Area: Marketing and team building



Chris Raimondi, Landscape Industry Certified

Raimondi Horticultural Group
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
Years in the Industry: 38+ years
Specialty Area: Horticultural Education and Operational Techniques for all size companies including Interior / Exterior, Floral and Events, technician training and sales specific enthusiasm



Irrigation & Water Managament Trailblazers (click here to expand)

James Cali James Cali

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on C‐Level leadership, strategic planning, operations systems, financial management and sales & Marketing.



Jesus "Chuy" Medrano, Landscape Industry Certified

CoCal Landscape
Denver, CO
Years in the Industry: 35
Specialty Area: Budgeting, field operations, technical and management assistance in English and Spanish



Alan Richmond
Southern Botanical
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 18
Specialty Areas: Irrigation & Water and Human Resources


Kurt K. Thompson

K. Thompson & Associates
Lake Wylie, SC
Years in the Industry: 36 years
Specialty Area: Irrigation & Water Management, Landscape lighting, Landscape and Sports Field Drainage.



Landscape Managament Trailblazers (click here to expand)

Mark Ackerson

Ackerson Landscape
Peculiar, MO
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Commercial grounds maintenance management, contract structure, efficiencies in production, job estimating, and lean management and production practices to produce high net margins.



Bruce Allentuck

Allentuck Landscaping Co.
Clarksburg, MD
Years in the Industry: 24 years
Specialty Area: Leadership pipeline development, staff training, company culture



Crystal Arlington, Landscape Industry Certified, Certified Snow Professional, Women’s Business Enterprise Certified

Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc.
Lake City, PA
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Extensive knowledge and experience with improving operational efficiencies, successful bid processes, budgeting, revenue forecasting, subcontractor relations, employee mentoring and training, lean management, organizational structure, sales/marketing, safety, power-washing, sweeping, and leadership. A ‘green’ expert in the final stages of obtaining LEED Certification.



Rich Arlington, Landscape Industry Certified

Arlington Lawncare & Landscape, Inc.
Erie, PA
Years in the Industry: 25 years
Specialty Area: Lean management, implementing successful bid processes, financial budgeting, organizational structure and responsibilities, sales and marketing, and safety in the areas of landscape management



Bill Arman

The Harvest Group
Dana Point, CA
Years in the Industry: 38 years
Specialty Area: Recruiting, hiring, training and retention programs; building and installing quality control programs that address training and compensation programs to deliver services consistently; growing the business by building successful marketing and sales campaigns along with ways to build long term mutually beneficial relationships with customers.



Rod Bailey, Landscape Industry Certified

Alder Springs Enterprises, LLC
Salem, OR
Years in the Industry: 35+ years
Specialty Area: Focus on financial management and long-range and strategic planning



Neil Bales Neil Bales

LandPatterns, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 12 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales & marketing, landscape design and maintenance with focus on the high‐end residential; goal setting & tracking, financial management; networking; leadership development & overall company culture & image.



Glenn Bonick Glenn Bonick

Bonick Landscaping, Inc.
Irving, TX
Years in the Industry: 34 years
Specialty Area: Focus on sales, estimating, design collaborations, and hardscape construction.




James Cali James Cali

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on C‐Level leadership, strategic planning, operations systems, financial management and sales & Marketing.



Joe Chiellini

Ameriscape Services, Inc.
Tampa Bay, FL
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Business Development and Strategic Planning, Creating and promoting Corporate Culture, and Consulting and Mentoring



Eric Cross, Landscape Industry Certified, LEED Green Associate

Duke's Landscape Management, Inc.
Hackettstown, NJ
Years in the Industry: 25 years
Specialty Area: Full service for large commercial, multi-family, and industrial properties



Tom Del Conte, Landscape Industry Certified, Certified Irrigation Auditor

Del Conte's Landscaping, Inc.
Fremont, CA
Years in the Industry: 16 years
Specialty Area: Irrigation management, financial management/budgeting/tracking, operational methods, BMP practices, training programs, green waste recycling management



Maurice Dowell, Landscape Industry Certified

Dowco Enterprises, Inc.
Chesterfield, MO
Years in the Industry: More than 30+ years
Specialty Area: Our maintenance company targets high end residential clients and HOA’s. If you want to maximize your overhead recovery, or improve your gross margin management I can help. The Dowco Enterprises, Inc. team has a toolbox of systems and processes to help you with client and team alignment, along with growth strategies.



Dale Elkins, Landscape Industry Certified

ABM Landscape & Turf Services
Tampa, FL
Years in the Industry: 33+ years
Specialty Area: Commercial Landscape Maintenance, Finance Management, sales, estimating, customer service, operations.



Dan Foley, Landscape Industry Certified

DHCC Management Corporation
South Walpole, MA
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Finance, general business management, sales



Paul Fraynd, Landscape Industry Certified

Sun Valley Landscaping
Omaha, NE
Years in the Industry: 16 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Lawn Care, Landscape Management with focus on building a successful company culture and strategic planning.



Bob Grover, Landscape Industry Certified

Pacific Landscape Management
Hillsboro, OR
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Commercial landscape management, operations



Loriena Harrington

Beautiful Blooms Landscape Design
Menomonee Falls, WI
Years in the Industry: 27 years
Specialty Area: Lawn Care, Landscape Management with emphasis on managing growth, establishing operating systems, goal setting and leadership development.



Phil Harwood, EMBA, Landscape Industry Certified, Certified Snow Professional

Pro-Motion Consulting, Inc.
Grand Rapids, MI
Years in the Green Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Developing high-performance people, teams, and organizations.



Fred Haskett, Landscape Industry Certified

The Harvest Group
Lake St Louis, MO
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Operational systems, and process forecasting and budgeting systems, strategic planning, sales & marketing management, leadership development & overall company culture. Experience in landscape, lawn care, and tree care business operations.



Tom Heaviland, Landscape Industry Certified

Heaviland Enterprises, Inc. Vista, CA
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Commercial landscape management, corporate culture and leadership development.




Steve Hill, Landscape Industry Certified

Turftenders Landscape Services, Inc. Raleigh, NC
Years in the Industry: 20 years
Specialty Area: Operating systems, budgeting & tracking; Sales and Marketing; Commercial Landscape Management; safety in the work place; growth from $500K to $2.5 million; property evaluation/quality control.



Michael Hoffman, Landscape Industry Certified

Hoffman Landscapes, Inc.
Wilton, CT
Years in the Industry: 25 years
Specialty Area: Planning for and achieving company growth, marketing, estimating, sales, job tracking and organizational structure for both residential landscape management and design/build, residential and commercial snow services.



Bill Horn, Landscape Industry Certified

LandCare and Company
Pleasanton, CA
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management.



Jim Hornung Jr Jim Hornung Jr., CSP

Elbers Landscape Service, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Years in the Industry: 17+ years
Specialty Area: Business administration, financing, insurance, human resources, growth. Project management; managing both private and government projects both locally & out of town. Snow; all aspects of sales, data collection, routing, safety & training.



David Hupman, Landscape Industry Certified

Evans Landscaping & Supplies
Mason, OH
Years in the Industry: 37 years
Specialty Area: Tracking and finding efficiency in landscape management processes. Leadership development at the Operation Manager’s level, identifying and pricing enhancement opportunities, job site management and “scripting”, and training program development and implementation.



Chris James, Landscape Industry Certified

Chris James Landscaping
Waldwick, NJ
Years in the Industry: 34 years
Specialty Area: Contracts, estimating, sales management, operations and multiple-overhead recovery for a $2 million and under grounds management company.



Seth Kehne

Lawn Butler
Knoxville, TN
Years in the Industry: 19 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Landscape Management with emphasis on budgets, financial management, leadership, safety, goal setting, and visions.



Roscoe Klausing

Klausing Group, Inc.
Lexington, KY
Years in the Industry: 22 years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management with a focus on the commercial business market, estimating systems, job costing, budgeting, and strategic planning.



Kurt Kluznik, Landscape Industry Certified

Yardmaster, Inc.
Plainsville, OH
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management.



Chris Kujawa, Landscape Industry Certified

Kujawa Enterprises, Inc.
Oak Creek, WI
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management



Joe Kujawa, Landscape Industry Certified

Kujawa Enterprises, Inc.
Oak Creek, WI
Years in the Industry: Company, 44 years
Specialty Area: Developing and improving operational systems and processes, organizational Structure and HR, including training, roles and responsibilities, position descriptions, performance evaluations, policies and procedures/employee manuals.



Ron Kujawa, Landscape Industry Certified

Kujawa Enterprises, Inc.
Oak Creek, WI
Years in the Industry: More than 50+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management



Bill Leidecker, Landscape Industry Certified

Five Seasons Landscape Management, Inc.
Reynoldsburg, OH
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management



Bob Maffei

Maffei Landscape Contractors
Mashpee, MA
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: all facets of landscape design, construction and maintenance.




Joe Markell, Landscape Industry Certified

Sunrise Landscape & Design
Sterling, VA
Years in the Industry: 28+ years
Specialty Area: Company operations, logistics and efficiencies; closing sales and marketing to your target clients; turning design/build clients into maintenance clients and vice –versa; operating systems, tracking, and profitability; development of property for operations.



Mike Mason

The Lawn Pro
Louisville, KY
Years in the Industry: 19 years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management, Lawn Care, Snow Removal and Financial Management; Making transition from technician to owner; team building, working with commercial accounts, managers, owners and national accounts; Working in a family business.



Stephen Mazelis

Mazelis Landscape Contracting Corp.
Nesconset, NY
Years in the Industry: 23+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasis is on non-traditional style advertising; marketing; applying metric systems to all phases of business; financial management.



Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified

HighGrove Partners, LLC
Austell, GA
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape management, leadership development, sales.



Chuy Medrano, Landscape Industry Certified 

CoCal Landscape
Denver, CO
Years in the Industry: 35
Specialty Area: Budgeting, field operations, technical and management assistance in English and Spanish



Bruce Moore Sr., Landscape Industry Certified

Eastern Land Management, Inc.
Stamford, CT
Years in the Industry: 35+ years
Specialty Area: Commercial landscape and site management.



Pat Murphy

Crystal Greens Landscape, Inc.
Clackamas, OR
Years in the Industry: 20+
Specialty Area: Landscape management and development with focus on commercial and high-end residential, goal setting, and leadership development.



Jason New

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 15+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management for high-end residential and commercial clients; emphasis on process standardization and leadership development while creating motivated team members and productive team culture.



Fred Peratt

Environmental Enhancements, Inc.
Sterling, VA
Years in the Industry: 36 years
Specialty Area: Lawn Care, Landscape Management with focus on Commercial Maintenance/Installation. Emphasizes building an efficient profitable company through standard operating procedures and systems. Coaching/training with realistic goals and one-on-one mentoring.



Mike Pezza, Landscape Industry Certified

Ground Pros, Inc.
Itasca, IL
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management, operations.



Michael Rorie

Go ILawn
Loveland, OH
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape management.



Jerry Schill

Schill Grounds Management, Inc.
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Years in the Industry: 20 years
Specialty Area: Financial Management/Business Development; Landscape Management; Sales; Executive Development.




Ken Thomas Ken Thomas

Envisor Consulting
Alpharetta, GA
Years in the Industry: 35 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on design build, commercial and residential maintenance. Focus on business operations, financial management, sales and complex problem solving.



Matt Triplett, Landscape Industry Certified

Willamette Landscape Services, Inc.
Tualatin, OR
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management.



Mike Ward

Mike Ward Landscaping, Inc
Loveland, OH
Years in the Industry: 37+ years
Specialty Area: residential and commercial maintenance; Expert in growing turf fescue sod, and installation



Kyle Webb, Landscape Industry Certified

A To Z Lawn and Landscaping, Inc.
Dayton, OH
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management



Lawn Care Trailblazers (click here to expand)

Jim Campanella

Stay Green Lawn Services
Nashua, NH
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales, leadership, financial management, operating systems.



Jon Cundiff, Landscape Industry Certified 

Weed Man
Lee's Summit, MO
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Marketing, management, motivation, operational efficiency.



Brian Edwards
Colorburst
Brentwood, TN
Years in the Industry: 13
Specialty Areas: Lawn Care, Landscape Management, Irrigation & Water Management, Seasonal Color and Snow and Ice Services

Harold Enger, Landscape Industry Certified

Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp.
Plainfield, IL
Years in the Industry: 35+ years
Specialty Area: Turf management, customer service, management, development, training.



Phil Fogarty

Weed Man/Lake County
Cleveland, OH
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Lawn care, residential and commercial.



John Gibson, Landscape Industry Certified 

Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care
Denver, CO
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Management structure, strategic planning, company and personal growth, technology selection and improvement.



Jerry Grossi, Landscape Industry Certified 

Arborlawn, Inc.
Lansing, MI
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Business development, systems processes, irrigation.



Loriena Harrington

Beautiful Blooms Landscape Design
Menomonee Falls, WI
Years in the Industry: 27 years
Specialty Area: Lawn Care, Landscape Management with emphasis on managing growth, establishing operating systems, goal setting and leadership development.



Matt Jesson, Landscape Industry Certified

Green Lawn Fertilizing, Inc.
West Chester, PA
Year in the industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Sales, marketing, and business planning.



Mike Kravitsky IV

Grasshopper Lawns, Inc.
Larksville, PA
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Family business, blending work with home life, and technology.



Terry Kurth

Weed Man/Madison
Middleton, WI
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Complete lawn care management, successful marketing & sales, creating outstanding service, motivational and leadership skills.



Brad Leahy Brad Leahy

Blades of Green, Inc.
Edgewater, MD
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Lawn Care and Pest Control Services. Marketing with emphasis on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Pay Per Click (PPC); sales techniques including team sales, cross selling and client retention; employee recruiting and retention along with cultural changes in a high growth atmosphere; financial management.



Fred Peratt

Environmental Enhancements, Inc.
Sterling, VA
Years in the Industry: 36 years
Specialty Area: Lawn Care, Landscape Management with focus on Commercial Maintenance/Installation. Emphasizes building an efficient profitable company through standard operating procedures and systems. Coaching/training with realistic goals and one-on-one mentoring.



Bob Windish

Fairway Green, Inc.
Hillsborough, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Agronomic specialty, operating systems, sales.



Tree and Arboriculture Trailblazers (click here to expand)

Wayne Dubin

Bartlett Tree Experts
Denville, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Arboriculture, business structure, business development and strategic planning

Educator Trailblazers (click here to expand)

Phil Allen, Ph.D. , Landscape Industry Certified
Brigham Young University

Provo, UT
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Academic excellence through curriculum, team building, assessment, and networking.



Richard Ansley, RLA

Columbus State Community College
Columbus, OH
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Design, Construction & Management. Program development through NALP participation and accreditation.



Catherine Lavis, Ph.D.

Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
Years in the Industry: 22 years
Specialty Area: Ornamental Horticulture, Landscape Maintenance, Landscape Irrigation Systems, Landscape Irrigation Design, Arboriculture



David Richards, Landscape Industry Certified

Auburn Career Center
Concord Township, OH
Years in the Industry: 32 years
Specialty Area: Recruiting and retention of students in landscape industry programs and curriculum alignment with state and national industry certification programs.



Brad Rowe

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Areas: Design Build; Green roof systems: design, installation, and maintenance. Sustainable landscape practices. Landscape construction.



Retired Trailblazers (click here to expand)

  • Terry Anderson, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • McRae Anderson, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Edward Bayer
  • Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Charlie Bowers
  • William Braid, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Joe Cialone, Jr.
  • Gary Clayton, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Steven M. Cohan, Ph.D.
  • Bill Cox, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Rick Cuddihe, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Jason Cupp, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Ron Damgaard
  • Laura Deeter
  • Don DeFever, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Terry Delany, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Rob Diaz, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Eldon Dyk, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Jim Engledow
  • Randy Ferrari
  • Paul Fields
  • John Gachina, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • George Gaumer, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Steve Glover
  • Norman Goldenberg, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Bill Gordon, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Kent Hammond
  • Barbara Helfman, landscape Industry Certified
  • Bill Hildebolt, Ph.D., Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Martha Hill
  • Karin Horn
  • Carole Horowitz, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Jack Ingels
  • Brad Johnson, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Allen Keesen, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Gary Kinman, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Lou Kobus, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Dave Korstad
  • Gerry Leider, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Ron Lester
  • Bill Leuenberger
  • Paul R. Levy
  • Michael Lewis
  • Tom Lied, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Adam Linnemann
  • Bill Lyden
  • Gary Mangum, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Mike McShane, Landscape Industry Certified
  • John Mini, Landscape Industry Certified
  • David Minor
  • Dick Ott, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Joel Pesapane, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Cindy Peterson, Landscape Industry Certified
  • Wayne Richards, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Mike Senneff
  • Jody Shilan
  • Tom Shotzbarger, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Joe Skelton
  • Doug Smellage
  • David Snodgrass
  • Ken Thomas
  • Tom Tolkacz
  • Randey Wall
  • Rich Wilbert, Landscape Industry Certified 
  • Bruce Wilson