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Lifetime Leadership and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Announced at LANDSCAPES 2020: The Virtual Experience

Awards of Excellence and Safety Recognition Awards Also Recognized along with Mariani Landscape who Received the Prestigious Judges Award 

FAIRFAX, Va. (October 22, 2020) – The National Association of Landscape Professionals announced the recipients of its 2020 leadership and project awards at its annual conference, LANDSCAPES 2020:The Virtual Experience.

Jon Cundiff, LIC, president of Weed Man Kansas City, was honored with the Lifetime Leadership Award for his years of service to the industry, including his role as president, twice, of NALP and its legacy association PLCAA. View the video.

Claire Goldman, principal and head of design & business development for R & R Landscaping, in Auburn, Alabama, was honored with the Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work building R & R Landscaping, mentoring others, and service to the community. View the video.

Neil Bales, COO, and partner at LandPatterns in Dallas, Texas, was recognized as the 2020 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. The award would have been presented at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition, but the event was not held due to COVID-19. View the video.

This year, 110 landscape projects were awarded an Award of Excellence from NALP. The awards honor outstanding landscape maintenance, design/build, lawn care, and interiorscape projects. View a list of winners and photos of the projects. 

Each year, one or more outstanding projects receive a prestigious Judges Award. This year, Mariani Landscape received the only Judges Award for their project “Lake View” in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, in the Residential Design/Build category, above $1,000,000.

“It was a pleasure to recognize such exceptional industry leaders and outstanding projects,” said Britt Wood, NALP CEO.

LANDSCAPES 2020: The Virtual Experience was produced with support from top partners JOHN DEERE (Platinum), Caterpillar (Gold), and Bayer (Silver); session partners Echo, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, Husqvarna, Real Green Systems, Service Titan, and STIHL; and additional partners Gravely, Vectorworks, and Aspire.  

About NALP

The National Association of Landscape Professionals represents an industry of approximately 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation, and tree care professionals. Through national advocacy campaigns, the association is growing the industry and its workforce. NALP offers its members professional development through education, networking, and training, certification and accreditation programs. For more information about NALP, visit