Young Professional of the Year

The Young Professional of the Year Award recognizes an engaged member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, under the age of 40, who has achieved success in their career, demonstrated strong leadership within their company and displayed commitment to advancing the industry. By their actions and endeavors they serve as a shining example to current and future young professionals in the industry. This award can be self-nominating or nominated by a peer. This award will be presented at ELEVATE.


  • Must be under 40 years of age at time of application.
  • Member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
  • Minimum of 3 years in the landscape industry.
  • Serves in a management level capacity at a landscape or lawn care firm.
  • Shows outstanding contribution to company growth.
  • Displays leadership and community service involvement.



2023 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Recipient

Jenny Girard, RM Landscape

Previous Award Recipients

2022 – Nick Brummel, Brummel Lawn and Landscape, LLC
2021 – Andrew Ziehler, Ziehler Lawn & Tree Care
2020 – Neil Bales, LandPatterns, Inc.
2019 – Casey Hurd, Greenscapes Land Care, LLC
2018 – Zeke Cooper, Managing Principal Aniwaya Design, Inc.
2017 – Mark Maslow, Southern Landscape Group
2016 – Rudy Larsen, Lawn Butler
2015 – Jeremy Thorne, ThorneCare Landscape Solutions, LLC