Contact: Lisa Stryker
National Association of Landscape Professionals
Phone: 703-456-4217


Fairfax, Va., (Jan. 26, 2018) The National Association of Landscape Professionals presented its Lifetime Leadership Award to Frank Mariani, CEO of Mariani Landscape of Lake Bluff, Illinois, at its executive-level conference, Leaders Forum, in Punta Cana, on January 26.

Mariani currently serves on NALP’s Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of its Foundation. He is a mentor to many in the industry, serving as an NALP Trailblazer and co-hosting the NALP Field Trip with Frank and Marty.

Frank is the second generation to run the family-owned Mariani Landscape, building it into an award-winning powerhouse, servicing some of the most prestigious properties in the Chicago area. Mariani Landscape is the first landscape company to be approved to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard. This involves an implementation of a specific Quality Management System for all areas of the business including facilities, people, training, services and equipment.

“Frank has served the industry with great energy and passion; mentoring younger professionals and working to build the industry through the Industry Growth Initiative.” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CEO of NALP. “We are proud to honor Frank with this award and to share his story.”

The Lifetime Leadership Award is presented annually to a member of the association who has demonstrated leadership, service, and commitment to both NALP and the landscape industry. It honors individuals who have improved the landscape industry and inspired others.

To watch a video about Frank Mariani, click here.

The awards were presented at the Breakfast for Business Success sponsored by GIE+EXPO. For information about the NALP awards program, visit


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