The National Association of Landscape Professionals is supported by the efforts of a corps of committed and passionate volunteers. The association's leadership encourages all members to get involved. There are many opportunities for enhanced involvement, as outlined below. You can apply for a committee by filling out the application.

Benefits of Participating in Leadership

  • Learn new skills and hone your talents
  • Be recognized as an industry leader
  • Gain a feeling of satisfaction
  • Feel more “plugged in” to your industry
  • Feel a sense of accomplishment
  • Make a difference and help set the direction for your industry
  • Make new friends and contacts in the industry
  • Give the time you choose and to be able to stop when you choose

Advisory Councils & Committees

The association's Advisory Councils and Committees usually meet face-to-face 1-2 times a year and other meetings are held via conference call. Meetings are held during the LANDSCAPES convention in October (formerly the Green Industry Conference). For those members who attend the face-to-face meeting(s), there is a stipend to offset some of their travel expenses.

Nomination form – Advisory Councils     Volunteer form – Committees

Advisory Councils

Public Affairs Advisory Council – Co-Chairs: Brandon Sheppard and Jim McCutcheon | Staff Manager: Missy Henriksen.
Creates strategies and programming for essential industry actions in government relations, workforce development, and shaping the public’s perception of the value of managed lawns and landscapes.

Education Advisory Council – Chair: Fred Peratt | Staff Manager: Shaine Anderson, CAE.
Provides guidance and recommendations to ensure that the association is delivering events, services, and products to support the NALP strategic plan and exceed the expectations of all of our members in the area of education.

Membership Advisory Council – Chair: Beth Berry | Staff Manager: Cheryl Claborn.
Guides and directs the current and future membership recruitment and retention efforts, including advising on new member benefits and improvements to current benefits and programs..

International Certification Council – Chair: Skip Thompson, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician | Committee Staff Manager: Margo Rash.
The vision statement for the association's certification program is, "Driven by market demand, every professional landscape firm aspires to have NALP-certified employees on staff." The International Certification Council (ICC) is the group that seeks to make its vision a reality by establishing certification programs, administering exams, and enforcing ethical compliance of all certification programs on behalf of NALP. There are eight members who serve three-year terms. For more information on serving on this Council, please contact Margo Rash.

Supplier Advisory Council – Chair: Ken Taylor | Staff Manager: Sheri Jackson.
Recognizing the unique position that suppliers have in our industry, this Council advises and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors in response to identified issues facing industry. Acts as a conduit with other suppliers to further engage them in the association.

Committees & Task Forces

Finance Committee - Chair: Shayne Newman | Committee Staff Manager: Carol Keeling.
The committee provides financial oversight of the association and provides advice and counsel to the Board of Directors on financial matters.

Political Action (PAC) Committee - Chair: Jim Cali | Committee Staff Manager: Missy Henriksen.
The Political Action committee (PAC) provides members with a way to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill. By contributing to the PAC and combining political donations with all members, the committee helps gain access to key legislators to communicate the value of our industry and support grassroots campaigns.

Renewal & Remembrance Committee - Chair: John Eggleston | Committee Staff Manager: Kelly Ewell.
This Committee plans all aspects related to Renewal & Remembrance, a day each July when over 400 members volunteer their skills and/or equipment to beautify and care for the grounds of Arlington National and Historic Congressional cemeteries.

Awards Committee - Chair: Dennis Karem | Committee Staff Manager: Amy Easterday.
The Awards Committee manages the Awards of Excellence as well as the leadership awards, given out each year at LANDSCAPES and the Leaders Forum (respectively). The Committee supports the programs by continuously working to improve each program, assisting with the judging process, and encouraging members to submit entries.

LANDSCAPES Annual Convention Committee (formerly Green Industry Conference) - Chair: Jerry Grossi | Committee Staff Manager: Shaine Anderson.
This committee plans all aspects of the educational program for the annual LANDSCAPES Convention (formerly the Green Industry Conference), our annual event in October servicing all member companies and their employees.

Safety and Risk Management Committee - Chair: TBD | Committee Staff Manager: Amy Easterday.
This committee is dedicated to preventing injury, reducing incidents, minimizing time loss, minimizing risk, reducing claims cost, creating a safe work environment, taking safety excellence to the next level, and achieving loss ratio of 55 percent. These goals are being achieved by fostering a new way of thinking about safety, increasing everyday safety awareness, creating new and revising existing safety publications and training programs, sharing best safety practices, providing proven safety incentive models, providing safety counsel and guidance, and recognizing safety achievement through the Safety Recognition Awards Program.

National Collegiate Landscape Competition (formerly Student Career Days) Committee - Chair: Doug Halsey | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers.
This Committee manages this annual event, which happens each March, and caters to both students and faculty, as well as the industry, as the main new employee recruiting event. The committee works closely with the host college faculty representatives in overseeing the success of the program.

Youth Engagement and Development Committee - Chair: Ben Hardy | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers.
The mission of the Youth Engagement and Development Committee is to increase awareness and participation in the landscape industry, through development, support and programs for our member companies, colleges, high schools and related associations.

Accreditation Committee - Chair: Jason Cromley | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers.
This committee is responsible for the management and growth of NALP’s Accreditation Program, the endorsement of schools with landscape contracting curricula that meet or exceed industry standards.

Faculty Advisory Committee - Chair: Zach Johnson | Committee Staff Manager: Jenn Myers.
This Committee executes strategies and tactics to further engage and serve our educator and student chapter members in all aspects of the association, including providing relevant, useful and appropriate services, communication methods, tools and products. This group also assists with workforce development efforts at the collegiate level, including a focus on recruitment of new students.

Additional volunteer opportunities exist with the National Association of Landscape Professionals Foundation. For more information on these opportunities, please visit here or contact Jenn Myers.