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.


Michael Becker"My Involvement in leadership has given me access to the minds of people who run some of the most successful businesses in the world. Not only are these business owners forthcoming with their ideas, but they also encourage me to make use of their knowledge. Furthermore, my involvement in association leadership has given me a personal sense of achievement and belonging to the business world. It is a tremendous source of pride and esteem."

Michael Becker, Landscape Industry Certified Manager
President, Estate Gardeners, Inc.

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.

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Advisory Councils

Public Affairs Advisory Council – Chair: Jeff Fedorchak | Staff Manager: Missy Henriksen.
The Advocacy Advisory Council plans for and executes tactics which will achieve the strategies set forth by the Board of Directors and the association’s strategic plan, in the area of delivering relentless advocacy on behalf of our members. This includes advocating the benefits of the landscape industry to the general public and governmental bodies.

Education Advisory Council – Chair: Fred Peratt | Staff Manager: Shaine Anderson, CAE.
The Education Advisory Council strives to ensure that the association is delivering events, services, and products to exceed the expectations of all of our members in the area of education. The Advisory Council plans for and executes tactics which will achieve the strategies set forth by the Board of Directors and the association’s strategic plan, in the area of delivering an invaluable knowledge platform to our members.

Membership Advisory Council – Chair: Brian Trader | Staff Manager: Cheryl Claborn.
The Membership Advisory Council plans for and executes tactics which will achieve the strategies set forth by the Board of Directors and the association’s strategic plan, in the area of membership growth.

International Certification Council – Chair: Skip Thompson, Landscape Industry Certified Manager & Technician | Committee Staff Manager: Shaine Anderson.
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 Shaine Anderson.

Supplier Advisory Council – Chair: Ken Taylor | Staff Manager: Scott Lindley.
The Supplier Advisory Council supports the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors to deliver the association's promise to expand its position as the partner of choice by recruiting new members, especially in the Green Industry Service Provider Category, and creating new business and partnership opportunities.

Committees & Task Forces

Political Action (PAC) Committee - Chair: Jim Cali | Committee Staff Manager: Paul Mendelsohn.
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: Joan Haller.
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.

Accredited Company Task Force – Chair: Michael Becker | Committee Staff Manager: Shaine Anderson.
The Accredited Company Task Force is currently in the process of developing NALP’s accredited company program, a program which will support our pillar of setting “the highest standard” in the industry and will allow our members yet another way to distinguish and differentiate themselves.

Editorial Advisory Committee – Chair: Neil Bales | Committee Staff Manager: Lisa Schaumann
The purpose of the Editorial Advisory Committee is to provide feedback and content suggestions for the association's primary member communication vehicles, most prominently, our member magazine, The Landscape Professional.

Leaders Forum Committee (formerly Great Escape) - Chair: TBD. Committee Staff Manager: Joan Haller.
This committee plans all aspects of the educational program and networking activities for the annual Leaders Forum event (formerly Great Escape), our executive-level event, held every February at a prime destination.

LANDSCAPES Annual Convention Committee (formerly Green Industry Conference) - Chair: Jerry Grossi | Committee Staff Manager: Joan Haller.
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: Rick Cuddihe | 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: Kory Beidler | Committee Staff Manager: Anna Walraven.
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.

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