The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) Board of Directors.


2017/2018 NALP Board of Directors



Jon Cundiff President
Jon Cundiff, Landscape Industry Certified
President, Weed-Man, Kansas City
Specialty Areas: Lawn Care

Cundiff has been in the landscape industry since 1976 when he worked with the Kansas City Royals. In 1987, Jon and Vicky, his wife, started up Turf’s Up Lawn service in the Kansas City metro area. In 2000, Cundiff joined the Weed Man organization and is currently a sub-franchisor for the mid-west region of the U.S. in charge of business development and dealer support. Locally, Cundiff has been an active member of Mid America Green Industry Council for 20 years, 10 of which were on the board of directors. Cundiff is also served 10 years on the PLCAA board of directors as well as serving for six-years on the GIE board of directors. Cundiff currently participates in the NALP Trailblazer program.


Jeff Buhler President-Elect
Jeff Buhler
Massey Services
Specialty Areas: Landscape and Irrigation

Jeff Buhler, Senior Vice President, Customer Service, is responsible for Learning & Development, Quality Assurance and Information Technology. Previously Jeff was responsible for the Landscape Services division and Customer Care. Before joining Massey Services, he held the position of Vice President of Operations with Middleton Lawn & Pest Control, a pest management organization that was acquired by Massey Services in December 2009. Jeff joined Middleton in 2000 as a General Manager.


Andrew Ziehler Secretary/Treasurer
Andrew Ziehler, Landscape Industry Certified
Ziehler Lawn and Tree Care
Specialty Area: Lawn Care, Tree Care

Andrew Ziehler is the President of Ziehler Lawn and Tree Care located in Centerville, Ohio. He has been in the industry since 1999 and specializes in motivating and growing teams that focus on customer service. Andrew has been involved in National Association of Landscape Professionals for most of his career and served on multiple committees such as the Green Industry Conference and Education Committees and he served as the Chairman of the Lawn Care Specialty Group. Andrew is also a member of the Ohio Lawn Care Association (OLCA) and is involved in other entrepreneur organizations such as Aileron.


Brett Lemcke Immediate Past President
Brett Lemcke, Landscape Industry Certified
Vice President, R. M. Landscape, Inc.
Specialty Area: Landscape Management & Design/Build/Installation

Brett Lemcke has been working in the industry since the age of 15 for the family business founded by his father and uncle. He is currently responsible for the day to day operations of the company as well as the management of the Landscape Management Division. R.M. Landscape has been a full service landscape firm for more than 38 years and has been an active member of National Association of Landscape Professionals and the legacy association ALCA for more than 25 years. Brett has been an active member in a number of committees including the Industry Recruiting committee and the Student Career Days Committee.


Directors at Large


Jason Becker Jason E. Becker, Landscape Industry Certified
Commercial and Product Support Supervisor, Mini-Excavators, Caterpillar, Inc.
Specialty Area: Supplier

Jason Becker is Caterpillar’s Mini-Excavator Commercial Supervisor and manages Caterpillar's excavator business for North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Jason grew up in small-town Iowa and spent his years before college mowing neighborhood lawns and generally getting his hands dirty. Upon graduation with a Marketing degree from Iowa State University in 2001, Jason was hired by Caterpillar and has been engaged in the landscaping industry ever since. Jason has a passion for the industry and notes that landscaping customers are his favorite due to their passion and the work that they do. Jason is in his second board term, serves on the board finance committee and has also been involved in the strategy and planning of business education seminars for NALP members.


Michael Bogan Michael Bogan, Landscape Industry Certified
Chief Executive Officer, LandCare
Specialty Areas: Landscape Maintenance

Mike Bogan is the CEO of LandCare, one of the industry’s largest national landscape maintenance companies. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Mike began his career in the design/build division of Davis Landscape Contractors in their MD/DC/VA office. He moved to The Brickman Group a short time later and helped pioneer their branch model while the company’s focus changed from design/build to maintenance. During his 23 years with Brickman, he saw their revenue increase from $40M to $850M, creating a network of branches across the United States. He was active in developing new markets, engaged in all aspects of mergers and acquisitions, led corporate functions for marketing and employee development, and served Brickman as their Executive Vice President during his last seven years.


Pete Farno Pete Farno, Landscape Industry Certified
Lawn & Landscape Business Manager, Bayer
Specialty Areas: Supplier

Pete Farno has a long history of sales and marketing leadership in the turf and ornamental and professional pest management industries. Starting as a lawn care branch manager in 1987, Pete has worked on the operator and supplier side in various roles of increasing responsibility. Over the past 18 years with Bayer, Pete has worked in U.S. based roles as well as working in Bayer’s global headquarters where he was the Global Portfolio Manager for the Green Industry. Currently, Pete leads Bayer’s effort in the lawn and landscape business. A graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Pete, his wife Monica and son Nicholas reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Paul Fraynd Paul Fraynd, Landscape Industry Certified
CEO, Sun Valley Landscaping
Specialty Areas: Grounds Maintenance, Landscape Design/Build, Lawn Care, Snow Removal and Landscape Supply

Paul is the CEO of Sun Valley Landscaping which has 16 full-time employees and up to 35 season full-time staff in the field. Paul started his first business in 2002 while still a freshman in college. The business has grown and changed but his love and passion for the industry remains the same. Paul has served in several local and national volunteer opportunities in the industry, serving on local Omaha Grounds Maintenance Association Board and currently serving on NALP’s Public Affairs Advisory Council along with the board of the NALP PAC.


Bob Grover Bob Grover, Landscape Industry Certified
CEO, Pacific Landscape Management
Specialty Areas: Commercial Landscape Management

Bob Grover, CEO of Pacific Landscape Management, is truly an industry veteran, starting with his first job at a local nursery as a sophomore in high school, he has only ever working within the industry. Bob graduated from Oregon State University and worked for 15 years at Northwest Landscape Industries and then three years with TruGreen LandCare, Bob started Pacific Landscape Management in 2001. In 15 years, Pacific has grown the company to manage more than 500 commercial properties with a staff of 200 and is the Portland market leader in commercial landscape management. Bob has participated in ALCA and now NALP for more than 30 years and he is a firm believer in the value of NALP membership and involvement.


Roscoe Klausing Roscoe Klausing, Landscape Industry Certified
President & CEO, Klausing Group
Specialty Areas: Green Industry

Roscoe is the founder and owner of the Klausing Group. He has been involved in the landscape industry since 1992, serving and leading numerous industry committees and advisory boards in the assocation. He became central Kentucky’s first landscape industry certified professional in 2000 and is the youngest winner of Commerce Lexington’s Small Business of the Year Award. Also, Iin 2014, Klausing was named an NALP Trailblazer.


Joe Kujawa Joseph R. Kujawa, Landscape Industry Certified
Executive Vice-President, Kujawa Enterprises, Inc.
Specialty Areas: Interiorscape

Kujawa graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture and obtained his M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University. Kujawa has worked for Kujawa Enterprises, Inc. since 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Keane Consulting Group in Chicago, IL where he performed operational consulting for Fortune 500 clients. Joe has served in leadership roles in the association including serving as Chairman of Interior Specialty Group, as well serving as a member on the Governance Taskforce, Education Committee, Emerging Leadership, and Landscape Management Specialty Group. Kujawa has also served as a board member for the Foundation, Green Plants for Green Buildings, American Institute of Architecture Students, and Cornell Alpha Delta Phi, Inc.


Zach Johnson Zach Johnson, Landscape Industry Certified
Faculty Advisor, Colorado State University
Specialty Area: Educator

Zach Johnson is an Associate Professor in the Landscape Design and Contracting and Landscape Business Programs at Colorado State University. Additionally he has more than 20 years of experience in the private sector specializing in residential design/build. Zach has volunteered extensively at both the state and national level in landscape industry leadership. He is also a licensed professional landscape architect.


Frank Mariani Frank Mariani, Landscape Industry Certified
President, Mariani Landscape
Specialty Area: Landscape Design, Construction and Maintenance

Frank Mariani is the President of Mariani Landscape, a high-end, award winning, residential landscape design and maintenance firm located in Lake Bluff, Illinois, which was founded by his father Vito in 1958. Frank also owns Mariani Nursery, a 558+ acre wholesale nursery located on the Illinois-Wisconsin border, is a partner in Hampshire Farms, a 50 acre perennial farm located in Hampshire, Illinois, which produces quart and gallon finished perennial, and owns a 120-acre container/propagation facility in Garden Prairie, Illinois, that produces high-quality container plants. Frank and his wife, Sherri, reside in Lake Forest and have two children, Frank V. and Alexandra Lynn.


Shayne Newman Shayne Newman, Landscape Industry Certified
President, YardApes, Inc.
Specialty Area: Landscape Management, Design/Build/Installation, Snow Management

Experienced in the trade since 1987, Shayne Newman founded YardApes, Inc. in 1990 and holds the title of president. He hails from Telluride, Colorado, but has lived in New Milford for the past 27 years. Shayne received a B.S. in Finance from the University of Connecticut, is a Landscape Industry Certified Technician, Landscape Industry Certified Manager, holds a Connecticut Supervisory Pesticide License, and is a Certified Landscape Designer..


Barb Stropko Barb Stropko, Landscape Industry Certified
Vice President, New Desert Gallery, Inc.
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation & Landscape Management

Barbara and her husband John are principals of New Desert Gallery, Inc., a landscape and swimming pool design/build firm serving southern Arizona for more than 35 years. She is a past President of the Arizona Landscape Contractors' Association and is currently on the Board of Trustees. She has been the NALP Design/Build/Installation specialty group chair since 2010 and is currently the chair of the Leaders Forum Committee, as well as serving on several other NALP committees. Stropko is passionate about the design/build industry and is an NALP Trailblazer.