For Immediate Release
Contact: Lisa Schaumann
Phone: 703-456-4217

Abby Santos Receives NALP’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Herndon, Va., January 20, 2017 - The National Association of Landscape Professionals presented its Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Abby Santos, Owner of No Ka Oi Landscape Services, at its executive-level conference, Leaders Forum, in St. Thomas, on January, 13.

NALP’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding female entrepreneur in the landscape industry who has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative, ensures the advancement of the landscape industry by her actions and endeavors, and serves as an example to current and future female entrepreneurs in the industry.

Abby and her husband Frank started No Ka Oi Plants in 1977 on the Island of Kauai, Hawaii, and built the business into the premier commercial installation and maintenance company on Kauai, managing the landscapes of many of the top resorts and commercial properties on the island and her company makes many contributions to the community.

“Abby has shown great entrepreneurship building her company and she is a great example for the young women who are coming up in the industry,” said Sabeena Hickman, NALP CEO.

To watch a video tribute about Santos, click here.

The awards were presented at the Breakfast for Business Success sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. For information about the NALP awards program, visit

About NALP
The National Association of Landscape Professionals represents an industry of nearly 1 million landscape, lawn care, irrigation and tree care experts who create and maintain green spaces for the benefit of society and the environment. The association works with law makers and the public to protect and grow the industry and offers education, networking, training and certification programs that increase the professionalism in the industry and inspire its members to excellence. For more information, visit