DBI TRAILBLAZERS

Neil Bales
Neil Bales

LandPatterns, Inc.
Dallas, TXtho
Years in the Industry: 12 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales & marketing, landscape design and maintenance with focus on the high‐end residential; goal setting & tracking, financial management; networking; leadership development & overall company culture & image.

Michael Bellantoni Sr., Landscape Industry Certified 

Bellantoni Landscape - The Art of Science
White Plains, NY
Years in the Industry: 50+ years
Specialty Area: D/B/I, landscape management, blending services to provide complete landscape solutions.

Glenn Bonick
Glenn Bonick

Bonick Landscaping, Inc.
Irving, TX
Years in the Industry: 34 years
Specialty Area: Focus on sales, estimating, design collaborations, and hardscape construction.

Mark Borst, Landscape Industry Certified

Borst Landscape & Design
Allendale, NJ
Years in the Industry: 22 years
Specialty Area: Sales process for high-end residential
Design/Build clients. Creating goals and installation processes for management staff

Jan-Gerrit Bouwman

Grant & Power Landscaping, Inc.
West Chicago, IL
Years in the Industry: 25 years
Specialty Area: Sales training, marketing, partnering with power partners, quality improvement, recruit good employees, management training, goal setting, and financials.

Charlie Bowers

Garden Gate Landscaping, Inc.
Silver Spring, MD
Years in the Industry: 45+ years
Specialty Area: High-end Residential D/B and Maintain Operating systems, goal setting, tracking, integrated business software, job costing and estimating.

Scott Byron

Scott Byron & Co., Inc.
Lake Bluff, IL
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: High-end residential design/build firm with special focus on customer service.

James Cali
James Cali

McFarlin Stanford
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 10 years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on C‐Level leadership, strategic planning, operations systems, financial management and sales & Marketing.

Jason Craven

Southern Botanical, Inc.
Dallas, TX
Years in the Industry: 20+ years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Irrigation & Water Management, Landscape Management

Burt DeMarche, Landscape Industry Certified 

The LaurelRock Co.
Wilton, CT
Years in the Industry: 20 years
Specialty Area: Residential design/build and maintenance in affluent markets, client relationship building, succeeding as a full-service provider, organizational structures, family businesses.

Nick DiBenedetto, Landscape Industry Certified

N.D. Landscaping, Inc.
Georgetown, MA
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Systems and sale

Rick Doesburg, Landscape Industry Certified 

Thornton Landscape, Inc.
Maineville, OH
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasis on sales and marketing

Paul Fraynd, Landscape Industry Certified

Sun Valley Landscaping
Omaha, NE
Years in the Industry: 16 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Lawn Care, Landscape Management with focus on building a successful company culture and strategic planning.

Jud Griggs, Landscape Industry Certified

Scapes
Roswell, GA
Years in the Industry: 25 +years
Specialty Area: Residential projects w/emphasis on Sales and business development.

Joel Hafner Landscape Industry Certified

Fine Earth Landscape, Inc.
Poolesville, MD
Years in the Industry: 26 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build high-end residential arena. Main expertise is organizational systems to run a very lean business.

Mike Hoffman, Landscape Industry Certified

Hoffman Landscapes, Inc.
Wilton, CT
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Planning for and achieving company growth, marketing, estimating, sales, job tracking and organizational structure for both residential landscape management and design/build, residential and commercial snow services.

Michael Hommel 

Designs by Sundown
Englewood, CO
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Endure the test of time in the high-end residential design/build market; total client satisfaction.

Jim Hornung Jr
Jim Hornung Jr., CSP

Elbers Landscape Service, Inc.
Buffalo, NY
Years in the Industry: 17+ years
Specialty Area: Business administration, financing, insurance, human resources, growth. Project management; managing both private and government projects both locally & out of town. Snow; all aspects of sales, data collection, routing, safety & training.

Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified

Jacobsen Landscape Design & Construction, In
Midland Park, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Landscape Management

Seth Kehne

Lawn Butler
Knoxville, TN
Years in the Industry: 19 years
Specialty Area: Design/Build/Installation, Landscape Management with emphasis on budgets, financial management, leadership, safety, goal setting, and visions.

Jeff Korhan, Landscape Industry Certified

Landscape Digital Institute
Chicago, IL
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Unifying sales, marketing, service and recruiting practices to deliver a consistently exceptional customer experience.

Miles Kuperus Jr., Landscape Industry Certified  

Farmside Landscape & Design
Wantage, NJ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Residential, operating systems, goal setting, production.

Ed Laflamme, Landscape Industry Certified

The Harvest Group
East and West Coast locations
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Assisting company owners "Harvest Their Potential" by creating sustainable systems, growing their company, and increasing profits.

Jim Martin, Landscape Industry Certified

James Martin and Associates, Inc.
Vernon Hills, IL
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: Business growth and strategic direction; lean management and continuous process improvement

Frank Mariani, Landscape Industry Certified

Mariani Landscape
Lake Bluff, IL
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Sharing and communicating our company culture with vendors and clients, generating sales via networking.

Joe Palimeno

Ledden Palimeno Landscape Company
Sewell, NJ
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: all facets of business in the design build/installation arena

Steve Pattie, Landscape Industry Certified

The Pattie Group, Inc.
Novelty, OH
Years in the Industry: 40+ years
Specialty Area: People skills, finding the right person for the job, team building, motivation, and sales.

Ed Quinn 

E.A. Quinn Landscape Contracting, Inc.
Glastonbury, CT
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Hardscaping, high-end residential design/build, mulch blowing, hydroseeding and erosion control. Our 28 years of experience has taught us a lot about the business. As we grew we have created and implemented procedures for practically everything from fleet management, to staffing to utilizing the H2B program and learning the ins and outs of how it works. We have been utilizing that program for approx. 8 years.

J. Landon Reeve IV, Landscape Industry Certified

Chapel Valley Landscape Co.
Woodbine, MD
Years in the Industry: 35+ years
Specialty Area: Implementation of projects, problem solving, and team building

Brad Rowe
Brad Rowe, Ph.D

Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Years in the Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Green roof systems: design, installation, and maintenance. Sustainable landscape practices. Landscape construction.

Jeffrey Scott

Jeffrey Scott Consulting
Trumbull, CT
Years in the Green Industry: 25+ years
Specialty Area: Sales, marketing, branding, strategy, goal setting, organizational development, personal effectiveness, selling/servicing affluent homeowners.

Dan Stearns
Dan Stearns

Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Years in the Industry: 43 years
Specialty Area: Program and curriculum development, student mentoring, industry networking.

John & Barb Stropko , Landscape Industry Certified

New Desert Gallery, Inc.
Tucson, AZ
Years in the Industry: 30+ years
Specialty Area: Emphasizing the importance of a "holistic" approach to the sales, design, and build of high-end outdoor environments, pools, hardscapes and custom amenities.

Pete Wilkerson

Scapes, Roswell, GA
Years in the Industry: 28+ years
Specialty Area: High-end residential and negotiated
commercial/design/build work. Process oriented in terms of bid margins, job tracking, and job close out. Creative with the ability to deliver a realistic project.