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The National Association of Landscape Professionals, Young Professionals Network Podcast powered by STIHL. The best podcast for the Green Industry! Each week our hosts and guests discuss the topics that matter most for landscape professionals, including career advancement, hiring, professional development, retention, sales, operations, and more! Growing in the Green Industry is produced by NALP's Young Professionals Network. Learn more at www.landscapeprofessionals.org/youngprofessionals
 
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In this special Thanksgiving episode of Growing in the Green Industry, our hosts wanted to wish all our listeners a very Happy Thanksgiving! This episode is hosted by Miles Kuperus, Macey Robinson with LandCare and Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape. Listen here or on your favorite podcast platform: https://anchor.fm/nalp-young-professionals…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Steve Mulvany, President and founder of Management Tools Inc., which works on a long-term basis with companies throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia implementing strategies to improve management and service quality practices, impacting company performance and customers’ perc…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, our guest Phill Sexton, Founder and Managing Partner of WIT Advisors, gives his advice on late season sales requests for the upcoming snow season when it comes to supply chain and workforce issues. He also touches on the renewal process and the opportunities of planning ahead. Phill talks about the …
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, our guest Zech Strauser of Strauser's Nature's Helpers, discusses sustainability and environmental consciousness in landscape maintenance. Topics covered include the importance of balance, vision casting, the value of intrapreneurship, and leaving a legacy. This episode is hosted by Neal Glat…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Elizabeth Bonadonna, President of Busy Beaver Lawn and Garden. Elizabeth talks about embracing technology and the efficiencies and connections. She talks about making sure that your employees are comfortable with technology and being able to provide and receive feedback. She touches on ha…
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Jenny Girard, Area Manager at R.M. Landscape. Jenny’s description of her unique career path, which includes stops at Longwood Gardens and Busch Gardens Tampa, includes details of some amazing live plant displays (a 12 ft orangutan?!) and lessons in going for what you want and livin…
 
Did you know that one of the most popular and most expensive apples, the Honeycrisp was developed back in the 1960s while only recently gaining its notoriety in the past decade? There is a reason why these apples are so good and more expensive than most apples you see in the market. In this discussion with Stacey Hirvela of Proven Winners shares th…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Trista Imrich, Owner of Wild Works of Whimsey. Trista discusses water conservation and the environmental effect. She talks about opportunities available to be environmentally aware within the green industry and touches on some guidelines and best practices for landscapers when thinking ab…
 
ICYMI, National Association of Landscape Professionals hosted landscape business owners and industry suppliers at the first Elevate Conference and Expo in Orlando, FL. On this episode Warren Gorowitz, director of corporate social responsibility at Hunter Industries shares his impressions of this new event and what makes this one of the best industr…
 
On this episode Kate Spirgen, editor of Garden Center Magazine shares insights on what trends she's seeing at the garden centers. She shares that demand for plants is still high at garden centers among home owners, and garden center owners are find create way to bring them in. Such making it about the experience that shoppers what to share with fam…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, our guest Mike Bogan of LandCare discusses how culture, purpose, and core values drive success. Topics covered include how to manage organizational change through pilot testing, discovering the what really motivates employees, and key steps needed for solid market expansion. This episode is hosted b…
 
This episode of Growing in the Green Industry is presented by the Women in Landscape Network and hosted by Beth Berry with Advanced Turf Solutions, Becca Presley with Senske and Gail Reinhart with Five Season Landscape Management. In this episode they discuss how to get more women involved in the industry. They also discuss some of the challenges t…
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Josh Flynn, CEO of Seabreeze Property Services, a full-service landscape contractor based in Portland, ME. Discussion topics include Seabreeze’s tech-first approach to empowering employees and providing them with the tools needed to operate efficiently, how investment in employees …
 
We're starting to hear about drought and extreme drought in the west in the media as global temperatures become hotter. What's interesting is that conversations are not necessarily focusing on reversing this trend, but instead how we're going to cope with these changes. This week's guest, Richard Restuccia, Vice President of Water Management Soluti…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Robyn Schmitz, CEO of High Prairie Landscape Group. Robyn talks about assessing the customer journey as well as the employee journey. She discusses what the touchpoints are, filling the gaps to provide better value to the customer, making the hand-off effective and the importance of havin…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Matt Gramer, president of NatureWorks Landscape Services, a high-end residential landscape firm serving suburban Boston. An early adopter of autonomous mowers, Matt provides an overview of his organization’s robotic mower rollout, modifications made to their sales process and customer ser…
 
You may have heard about the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest that showed up in Pennsylvania in 2014. The invasive pests ability to breed quickly and move west, is a grave concern to US agriculture and our trees. There is a somewhat controversial campaign going on to smash the pest in areas where the lanternfly is known to exist but some chose …
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Sean Monahan, pre-construction/estimating division with RP Marzilli. Sean talks about establishing the estimating process and the uniqueness of every job. He says communication is key and talks about the mistakes and learning from them. He also discusses building relationships and buildin…
 
For those of you in the industry the IGC Show in the Chicago was the biggest event for garden center owners to learn about what's new. With the show's closure in 2020, there was still a need for an event specific for IGC owners and so the Garden Center Conference Conference and Expo was formed. On this episode Kate Spirgen, editor of Garden Center …
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Ashly Neneman, General Manager of Sun Valley Landscaping in Omaha, NE. Discussion topics include Ashly’s career path (including a move from another industry), lessons learned in her role as general manager, the importance of strong and continuous employee development, and correlati…
 
This episode of Growing in the Green Industry is presented by the Women in Landscape Network and hosted by Pam Dooley with Plants Creative and Claire Goldman with R&R Landscaping. In this episode they discuss burnout and finding ways to cope with the emotional and physical aspects of having burnout and trying to be more intentional. They talk about…
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Seth Kehne, President of Lawn Butler, a maintenance and design-build firm in Knoxville, TN. Discussion topics include: the importance of focusing on your team (which also leads to a better experience for your clients), the value of timely, honest and thorough communication, and the…
 
We've shared a lot about water restrictions for urban water users, and this week we focus on how the drought is impacting agriculture. This week's guest, Richard Restuccia, Vice President of Water Management Solutions at Jain Irrigation, shares how the drought is effecting farms and how they are looking to technology to help with the lack of water.…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Tommy Lather, Founder of Takeoff Monkey. Tommy talks about the process of estimating – the importance of documenting and having a process and who is the right person to do the estimating. Tommy talks about best practices, efficiencies and how to manage with the client as well as what is t…
 
This episode of Growing in the Green Industry is presented by the Women in Landscape Network and hosted by Jenny Girard with RM Landscape and Stephanie Leveling with the Integra Group. In this episode they discuss mentorships. Stephanie and Jenny talk about their experiences as a mentor and mentee as well as why to be a mentor, where to look to fin…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Paul Beblowski, Senior Product Manager with STIHL. Paul talks about the state of battery powered equipment. He touches on infrastructure and seeing the hard and soft payback moments in the move to battery. If you are considering battery-powered equipment, you don’t want to miss this episo…
 
On this episode, we chat with Dan Herms, vice president of research and development at the Davey Tree Institute. Dan shares how they are studying the effects of climate change on trees and their web page with more information. He also shares information on their SEED Campus which is Davey's state of the art training facility. The science and learni…
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Palmer Higgins, CEO of Mainely Grass, a New England lawn care company. During this session, Palmer and the hosts take a deep dive into the importance of a consistent, comprehensive, and accountable training program, and how a focus on education helps elevate both your employees and…
 
On this episode, we chat with staff arborist, Tchukki Andersen at the Tree Care Industry Association who shares some insights on the latest in robotics for tree care. Advancements in technology like the Sarcos Guardian XT, makes it possible for an arborist to control robotic arms while being safely on the ground. It could revolutionize tree trimmin…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, our hosts talk about the reflecting back on the last 6 months and looking forward to the next 6 months and how you get through those moments. They touch on overstaffing and knowing when to take a step back and what changes needs to be made for a successful future. They also discuss the importance of…
 
The idea that we're becoming a cookie-less society isn't necessarily news to marketers but it does make digital marketing and reaching your ideal audience, much harder. If your audience and community isn't in your email database, you should start developing this now before it's too late. As we move closer to Web 3, your audience will have to find y…
 
In this replay episode of Growing in the Green Industry, one of our hosts Macey Robinson of LandCare discusses her journey from a college graduate to a future manager. Topics covered include the importance of investing in people, making work more than a paycheck, and knowing when to make a career move. This episode is hosted by Neal Glatt, Managing…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Mark Javier, Founder of Plants Without Borders. In this episode Mark talks about how he was able to build his start-up company and how he was able to get it developed to what it is today during a global supply chain crisis. He touches on having a unique angle of how you approach your star…
 
Given the new watering restrictions in the west, it's essential that water customers can conserve more by making simple changes. This week's guest, Richard Restuccia, Vice President of Water Management Solutions at Jain Irrigation, shares why positive reinforcement helps people want to conserve and know that they are having a positive impact. There…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, the panelists discuss their questions for each other including why they love to work in the industry and where they see the industry evolving. Topics covered include, career paths in the green industry, what motivates employees, adaptation of technology, and the future of work. This episode is hoste…
 
Tree care crews rely on effective communication when at the job site. On this episode, we chat with staff arborist, Tchukki Andersen at the Tree Care Industry Association who shares some insights on the latest tech aborists use to communicate at th job site. It's important for tree care crews to be in constant communication so teams on the ground k…
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Jan Johnsen, Principal with Johnsen Landscapes & Pools. In this episode Jan talks about defining your market niche and how important referrals are. They talk about building strong relationships as well as touching on the labor shortages that so many are facing in the green industry. This …
 
In this episode of Growing in the Green Industry, we welcome Pam Dooley, Owner with Plants Creative Landscape. Pam talks about the how and why and the successes, challenges, and opportunities of branching models. This episode is hosted by Brett Lemcke with RM Landscape and Macey Robinson with LandCare. Listen here or on your favorite podcast platfo…
 
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