Member Stories

Meet NALP Member Shayne Newman of YardApes

Shayne Newman, founder and president of YardApes in New Milford, Connecticut, credits his upbringing to his ultimate career choice in landscaping. Having spent so much time outdoors as a kid made it seem virtually impossible to choose a career that involved the confines of four walls every day. “I don’t just like being outside; I […]

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Meet NALP Member H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina of Gachina Landscape Management

For years, H. Jaclyn Ishimaru-Gachina, president and CEO of Gachina Landscape Management, was by her husband’s side as he ran the company. A “Game of Thrones” fan, Ishimaru-Gachina jokes that she was like the “hand of the King.” Though she was at home raising her boys, Ishimaru-Gachina’s husband, John, spoke about every aspect of the […]

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Ben Carruthers of Carruthers Landscape Management

Meet NALP Member Ben Carruthers of Carruthers Landscape Management

During a UPS strike while Ben Carruthers was working there, he needed a way to make some additional money while attending college. He started mowing lawns and quickly found that he liked the outdoor work. In fact, he enjoyed it so much he decided to switch from a business major to horticulture. That ultimately led […]

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Mark Borst talks about employee referral rewards at Borst Landscape & Design.

Meet NALP Member Mark Borst of Borst Landscape & Design

In high school, Mark Borst, owner, Borst Landscape & Design, mowed lawns and worked for a local landscaper to earn an income. And for a long time, he was content with being a one-man-and-a-truck type of business. But when he started college, he realized there was so much more to the profession. “I suddenly realized […]

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News from NALP Members: PBI-Gordon, Davey, Sperber Landscape & Jeffrey Scott

Check out the latest NALP members in the news from PBI-Gordon, The Davey Tree Expert Co., Sperber Landscape Cos. and Jeffrey Scott. NALP Members in the News: NALP Supplier Member Doug Obermann of PBI-Gordon to Retire NALP member Doug Obermann, vice president – turf & ornamental and agricultural sales, PBI-Gordon, plans to retire effective Oct. […]

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Meet NALP Member Joe Lewis of EMI

Coming to the lawn and landscape industry from the Marines, Joe Lewis, account manager for Environmental Management Inc. (EMI), based in Plain City, Ohio, has found more crossovers than he ever imagined. His experience and training in the Marines gave him effective training tools to use at EMI. And that’s important, as Lewis believes effective […]

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Meet NALP Member Jack Moore of Grassperson Lawn Care & Landscape

Jack Moore spent three decades in corporate America before he realized it wasn’t what he loved. After many years cooped up in a boardroom and flying on airplanes, Moore relished the idea of a career that would get him outside. In 2017, after looking seriously at 100 different companies in different industries, Moore and his […]

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Portrait of Dan Sterns standing in front of a mountain range.

Meet Dan Stearns, NALP Member and Outstanding Educator of the Year

Dan Stearns, professor emeritus of landscape contracting at Penn State University, first got a taste of being an educator while in graduate school. He knew it was something he would enjoy as a profession. While the right opportunity didn’t come around for another 12 years, Stearns says his time spent in the industry, working as […]

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NALP Members in the News

Check out the latest news from NALP members! NALP Members in the News: Carl Atwell Purchases Gempler’s NALP supplier member Gempler’s was purchased by Carl Atwell, the company’s new president, in January. The company sought a new buyer after previous owner, Ariens Specialty Brands, chose to focus on its power equipment business. Gempler’s then relaunched […]

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Orlando Castillo, Landscape Maintenance Professionals

Meet NALP Member Orlando Castillo Jr. of LMP

Prior to founding Landscape Maintenance Professionals (LMP), Orlando Castillo Jr., says he was working part-time for a friend who owned a landscape company—and valet parking cars in the evening. But he had developed an entrepreneurial spirit from his father and decided he could launch his own company. In the “early days,” Castillo says the company […]

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