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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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    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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      NALP Members in the News

      Help NALP celebrate these recent members in the news. Concrete Paver Sales Up Gross sales for concrete paver contractors in the U.S. and Canada increased by 8% during 2018, according to a recent survey by NALP association member the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). While experiencing growth, four of of every five contractors still reported […]

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        NALP Members in the News

        Help NALP celebrate these members in the news. Members in the News: Yellowstone Acquires Native Land Design Yellowstone Landscape acquired Native Land Design, adding Houston and McAllen, Texas, to its locations. Native Land Design is a $15-million company with 250 employees focusing on commercial landscapes. All Native employees were retained, and no brand change is […]

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          Meet Lizeth Miller, HR Manager at McHale Landscape Design

          Born and raised in the beautiful city of Medellin, Colombia, Lizeth Miller has spent most of her life in South America. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Medellin-Colombia and completed an internship in the Bank of Bogota as a credit analyst. But Miller was looking for something different. In 2014 […]

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            Meet NALP Member Doug Delano of Level Green Landscaping

            A former high school math teacher who graduated with a degree in philosophy, Doug Delano puts a lot of emphasis on education. He believes in the power of knowledge. So when he came to landscaping as a later career—getting hired at Ruppert Landscape—Delano threw himself into learning as much as he could. However, in 1998, […]

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              Meet NALP Member Brett Lemcke of R.M. Landscape

              Though he grew up around the industry—his father and uncle started R.M. Landscape, a western New York landscape company—Brett Lemcke says he was never pushed into it. But he loved it. After earning a horticulture degree at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill—and completing an internship at Gachina […]

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                NALP Member Michael Kravitsky IV Shares Tips on Running a Family Business and Tackling Labor Challenges

                Michael Kravitsky IV, CTP-CSL, owner and president of Grasshopper Lawns Inc., in Larksville, Pennsylvania, has always run a family business. It got its start in 1964 when Kravitsky’s father (Michael III) joined the Lawn-A-Mat franchise. In 1980, his father went independent and Grasshopper Lawns was born. Kravitsky joined the business full-time in 1980. “For 36 […]

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                  Meet NALP Member Craig Ruppert of Ruppert Landscape

                  As one of eight kids—his mom a nurse and his dad an architect—Craig Ruppert, CEO of Ruppert Landscape, says money was often tight. As a teenager in the early 1970s, Ruppert started mowing neighbors’ lawns with his brother, Chris, to earn extra income. “We were motivated and enjoyed working hard,” Ruppert says. “People began to […]

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                    Meet NALP Member Dean DeSantis of DeSantis Landscapes

                    Although he grew up around landscaping, Dean DeSantis, owner of DeSantis Landscapes in Portland, didn’t initially imagine he’d follow the same career path as his father, who started the business in 1974. At the time, DeSantis was just eight years old and says he spent most of his summers helping out. Even so, he just […]

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