NALP Members in the News: Landscape Workshop, PBI-Gordon, Mariani Landscape, Davey Tree, Scythe Robotics and Bob Grover - The Edge from the National Association of Landscape Professionals

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NALP Members in the News: Landscape Workshop, PBI-Gordon, Mariani Landscape, Davey Tree, Scythe Robotics and Bob Grover

Read more about these NALP members and partners in the news.

Landscape Workshop Hires New Chief Revenue Officer and Director of Marketing

Landscape Workshop has added Chris Rance as their new chief revenue officer. He has almost twenty years of experience in revenue and prospecting strategies. Rance was previously the senior vice president for PNC Bank.

“As an experienced executive in the industry, we are eager to see what new strategies Chris brings to the table,” says J.T. Price, CEO of Landscape Workshop. “He is known for his drive and passion for increasing revenue through innovative and creative solutions. We believe that his leadership skills and expertise will pave the way for the company’s continued success. The excitement surrounding his arrival is palpable, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact he has on our team and our clients.”

The company has also added Taylor Langley as their director of marketing. Langley worked for RealtySouth, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, where she focused on digital marketing. She will oversee the company’s marketing initiatives, including brand awareness, website design and optimization, digital campaigns and more.

“We are thrilled to have Taylor join our team here at Landscape Workshop,” Price says. “With her extensive knowledge in marketing, we know she will be able to contribute valuable insights into our current strategies while helping us expand our online presence.”

PBI-Gordon Hires One, Promotes Another

PBI-Gordon has hired Brent Lander as a national account manager and promoted Conrad Pannkuk as sales representative for Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.

Flander will manage national accounts for turf and ornamental markets in golf, landscape and professional lawn care. Before PBI-Gordon, Flander was a senior field sales representative at Bayer Crop Science.

Meanwhile, Pannkuk will be responsible for product sales to golf course and turfgrass management customers in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. He will also develop his sales territory and identify new business opportunities. Previously, Pannkuk worked in the golf course maintenance industry.

Mariani Landscape Adds Borst Landscape to Family of Companies

Borst Landscape and Design has joined Mariani Landcape’s growing family of companies. The full-service landscape design company is headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey and was founded in 1989.

The company focuses on maintenance and enhancements, including gardening, turf grass management, tree and shrub care, landscape lighting, seasonal enhancements, organic lawn care, as well as design-build services.

“Borst Landscape & Design has been a respected member of the green industry for many decades,” says Frank Mariani, Mariani Landscape chairman. “They share our values and consistently deliver a high level of service to their clients. Their passion for creating outdoor living spaces that look beautiful, but also function properly, resonates with our mission at Mariani. We look forward to welcoming the Borst Landscape & Design team to our family.”

Founder Mark Borst says he is excited to join the Mariani family because they share the same values of exemplary customer service and a deep commitment to excellence that they do.

Davey Tree Expert Company Adds to Family of Brands

The Davey Tree Expert Company has added Mickman Brothers, Inc., based in Ham Lake, Minnesota, to their family of brands.

Chris and John Mickman founded the company in 1975. They provide landscape, irrigation, landscape maintenance and snow removal services to the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. They have a team of 80 year-round employees and almost 200 seasonal employees.

“Davey has been the leader in the green industry for almost 150 years, so its knowledge of the industry and breadth of services will help propel Mickman Brothers to the highest levels of service to our clients,” says John Mickman, CEO. “We are all thrilled with the career growth opportunities this merger will offer to our professional staff of dedicated employees. The Mickman Brothers team is thrilled about joining forces with our new Davey team members as we continue to grow our product and service offerings locally and nationally.”  

Davey Canada also recently promoted Paul Holland to vice president and controller. Holland joined Davey Canada in 2012 as a controller and assistant secretary.

“Paul is hardworking and talented with the ability to communicate effectively with his employees,” says James Doyle, executive vice president and general manager. “In his new role, Paul will continue to manage all aspects of the finance division while also taking the lead on insurance and health care projects.”   

Scythe Robotics Adds to Staff

Scythe Robotics recently added a pair of experienced landscape industry professionals to lead their customer success efforts and product development as they continue to work on full-scale production of the all-electric, fully autonomous commercial mower, the Scythe M.52.

Michael Mayberry has joined as the customer success lead and Emil Motycka is the new product manager. Mayberry most recently was the chief technology officer for Level Green Landscape in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

“I’m excited to continue educating the landscape industry about the benefits of technology and robotics,” Mayberry says. “I know the potential M.52 holds to increase efficiency, stabilize labor problems, and grow revenues. I am eager to help our partners realize those benefits by making the most of the robots they deploy on their properties and training their teams to work in unison with the technology of the future.”

Motycka is a seasoned product management leader who has worked for Rachio and Sunday as well as TruGreen.

“There is an incredible opportunity for innovation in this industry through products that not only exceed customer needs but also leave the planet in a better state for future generations,” Motycka says. “I firmly believe that technology can play a crucial role in addressing climate change. With its cutting-edge solutions and forward-thinking approach, I am excited to join Scythe and revolutionize how we approach landscaping.”

Bob Grover Named OSU Alumni Fellow

Since 1988, the Oregon State University Alumni Association has recognized caring, passionate and talented members of Beaver Nation who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities.

Bob Grover, founder of Pacific Landscape Management, was honored as a 2023 Alumni Fellow. He was nominated by the OSU College of Agriculture due to his determination to provide sustainable practices to PLM clients, involvement with the national landscape community and various local communities, and true Beaver spirit.

He was interviewed along with two other fellows about sustainability and his involvement with the national landscape community.

Jill Odom

Jill Odom is the senior content manager for NALP.