In 2011, six contractor companies and five manufacturers, who served as supporting members, formed the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance (NHLA), with the goal to empower the more than 500,000 Hispanic-Americans employed in the landscape industry in the United States and provide them a voice in advocating for their interests.
Likewise, for decades the National Association of Landscape Professionals (and its legacy organizations) has been a strong industry advocate, a catalyst for professionalism and a springboard for landscape and lawn care company growth.
Recognizing that continuing to attract Hispanic-Americans and helping them advance in their careers and businesses is critical to the continued growth of the landscape industry, NHLA and NALP have agreed that greater collaboration is needed to ensure that this important industry sector has a strong voice in landscape policy and education.
“Supporting Hispanic-Americans professionals is critical to the continued growth of the landscape industry,” says Britt Wood, NALP CEO. “We need to bring all the nation’s landscape professionals together to ensure that we are working together to shape the direction of the industry.”
With that in mind, the Board of Directors of NHLA decided that joining forces with NALP was the best way to advance the mission of NHLA. Starting in April 2020, the NHLA will no longer exist as a separate entity, but will become part of NALP. NHLA members will be welcomed into NALP and provided opportunities for collaboration in policy, and professional and leadership development.
“We were delighted that the leadership at NALP embraced our suggestion to join forces so enthusiastically,” says Mari Medrano, NHLA president. “We look forward, as we become part of NALP, to expanding our reach, doing more to empower the Hispanic American landscape community, and uniting the entire industry.”