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Faces of the Industry

Faces of the Industry: Nelson Alvarado

Ever since he was a kid, Nelson Alvarado has been interested in mechanical maintenance and fixing things with his hands. However, for most of his life, he considered it just a hobby. When life threw him some curveballs 10 years ago, Alvarado was forced to make some tough decisions. He moved from the banking industry […]

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Faces of the Industry: Mari Medrano

Mari Medrano was 16 years old when she first started working in the office at CoCal Landscape Services, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. She worked as an office assistant there and then left the industry for a time. She returned in 1998 while she was in college and started working in the field. “It was […]

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Faces of the Industry: Xochitl Lopez

Xochitl Lopez, recruitment and engagement manager at EarthWorks, Inc., based in Lillian, Texas, has been in the landscape industry for about six years now. Lopez’s background is in interior design, and she originally worked at Michaels stores before deciding to join EarthWorks in 2016. “When I worked with Michaels stores, I didn’t have any background […]

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Faces of the Industry: Anthony Mak

Nine years ago, Anthony Mak was working at a banquet hall and wanted to try something new. He saw Chalet, based in Wilmette, Illinois, had an opening for an integrated pest management spray technician. “Though I had no experience, Chalet was willing to provide training and this became the start of my new career,” Mak […]

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Faces of the Industry: Tim Martinez

Tim Martinez, executive vice president of LandCare’s West division, has been in the green industry for over 30 years. He spent the first 20 years on the golf course maintenance and operations side before moving into commercial maintenance with LandCare. “My time in golf really gave me an appreciation for the technical aspects of the […]

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Faces of the Industry: Gail Reinhart

Finding her career in the landscape industry was a process of trial and error for Gail Reinhart. She grew up on a 500-acre farm and was an athlete in high school, but after she graduated, she had no idea what she wanted to do next. She tried college for a semester before going into the […]

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Faces of the Industry: Sharon Chao

When Sharon Chao was recruited out of college by Gachina Landscape Management, based in Menlo Park, California, the company only had 60 employees. The company was growing with one accountant and Chao was brought on to help with payroll. Since then she moved up to accounting manager, controller and is now director of finance. Previously, […]

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Faces of the Industry: June Hawkins

June Hawkins has been in the landscape industry for 37 years, but she majored in interior design in college. She also minored in horticulture and art. Her mother always felt Hawkins’s calling was landscape architecture, and Hawkins ended up working for a landscape architecture firm right out of college for 12 years, where she did […]

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Faces of the Industry: Triston Parsons

To Triston Parsons, landscaping isn’t just a commodity. He sees the value that plants add to a person’s home and life. Parsons developed a love for beautiful landscapes as he grew up helping care for his family and his grandparents’ properties. In high school, he started knocking on doors and quickly had 15 yards that […]

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Faces of the Industry: Jina Rockwell

Jina Rockwell entered the landscape industry by happenstance. She graduated from Miami University with a degree in consumer sciences and earned a marketing MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. Before starting her own landscaping company, she had a successful career in purchasing, supply chain, marketing, and business development across multiple industry sectors. Now she is […]

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