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Member Spotlight: Marisa Gora, Kemora Landscapes

Marisa Gora, owner of Kemora Landscapes, based in Chicago, Illinois, was first introduced to the landscape industry through a summer job in college. She worked for the Wilmette Park District and found she loved the outdoors and the creative aspect of landscape design. She started her business in 2002 as a one-woman landscape design operation. […]

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Faces of the Industry: Zech Strauser

Sustainability has always been important to Zech Strauser, founder and owner of Strauser Nature’s Helpers, based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He started his company in 1998 and they serve Class A and HOA properties throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York from their locations in East Stroudsburg, Lehigh Valley, and Lancaster. His company’s goals include leading […]

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Level Up: Mullin Focuses on Providing the Best Experience for People

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Chase Mullin grew up working in the construction industry and has done everything from flooring to painting. “I always enjoyed the process of construction,” Mullin says. “I enjoyed hard work, but nothing ever really clicked with […]

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(Pictured Garth Sager, director of sales and client relations for Chalet)

Level Up: Chalet Has Been Evolving Since 1917

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Chalet was started in 1917 by landscape architect L.J. Thalmann. He served the North Shore outside of Chicago by mowing lawns and doing landscape designs. Since then the company has been passed down two generations with […]

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Level Up: The Greathouse Company Grows Despite Having to Start Over

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Lee Greathouse, LIC, knew when he graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1974 with a B.S. in ornamental horticulture that he wanted to start his own company. However, he knew he needed some experience first. […]

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Level Up: Thrive Outdoor Is Growing to Provide Opportunities

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Lee Buffington, LIC, originally wanted to become a doctor but along the way, he found another career path in landscaping. What had started as a summertime job to earn money for college turned into a full-fledged […]

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In Memoriam: Dan Stearns

Dan Stearns, professor emeritus of landscape contracting at Penn State University, passed away on Nov. 6, 2021, at the age of 70. Stearns was an NALP Trailblazer and received NALP’s Educator of the Year award in 2019. Stearns earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and his master’s degree at North Carolina State University. Before […]

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Faces of the Industry: Luis Mata

Luis Mata, maintenance operations manager for Chalet Nursery, based in Wilmette, Illinois, was introduced to the industry at a young age as he started working with his father on a landscape crew throughout high school. “At one point I did not want to be involved in the industry,” Mata says. “I wanted to find something […]

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Level Up: LOVING Is All About Creating a Positive Impact

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Mike Haynes knew in high school he didn’t want to attend college, so instead, he turned his childhood side job of mowing lawns in what is now known as LOVING, based in Gastonia, North Carolina. “I’ve […]

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Meet Brandon Sheppard, 2021 Advocacy Award Winner

The 2021 Advocacy Award was presented to Brandon Sheppard at NALP’s final LANDSCAPES event on Wednesday, Oct. 20. This award is presented to an individual who has dedicated their time and efforts to go above and beyond to help represent and defend the interests of our industry at the local, state and national levels. “I […]

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