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Meet Bruce Wilson, NALP’s 2021 Lifetime Leadership Award Winner

This year’s Lifetime Leadership Award winner has truly been in the industry for his entire lifetime. Like many others, Bruce Wilson first started out by mowing grass as a kid. “Ironically, my father made me quit mowing lawns and get a job because he thought that it would be good for me to know what […]

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Meet Andrew Ziehler, 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates before him, fellow entrepreneur Andrew Ziehler also started his business in a garage. While he didn’t go on to the tech industry, Ziehler has made notable achievements in the landscape and lawn care industry, so much so that he has been selected as this year’s Young Entrepreneur of the […]

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Meet Loriena Harrington, 2021 Woman Entrepreneur

This year’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year recipient Loriena Harrington developed an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age. From selling Girl Scout cookies at 8 years old to mowing lawns and being a golf caddy at 12 years old, Harrington says she was always motivated by the sale. From the age of 14 to her […]

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Level Up: Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. Isn’t Slowing Down

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping, Inc. is one of the largest privately-owned Hispanic businesses in the United States. But this San Antonio, Texas, company wasn’t always so large. The business was founded to provide Rogelio Maldonado and […]

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In Memoriam: Janet Henderson Cole

Janet Henderson Cole passed away on Sept. 27, 2021, at the age of 62 after a long battle with breast cancer. Cole was a retired Regents Professor Emeritus from Oklahoma State University (OSU). As a valued NALP member, Cole served as the Educator representative on the International Certification Council (ICC) from 2015–2021 and was a […]

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Level Up: New Castle Lawn & Landscape Focuses on the Profitability of Their Core Services

Our Level Up series shares the strategies that help landscape and lawn care companies get to the next level. New Castle Lawn & Landscape, based in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, has undergone some serious ups and downs over the years, but they have weathered the storms and come out stronger now. Founded in 1994 by Bryan Weise […]

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Member Spotlight: Greg Cole, Cole Landscaping, Inc.

Greg Cole, president of Cole Landscaping, Inc., based in Ipswich, Massachusetts, originally started out framing homes but when his boss went bankrupt, he ended up starting a landscaping job. Within a year he was running two crews and when he asked for a raise and only received a 50-cent increase, he struck out on his […]

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Latinos’ Passion for the Industry Fuels Entrepreneurship

More than 500,000 Hispanic-Americans work in the landscape industry across the country. Pathways into landscape careers and business ownership are varied, but growth opportunities and a love of the outdoors fuels many Latinos’ longevity in the industry. How They Entered the Industry For Ray Rueda, CEO of Nature’s Dream Landscape, based in Pinecrest, Florida, he […]

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Faces of the Industry: Victoria Trucco

Victoria Trucco studied architecture in Colombia and had wanted to earn a master’s degree in urbanism. However, her dual citizenship caused her to not be eligible for a scholarship at Penn State. “I had two small children and could not afford the private university for urbanism,” she says. Her husband, Ray Rueda, was relocated to […]

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Faces of the Industry: Juan Gutierrez

When Juan Gutierrez came to the United States from Mexico in 1999, he originally only planned to stay for one year so he could earn enough money to buy a truck or house in Mexico, like many of his friends had done. However, he quickly developed a passion for landscaping and decided his life was […]

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