About

When John joined the company recently he brought with him over 30 years of experience in the landscape industry, more than 20 of those in an executive capacity.  John went to college for business and accounting but loved his summer landscape job so much that he ended up with a degree in Landscape Architecture, and a second degree in Ornamental Horticulture.  Nevertheless, those college business classes he took helped create some great opportunities in the landscape industry.  After starting as a field superintendent on large-scale landscape projects in Chicago, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Boston, John quickly moved into positions in estimating, sales, and project management, ultimately progressing into executive management. As Executive Vice President and later COO, John was in charge of maintenance, construction, irrigation, and snow operations for up to five branches– stretching from Milwaukee to Chicago to Indianapolis– with annual revenues exceeding $25 million. It’s estimated that over 50,000 trees have been planted under John’s management.

His love for landscape led John to grow his career even further.   He became an adjunct instructor teaching four courses at Triton College, as well as a consultant for various municipalities, companies, and individuals.  He has served as an arbitrator, been hired as an expert witness, prepared tree valuations for legal and insurance purposes, conducted plan reviews and landscape inspections, prepared tree surveys, drafted ordinances, etc.

John’s background includes: Board of Directors of Illinois Turfgrass Foundation; Illinois Green Industry Advisory Committee; alternate PLANET representative for TCIA’s A300 Committee (landscape standards committee); judge for Certified Landscape Technician Testing; Registered Parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians; and speaker/panelist for various associations and seminars.

Education

University of Wisconsin–Madison: BS in Horticulture; BS in Landscape Architecture

Professional Credentials

  • Certified Arborist # IL-4426A–International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Certified Snow Professional (CSP) – Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA)
  • Landscape Industry Certified Professional (LICP)—National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)
  • OSHA 30-Hour Training for Construction Industry
  • Certified as Qualified Crane Signalperson and Basic Rigging (expired)

Associations

  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP
  • Wisconsin Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA)
  • Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA)
  • International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
  • Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
  • Wisconsin Arborist Association
  • Society of Commercial Arboriculture
  • Society of Municipal Arborists

Other Activities

President of English Prairie Estates Homeowners Association