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NEWSLINE Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals MARCH 2018 The Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals elevates the professional standards and business success of its members through education, certification, advocacy, and networking . MLP Annual Meeting Draws a Big Crowd 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Brian Paige, MCLP Paige Landscape Company, Inc. Wellesley, MA VICE PRESIDENT Steve Davis, MCLP Bigelow Nurseries Northborough, MA SECRETARY/TREASURER Brian Churchill, MCLP, CSP The GroundsKeeper, Inc. Ashland, MA DIRECTOR Karen Kerr, MCLP Harrison McPhee, Inc. Millis, MA PAST PRESIDENT Cara Christopher, MCLP BrightView Landscapes, LLC Boston, MA EDUCATIONAL ADVISOR Mike Davidsohn, MCLP University of Massachusetts Stockbridge Landscape Contracting Program Amherst, MA MANAGEMENT TEAM M. Virginia Wood, CMP Peggy Benjamin Kristen Dreyer Carrie Martin Charissa Sharkey The MLP Annual Meeting and Elections were held on February 20, 2018 at Ken’s Steak House in Framingham, MA. More than 100 landscape professionals were in attendance to help cele- brate MLP’s accomplishments and to participate in an important panel discussion. The educational topic of the evening was, “Creating Partnerships to Improve the Work- force Pipeline.” The panelists included: Billy Butts, MCLP of ND Landscape, Inc. and Essex Technical High School; Nicole Forsyth, MCLP of Norfolk Agricultural High School and B.C. Murphy Landscape & Design, Inc.; and Mike Davidsohn, MCLP , of the Stockbridge Landscape Contracting Program, UMass. MLP Past President Cara Christopher, MCLP served as moderator for the panel and kicked off the meeting by sharing some association highlights from 2017: MLP welcomed 36 new members; certified 14 new MCLPs; realized record-setting attendance at events including the September Business Seminar; introduced a new Plant ID Boot Camp, and worked to positively impact the landscape industry’s labor crisis. Smart business. Powerful connections. 8-D Pleasant Street South Natick, MA 01760 Congratulations 2018 Board of Directors (l-r): Karen Kerr, MCLP , Director; Brian Churchill, MCLP , CSP , Treasurer; Brian Paige, MCLP , President; Cara Christopher, MCLP , Past President; Steve Davis, MCH , MCLP , Vice President; Virginia Wood, MLP Executive Director. Following Cara’s comments, MLP members elected the 2018 board of directors with Brian Paige, MCLP serving as the new president. See pages 3 and 7 for more information from the Annual Meeting and Workforce Development panel discussion. The panel presentation was well received! MLP President Brian Paige, MCLP (far right) is pictured with the panelists (l-r): Nicole Forsyth, MCLP ; Billy Butts, MCLP ; and Mike Davidsohn, MCLP . phone: (508) 653-3373 fax: (508) 653-4112