MLP Newsline MLP Sept2018 NL_w

NEWSLINE Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals SEPTEMBER 2018 The Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals elevates the professional standards and business success of its members through education, certification, advocacy, and networking . Creating a Modern Workforce MLP’s business-building seminar a success! 2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Brian Paige, MCLP Paige Landscape Company, Inc. Wellesley, MA VICE PRESIDENT Steve Davis, MCLP Bigelow Nurseries Northboro, 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 On September 13, 2018, more than 100 MLP members enjoyed an innovative educational event that provided both business-building techniques and practical field knowledge in a horticultural setting – Tower Hill Botanic Garden – that can’t be beat. Neal Glatt, CSP , ASM received raves reviews for his presentation Creating a Modern Workforce: A 21st Century Approach to Management. He tackled the tough issues of what it takes to succeed in today’s economy, what makes this new generation of employees tick, how to cre- ate a rewarding company culture, and practic- ing high performance coaching with team members. Participants took away practical, data-driven techniques to help them increase employee engagement that results in increased sales, profitability, and retention. Read more about the power of focusing on strengths and the ability of strong leadership to influence sig- nificant results (and receive a special “Grow the Bench” offer for MLP members only) in Neal’s follow up article found on page 8. Afternoon workshop presentations included Development Landscape Weed Management Smart business. Powerful connections. 8-D Pleasant Street South Natick, MA 01760 The MLP Board of Directors thank keynote speaker, Neal Glatt, for a job well done. (l-r): Steve Davis, MCLP ; Cara Christopher, MCLP ; Neal Glatt; Karen Kerr, MCLP ; Brian Churchill, MCLP ; Brian Paige, MCLP . Programs by Randy Prostak of UMass, How to Prune Mature Conifers with Scott McPhee, MCA of Harrison McPhee, Inc., and Dawn Davies, Interim Director of Horticulture at Tower Hill lead a series of tours that featured creative uses of annuals and edibles in the landscape. In addition to the outstanding the educational opportunities, participants learned even more through vi sits with the companies who helped sponsor this important educational event. They saw the latest trends in equipment, plants, and new technologies, as well as an “Outdoor Oddities” display where they tested their ID knowledge and checked out some rare and unusual plants. THANK YOU SPONSORS! • Atlantic Coast Trailer Sales • SiteOne Landscape Supply • Sylvan Nursery • Unilock • Universal Finance Corp. • Weston Wholesale Landscape Supplies phone: (508) 653-3373 fax: (508) 653-4112