Sep 1987 - Jun 1990
Sep 1982 - Jun 1985
Cook College, Rutgers University
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
May 2009 - Present
Editor - Speaker - Consultant
Editor for "members only" website, exclusively for the professional landscape design/build contractor. FromDesign2Build.com features unique content, discussion forums, trade secrets, podcasts and webinars that provide an insiders look into the industry.
May 2006 - Present
Landscape Designer and Project Manager
Design, estimate and project manage landscape installation projects for design/build contractors, facility managers and homeowners.
Aug 2012 - Present
I am responsible for directing a 550 member landscape contracting association in New Jersey. This includes engaging and growing the membership; expanding existing educational opportunities and developing new ones; growing and adding to our member benefits program; and overseeing the financial stability and growth of the organization.
Jul 2011 - Present
Radio Show Host
Creator and host of internet radio show created for landscape designers and design/build contractors. Each week I interview a green industry professional about their areas of expertise and broadcast it to the world. We discuss everything from estimating, to social media, to growing your business. We even discuss plant material every now and then.
Landscape Live! allows my guests to deliver great content to an audience that may never have the opportunity to join an association or attend trade shows but still desire to keep learning from top industry professionals. The show is supported through advertising and sponsorships allowing us to broadcast for free to our listeners.
Jul 2009 - Present
Columnist for the largest green industry magazine in the country. “Profiting for Design” is a Q and A column that provides readers with ideas and insights to situations that they face everyday as designers and contractors. The questions primarily focus on how to use a landscape plans to grow your business. More than just a pretty picture, landscape plans are the core of a design/build company and can be used for selling, estimating, planning, phasing, installing and job costing. A landscape plan is a necessary tool to ensure the success of the project and the profitability of your company.
Jan 2000 - May 2009
Bergen Community College
Responsible for creating a brand new 2 Year AAS degree in Landscape Design/Build which began Fall 09'. The students develop the design and construction skills required for the profession through classroom and hands on experience. Teach landscape design and graphics class that focuses on creating drawings that sell.
2002 - 2006
Borst Landscape and Design
Design, sell and oversee large scale, award winning, residential and commercial design-build projects for full service landscape maintenance and construction company. Grew design/build department by attracting new high end clients, high profile projects and expanding into new markets. Developed systematic and standardized construction details and processes. Sold $1.5 million annually and assisted in growing company over 300% in just four years.
Sep 1999 - Dec 2001
Jacobsen Landscape and Design
Design, estimate, sell and supervise residential and commercial landscape design-build projects. Examine alternatives, create phasing schemes with comparative cost data and execute contractual agreements. Secure necessary zoning permits and variances. Assist in streamlining existing systems through the use of technology and education. Created "Standard Operating Procedures Manual" for design-build department.
Apr 1994 - Sep 1999
Owner / Operator
Design, estimate, sell and install all aspects of residential landscape design / build projects. Including: decks, patios, retaining walls, plantings, grading and drainage, fences and lighting. Create sales and marketing opportunities through consultations, lectures, graphic displays and community pro-bono work.
Sep 1990 - Apr 1994
Landscape Design / Sales
Design, estimate, sell and supervise residential landscape installations for regional design- build firm. Coordinate subcontractors and schedule job material deliveries. Maintain client relationship from concept to completion.
Jun 1986 - Aug 1987
Landscape Architect Apprentice
Roy Dunn and Associates
Assisted senior landscape architect in all capacities from creating master plans, construction details presentation drawings to developing building and bid specifications for construction contractors.
Landscape Ontario Preferred Consultant
National Green Centre “Green Industry Rock Star"
1st Place Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) award for his column “Profiting From Design” in Landscape Management Magazine
1st Place Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA) award for his internet radio show, “Landscape Live!"
Recipient of Eagle Scout Mentoring Award